The horse Show is here

Bray People - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Well, af­ter months of plan­ning, the an­nual Kil­macanogue Horse Show is here and will take place this Satur­day (22nd), A char­ity fundraiser that’s lots of fun for ev­ery­one.

The Kil­macanogue Horse Show is a won­der­ful day of ac­tiv­i­ties for peo­ple of all ages. Be­sides the horses there are lots of things to see and do – bring your dog and friends to walk for miles without re­al­is­ing it. Find out all about Wick­low’s prize sheep, guess-the-weight-of-the-lamb, com­pete at dec­o­rat­ing gin­ger­bread cookies, try face paint­ing and pony rides, and en­ter a trea­sure hunt are just some of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep chil­dren very busy and guar­an­tee a sleep-in for par­ents next day. Adults and chil­dren are wel­come to en­ter the art and pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tions in the art tent. Does your dog have the ‘wag­gi­est tail’ or could s/ he be the over­all win­ner and become the dog ev­ery­one would ‘most like to take home’? So give your dog happy mem­o­ries from tak­ing part in the def­i­nitely more ‘Scruffs’ than ‘Crufts’ Dog Show.

Hap­pen­ing just two weeks be­fore the RDS Dublin Horse Show, Kil­macanogue show is a great prac­tice op­por­tu­nity for top rid­ers show­ing Ire­land’s best horses. For spec­ta­tors of all ages it’s sim­ply a not-to-be-missed op­por­tu­nity to get close enough to see, feel and smell the showy range of horses Ire­land is world fa­mous for. At the other end of the abil­ity scale the Kil­macanogue Horse Show has a large range of chil­dren’s classes. From ‘lead rein’ and ‘obe­di­ent pony’ for three year-olds, the ‘style and ap­pear­ance’ and ‘pairs’ classes for teenagers, to the ‘in­tro­duc­tory work­ing hunter’ and car­riage driv­ing for ner­vous adults – the re­la­tion­ship be­tween horse and rider is a joy to watch. This is all topped off by the Fancy Dress horse and rider com­pe­ti­tion which is split this year into two age cat­e­gories (up to eight and age nine and over).

What’s new in show this year? To ac­com­mo­date the young and old of all rid­ing abil­ity at this year’s show course builder Gerry Traynor will test Work­ing Hun­ters and Per­for­mance Hun­ters over nat­u­ral rus­tic fences in two Rings. Gerry is pas­sion­ate about horse sport in Ire­land and, as a rider and horse-breeder; his fo­cus is all about en­tic­ing horse and rider to ‘flow over the fences’. In one ring Gerry will set up an invit­ing in­tro­duc­tory Work­ing Hunter com­pe­ti­tion, which at 10 a.m. starts off with 60cm max­i­mum fence height. Later com­pe­ti­tions in this ring will in­volve fences at 70cm and, later still, at 80cm.

In the sec­ond Ring Gerry will set up an 80cm Per­for­mance Hunter course to test the abil­ity and style of two of Ire­land’s favourite horse breeds – the Con­nemara and the Ir­ish Draught. This will be fol­lowed by com­pe­ti­tions for all horse and pony breeds at the high­est stan­dard where fences will be 90cm and 1m.

‘Walk the course and ride each fence go­ing from cen­tre-to-cen­tre’ is Gerry’s top tip. He will be there all day to give rid­ers, par­ents, part­ners and friends en­cour­age­ment and feed­back.

Run en­tirely by vol­un­teers, with gen­er­ous sup­port from spon­sors and lo­cal com­mu­nity the show hopes to top the €8,000 raised last year for char­i­ties.

kil­macanogue­horse­show.com for sched­ule and di­rec­tions to show­ground – on­line en­tries wel­come (pre-en­try es­sen­tial for dres­sage)

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