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Sunday 4 December 2016

Irish Breeders Classic has worldwide appeal

Published 24/08/2016 | 02:30

Pictured at the recent launch of the Irish Breeders' Classic were Tony Hurley (Showjumping Ireland), Gareth Connolly (Sales & Marketing Director Connolly's Red Mills), Greg Broderick (2015 Irish Breeders Classic Winner), Kim Wade (The Stallion Company), Ronan Rothwell (Irish Breeders Classic)
Pictured at the recent launch of the Irish Breeders' Classic were Tony Hurley (Showjumping Ireland), Gareth Connolly (Sales & Marketing Director Connolly's Red Mills), Greg Broderick (2015 Irish Breeders Classic Winner), Kim Wade (The Stallion Company), Ronan Rothwell (Irish Breeders Classic)

Entries are pouring in for the 2016 Irish Breeders Classic which returns to Barnadown Stud in Wexford from August 31 to September 3.

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Open to four, five and six-year-old horses, The Irish Breeders Classic boasts a prize fund of €50,000, making it the richest young horse showjumping competition in the world.

Since its inception in 2012, it has produced some exceptional horses, with the 2013 winner Arraghbeg Clover (ridden by Greg Broderick) later going on to land the gold medal at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken in Belgium.

Shortly afterwards, Arraghbeg Clover topped an annual elite sale of showjumping horses organised by German dealer Holger Hetzel, fetching a staggering price of €400,000.

Previous IBC prize winners also include Codarco, who is now competing internationally with Ireland's Billy Twomey, as well as Limestone Grey, Ard Ginger Pop, Talks Cheap, and MHS Going Global, who last week represented Ireland so well with Broderick at the Olympic Games in Rio.

A well-known producer of young horses, Broderick has had considerable success in this competition, having also won it in 2015 with the six-year-old Irish Sport Horse Alberta Mist.

The Goresbridge Select Foal Sale will take place before the IBC Grand Final on Saturday, September 3.

Goresbridge Horse Sales will kindly contribute 2pc of the commission of both the Select Foal Sale and November's Supreme Sale of Show Jumpers to the IBC prize fund. Some sponsored lots will be sold prior to the foal action, with proceeds also going to the IBC prize fund.

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These include nominations to Bertram Allen's top stallions Hector Van d'Abdijhoeve, Romanov and Dino W.

Irish Breeders Classic organiser Ronan Rothwell said: "Thankfully everyone seems to want The Irish Breeders Classic to grow as much as I do and it is because of the dedicated committee members, and new and loyal sponsors that this is happening. It's a great example of what can be done when people pull in one direction for the industry.

"I would encourage everyone to send their business to our sponsors wherever possible - they are the ones that are helping the industry help itself."

For more information on The Irish Breeders Classic and to enter, visit www.irishbreedersclassic.com.

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