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2016 ISH STUDBOOK YOUNG HORSE EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP

This year Horse Sport Ireland is introducing a new ISH Studbook Young Horse Eventing Championship which will take place at the Ballindenisk International Horse Trials, Co. Cork, on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2016.  This Championship aims to identify, evaluate and reward owners of young horses that are capable of performing at the highest level in international eventing and will replace the ISH Studbook Eventing Series for this year.

The Championship will have an overall prize fund of €25,000 and will consist of classes for 4, 5 and 6 year old horses and a class for 5 and 6 year old ponies.  The winner of the 6 year Old class will be presented the Michael Leonard Trophy.  Further details, including a breakdown of the prize fund, the format for the Championship, eligibility and qualifying criteria can be downloaded HERE.

Commenting on the inaugural ISH Studbook Young Horse Eventing Championship, HSI Director of Breeding and Programmes, Alison Corbally stated “Similar young horse championships are well established in other countries and we hope to emulate their success and provide breeders and producers of Irish event horses with the opportunity to win significant prize money and promote their horses to national and international buyers.”

Venue announced for the HSI Show Jumping Mare Championship

HSI is delighted to announce that the 2016 HSI Showjumping Mare Championships will take place at Cavan Equestrian Centre. The qualifier will take place on Friday 21st October and the final on Sunday 23rd October 2016.  A prize fund of €15,000 will be on offer for the Championships which is open to 5 and 6 year old mares that are registered in a studbook that is a member of the WBFSH, or registered with Weatherbys.

Commenting on the Championships, Alison Corbally, HSI Director of Breeding and Programmes, “We are expecting the Mare Championships to attract the best young show jumping mares in Ireland as there is a significant prize fund on offer.  €4,000 of the prize fund is allocated to breeding incentives to encourage the owners of the highest placed mares to breed form them early in their career.  We hope the Championships generate a lot of interest within the industry and raise the profile of our young and talented mares.”

Click HERE for further details on the HSI Showjumping Mare Championship.

HSI Sport Horse Foal Championship 2016

Horse Sport Ireland is pleased to announce the dates and venues for the Sport Horse Foal Championship.  The Championship, with a very generous prize fund of €30,000, aims to identify, evaluate and reward breeders who have bred a foal that has the potential to be competitive at the highest International level in the disciplines of show jumping or eventing.

This year there will be 6 regional qualifiers held with separate sections for potential showjumping foals and potential eventing foals.   Foals will be permitted to enter one regional qualifier but will not be confined to entering the qualifier in their own region.  €3,000 in prize money will be on offer at each of the qualifiers where 4 foals will be selected for the Final; the best show jumping type colt and filly, and the best eventing type colt and filly.

The final will take place on the 26th August at Cavan Equestrian Centre where a pot of €10,000 will be on offer and two Champions will be named, Champion Showjumping Foal and Champion Eventing Foal. There will also be a special prize for the overall best traditionally-bred foal. The Showjumping Champion colt and filly will be offered free entry into the Cavan Elite Foal Sale taking place on the 22nd September at Cavan Equestrian Centre should their owners be interested in selling their foals.

 

Regional Championship Venue Date Closing Date
Region 1

Wicklow, Louth, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Meath, Westmeath, Dublin

Coilog Equestrian Centre, Kilmeague, Co Kildare 22nd August 2016 CLOSING DATE 8th August 2016
Entries directly to the show:
info@coilog.com or call 045 860842
Region 2

Tipperary, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny

Wexford Equestrian, Tomhaggard, Co. Wexford 18th August 2016 CLOSING DATE 1st August 2016
Entries directly to the show: www.wexfordequestrian.ie or call 087 6613088
Region 3

Waterford, Kerry, Limerick, Cork

Newcastle West Show Castlemahon, Co. Limerick 17th July 2016

 

CLOSING DATE 30th June 2016
Entries directly to the show:  entries@newcastlewestshow.com Sean Mcauliffe, Rathpalatine, Broadford, Via Charleville, Co Limerick – or call Donal Lynch on 087 2561813
Region 4

Mayo, Galway, Clare

Galway Equestrian Centre, Peakroe, Athenry, Galway 24th August 2016

 

