Sunday 25 September 2016

€4,500 prize fund for traditional horses

Siobhán English

Published 17/06/2015 | 02:30

A NEW class aimed at helping breeders and trainers to produce quality traditionally-bred horses will be staged at Limerick Show.

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The aim of the inaugural hunter equitation class is to encourage a higher standard of production for five-year-old and older horses, with a view to increasing their market value for the home and export markets.

The export of hunt horses to the UK and further afield has increased significantly over the years, and many hunting enthusiasts from abroad believe the Irish hunt horse to be the most suitable for their needs.

Horses being put forward for this class, supported by the Traditional Irish Horse Association, must be capable of jumping a course of fences to include working hunter/show jumping styles.

They will be required to display smooth upward and downwards transitions to include lengthening and shortening at canter on the flat and over fences, landing on correct leads and at all times showing good balance, self carriage and rhythm.

A total prize-fund of €4,500 will be on offer on August 23, with €1,600 to be divided between the owner and breeder of the winning horse.

For further information contact Eamonn Gleeson on gleesoneamonn@yahoo.ie or 086 3908664.

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