QUALIFIERS for the 2021 RDS National Championships, August 18-22, will start from later this month and continue through June into July. Competitions at the RDS National Championships will take place on the hallowed turf of the RDS Main Arena, while international Course Designer, Alan Wade has also been confirmed for all three days of show jumping competitions in the RDS.
Wednesday is Young Horse day at the RDS National Championships, including classes for yearlings, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, the Young Horse Championships and the Three-Year-Old Potential Event Horse class. Thursday is a day for Show Hunters and breeding stock, incorporating classes for Irish Draught Mares and Foals and two Breeders’ Championship classes. Friday is Pony day at the RDS Main Arena. There will be classes for 128cm, 138cm, 148cm and the 148cm Six- and Seven-Year-Old Ponies. A competition for Children on Horses will also take place on Friday. Saturday begins with the Amateur final, followed by the three Young Rider classes and finishes up with the Four-Year-Old Final in the Main Arena. The Horse finals take place on Sunday, with the Five-Year-Olds, Six-Year-Olds and Seven-Year-Olds, before finishing up with an Eight- and Nine-Year-Old class.
RDS Chief Executive, Geraldine Ruane spoke about this year’s event: “People have been very appreciative of the RDS National Championships since we announced it. Everyone understands that we are operating in exceptional circumstances and recognise that the RDS has a desire to do what it can for the greater good of the sport horse industry. The late August dates for the Championships gives us a little more manoeuvrability for qualifying this summer and hopefully this helps competitors to get prepared as best they can. We’re also delighted to have international course designer, Alan Wade on-board. The RDS has been fortunate to have Alan with us over many years at the Dublin Horse Show, and are delighted to have him with us in these unique circumstances. All of this is in anticipation of receiving Government approval for this event to take place in August.”
A total prize fund of €167,000 has been confirmed for the five-day event. The number of qualifying places that would typically be on offer for the show jumping classes at the Dublin Horse Show have been retained for the RDS National Championships.
In new departure for the RDS, there will be qualifiers for all showing classes at this year’s event. There are four showing qualifiers, which will cover the Young Horses, the Irish Draught Mares and Foal, the Breeders’ Championship and the Show Hunters. With two or three qualifying spaces available at each of the four showing qualifiers, there will be between 10 and 12 qualifying places available for each showing final at the RDS. The Three-Year-Old Potential Event Horse and Loose Performance qualifiers will take place as per previous years, over a two-week period, from Monday to Friday in late June / early July. The RDS National Championships Competition Schedule will be available from early June.
All finals will take place in the RDS Main Arena, apart from the Young Event Horse, Junior / Young Rider Event Horse, Connemara Performance Hunter, Performance Irish Draught, which will all take place at Lambertstown, Kilmessan, Co. Meath on Tuesday, August 17.
A closing date of July 19 has been confirmed for all entries for the RDS National Championships.
See all information pertaining to qualifying at www.rds.ie/ rds-foundation/ equestrian/ national- championships
2021 RDS National Championships Qualifiers
Horses – Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight and Nine-Year-Olds (show jumping)
Wednesday, May 26 – The Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, Co. Armagh
Wednesday, June 16 - Mullingar Equestrian Centre, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Wednesday, June 30 – Barnadown Show jumping, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Ponies (show jumping)
Saturday, June 19 – Barnadown Showjumping, Gorey, Co Wexford
Saturday, June 26 – Ard Chuain Equestrian Centre, Corballa, Co. Sligo
Saturday, July 10 – Cavan Equestrian Centre, Latt, Co. Cavan
Saturday, July 17 – The Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, Co. Armagh
Young Riders & Children on Horses (show jumping)
Sunday, June 20 – Barnadown Show jumping, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Sunday, June 27 – Ard Chuain Equestrian Centre, Corballa, Co. Sligo
Sunday, July 11 – Cavan Equestrian Centre, Latt, Co. Cavan
Sunday, July 18 – The Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, Co. Armagh
Amateurs (show jumping)
Saturday, June 12 – Ballinamona Equestrian Centre, Old Tramore Rd., Co. Waterford
Saturday, June 19 – Tipperary Equestrian Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Sunday, June 27 – Galway Equestrian Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway
Saturday, July 3 – Ravensdale Equestrian Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Three-Year-Old Potential Event Horse
Monday, June 21 – Top Flight Equestrian Centre, Warrington, Co. Kilkenny
Tuesday, June 22 – County Clare Showgrounds, Ennis, Co. Clare
Wednesday, June 23 – Tubberbride Equestrian Centre, Collooney, Co. Sligo
Thursday, June 24 – Ross House Equestrian Centre, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan
Friday, June 25 – Kernan’s Equestrian Centre, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh
Three-Year-Old Loose Performance
Monday, June 28 – Top Flight Equestrian Centre, Warrington, Co. Kilkenny
Tuesday, June 29 – County Clare Showgrounds, Ennis, Co. Clare
Wednesday, June 30 – Tubberbride Equestrian Centre, Collooney, Co. Sligo
Thursday, July 1 – Kernan’s Equestrian Centre, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh
Friday, July 2 – Ross House Equestrian Centre, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan
Young Event Horse & Junior / Young Rider Event Horse / Connemara Performance Hunter / Performance Irish Draught
Thursday, July 1 – Tullylish, Gilford, Co. Armagh
Thursday, July 8 – Scarteen, Knocklong, Co. Limerick
Thursday, July 15 – Forth Mountain, Barntown, Co. Wexford
Thursday, July 22 – Rincoola, Granard, Co. Longford
Breeders’ Championship / Irish Draught Mares & Foals / Young Horses (Yearlings, Two-Year-Olds, Three-Year-Olds In-hand)
Saturday, June 19 – The Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, Co. Armagh
Saturday, June 19 – Maryville Stables, Carrigaline, Co. Cork
Saturday, July 3 – Galway Equestrian Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway
Sunday, July 11 – Barnadown Show jumping, Gorey, Co Wexford
Sunday, June 20 – The Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, Co. Armagh
Sunday, June 20 – Maryville Stables, Carrigaline, Co. Cork
Sunday, July 4 – Galway Equestrian Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway
Saturday, July 10 – Barnadown Showjumping, Gorey, Co Wexford
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