CLOSING DATE 12th August 2016
Entries directly to the show: galwayequestrian@eircom.net or call 086 1713601
Region 5

Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Longford, Roscommon

Tubberbride Stables, Co. Sligo 7th August 2016

 

CLOSING DATE 25th July 2016
Entries directly to the show:  noeleenkerins14@gmail.com or call 087 6712200
Northern Ireland The Meadows Equestrian Centre Lurgan, Co. Armagh 19th  August 2016 CLOSING DATE 4th August 2016
Entries directly to the show: www.themec.co.uk or call 0044 28 38322417

Foals must also be registered in a studbook (pending DNA where this can be verified by the studbook is acceptable) that is a member of the WBFSH or Weatherbys and must be shown with their dams.

Entry Forms

CLICK HERE for an Entry Form for the HSI Sport Horse Foal Championship Qualifier at Coilog Equestrian Centre

CLICK HERE for an Entry Form for the HSI Sport Horse Foal Championship Qualifier at Wexford Equestrian Centre

CLICK HERE for an Entry Form for the HSI Sport Horse Foal Championship Qualifier at Newcastle West Show

CLICK HERE for an Entry Form for the HSI Sport Horse Foal Championship Qualifier at Galway Equestrian Centre

CLICK HERE for an Entry Form for the HSI Sport Horse Foal Championship Qualifier at Tubberbride Stables

CLICK HERE for an Entry Form for the HSI Sport Horse Foal Championship Qualifier at The Meadows Equestrian Centre

 

Criteria for entry

  • Foals must be registered in a studbook that is a member of the WBFSH or Weatherbys (pending DNA where this can be verified by the studbook is acceptable) and must be shown with their dams.
  • Foals are only permitted to enter one regional qualifier but will not be limited to competing in the region in which the owner resides.
  • Foals must be entered in either the Showjumping Section or the Eventing Section.  They cannot compete in both sections.
  • The dam’s passport should be available on the day for inspection.
  • All foals must be a minimum of 6 weeks old to compete at the Final.
  • All foals must be named in order to compete in the Final.

 

Competitors

  • Foals must be lead to and from the arena, and only turned loose when requested to do so by the judges.
  • The judge’s decision as announced is for the qualifiers and Championship is final, the only exception is where the pedigree of the foal is not subsequently confirmed by DNA.
  • Pedigree points allocation are based on the information provided by the owner on the completed entry form and these points allocated in the qualifier will not change retrospectively for the qualifier, but they may be updated for the final should additional information be forthcoming.
  • Foals must be registered & microchipped for the qualifiers and must provide their passport for the final. Prize money will only be provided after pedigree confirmed by DNA and passport details are verified.

Prize Money

Regional Qualifiers (€3,000 per venue)

  Show Jumping Colt Show Jumping Filly Eventing Colt Eventing Filly
1st (Qualifies for Final) €500 €500 €500 €500
2nd €250 €250 €250 €250

Final (€10,000)

  Show Jumping Colt Show Jumping Filly Eventing Colt Eventing Filly
1st €1,500 €1,500 €1,500 €1,500
2nd €500 €500 €500 €500

 

In addition €1,000 will be awarded to the best traditionally-bred foal and €1,000 towards prizes in kind, sashes etc.

Preparation

It is important for the foals to be well prepared for the classes. To practice for the championship it is wise that the foal has been familiarised with the headcollar and leading at a young age. During the events the foals may not have lost all of their foal hairs. The judges will only examine the quality of the foal and does not pay attention to colour or coat. During the classes a foal’s health is more important than show condition coat. Completely shaving the foals is not recommended, because shaved foals are more likely to get a cold when they are outside in bad weather.

These classes are not traditional show foal classes, they are for potential performance animals. Any evidence of foals having been over-fed or pushed to grow and develop unnaturally, which could be detrimental for their future bone development and general wellbeing will be penalised.


Evaluation

Foals will be presented to the judges accompanied by their dam. All foals must be paraded as a group at the start of each class before the individual evaluation of each foal.

During the individual presentation the foal is positioned in front of the judges with a halter, in order to evaluate its posture and conformation. The mare will be kept at hand during the foals movement evaluation. The foal can then be judged freely on walk, trot and canter as indicated by the judges. When all the foals are evaluated, the judges will announce the Regional Champion and the Reserve.  The judges will describe the positive attributes of the foals to the audience and provide an assessment as to whether they think the foal is Eventer type or Showjumper type.

