Organisers of Equus Live today announced the event will not go ahead in 2014 however they hope it will be on the Equestrian agenda for 2015.
Attracting almost 10,000 people in 2013 the two day event promoted and showcased all breeds and disciplines of equestrianism from thoroughbred to sport horse to ponies all under one roof. Taking place in the Event Centre in Punchestown an indoor arena played host to a range of demonstration and master classes from some of Ireland and England’s leading riders, spectacular displays and competitions while a shopping village housed over 120 stands.
Explaining the decision Amber Byrne said “The inaugural Equus Live was a huge success. To have footfall of nearly 10,000 people in year one is fantastic and the feedback has been phenomenal. We had some great sponsors and support from industry bodies however the main funding came from the Leader Partnership. This grant is no longer available and we have been unable to source a replacement. Without a certain level of core funding we are just not in a position to move forward this year.
Having said that, it is clear there is an appetite for Equus Live. We believe it has the potential to grow into an International event and equestrian show case. We are working on finding funding for 2015. Punchestown have been especially supportive and there are lots of individuals and industry bodies who want to see this event continue. While time is against us for this year we hope to find a solution over the next couple of month for 2015”.