Wednesday 18 September 2019

Crowds hoofing it to Millstreet for horse show

John Tarrant

A hoofing great atmosphere prevails in Millstreet this weekend with the staging of its international horse show.

It promises to be a bumper two weekends in the North Cork town where the long-standing show is followed by the fifth international horse trials, where participants take part in the disciplines of eventing, dressage and jumping at the Green Glens Arena and the adjoining Drishane Castle Demesne.

First up is the traditional CSI2* International Horse Show that has been a keystone in the Irish equestrian calendar for four decades.

The event features a diverse entry for the bumper six-day programme at the Green Glens location, with an array of national horse and pony categories seeking out €200,000 in prize money.

Entry is free to the public with the action beginning from early in the morning and continuing late into the night. From the picturesque venue overlooked by Clara Mountain, the spacious main arena is enhanced by all-weather and warm-up arenas that add to the facilities for equine entrants.

A mammoth 109-event programme is scheduled in the eight arenas, including the spacious indoor complex catering adequately for the bumper entries. Those entries are up 20 per cent from 2018, with internationals from the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand going in search of the prize money.