Record entry for Tattersalls International
Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30
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.
These include The Irish Field CCI3* and the new Cooley Farm class for young horses which has attracted 74 entries in the first year of running.
Commenting on entries, Tattersalls Ireland's managing director Roger Casey said: "We are overwhelmed with the calibre of entries received for the 10th running of the trials.
"The world's best event riders will all converge in Ireland at Tattersalls and gives the public the exciting opportunity to witness the very best competitors of this sport," he said.
"The increase of 9pc in entry numbers is a testament to the event and how it has grown since its inception in 2006.
"We look forward to welcoming back the top Irish and international riders to Tattersalls at the end of May," added Mr Casey.