IRISH event riders are racing their way to the 2018 World Equestrian Games via Dundalk Stadium. 14 Team Ireland Equestrian and Eventing Ireland members will take to the racetrack to help raise funds towards their High-Performance Squads and the senior athletes journey to the World Equestrian Games, in Tryon later on this year. The World Equestrian Games is the first opportunity for the Irish Eventing team to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Event Riders Challenge Race is the last race on the card in Dundalk Stadium on Wednesday, March 28. Team Ireland Equestrian sponsors and Dundalk-based company, Horseware Ireland, have kindly agreed to be the title sponsors for the race.
Sally Corscadden, Eventing High-Performance Director, will be joining the field with 13 other event riders including Senior High-Performance squad members; Declan Cullen, Cathal Daniels, Aiden Keogh, Brian Morrison and Michael Ryan. All money raised by the athletes goes directly towards the Eventing High-Performance funding.
Speaking about the fundraiser, Corscadden said: “The purpose of this race is to raise important funds needed on our journey to the World Equestrian Games, which are being held in Tryon, North Carolina, U.S.A. We are taking off our dressage tails, shortening our stirrups and putting on our racing goggles! It is another fun showcase for our wonderful supporters and at the same time something exciting and great fitness training for the athletes. After the successful Eventing Demo Tour fundraiser last month, we cannot wait to show the racing community what we can do!!”
Dundalk Stadium is provisionally booked for 180 people. Tickets and tables can be purchased through the Eventing Ireland website. A hospitality package is €65 per person including admission, race card and three-course meal. Come and experience this unique race, included in a full race card, from the comfort of the exquisite dining establishment in Dundalk Stadium with panoramic views of the racing circuits, book early to avoid disappointment!