Equestrian: Millstreet 'renegades' set to face sanctions
THE first letters relating to suspensions and fines for riders who competed at last weekend's Millstreet Horse Show are expected to be posted from Show Jumping Ireland (SJI) headquarters in Naas today. SJI officials will also be subject to censure for their involvement in the fixture.
SJI is the national governing body for Irish show jumping and throughout this year its members have been constantly reminded of the serious sanctions facing anyone who chose to participate in unaffiliated events.
Millstreet Horse Show has not been affiliated to the SJI since 2008, and last weekend's fixture clashed with the SJI National Championships.
Both events attracted big numbers, but the majority of Ireland's top riders supported the association's show, which concluded with Killkenny's Eddie Moloney claiming the title.
There has been a long-running dispute between the SJI and the Duggan family, who own Millstreet's Green Glens Arena. The Duggans insist the disagreement revolves around the SJI's insurance policy, while the SJI says it's about non-payment of levies.
The rules dictate that a first offence incurs a letter of warning, a second offence a fine of €200 and a third offence a 14-day suspension or fine of "not less than €300".
However, longer bans and fines of up to €5,000 may be meted out to multiple offenders, and it is expected that the suspensions will seriously affect some riders who might have been planning to compete in next month's WBF Championships in Belgium.