Sport horse foal series gets underway
Breeders are busy preparing their show stock for the inaugural Sport Horse Foal Championship which gets underway on Sunday, July 12 at Wexford Equestrian Centre.
The series, which is sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland and boasts a prize fund of €30,000, will culminate in a final at Millstreet International Horse Show from August 11-16.
There will be separate sections for foals with show jumping potential and those bred with the eventing sport horse sector in mind.
There will be €4,000 in prize money on offer at each of the five regional championship, where four foals will be selected for the final. Foals are only permitted to enter one regional championship and must compete in the region in which the owner resides.
They must also be registered in a studbook that is a member of the WBFSH or Weatherbys and must be shown with their dams.
Foals must be a minimum of six weeks old to compete at a regional championship and must be named in order to compete in the final.
In the lead up to this new venture breeders are being asked to ensure that foals are well prepared for the classes and are familiar with a headcollar and leading from a young age.
These classes are not traditional show foal classes. They are for potential performance animals and any evidence of foals having been over-fed or pushed to grow and develop unnaturally, which could be detrimental for their future bone development and general well-being, will be penalised.