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Sunday 26 February 2017

Young horse producers gear up for Bannow and Rathangan

Siobhan English

Siobhan English

Previous winner: Ger O'Neill
Previous winner: Ger O'Neill

One of the most popular show jumping competitions for young horses takes place at the Bannow and Rathangan Show in Killag, Duncormick, Co Wexford on Thursday.

The €2,500 Pettitt's Novice Show Jumping Championship for five and six-year-old horses is considered an important fixture on the calendar for a host of young horse producers.

It has been won in the past by riders such as Francis Connors and Ger O'Neill.

Following this class will be the Grand Prix which is a leg of the TRM/Horseware National Grand Prix League.

Sponsored by trainer Jim Bolger, this carries a prize-fund of €4,000.

Winner here in 2014 was jump jockey Robert Power, who continues to enjoy competing on the show jumping circuit during the summer months.

Highlight

The show jumping programme at Bannow and Rathangan runs alongside a packed schedule of showing classes for horses and ponies.

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The highlight is set to be the Galway Crystal/Belleek China All-Ireland Championship for three-year-olds which will take place at approximately 2pm. The ridden hunter classes always attract a strong entry many use it as a good warm-up for the Dublin Horse Show.

The winner of this championship in 2014 was Jane Bradbury riding Bloomfield Tertrach. Further details on all classes are available from:www.bannowrathanganshow.com

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