Finishing touches are currently being put in place for the Meadows Equestrian Centre’s Summer Championships.
In the absence of a National Horse Championships, the event at the MEC provides the perfect opportunity to bring the curtain down on another summer’s sporting activities and crowning National Champions in many of the various categories.
With a full schedule of events over the four days to include Amateur, ISH Studbook Classes, National Grand Prix and the TRM/Horseware Premier Grand Prix final on the final days of the Championship. The earlier days will also host qualifying events for the Northern Ireland Horse Board Four Year Old Championships and 90cms – 1.30m Championships.
NIHB Four Year Old
Devised by and supported by the Northern Ireland Horse Board, the MEC four year old championship will have a final prize pot of £5,000, to be divided equally between the present owner and the breeder of the winning horses.
There will be two qualifying events on the Thursday and Friday of the Championships with a total of 25 going forward to the final on the Saturday.
ISH Studbook Series
Following the penultimate round at Tattersalls, the final of the Irish Horse Board Studbook series will take place.
On a score of 22pts, Tim Brennan’s MHS Attraction ridden by David Moran leads the way in the five year old class. The Número Uno sired mare is currently 5 points ahead of their closest rival. Top rider from NI is currently Jenny Rankin campaigning Cooley By Name.
The Six Year Old Series sees a four-way tousle for the final points with Jim Derwin’s Deep Pockets (Jim Derwin), The Grove Group’s Drumillar Houdini (Francis Connors), Elaine Whiteside’s Hilltop Beach (Yvonne Whiteside) and Linda Courtney’s LCC Puss ‘N’ Boots (Paul Devlin) all top of the score board with 15 points each.
Cormac Rafferty and Aoife Rafferty’s KMR Benzini have a few points in hand going into the final with 32pts. Ahead of the Luidam mare Lissyegan Lui Royale ridden by Damien Griffen with a total of 25 points.
As this is the final of the 2015 series, selectors for the FEI Young Show Jumping Horse Championships, Lanaken will also be on hand to view potential combinations to represent Ireland later in the year. There will also be a breeders reception hosted by HSI where the winners will receive their awards and all important prize money.
TRM/Horseware Ireland Premier Grand Prix
A thrilling final awaits spectators as the final of the Premier GP Series comes North for the first time in its history.
Following their recent win at South County Dublin Cian O’Connor now enters as a contender to lift the Champions crown. With successes at National Balmoral and Tattersalls, Capt. Michael Kelly and the Minister for Defense’s Ringwood Glen also remain in the mix, as does league leader Alexander Butler.
At the time of going to print the final running order was not available however it is believed that all three combinations will make their way to the Meadows in this year’s final showdown.
ISH, National and Premier Grand Prix declarations are to be made to the SJI by close of business Wednesday 19th August by phone or 4pm on Thursday 20th by online system.
Stabling is available at the Meadows Equestrian Centre, by contacting 028 3832 2417 or by booking online at www.themec.co.uk.