Record entry for Tattersalls International
New Zealand's Tim Price is set to make a return visit to the Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Ratoath, Co Meath later this month in a bid to retain the crown he won in the George Mernagh Memorial CIC3* in 2014 with his top horse Wesko.
The British-based rider has had a tremendous run of form of late and finished an impressive second with the 12-year-old Wesko in the recent four-star event in Kentucky.
However, he is expected to bring along some of his other horses to Tattersalls, including the Irish-bred gelding The Court Jester, by Harlequin Du Carel.
Entries are said to be at an all-time high for the 10th anniversary of the event which kicks off on May 27 and continues through the Bank Holiday weekend.
Twelve nations will be represented amongst the 364 individual combinations, which show an increase of 9pc from 2014.
Also among those returning to these shores will be top British rider William Fox-Pitt, Australians Sam Griffiths and Paul Tapner and New Zealander Andrew Nicholson. For the first time, Tattersalls will also welcome competitors from Brazil.
In total eight riders ranked amongst the top 13 in the world will travel to the Co Meath venue to contest some of the feature classes.