HSI Announces Details of the 2016 Foal Championship and Showjumping and Eventing Mare Championships
- 7 June 2016, 17:06
Following the success of last year’s inaugural HSI Sport Horse Foal Championship, Showjumping Mare Championship and Eventing Mare Championship, Horse Sport Ireland is pleased to announce the details of the 2016 Championships.
HSI Sport Horse Foal Championship 2016
The HSI Foal Championship has a very generous prize fund of €25,000 and will aim 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 showjumping or eventing.
This year there will be 5 regional qualifiers held between July and September 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 at the end of September or early October 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.
Commenting on the 2016 Foal Championship, Alison Corbally, HSI Director of Breeding and Programmes, “There is a significant prize fund on offer for the 2016 HSI Foal Championship as we are committed to supporting breeders who endeavour to produce top class performance and breeding stock. Last year’s Championship was well supported and we hope that this initiative will grow and evolve to become one of the most prestigious events in each breeder’s calendar. I would like to encourage anyone who is considering entering their foal in the 2016 Championship to register their foal as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible to compete”.
HSI are now seeking applications from existing shows and venues interested in hosting a regional qualifier and/or final. The closing date for applications is Monday 13th June 2016. For further information on this application process please download the following documents:
HSI Showjumping and Eventing Mare Championships 2016
The aim of the Showjumping and Eventing Mare Championships is to identify, evaluate and reward owners of mares that are capable of performing at the highest level in International showjumping/eventing and are suitable for producing progeny that would be competitive at the highest level in International showjumping/eventing. A prize fund of €15,000 will be on offer for each of 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. Additional performance criteria will be applied to mares entering the Eventing Mare Championship.
The Matron Scheme will be in operation for both of the Mare Championships allowing for 6 year old mares with a foal registered on the IHR to compete in the 5 year old section and 7 year old mares with a foal registered on the IHR to compete in the 6 year old section.
HSI are now seeking applications from existing shows and venues interested in hosting either the 2016 Showjumping or Eventing Mare Championship. The closing date for applications is Monday 13th June 2016. For further information on this application process please download the following documents: