Ireland’s Ballindenisk International Three Day Event is gearing up to welcome some of the world’s top eventing riders next month.
Sponsored by Johnson & Perrott and Land Rover, the event begins with the dressage phase on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September. The cross country is on the Saturday, with the show jumping followed by prize giving on Sunday, September 16. The Irish Pony Society showing classes and the ‘Mud Run’ will also take place on Sunday.
Ballindenisk will host competitors from Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, including most of the Irish Olympic team and Olympic silver medallists William Fox-Pitt (World No. 1) and Zara Phillips (former World and European Champion). With more than 150 entries, this promises to be one of most exciting competitions yet at the Cork venue.
It is also the first step to one of the richest prizes in the sport. The €50,000 Goresbridge Go For Gold bonus prize will be awarded if the winning horse/rider combination of the CIC3* class goes on to win a CCI3* at Ballindenisk in 2013.
With trade stands, great food, Irish Pony Society showing classes, the thrills and spills of the biggest cross country track in Ireland, the excitement of the final show jumping phase and a ‘Mud Run’ for the energetic, over 8km of the cross country track, a great weekend for all the family is guaranteed.
As well as a charity lunch at Castlemartyr Resortin aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation on Tuesday, September 11, there’s also the Castlemartyr Challenge, a winner takes all €1,000 dressage competition for the top 3* competitors, which will take place on the lawn.
The six international classes at Ballindenisk are the Johnson and Perrott Land Rover CCI3* and CIC3*, the Mervue CCI2*, the Castlemartyr Resort CIC2*, the Heineken CCI1* and the Bucas CCIJ1*. The national class is the Goresbridge Go For Gold Michael Leonard Championship for 5 and 6 year old horses.
Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Joe Walsh said: “The autumn event in at Ballindenisk was hugely successful in 2011, and I look forward to the event being even better in 2012.”