Sensational Speirs crowned Red Mills SuperLeague winner
Irish international event rider Camilla Speirs, riding BT Border Bandit, has been crowned winner of the 2013 Connolly's Red Mills SuperLeague.
Almost 70 horse and rider combinations competed in the seven-leg series, which was won last year by Steven Smith. Camilla's prize for her win is a year's sponsorship from Connolly's Red Mills. The Connolly's Red Mills SuperLeague Championship will be held at Tattersalls this Saturday, August 31, and those riders who have completed at least two legs of the SuperLeague are eligible to compete.
Meanwhile, Ireland's eventing high performance manager, Nick Turner is expected to announce the team, individuals and reserves for the European Eventing Championships in Malmo, Sweden next month. Six combinations will be selected to represent the country at the championships, which will take place from August 29 to September 1.
CAVAN TO BE HIVE OF ACTIVITY FOR IRISH PONY SOCIETY SHOWCASE
Cavan Equestrian is set to be a hive of activity later this week when it plays host to the annual Irish Pony Society Championship Show.
Running from August 1-3, the popular show has 130 classes and more than 500 entries. As well as the regular showing and working hunter competitions, the packed schedule also incorporates Connemara, Mountain and Moorland and breeding classes.
The show has attracted some of Ireland's leading showing names, many of whom are returning in a bid to defend or claim a title. Last year's Supreme Champion, Annie Twomey on Valmore Irish Mist, will be aiming to repeat her success again this year, as will the Reserve Supreme Champion Nicola Dee on Highland Jiva. Ciara Mullen, Charlotte Smiley and Ellie McDonnell, who have recently qualified for Horse of the Year (HOYS) may also be competing for a title.
Speaking ahead of the event, chairman Niall O' Connor said that, thanks to the show's many sponsors, there would be a total prize fund of more than €16,000 on offer at Cavan.