Farm Ireland

Sunday 22 April 2018

Balmoral hosts first big showing event of the season

PJ Casey on board the 2015 Balmoral ridden hunter champion Foxcatcher.
PJ Casey on board the 2015 Balmoral ridden hunter champion Foxcatcher.

Balmoral Show has grown to be one of the most important events on the equestrian calendar and exhibitors from across Ireland will be preparing for three busy days at the popular Balmoral Park grounds from May 11-13.

Traditionally the equestrian programme marks an important start of the official showing season and this year is no exception.

With the Dublin Horse Show now running earlier than usual on July 20-24, exhibitors will be even more keen to give their horses an outing at Northern Ireland's premier show and a large entry is expected over the three days.

Many of the main showing classes take place on Wednesday, with the ridden hunter and youngstock championships both being decided on the opening day.

Last year's youngstock crown went to Dessie Gibson's three-year-old gelding Ducketts Grove who then went on to also win his class at the RDS last August.

Boyd Bedding is set to sponsor at Balmoral Show 2016, providing their Blue Frog wood shavings for all the stables.

In addition they will sponsor the coloured horse class and the Bluefrog Championship for six and seven-year-old show jumpers.

Speaking on the new sponsorship Stacey Moss of Boyd Bedding remarked: "Boyd Bedding is very excited to be sponsoring the prestigious Balmoral Show. We look forward to meeting clients both old and new.

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"It is great to be a part of and be able to promote our Blue Frog wood shavings at such a well recognised show."

This year Knotts Bakery will sponsor the Young Event Horse Championship which is confined to four and five-year-old horses with the potential to become top-class eventers.

The dressage phase takes place on Wednesday, with the jumping phase and final the following day.


The history of Balmoral dates back to the 1800s, when prize money was £1,000. These days the show jumping alone for the two-star fixture boasts some €50,000.

The Rydale International Speed & Power class is one of seven international competitions being held throughout the three days.

Promising excitement and expertise this exhilarating competition will be one to watch.

This takes place on Thursday, May 12 at 6.15pm.

The highlight of the week will be the Barclay Communications & Bottle Green International Grand Prix on Friday. This was won 12 months ago by Egypt's Sam El Dahan riding Joanne Sloan-Allen's versatile mare Suma's Zorro.

The inter-hunt chase is the exciting finale to the Balmoral Show and takes place in the main arena at 6.30pm on the Friday evening.

For full details on Balmoral 2016 see

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