Tat­ter­salls tri­als to pro­vide €2m boost as in­ter­est jumps

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THE 13th Tat­ter­salls In­ter­na­tional Horse Tri­als and Coun­try Fair will deliver a near €2m boost to the lo­cal econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers.

The event, which will take place just out­side Ra­toath, Co Meath, close to Fairy­house Race­course, has grown to be­come one of the most im­por­tant events of its kind in the world. In its first year it at­tracted just 1500 spec­ta­tors and since grown to at­tract 35,000-strong crowds.

Amongst the com­peti­tors at the June week­end will be Olympic gold, sil­ver and bronze medal­lists, world cham­pi­ons and medal win­ners, 22 Olympians and the largest-ever amount of en­tries, with 368 rid­ers from a record 16 coun­tries.

Last year’s event was watched by view­ers from more than 120 coun­tries. The tough­est test of all eques­trian sports is ef­fec­tively a triathlon for horse and rider com­bi­na­tions.

It will be closely watched and as­sessed by many ex­perts and team man­agers with an eye to­ward qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the World Eques­trian Games in Tryon, North Carolina this Septem­ber and then on­ward to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“Tat­ter­salls just keeps grow­ing each year in num­bers and pres­tige and is now re­ally well es­tab­lished as one of the most pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tional three-day events in the world as we con­tinue to at­tract so many of the in­ter­na­tional stars from the sport of event­ing,” said event co-or­di­na­tor Joanne Quirke.

“No other sport­ing event in Ire­land this year will have as many Olympic cham­pi­ons and medal­lists, world cham­pi­ons and medal­lists and ex­ist­ing Olympians in the one venue at the same event.

“Some of the great­est rid­ers of our time will be com­pet­ing, like Olympic cham­pi­ons Blyth Tait, Wil­liam Fox-pitt, Grand Slam win­ner Pippa Fun­nell, seven-time Olympian An­drew Hoy, six-time Olympian Mary King as well as other in­ter­na­tional su­per­stars like world num­ber one Oliver Tow­nend, Harry Meade, Piggy French and Tim Price.”

The event, which takes place from May 30 to June 3, will in­clude 80 shops in a three-acre food and craft vil­lage.

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