Judging Criteria:

 

There will be two judges for each category of Show jumping and Eventing.
Foals will be judged according to the following criteria.

  1. Functional conformation
  2. Walk
  3. Trot
  4. Canter
  5. Overall athleticism and balance
  6. Pedigree

The judges will be provided with pedigee and pefomance information for each of the foals.

Scoring will be judged out of 100 and will be based on the following traits:

  Showjumping Section Qualifier/Final Eventing Section

Qualifier/Final

Functional conformation  20 25
Walk 10 10
Trot 10 20
Canter 25 15
Overall athleticism and balance 25 20
Pedigree 10 10

System for Evaluating Damline Pedigree

 

Performance damline pedigree will be assessed by the studbook prior to the class.  Points for pedigree will be based on the ISH Star Rating system, for 3 generations on the dam line.

 

Maximum Points for: Showjumping Damline Pedigree Points Eventing Damline Pedigree Points
Dam 5 5
maternal granddam or maternal great granddam 5 (maternal granddam)

 Or

 2.5 (maternal great granddam)

5 (maternal granddam)

Or

 2.5 (maternal great granddam)

 

Maximum Points Available

 

10

 

10

The points awarded for each of these ancestors will be based on the individual’s ancestor’s own performance or its progeny’s performance component of the star rating criteria, whichever is highest.

For example a foal whose dam is eligible for a 4 star rating for her own showjumping performance and a 3 star rating for her progeny’s showjumping performance will be considered to be a 4 star mare out of an available 5 stars.  Her foal will receive 4 points for this dam.

Where 5 pedigree points are available for an ancestor they will be awarded as follows:

Star Rating No Points Awarded
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1

Where 2.5 pedigree points are available for an ancestor (i.e. the maternal great granddam) they will be awarded as follows:

Star Rating No Points Awarded
5 2.5
4 2
3 1.5
2 1
1 0.5

 

HSI MARES EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP

The HSI Mares Eventing Championship will take place at Lisgarvan House on Sunday 11 September.

The aim of the HSI Mares Eventing Championship is to identify, evaluate and reward owners of mares that are capable of performing at the highest level in international eventing and are suitable for producing progeny that would be competitive at the highest level in international eventing.

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

Mares must be 5 or 6 years of age and registered in a studbook that is a member of the WBFSH or registered with Weatherbys.  They must also be registered with Eventing Ireland.

In order to qualify for the HSI Mares Eventing Championship, the mare must have completed in an Eventing Ireland event, asfollows:

  • 5 yo mares must have completed one clear round jumping xc at EI100
  • 6 yo mares must have completed one clear round jumping xc at CNC1*

·    All riders and horses must be registered with Eventing Ireland and must have gained qualifications as a combination.

FORMAT OF THE HSI MARES EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP

The HSI Mares Eventing Championship classes will be split into age classes.  The 5yo will compete the dressage, show jumping and cross country phases at EI100 level and the 6yo to CNC1*, as per Eventing Ireland rules.

AGE DRESSAGE SJ XC
5 year old Championship Test BE105 1m max 1m max
6 year old Championship Test BE113 1.15m max 1.10m max

PRIZE MONEY

€15,000 to be allocated between horse and breeders prizes. A €3000 amount will be retained in a separate fund by HSI, which will be distributed as so €1000 to the owner of the first placed mare and €500 tothe owner of the second placed mares at the time they register with the ISH Studbook the first progeny of these mares bred to a 4* or 5* stallion or an approved Thoroughbred stallion or a preliminary approved stallion with a breeding value greater than 140.  A time limit of 5years shall be placed on this fund

Matron Scheme

  • Any 6yo eligible mare with a foal registered on the IHR will be allowed to compete in the 5yo class
  • Any 7yo eligible mare with a foal registered on the IHR will be allowed to compete in the 6yo class
  • Please note the onus is onthe owner to apply for the Matron Scheme prior to their entry being submitted
  • All Matron Scheme applications should come to Antonette Doran adoran@horsesportireland.ie  or 045 854514