HSI Young Handler Championship Series 2018 moves to Adamstown in Co Wexford

  • 2 July 2018, 11:18

Following rounds at Flavours of Fingal County Show in Dublin and at Dunmanway Agricultural Show in Co. Cork, the next round of the Horse Sport Ireland Young Handler Championship Series takes place at Adamstown Agricultural Show, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford this Saturday July 7th.

The aim of the Horse Sport Ireland Young Handler Championship Series is to assist in the development of the skills of young handlers to prepare and present horses for show and sale. A total of €25,000 is available for this Championship, with a prize fund of €3,000 for each qualifier and a prize fund of €10,000 for the final.

The Economic Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy 2017 highlighted that since 2012 the involvement of young breeders (≤ 30yrs) in the sport horse industry has declined from 8.1% to 3.7% in 2016. In 2016 just 0.19% of breeders were less than 20 years of age.

The Championship is aimed at encouraging more young breeders/producers to become involved in the industry. It will also provide a unique opportunity for young handlers that are new to the industry to become involved in breeding initiatives and to gain contact and information/education and encourage long term involvement in the breeding industry.

The Championship is run over five qualifiers within the five Irish Horse Board regions from June to September to allow for maximum participation. The top three young handlers from each qualifier will be eligible to compete in the final.

For further information on the Championship  click HERE


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