€€70k prize fund on offer at mullingar
Three new international classes have significantly boosted the total prize fund of €70,000 on offer at the 2012 Mullingar Country Fayre and International Horse Festival, which kicks off this Friday, June 1.
The four-day fixture over the bank holiday weekend now boasts an international prize-pot of €37,500, to be divided over nine international classes, including the new 1.25m contests to be held on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
This is in addition to a full programme of national classes, including a leg of the lucrative ISH Studbook Series.
These finals alone on the Sunday are worth €9,500 and make up a great few days of competition for young horses.
Other highlights are the three-year-old loose jumping, the Pegasus Horse Feeds Puissance, worth €2,000, and the €20,000 Grand Prix.
Sponsored by the Mullingar International Supporters Club, in 2011, it was won by Captain David O'Brien. It is hoped that previous overseas winners Scott Brash and Vicky Tulloch will return this year in a bid to reclaim the title.
Aside from the showjumping, there will also be a packed schedule of other equestrian events at the Mullingar International Show, including the hunt chase, and new classes for working hunter horses.
Horse Sport Ireland is running a Western Show on the Monday, with 10 classes on the schedule.