Irish horses to jump for big money

Abdullah Al Sharbatly and Larkhill Cruiser

This year’s Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping Series in Ireland will have a prize fund of €70,000.

The Series will run at seven venues throughout Ireland, with the first leg kicking off at Louth County Show in April.

Significant changes have been made to the 2012 series, including separate classes for the 6 and 7 year olds. In the first four legs of the series, the 6 year olds will not be asked to jump against the clock.

This year, there will be €9500 in prize money on offer at each of the seven venues and an additional €3500 in League and Breeder prizes on offer at the last leg at the Tattersalls Ward Union Hunt Show in July.

“The series again offers very significant prize money for 2012. We anticipate the Series will continue to improve the standard of young horse jumping in Ireland,” said Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Joe Walsh.

As in previous years, the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping Series will be used as part of the selection process for participation at the prestigious FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses, which take place in Lanaken, Belgium, in late September.

Horse Sport Ireland Director of Breeding & Programmes, Alison Corbally, said the series was in its eighth year, and its aim has been to provide a forum whereby talented young Irish Sport Horses, by approved stallions, can be produced successfully. “In recent times Larkhill Cruiser (ISH) and Loughview Lou-Lou (ISH) were victorious in Grand Prix classes and in Nations Cup competitions for Ireland. Both of these horses came through the Studbook Series as young horses,” she said.

The first leg will be held at Louth County Show (April 27-29). Action then moves on to Barnadown (May 11-13), Cavan (May 18-20), Mullingar International (June 1-4), Galway County Show (June 16-17) and then Cork Summer Show (July 13, 15). The last leg will take place at the Tattersalls Ward Union Hunt Show (July 27-29), when the League winners will be crowned.

Christy Murphy, Showjumping Ireland Chairman, welcomed the announcement on the 2012 Series. “The Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping Series is an integral part of the national showjumping calendar each year. Horse Sport Ireland provides excellent prize money and we look forward to another successful year of these classes for young Irish-bred horses,” he said.

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