Horse Sport Ireland are proud to be associated with Tattersalls International Horse Trials on their 10th anniversary this year.
Tattersalls Horse Trials also acts as an extremely important stepping stone for Team Ireland Equestrian's eventing teams as they prepare for their respective European Championships.
The experience of competing against top international riders is very beneficial for our international eventing teams and is a key part of our high performance programmes which are funded by the Irish Sports Council.
These teams have been taking Europe by storm in recent years with both Ireland's Under 18 and Under 21 teams currently the reigning European champions. Last year our senior team qualified for the Olympic Games in Brazil next year and a number of our riders, and indeed riders from other countries, will be using Tattersalls as stepping stone on the road to Rio.
On the breeding side, Ireland is the world leader in breeding event horses. Foreign buyers are a regular sight in Ireland looking for the next superstar.
We have recently announced the appointment of new International Marketing Director, Elaine Hatton, to further develop marketing for Irish horses and ponies, and to promote the Irish equestrian sector abroad. Events like Tattersalls provide an invaluable showcase for all that is good about our sport.
Tattersalls has also done a great job in attracting an new audience to the sport of eventing. Building on a similar theme, Horse Sport Ireland is running a new showjumping series in three of Ireland's main greyhound stadia in 2015.
The new series, which is the brainchild of Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, is entitled Jumping In The City and will take place on Friday evenings, starting in limerick on June 5, then moving to Cork on June 12 and finishing in Shelbourne Park on June 26.
Horse Sport Ireland want to wish Chairman Edmond Mahony, MD Roger Casey, Event Director Jean Mitchell and Event Co-ordinator Joanne Quirke well with what promises to be another brilliant weekend's entertainment. We look forward to seeing you there!
Damian McDonald, HSI Chief Executive