Boswell Equestrian to host Festival of Ex-Racehorses
IN ANOTHER big scoop for Boswell Equestrian, the centre announced last week that they have been successful in their bid to hold the first ever Festival of Ex-Racehorses.
The event, which will take place on the Easter Saturday, the 23rd of April will feature five events, and has received generous sponsorship from Blue Chip who will sponsor all the ridden classes.
Open to all competitors, the event promises to be a great family day out, with barbecues, dog shows, a parade of famous racehorses and a full schedule of classes for every level of competitor. With overnight stabling available it is expected that a large contingent will arrive on the Friday before the show for a great night’s entertainment.
The brain child of Julie Morris, this inaugural event will feature both showing and performance classes. The day, which is designed to provide a competition outlet for horses that have either retired from the race track or simply never went on to race. Classes will start at novice level and go right to open level, and will cater for begin- ners and more advanced combinations. There will also be a prize for the best veteran and best turned out on the day. Central to the event, is the requirement for the horse and rider to be able to compete in a fun environment.
It is envisaged that re-training classes will attract a host of competitors from the various disciplines, as the class is judged on the horse’s ability to take part in their chosen discipline, with a strong emphasis on their attitude, behaviour and obedience.
The event is open to members and non-members of the Association of Racehorse and Riding Horse. Full schedule is available on the Boswell website.
Following much unwanted attention on the recent equine crises, the event is welcomed by those people that have re-homed racehorses. The day is supported by the Irish Horse Welfare Trust and the Cross Cannon Lane Sanctuary.
Speaking on behalf of Boswell, Gerry Gorman said: “Its great to be able to hold such an event here as there are many people in the area that have these types of horses and they have very lit- tle opportunity to show case how they have been re-trained these animals to be excellent riding horses.
The day promises to be a fun day for all those involved and we are looking forward to it”.
On more equestrian news, Wicklow event rider Mark Kyle has been named by Horsesport Ireland as one of the Irish combinations that has been accepted to compete at Badminton Horse Trials.
Kyle, who has been a regular competitor with Team Ireland Equestrian will be campaigning the ever-reliable, Step in Time. The event takes place from April 21st to 25th. It is one of only six fourstar events held globally each year. Gaining entry to the event is based on the combinations ranking points.
Horse Sport Ireland’s High Performance Manager Ginny Elliot said today (Thursday): “Over the last number of years we've been trying to get more horses to the highest level (four-star) which Badminton is. I am delighted to see today that eight Irish combinations have been accepted for Badminton, with five on the waiting list”.