Record en­tries ex­pected for Banteer Gymkhana

The Corkman - - NEWS - JOHN TARRANT

THE ever pop­u­lar Banteer Gymkhana prom­ises to at­tract huge en­tries on Sun­day next, Septem­ber 17.

A mixed ar­ray of pony and show jump­ing events will dom­i­nate pro­ceed­ings from early morn­ing to dusk.

The stag­ing takes place at the Maryville Equestrian Cen­tre lo­cated in Car­ri­ga­line, where equine fol­low­ers can en­joy the bumper pro­gramme com­menc­ing at 9am and the ex­pected fare will con­tinue over a ten hour sched­ule.

Last year’s 550 en­tries is ex­pected to be sur­passed within the are­nas with a mas­sive €25,000 prize money on of­fer. Or­gan­iser Jerry Sweetman in­di­cated this week that en­tries were run­ning at record lev­els in many of the classes with en­thu­si­asts com­ing from all over Mun­ster and na­tion­wide.

“Our venues con­trib­ute enor­mously to one of the most suc­cess­ful gymkhana’s ever staged in equestrian sport. Banteer is now ranked amongst the fore­most within the prov­ince. Last year a mas­sive €14,000 was raised for St. Joseph’s Foun­da­tion Cen­tre”, he said.

Keen com­pe­ti­tion is ex­pected for the pony grand prixs with u10-16 boys and girls go­ing in search for the ul­ti­mate spoils.

Ad­di­tion­ally, there are na­tional fi­nals in a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions af­ter qual­i­fiers all over the coun­try and the Banteer host­ing is the con­clud­ing leg to the Mun­ster Grand Prix League with Paddy O’Don­nell, Tholm Keane, Fran­cis Con­nors, Jes­sica Burke, Ger O’Neill, Paul Beecher, Ni­cholas Con­nors and Maura Couni­han amongst the con­tenders for the rosettes.

“There are many other pony and horse classes op­er­at­ing in three are­nas, all in a per­fect set­ting at the Maryville Cen­tre. Thanks must be ex­tended to our many spon­sors for con­tribut­ing to the suc­cess of the one day event,” said Mr Sweetman.

Pro­ceeds from the stag­ing go to­wards the St Joseph’s Foun­da­tion based in Charleville and the Lisken­net Farm Equine Ther­apy Cen­tre for Autism.

At the pre­sen­ta­tion of €5,000 by Trabol­gan Hol­i­day Vil­lage to Banteer Gymkhana sup­port­ing St. Josephs Foun­da­tion Charleville and Lisken­net Farm Autism Cen­tre were Jerry Sweet­nam(Banteer Gymkhana Or­gan­iser), Catherine O’Leary(Di­rec­tor Trabol­gan Hol­i­day Cen­tre); Donal O’Sul­li­van(Gen­eral Man­ager, Trabol­gan Hol­i­day Vil­lage), Marie Sweet­nam(Banteer Gymkhana); David Doyle, Project Man­ager, Lisken­net Farm) and Bon­nie the Bunny. Photo: John Tarrant

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