Expressions of interest sought for 2017 World Club Tournament

Clubs can now apply to represent Ireland in a Team Show Jumping competition at the Generali World Club Tournament in France.

It is a friendly international competition for riding clubs and schools from all over the world in a friendly environment where competitors will meet riders from around the world.

This famous meeting takes place every summer during the Generali Open of France at the Parc Equestre Federal, 41600 Lamotte Beuvron, France from 26th to 28th July 2017. Lamotte Beuvron is in the Loire Valley, about 140kms south of Paris.

Each team of 3 or 4 riders compete in two show jumping rounds and a final. The competition will be run over two days: 2 rounds and a final. The final is reserved for the five best teams after the first two rounds. Each rider has to participate with the same horse throughout the competition.

The Federation Francaise d’Equitation (FFE) helps teams who want to participate in The Generali World Club Tournament to find their accommodation and the horse rental for teams who need it. It is envisaged that team members will hire horses for this event due to the distance and cost of transportation but it is possible to bring your own.

The Association of Irish Riding Clubs is seeking expressions of interest (F91/16) from interested clubs in representing the Association and Ireland at this tournament. Teams members must be of intermediate and/or advanced intermediate level in show jumping.

Interested clubs must return their expression of interest form (F91/16) to National Office by Friday 24th February 2017. Contact David Abbott at National Office for further queries.

AIRC chairman Tony Ennis said,

after last years successful outing by Donegal Gaeltacht, I hope many more clubs will consider this fantastic opportunity for a club to compete on a world stage in a friendly environment

It truly is a magical experience and hope we will be able to send the best possible team who will best portray the ethos of our organisation abroad

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