Cathal Daniels Wins Bronze For Ireland At European Eventing Championship

Cathal Daniels of Ireland celebrate with his bronze medals for single ride after Day 5 of the Show Jumping at the Longines FEI Eventing European Championships 2019 on September 01, 2019 in Luhmuhlen, Germany. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images for FEI)

Kylebrack’s Cathal Daniels’ incredible run of form continued on Sunday when a clear round on Rioghan Rua was enough to secure him the bronze medal at the European Eventing Championships held in Germany.

Daniels had been lying in 13th place after Friday’s Dressage after he scored an impressive 29.0. A fantastic clear Cross Country round on Saturday well inside the time, saw Daniels and the Margaret Kinsella-owned 12-year-old mare rise to sixth place heading into the final day and crucially were less than a fence off the medal places. Another perfect clear in the final Show Jumping phase saw Daniels put pressure on those above him. As fences began to fall, Daniels rose to third place at the finish to take home the second championship medal of his career.

As Cathal made his way home on Sunday, he spoke to John Mulligan

Cathal Daniels and the incredible mare Rioghan Rua (ISH) have now won 6 Championship Medals!!

We want to say a huge congratulations to Rioghan Rua’s owners Margaret Kinsella and Frank Kinsella an amazing achievement! Well done Mags 🎉
🥇2013 Junior Team Gold
🥇2014 Junior Team Gold
🥈2014 Individual Silver
🥉2015 Young Rider Team Bronze
🥈2018 Team Silver, World Equestrian Games
🥉2019 Individual Bronze, European Championships

Rioghan Rua (ISH) – 2007 chestnut mare by Jack Of Diamonds (SWB) out of Highland Destiny (ISH)(TIH), by Flagmount King (ID). Bred by Margaret Kinsella, Co. Galway. Owner: Frank & Margaret Kinsella

L to R: Team Ireland Vet Marcus Swail, Equine Physio Davide Focardi, Cathal Daniels, Showjumping Coach Grant Wilson, Dressage Coach Ian Woodhead, Owner of Rioghan Rua Margaret Kinsella, Senior Eventing HP Director Sally Corscadden and athlete physio Claire Maria Campbell