All systems go for NI Festival
AFTER such a successful show in 2012, the NI Festival is rapidly building up the preparations for their exciting 2013 show to be held at Cavan Equestrian Centre on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April 2013.
Last year over 1,400 entries were received for the two-day showing extravaganza, which attracts competitors from all over Ireland, with exhibitors competing in a wide range of classes. The highlight of the show is always the evening performance championships and in particular the finals of the Festival Working Hunter Championships. Competitors need to qualify for these particular classes over the coming winter months, however, all other classes can be entered without any need for qualification.
Some early Festival Working Hunter qualifying shows have been held during September and entries are already coming in for these classes at the Festival for next year. There will 14 horse and pony working hunter qualifying classes at the final ranging from Cradle & Starter Stakes ponies, Mountain & Moorland ponies through to various horse working hunter classes. The next qualifying shows will be the NIWHA Horse & Pony Show at Knockagh View Equestrian Centre on 21st October 2012 and then the James Wray Trust Horse & Pony Working Hunter Show on 27th October 2012 at the RDA, Coleraine. Details of the various other qualifying shows can be found on the Festival website at www.northernirelandfestival.co.uk.
If you are interested in hosting working hunter qualifiers for the Festival please email the Festival at email@example.com.
The 2013 schedule is currently being finalised and will soon be available, together with the on-line entering facility, on the Festival website. The ability to enter some classes early, and therefore spread the cost over several months, is a facility that competitors have found useful in previous years and will be available by the end of this month.
The schedule this year contains the usual wide range of ridden, in-hand showing and working hunter classes as well as some new additions for next year – providing something for everyone. Further details of these exciting new classes will follow shortly. Check out the Festival Facebook page by searching for “Northern Ireland Festival” or by clicking on the Facebook link on the Festival website www.northernirelandfestival.co.uk. You can also sign up for the festival email service and be the first to hear about the festival classes, judges and news.
All competitors should remember to return their qualifying card and entry fee after the show so their qualification remains valid - or enter on-line by clicking on the on-line entry option on the festival website.
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