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Competition Authority gives a lifeline to Millstreet Horse Show

MILLSTREET0 Show received a boost ahead of its annual summer staging this week as the Competition Authority ruled that Showjumping Ireland (SJI) had infringed competition law.

Last year Millstreet Show returned as an independent entity, but Show Director Noel C Duggan complained to the Competition Authority that SJI had theatened to sanction members who attended the show.

Following a review, the Competitions Authority found the success of show jumping events depends to a significant extent on the ability of organisers to attract in sufficient number of quality riders.

Mr Duggan viewed the outcome as posiive and described it as total vindication of his efforts to run a major show.

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"Honesty, integrity, determination and facts survive over threats of sanctions. Justice has been achieved. I am looking forward to our show this week. It was a total success last year and we are geared up for a bigger and better event this year". he said.

The outcome sets up nicely for this week's Millstreet All Ireland Championship Horse and Pony Show that is in full swing with horse enthusiasts, riders and buyers far and wide convening on the Green Glens Complex in Millstreet.

The picturesque Green Glens Complex is looking never better as the energetic Duggan family and team have combined to develop further improvements within the grounds.

Stabling units will cater for hundreds of horses and ponies, tarmac roadways are in place, together with a hard court for trade stands and parking for lorries and cars.

With a focus on nurturing upcoming talent, Millstreet's reputation as a shop window for the promotion of the Irish horse will again be enhanced in the national three and four year old classes.

The show welcomes the continued initiating of new classes showcasing further all the best in equine talent. Conforming classes that originated in Millstreet return much to the delight of owners and buyers. The usual indoor classes scheduled include the three-year-old Young Irelander Loose Jumping Class, loose jumping for small horses and ponies and National Discovery class for horses and ponies.