Following it’s successful introduction during the FEI European Championships for Ponies last year, the Duggan Family is pleased to announce that the Young Champion of Ireland competition returns with a new format for 2015. With the generous support of Coolmore Stud, Young Champion of Ireland classes will be staged for 128cms, 138cms and 148cms ponies.
Qualifiers will take place across the country:
Mullingar EC (28th June)
Cavan EC (10th July)
Tubberbride (18th July)
South-East Clare (26th July)
A total of 24 Athlete and Pony combinations will qualify for the “Young Champion of Ireland” finals to be held during the 2015 Millstreet International Horse Show where the three Young Champions will each win a once in a lifetime trip for three to the London International Horse Show (Olympia) in December, including transport, accommodation and the chance to meet top riders. The Young Champion of Ireland will be decided over 2 competitions by means of a points scoring system. Single points will be awarded for the Table A class with double points being awarded for the Grand Prix class. The Winner will be the athlete who achieves the highest cumulative score.
The FEI has announced that the Green Glens Arena / Drishane Castle will host the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships for Young Riders and Juniors. The decision was announced at the spring in-person meeting of the FEI Bureau, held at the FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI), which took place today.
Millstreet hosted the widely acclaimed 2014 FEI European Championships for Ponies (Dressage, Eventing, Jumping) and the Duggan Family and their team look forward to welcoming Juniors and Young Riders to the Co. Cork venue in 2017.
Speaking after the announcement, Thomas Duggan said “We are truly delighted and will work to make it a very successful championship.”
The venue will host its inaugural International Horse Trials (CIC3, 2 and 1 star level) from 28th – 30th August 2015 with work progressing well on the Mike Etherington-Smith designed cross country courses. Riders will be competing for a prize fund of over €25,000. In 2016, Millstreet will host the FEI European Jumping Championships for Young Riders, Juniors and Children on Horses.
Further information relating to the 2017 Championships will be released at a later date.
FEI Bureau – Main Decisions
The Duggan family is saddened to hear of the death of International show jumping judge Alan Jones. Alan officiated at Millstreet as foreign judge on many occasions and will be sadly missed by all who worked with him.
We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this time.