€15,000 in bursaries for Irish equestrians

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Emma Cahill receiving her bursary from Leo Varadkar, then Minister for Tourism & Sport.
Emma Cahill receiving her bursary from Leo Varadkar, then Minister for Tourism & Sport.

Irish equestrians are being urged to apply for one of three €5000 bursaries from the George Mernagh Memorial Fund, which will be awarded at the Welcome Reception of the Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair in May. 

The George Mernagh Memorial Fund Limited is a charitable company established in memory of the late George Mernagh who had a lifetime interest in equestrian sports and who was committed to developing these at Tattersalls Ireland.

Applications are sought from anyone involved in the three equestrian disciplines of dressage, show jumping and cross country, from competitors to instructors to course builders.

Tattersalls Ireland Managing Director Roger Casey said George Mernagh had a vision that Tattersalls Ireland would be the venue for an event that was of an International standard and attracted competitors from around the World. “As the Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair celebrates its 10th Anniversary, George’s vision is the reason that this event exists and continues to grow in stature. The bursaries given by The George Mernagh Memorial Fund Limited are a wonderful gesture and will provide assistance to talented Irish horsemen and women in reaching their potential.”

Last year’s recipients were Emma Cahill who is using her bursary to fund specialised training and travel in preparation to qualify and compete at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio; Janet Murray who provided 4 days of full dressage and show jumping training to 15 horse and rider combinations who showed potential and aiming for Lion d’Angers 2014; and Adam Stevenson, a budding cross-country designer, who used his bursary to attend International Events to learn up-to-date concepts and attend both FEI and National training seminars.

Cahill said the bursary played a huge part in her campaign. “It gave me the finances to make it possible and also the coverage to get people behind me. It’s been such a comfort to have it there for the unexpected and is a big part of my feeling that “Impossible is Temporary” as I’ve been spouting in my recent coverage.”

Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair starts on May 27.

Bursary applications must be made by Friday, May 15.


  1. Applications should attempt to demonstrate how they meet some or all of the following bursary objectives: 
  • To support youth participation in Irish equestrian sports;  
  • To foster national and international sporting competition in Ireland via the provision of equestrian competition and the facilities that support this competition; 
  • To contribute to the education and development of all participants involved in any aspect of Irish equestrianism to the highest possible standards. 
  1. Applications can be submitted by sending the standardised application form which is  available within the information heading on tattshorsetrials.ie and a cover letter limited to 300 words to Tattersalls Ireland either by post to ‘The GMMF Limited Bursary Applications 2015’, C/O Tattersalls Ireland, Fairyhouse Road, Ratoath, Co. Meath or by e-mail to info@tattersalls.ie noting Subject: ‘The GMMF Limited Bursary Applications 2015’. 
  1. The bursaries are also subject to the following terms and conditions of eligibility: 
  • The applicant must be eligible to compete for or to represent IRL;
  • If the award is with regard to training then this training must be with an ‘accredited’ or ‘recognised’ coach;
  • The bursary must be used within one year of the award date or will be deemed void;
  • Bursary funds will only be paid out on receipt of a written claim with supporting documentation;
  • The GMMF Bursary Award Committee’s decisions are final.

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