Irish show jumper Denis Lynch had a rollercoaster week at the Aachen CHIO in Germany, and he started this week with very bad news.
On July 3, Horse Sport Ireland named Lynch as one of its two individuals to compete at the Games, along with Billy Twomey. Ireland had not qualified a team, but Lynch and Twomey’s individual results had secured the nation two individual slots for Olympic competition.
But on July 6, Horse Sport Ireland announced that it was withholding its final ratification of Lynch’s Olympic entry pending an investigation into an incident at the Aachen CHIO that took place the same day. And on July 9, they confirmed that they are withdrawing his nomination to the London Olympic Games. After a meeting in Dublin, which Lynch attended, HSI officials asked show jumping team manager Robert Splaine to choose an alternative individual rider. Cian O'Connor will take Lynch's spot with Blue Loyd.
Lynch, who was named for the Olympic Games on Abbervail van het Dingeshof, rode Lantinus on the Irish team in the Nations Cup at Aachen on July 5. The Irish team claimed third, but after the class, Lantinus tested positive during routine hypersensitivity testing. A follow-up test on the morning of July 6 also resulted in a positive result, leading the Fédération Equestre Internationale veterinarians at Aachen to disqualify Lantinus from further competition at Aachen.
Lynch released a statement about his removal from the Olympic team, providing insight into the hypersensitivity ruling with Lantinus at Aachen and expressing his concerns about the process of Horse Sport Ireland's officials:
"I would now like to take this opportunity to further clarify matters regarding events surrounding the disqualification of Lantinus and also relate a number of matters that my manager, lawyer and I find extremely strange and highly irregular," Lynch's statement read.