Wednesday 15 August 2018

Tattersalls trials to provide €2m boost as interest jumps

The launch of 2017's Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair. Photo: Sportsfile
The launch of 2017's Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair. Photo: Sportsfile

The 13th Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair will deliver a near €2m boost to the local economy, according to organisers.

The event, which will take place just outside Ratoath, Co Meath, close to Fairyhouse Racecourse, has grown to become one of the most important events of its kind in the world. In its first year it attracted just 1500 spectators and since grown to attract 35,000-strong crowds.

Amongst the competitors at the June weekend will be Olympic gold, silver and bronze medallists, world champions and medal winners, 22 Olympians and the largest-ever amount of entries, with 368 riders from a record 16 countries.

Last year's event was watched by viewers from more than 120 countries. The toughest test of all equestrian sports is effectively a triathlon for horse and rider combinations.

It will be closely watched and assessed by many experts and team managers with an eye toward qualification for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina this September and then onward to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

"Tattersalls just keeps growing each year in numbers and prestige and is now really well established as one of the most popular international three-day events in the world as we continue to attract so many of the international stars from the sport of eventing," said event co-ordinator Joanne Quirke.

"No other sporting event in Ireland this year will have as many Olympic champions and medallists, world champions and medallists and existing Olympians in the one venue at the same event.

"Some of the greatest riders of our time will be competing, like Olympic champions Blyth Tait, William Fox-Pitt, Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell, seven-time Olympian Andrew Hoy, six-time Olympian Mary King as well as other international superstars like world number one Oliver Townend, Harry Meade, Piggy French and Tim Price."

The event, which takes place from May 30 to June 3, will include 80 shops in a three-acre food and craft village.

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