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Pony championships back in Millstreet after 25 years

John Tarrant

Published 07/11/2013 | 05:26

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MILLSTREET'S Green Glens Complex has been confirmed as the host venue of the high profile 2014 FEI European Pony Championships.

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MILLSTREET'S Green Glens Complex has been confirmed as the host venue of the high profile 2014 FEI European Pony Championships.

On doing so, Millstreet saw off competitive tenders from Dzonkow (Poland) and Wiener Neustadt (Austria). The decision was made at the 2013 FEI General Assembly in Switzerland on Monday.

The multi-purpose Green Glens has maintained its status as Ireland's leading equestrian venue, welcoming over 50,000 visitors over five days in August each year. Millstreet has played host to the European Championships previously in 1989 and the competition will bring the very best talent to north Cork from July 16-19 next summer.

The staging promises to be an economic boom to Millstreet. From the 2013 staging in Arezzo, Italy, a total of 159 competitors from 17 nations participated. Germany topped the team events in dressage and jumping, while Susan Fitzpatrick clinched the individual jumping title for Ireland.

The extensive programme will include individual and team events in show jumping, dressage and eventing.

In choosing teh Green Glens Arena, the FEI committee cited its spacious grounds, equipped with modern facilities including eight all-weather arenas, warm-up rings, three indoor arenas, and 1500 stables.

Millstreet Community Council chairman Cllr Noel Buckley hailed the confirmation of Millstreet's selection. "It is fantastic news that the Green Glens has been selected to host the European Championships next July. All credit to the Duggan family for putting Millstreet in the spotlight once again.

"A combination of the spectacular scenery, great venue, the enthusiasm and ability of the organisers alongside some good old fashioned Millstreet hospitality will provide a fantastic competition for everyone involved including riders, owners, grooms and spectators," he said.

Just to weeks ago upwards of 4,000 entries added to Millstreer's reputation for hosting Europe's largest pony show that included current European champion Susan Fitzpatrick.

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