Sunday 25 August 2019

Green Glens Arena shining for the best of equestrian sport

Millstreet Matters with John Tarrant

The Millstreet International Horse Show opens on Tuesday with horse enthusiasts, riders and buyers far and wide expected to attend the six-day event in the Green Glens Complex.

It's a terrific boost to the Millstreet economy, and the picturesque complex is looking never better as the energetic Duggan family and team have combined to develop further improvements within the grounds.

On offer is in excess of €190,000 in prize money, and the staging will be bigger than ever given its international status.

The show's statistics are impressive: stabling units will cater for more than 1,500 horses and ponies; and tarmac roadways are in place, together with hard court for trade stands and parking for lorries and cars.

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

Major investment in new facilities over recent years include upgrading eight all-weather jumping arenas and eight warm-up arenas; three indoor arenas; 1500 stables; free parking for 1,000 horse boxes; and sites for 200 caravan and motor homes. Apart from the jumping and showing classes, patrons can avail of restaurants, bars and food stands; in addition to musical entertainment.

Potential stars of the future are encouraged to attend. The grand prix is designated to riders aged under 25. The 2019 show will feature in excess of 105 competitions.

As always, Millstreet is committed to providing opportunities for young riders to develop and gain experience in a series of promoting classes.

Proceedings open on Tuesday with a preliminary round to the Milllstreet Ruby five-year-old at 9.30am, and the National Discovery at 6pm.

Wednesday's programme starts at 8.30am with qualifiers in horse, six/seven-year-old Boomerang, four/five-year-old National Eventing Discovery, Young Riders and more. Thursday's schedule is up and running from 8.30am.