PLANS have been unveiled for the installation of a new all-weather competition arena at the International Equestrian Competition Centre at Ballindenisk House, Watergrasshill in County Cork, which is supported by the LEADER programme.
The 140m x 70m all-weather arena will be utilised at both international eventing competitions in April and September, as well as the many national competitions hosted at the venue. The new arena will also be available for regional and national training, from grassroots to High Performance Olympic athletes.
This project will be funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and supported by Cork County Council’s North Cork Local Action Group (LAG) through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development – Europe Investing in Rural Areas – LEADER 2014 – 2020 programme and Avondhu Blackwater Partnership CLG.
Organisers of the event were delighted to have Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, present at the recent Horse Trials at the centre, particularly as the Minister and his department have been so instrumental in progressing the plans for this development.
Michael Creed praised Event Director Peter Fell for his commitment to the event at Ballindenisk, as well as the sport in Ireland. He said: “As Minister with ultimate responsibility for the equine sector and the sport horse industry in particular, I am acutely conscious of our global standing and the importance of having an infrastructure that matches the breeding stock that we have internationally. It is more relevant than ever given the recent successes we have achieved at the European Championships across multi-disciplines. Without leaders like Peter, the industry will not develop and I applaud him for his commitment to the sport.”
Valerie Murphy, CEO of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, paid tribute to Peter’s entrepreneurial vision commenting that “Ballindenisk has been an excellent showcase of LEADER Funding and we congratulate you and your family on this latest endeavour.”
Event Director Peter Fell was thrilled to make this announcement during the September International Horse Trials, which saw record entries with almost 300 competitors from 13 nations.