The inaugural Irish Sport Horse Studbook Mare Championship will take place at Equus Live 2013 in the Event Centre, Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare on the 2nd and 3rd November 2013. The top 10 mares presented at the Irish Sport Horse Studbook mare inspections this autumn will be invited to compete in the Championship where a prize fund of €5,650 is on offer.

The owner of the mare that is crowned champion will receive prize money of €2,000 and the breeder will receive €500. The other mares that compete in the championship will receive an ISH Studbook mare premium of €350 (€250 for the owner and €100 for the breeder of the mare).

Commenting on the new Irish Sport Horse Studbook Mare Championship, HSI’s Director of Breeding and Programmes, Alison Corbally stated: “This new championship is an excellent opportunity to reward owners and breeders of high quality mares and to increase the value of top class mares and their progeny.  In order to be in with the chance to qualify for this prestigious new championship I would encourage mare owners to enter their 3 and 4 year old mares in the upcoming ISH mare inspections”.

Amber Byrne, Event Organiser for Equus Live commented “ We would like to thank Horse Sport Ireland for agreeing to host the inaugural ‘Irish Sport Horse Studbook Mare Championship’ at Equus Live. There is a substantial prize fund on offer which should be very attractive for mare owners and breeders. It adds another dimension to Equus Live and is an opportunity for the Equus Live audience to see the top 10 mares presented at the mare inspections in one venue and to learn a little more about the sport horse breeding industry.”

The following dates and venues have been selected for the Irish Sport Horse and Irish Draught Mare Inspections in Autumn 2013:

Week commencing 26th August 2013
Tubberbride Equestrian Centre, Collooney, Co. Sligo Creagh Equestrian Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway Dohyle House Stud, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick

Week commencing 2nd September 2013
West Cork Equine Centre, Bandon, Co. Cork Danescroft Equestrian Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim

Week commencing 9th September 2013
Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre, Co. Kilkenny Coilog Equestrian Centre, Kilmeague, Co. Kildare

To download an application form please go to the breeding section of: Closing date for entries is Monday 12th August 2013.

For further information please contact the HSI breeding department on 045 850800.

Editors Notes
The Irish Sport Horse Studbook Mare Championship will be held at Equus Live on either Saturday the 2nd or Sunday 3rd November. The date will be announced when the full Equus Live schedule is confirmed.

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