Venues for €20,000 Horse Sport Eventing Series are announced

Horse Sport Ireland and Eventing Ireland have announced the venues which will run the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Eventing Series, which have some €20,000 in prize money on offer for riders, owners and breeders.

The venues include: June 30, Ballinamona; July 7, Killossery Lodge; July 14, Ballindenisk; July 20, Ravensdale Lodge; July 27, Tullymurry; August 18, Annaharvey; August 25, Kilguilkey House; September 15, Grove/Final.

The four-year-old qualifiers will take place over the intro course at four events. The five-year-old and six-year-old qualifiers will run over the pre-novice and novice courses, and the top six combinations points will count towards the overall league winners.

Showjumping sire Quidam Junior returns to stud in Co Tipperary

Quidam Junior has returned from America to Kedrah House Stud in Co Tipperary. The Grand Prix performer, whose sire and dam jumped on the French Nations Cup team, has already sired MHS Going Global, MHS Automatic, Honey and Primetime, among other notable progeny.

His sire, Quidam de Revel, is one of the best performers of his generation, topping the World Breeding Championships Jumping Stallion rankings two years in a row, in 2004 and 2005, and taking a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. His dam, Narcotique, competed on the French Nations cup team with Olympic gold medalist Pierre Durand.

Kedrah is also standing Dawn Lux, a five-year-old son of Lux out of Kilnamac Dawn, a proven Clover Hill broodmare.

Dawn Lux is a half-brother to the top international performer, Calover. Piloted by Dutch rider, Roelof Bril, Calover has had repeated success over 1.60m Grand Prix tracks. Dawn Lux is also a half brother to Ordela Royal, a 1.40m show jumper.

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Side Saddle Association launch 'Give It A Go' day for beginners

The Side Saddle Association of Ireland (SSAI) is to run a 'Give It A Go' day for anybody interested in trying side saddle.

Taking place on Saturday, May 11, at Ardmulchan, Navan, Co Meath, the event is aimed at people with little or no experience riding side saddle. Enthusiast Susan Oakes will provide horses but riders can also bring your own horse or pony if preferred.

Membership of the SSAI for 2013 is a requirement as non-members are not insured and will not be allowed to participate in the training. For information go to or contact Julie Brindley O'Brien at honsec@ssaireland or Ciara O'Connell on 087 2266321 or

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