Boswell Eques­trian to host Fes­ti­val of Ex-Race­horses

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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”.

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