Leinster Show Jumping Championship Series
the most successful ever summer league in fourteen years, the show-jumping
calendar for the remainder of the season has moved indoors to the
'Kathleen Flannelly Memorial Arena at Kill International Equestrian
Centre. Last Wednesday saw the first ever show-jumping competition
in the fantastic new arena, which was purpose built for the Special
Olympic World Summer Games in June. Indeed, following the games
the newly developed complex received rave reviews, and was hailed
as the best ever venue that the games had ever seen. The arena itself
is worth a visit, it has a very warm feeling to it, it's a great
size to compete in, and has excellent footing, Cushion Track Supreme
(Equestrian Surfaces), which has been used at the World Cup Show
jumping finals in Las Vegas and The Horse of the Year Show.
June was a very special time at Kill and it has been very rewarding
to have received so many compliments about the games and the centres'
facilities. I even received a letter from Special Olympics H.Q.s
in Washington hailing 'the venue and competition were the best ever',
Fintan proudly says.
As I've said before we will hold many a competition and big show
in 'mums' arena, but few if any will compare to the Special Olympics,
which was truly unique. However now seeing the arena in use for
show-jumping today is really very exciting after all the hard work.
Over the next month the October shows, (every Wednesday and Sunday),
we will be gradually building up to the Leinster Indoor Show-jumping
Championship Series in November. This we hope will mark the arrival
of this fantastic new indoor facility we now have."
arena has been named after Kathleen Flannelly who sadly past away
almost seven years ago following the Champions of the Year Show.
Kathleen was the heart and soul of the old centre, which the Flannelly
family took over in 1991. "It's only right that the arena has
been dedicated to mum, cause if it wasn't for her, who kept the
show on the road in those early years, the new complex wouldn't
be here today," Fintan continues.
Champions of the Year Show will be resurrected next year with an
exciting new schedule. However, the main focus now is on the Inaugural
Leinster Indoor Show jumping Championships Series taking place this
November: The Amateur Championship will take place 1-2 November,
the Pony Championship 8-9 November, whilst the Horse Championship
27-30 November. The total prizes and prize-fund for the series runs
in excess of €30,000.
highlight of the Amateur show will undoubtedly be on Saturday evening
with the Puissance or Six Bar event, whilst Sunday has the head-to-head
speed knockout class and the Grand Prix. The top twenty from the
Grand Prix will qualify for the Horse Championships at the end of
the month, where they will get to compete in the PRO-AM Charity
Relay and the Amateur Grand Prix.
Winners Take All Charity Relay will be made up of twenty teams;
each team consisting of an amateur and a professional. The entry
fees will be donated to the O'Dwyer Cheshire Homes in Bohola, Mayo,
and the local Hospice. It is hoped that each team will also be sponsored
raising additional funds for these two superb organisations. The
winning team however will win a table of ten tickets each to the
Show-jumpers Ball on 7th December in City West whilst the winning
sponsor will also receive a substantial prize.
remainder of the Horse Championship schedule is very comprehensive,
incorporating Young Riders, Age Old Classes whilst the main event
being the Grand Prix on the Sunday afternoon. To maintain the full
compliment of Final running over 4 days it has been necessary to
use one class as a qualifier for more the one Final in some incidents.
For example, a young rider riding a five year old in a 1.20m class
could qualify for three finals from the one entry.
the weekend of the 8th and 9th November sees the Pony Championships
taking place. During the day on Saturday qualifiers for Sunday will
take place for all heights and grades, whilst the emphasis on Saturday
evening is for more relaxed fun classes, including relay classes,
fancy dress handicap and a retiring riders class. Sunday morning
has a lively start with head-to-head speed classes for each height
division before the CD finals and AB Grand Prix's take place.
dates for entries are fast approaching and entries should be posted
to Kill International Equestrian Centre, Kill, County Kildare. For
further details and schedules call 045 877333 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whilst any sponsorship, advertising or signage queries should be
directed to Fintan @ 086 8041579. Show schedules will be available
shortly on the centres new web site www.killequestrian.com.
the build up to the Leinster Indoor Show-jumping Championship there
is horse jumping every Wednesday(9.30am) and Sunday(9.30am), whilst
the pony jumping starts at 2.30pm each Sunday throughout October.