Record entries expected for Banteer Gymkhana
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