Over 500 riders, representing approximately 130 teams, are expected to take part in this years Horseware Team Show Jumping Championship as qualifiers get underway this weekend.
The popular series is sponsored by Horseware for the ninth consecutive year and the next few weeks will be a busy time for clubs around the country as they seek qualification for the final at the Dublin Horse Show in August, where nine teams will battle it out for the honours.
The championship opens this Sunday with three regional qualifiers taking place at Kilrainey Equestrian Centre in Kildare, Maryville Stables in Cork, and Coilog Equestrian Centre in Kildare while the remaining five qualifiers take place throughout the rest of May.
A team must win its respective regional qualifier to secure a place at the final while the runners-up have another opportunity at the Riding Clubs Festival in June to book the remaining place at the decider in August.
Members must be registered with the Association of Irish Riding Clubs before the 30th April in order to be eligible for this championship.
Tom MacGuinness of Horseware said,
Horseware is delighted to once again support the RDS Team Show Jumping championship. As past competitors, this is one of our favourite events on the calendar and is a wonderful and very exciting league for amateur riders in Ireland who continue to be our very important loyal customers.
“We look forward to once again follow the hotly contested action throughout the year at the regional qualifiers and of course, will be there waving the flag at the RDS. We wish all those competing the very best of luck with their preparations.,” he added
A.I.R.C. chairman Tony Ennis said, “I would like to thank Tom and everyone at Horseware for their continued support and loyalty to this highly competitive championship as Horseware have been fantastic supporters of our team show jumping championship since 2010.”
“This championship captures the imagination of our clubs as they seek qualification for the Dublin Horse Show and I wish them all the best of luck,” he added.
For further information about the series, click here.
Horseware Team Show Jumping Championship Qualifiers 2018
|Date||Region||Organiser||Venue||County||Winner||Wild Card Qualifier|
|13th May 2018||Midlands||Midlands||Kilrainey Equestrian Centre||Kildare||Earls Well||Highland Lodge|
|13th May 2018||West Leinster||West Leinster||Coilog Equestrian Centre||Kildare||Winterdown||Kilcarrick|
|13th May 2018||South West||Earl's Well Riding Club||Maryville Stables||Cork||Ross House||Mo Chara|
|20th May 2018||West||Benbulben Riding Club||Tubberbride Stables||Sligo||Corrib||Springmount|
|20th May 2018||West Midlands||Anvil Riding Club||Gurteen Agricultural College||Tipperary||Clonshire||Rock of Cashel|
|26th May 2018||South Leinster||South Leinster||Boswell Equestrian||Wicklow||Brooke Lodge||Hollybrook|
|27th May 2018||North East||North East||Kernan's Equestrian Centre||Armagh||Killossery||Castle Leslie|
|27th May 2018||South East||Warrington Riding Club||Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre||Kilkenny||Thomastown & District||Carne|