St Gallen is without doubt one of the great shows on the show jumping calendar. The arena is magnificent, the organisation excellent and overall one of the shows that I love coming back to.
After three legs of the super league Ireland are not looking good on seven points and lying eighth on the leaderboard.
Unfortunately it’s the same old mantra - we have great jockeys but not the level of horses needed to be even close to being competitive at that level. When you see the strength and depth of other countries you start to accept the reality that we are in fact not at the races!
Solution? Be out of the super league for two years - that way the few horses that are coming through will get time to develop rather than being hurried and perhaps doing too much too soon?
As I see it there is no point breaking one’s neck to stay up in a league just to struggle for a season to do the same thing the following year. I'm not saying that’s the answer but we need to take stock and be brutally honest.
One huge problem is the lack of understanding of many within the industry of what kind of horse is required to jump clear at super league level.
For example Mullingar show is on this weekend with the Grand Prix today. It will be a great event no doubt and not easy won, but the gap between that Grand Prix there and the Grand Prix yesterday in St Gallen is quite simply chalk and cheese.Food for thought but action needed, as presently it’s the same old soldiers doing battle - but for what??