Young riders in bid for European eventing champs

Children On Horse European Championships team from 2011
Children On Horse European Championships team from 2011. From back left: Cormac Hanley, Tommy Harty, Kerry Taggart, Hannah Smyth, Comdt. John Ledingham, Tim McDonagh.

Ireland is to host the European International Trials for Young Riders, Juniors and Children On Horses in Wexford this weekend.

The international trials are sponsored by Pegus Horse Feeds, Horse Sport Ireland and Showjumping Ireland. International course designer, Alan Wade, will be the course builder while international judge, Patricia Furlong, has been appointed by the FEI to act as Assessing Delegate for the qualifying competition.

The trials, in Barnadown, Gorey, from April 6 to 9,  will be an opportunity for riders to gain their FEI Certificates of Capability for the European Championships 2012; riders can earn their certificates by jumping in the qualifying Grand Prix competition on Monday, April 9 and obtaining the minimum requirements (Art. 6: Jumping Rules – Eligibility at International Events and Championships). The trials at Barnadown are one of the exceptional events the FEI have sanctioned for the purpose of qualifying as many athletes as possible for European Championship selection.

Comdt. John Ledingham, Chef d’Equipe for the three Championship teams, said; “As high performance manager of the underage showjumping squads, I am really looking forward to meeting potential European Championship members and their parents at the European Trials in Barnadown. We wish them the best of luck on their journey to the European Championships in Austria. Horse Sport Ireland is dedicated to supporting our underage showjumping teams.”

This year’s European Showjumping Championship for Young Riders (U21), Juniors (U18) and Children On Horses (U14) will take place in Ebreichsdorf, Austria, from August 13 to 19.

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