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Showjumping season kicks off next weekend

Siobhán English

Published 22/04/2015 | 02:30

Jockey Robert Power on his way to winning the Grand Prix in Bannow & Rathangan in 2014. The south-east show will host a leg of the National Grand Prix League again this year
Jockey Robert Power on his way to winning the Grand Prix in Bannow & Rathangan in 2014. The south-east show will host a leg of the National Grand Prix League again this year

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.

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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.

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"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.

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Following Lough County the Grand Prix League moves to Coilog on May 2, followed by the these dates and venues: Thomastown (May 3), Barnadown (May 10), Cavan (May 17), Ravensdale (May 24), Mullingar (May 30), Galway EC (June 7), Ballivor (June 14), Galway County (June 21), Charleville (June 28), Omagh (July 3), Bannow & Rathangan (July 9), Cork Summer Show (July 11), Balmoral (July 21), Ballinasloe (July 24), Tattersalls (July 25), South County (August 1), The Meadows (August 22), Cavan (August 30), and Barnadown (September 5).

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