World Class Entry for Tattersalls
The Co Meath Tattersalls Ireland complex hosts a world class entry for its world class event taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend 28 - 31 May 2009. At close of entries some 300 horses and their riders from 10 nations will be taking part in the spectacular international horse trials.
The Tattersalls International Horse Trials incorporating the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Qualifier brings together competitors from every part of the globe from as far afield as New Zealand, the USA and Australia as well as Finland, Italy and GB. Ireland's top international event riders will be up against the very best combinations in the sport.
Said George Mernagh, Managing Director of Tattersalls Ireland which hosts the event at its superb facilities in Ratoath, Co Meath, 'We are honoured that so many of the international riders have voted with their feet to return to Tattersalls again this year. And I am delighted to see top riders like Mark Todd and Mary King coming here for the first time. We're all looking forward to some exciting competition.'
'We are thrilled to have competition at this level for our Irish horses and riders here at home. The Tattersalls team deserve a lot of credit for putting on such a quality event. It is a tremendous boost for the whole sector.' said Joe Walsh, Chairman of Horse Sport Ireland.
All eyes will be on Ireland's Captain Geoff Curran as he defends the World Cup Qualifier title he won in such spectacular fashion on the Irish Sport Horse Kilkishen last year at the Tattersalls venue. Said Geoff, 'It's all to play for. We're up against some serious competition with all the top riders here. It's fantastic to have that level of competition here in Ireland!'
With a prize fund of €65,000 Irish competitors will be out in force to keep the foreign influx at bay! The event hosts no less than 6 classes each comprising 3 phases: dressage phase on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May, cross country on Saturday 30 May and the final show jumping phase on Sunday 31 May. As well as the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Qualifier, spectators have the opportunity to watch the CCI1* and 2* classes sponsored by Rookery Park Stud , a new CCI 2* Under 25 class sponsored by Eventing Ireland, a Junior class sponsored by Pegus Horse Feeds and a Pony class sponsored by Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa. A leading rider award is being sponsored by Bluegrass Horse Feeds with a prize fund of €3500.
Chairman of Tattersalls Ireland, Edmond Mahony said,' We very much appreciate the support of all our sponsors and volunteers. They have made the event possible. It will be a real festive weekend with all kinds of activities too for those members of the family who may not be horse enthusiasts!'
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