Bronze for Michael Murphy and Cleverboy at the ECCO FEI Para-Dressage Worlds

Pictured left to right, Deborah Pijpers (HPD Para-Dressage), Patrick Murphy, Sue Murphy, John Murphy, Denis Duggan (CEO Horse Sport Ireland) and Michael Murphy, bronze medalists World Championships 2022.

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Michael Murphy won Ireland’s first medal at the ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark, where he claimed bronze position with his mount Cleverboy in the Grade I competition.

Michael Murphy spoke after presenting the award:

“He’s an amazing horse, it takes a special horse to compete from Grand Prix level dressage to walking trials and he, he’s amazing! He took everything in his stride and I want to thank my trainer Elder Klatzko for getting me here and for seeing Cleverboy here and feeling good and his owner Bronte Watson.”

Para-Dressage High Performance Director, Deborah Pijpers said:

“Today was an exciting and very good first day of competition here at the World Championships. Michael Murphy ran a very active and sparkling test and really showed his Cleverboy quality. He won a historic bronze medal for Ireland in Grade I with a score of 74,143%. I am very proud of Michael and Cleverboy and his support team. They all showed true sportsmanship and gave their best. I would like to sincerely thank Sport Ireland, Horse Sport Ireland, Para Equestrian Ireland and Paralympic Ireland for all their support!”

Denis Duggan, Chief Executive of Horse Sport Ireland, said:

“It was an outstanding performance by Michael and Cleverboy against the best in the world. Many congratulations to Michael, Sue, Deborah and the whole team at Herning. It’s been quite a successful few weeks for HSI’s high performance teams on the back of last weekend’s team gold medals in pony showjumping and eventing. Today is the first day of Para Dressage and Showjumping competition here at the World Championships and I wish all the competitors the best of luck in the coming days.”

Michael Murphy and Cleverboy represented Ireland at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics where they achieved 4m Location, Michael has represented Ireland at many international events including the Para Dressage European Championships in 2019.

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