The line-up for Sunday evenings final of the AIRC Team Show Jumping Championship at the Dublin Horse Show sees two former champions returning to the Simmoncourt Arena along with one debutante.
Almost 90 teams took part in qualifiers around the country in recent months with nine going forward to the final which gets underway with the parade of teams at around at 3:20pm.
Eight of this years finalists have previously featured in the prestigious team jumping decider with four teams returning from last year.
Former champions Greenhills Riding Club is making its eleventh appearance since 2002 having won the title on no less than five occasions, three of those were back-to-back from 2002 to 2004 and again in 2014 and most recently in 2017. The Kildare club had to settle for the runners-up spot last year and again in 2019.
Killossery Riding Club is making its sixth appearance in the final and will be aiming to lift the title for the third time on Sunday. They previously qualified for the final for 5 years in a row from 2014 to 2018 where they won the title in 2015 and 2018 while they were runners-up in 2014 and 2017.
Waterford Riding Club is making its very first appearance at the RDS having qualified last May when they won the South East Qualifier with a three-member team after Helen Alexander (Grangefort Heather) had to pull out at the last minute.
Mill Road in Tipperary is another club making its sixth appearance in the final. Their best performance came in 2012, when they finished in second place. They are also returning from last year where they finished outside the top 6.
Benbulben, who will be making its fifth appearance in the final, will be hoping to improve on their last outing in 2014 when they finished in third place. The Sligo base club finished fifth in last years final.
This is Lismore Riding Club’s second time to appear in a final having first qualified last year. They’ll be hoping to improve on their sixth place last year and have been drawn last to jump in Sunday’s decider.
Kilrainy Riding Club has previously contested five finals at the RDS with their best performance coming in 2009 when they were second. They’ll be hoping to go one better this afternoon with their last outing in the final being 12 years ago in 2011.
This is Carrickmines Riding Club’s third time to contest the final with their best result coming last year when they took a podium place in third. They made it through to the final from the Wild Card qualifier in June at the AIRC Riding Clubs Festival.
Mill Road will get the competition underway with the first rider entering the arena at 3:45 pm on Sunday after the parade of teams from around 3:20 pm. The Tipperary-based club will be followed by Greenvalley, Killossery, Greenhills, Benbulben, Carrickmines, Kilrainy, Waterford and Lismore.
Online scoring of the competition will be available on our website at www.airc.ie/news throughout the competition.
The jumping order for the final of the AIRC Team Show Jumping Championship Final has been confirmed 🐴
The final takes place on Sunday 13th August at the @DublinHorseShow
— AIRC Riding Clubs 🐴 (@airc_ie) July 26, 2023