Ireland’s young eventers to vie for €60,000 bursary fund

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The George Mernagh Memorial Fund will award training bursaries to the top three league finishers in four EI Youth league classes this year. Cathal Daniels, pictured on Rioghan Rua at Camphire in 2015, was a recipient of the GMMF that year.
Cathal Daniels, pictured on Rioghan Rua at Camphire in 2015, was a recipient of the GMMF that year. © Equus Pix Photography

Junior and pony eventing riders in Ireland are in the running for training bursaries to the tune of €60,000 this year as part of the George Mernagh Memorial Fund.

The fund (GMMF) was established in memory of the late George Mernagh who had a lifelong interest and passion in equestrian sports. The former managing director of Tattersalls Ireland died in 2011 at the age of 56.

It will award training bursaries to the top three league finishers in four Eventing Ireland Youth league classes in 2022, with a total of €60,000 ($US63,000; $NZ101,000).

GMMF Director Roger Casey said George Mernagh was a huge fan of eventing.

“Without his vision and drive, there would never have been one of the most prestigious international events in Ireland – the Tattersalls International.

“George was very passionate about supporting youth participation in Irish equestrian sports and the education and development of Irish riders to the highest possible standards. These bursaries help in a small way to achieve these objectives and to continue to honour George’s memory and legacy,” Casey said.

George Mernagh
George Mernagh. © Horse Sport Ireland

The league classes run throughout the eventing season, culminating in a final at the National Championships in September.

The bursary is limited to one bursary per person per annum.

The youth leagues in the bursary scheme:

EI110P (€15,000): 1. €7500 2. €5000 3. €2500
EI110J (€15,000): 1. €7500 2. €5000 3. €2500
EI100P (€15,000): 1.€7500 2. €5000 3. €2500
EI100J (€15,000): 1. €7500 2. €5000 3. €2500

 

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