Hope is dwindling for the Irish dressage team following a battle between riders Dane Rawlins and James Connor and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) over HSI’s decision not to send a dressage team to the Tokyo Olympic Games later this month.

Irish dressage had the opportunity to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, a first in the discipline, however when a number of qualifying team members were not available to travel to Tokyo, HSI made the decision not to send a team. This news broke on 21 June, which was the deadline for Olympic entries.