Showcasing potential champion mares
A total of 70 mares aged five and six years are eligible to compete in the inaugural Horse Sport Ireland Show Jumping Mare Championship at Wexford Equestrian Centre next Sunday, November 1.
The top 30 from the qualifier on Saturday will contest the final the following day.
The event carries a purse of €15,000, including a €9,000 prize fund as well as generous breeders' prizes. The aim of the championship is to identify, evaluate and reward owners of mares that are capable of performing at the highest level in international show jumping and are also suitable for producing progeny for the highest level in international show jumping.
The competition is open to mares registered in a studbook that is a member of the WBFSH, or registered with Weatherbys, and have met specific performance criteria. This includes mares which had qualified for competitions such as the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses, the Cavan Indoor Championships and the Irish Breeders' Classic.
Among those are RDS winner Beech Hill Lucia (Jenny Rankin), runner-up Cruicerath Flexianna (Eddie Moloney), and Millstreet winner Drumiller Revolution (Ciaran Ward).
This class is part of a busy weekend of show jumping at the equestrian centre which will also host the penultimate leg of the GAIN/Alltech Autumn Grand Prix League on Sunday.