Showjumping season kicks off next weekend
Both the TRM/Horseware-sponsored National Grand Prix and the Premier show jumping leagues kick off at Louth County Show next weekend, with the Grand Prix on Saturday preceding the Premier Series the following day.
This is TRM's fifth year to sponsor both competitions, while 2013 saw the introduction of Horseware as a dual sponsor. The value of the sponsorship is worth in the region of €150,000. Each Premier Series class carries a prize-fund of €10,000, with the Grand Prix League boasting on average €4,000 per leg.
"The association with Horseware and Showjumping Ireland, which is in place until 2017, mirrors TRM's ethos of supporting Irish talent," said TRM managing director Raoul Masterson.
"Each year both leagues get stronger and last year the riders provided us with some thrilling displays of horsemanship, a trend we hope will continue.
"The National Grand Prix Series and Premier Series provide a vital bridge between domestic competition and international success. We believe that these competitions assist Ireland's continuing show jumping success."
The National Grand Prix and Premier Series provide a vital stepping stone from domestic competition to the international stage. The Premier Series, in particular, is crucial as a points gathering scheme for qualification to the Dublin Horse Show in August.
Further dates for the Premier Series are as follows: Mullingar International (June 1), Omagh (July 4), Cork (July 12), Balmoral (July 22), Tattersalls (July 26), South County (August 2) and The Meadows on August 23.