28 May 2022

Tipp showjumper Denis Lynch ‘unfairly treated’

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

Why has showjumper Denis Lynch been withdrawn from the London Olympics, considering he has not been found guilty of any offence and faced no charges of wrongdoing and was allowed to continue competing at Aachen last week and will compete in upcoming competitions all over the world.

Next question, why have Chef D’equipe Robert Splaine and Irish vet Marcus Swail not come forward to explain their role in the events that led up to Denis Lynch’s horse Lantinus suffering from hypersensitivity which can occur naturally in the midst of a very challenging event such as the Nations Cup.

It was very insensitive of Horse Sport Ireland and the Olympic Council of Ireland to name Lynch’s replacement before he had an opportunity to lodge an appeal.

To suggest that Denis Lynch would knowingly inflict hurt on his precious horse Lantinus is preposterous considering that he has raised hundreds of thousand of Euros for the ISPCA towards horse and animal welfare in Ireland [a deed he did not seek any publicity for] and the fact that the FEI veterinary commission in Aachen were satisfied with their findings proves it.

I am therefore dismayed and angered by their the HSI‘s decision to punish our No. 1 rider in this unfair way.

Denis and his Olympic mount Abervail would have done us proud in London, instead he has been deprived of his well earned chance to compete for a medal and Ireland has been deprived of sending our best showjumping combination to the Games.



Colette O’Halloran,


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