WITHIN breeding circles, it is commonly known that the mare is very influential in the makeup of their offspring’s ability.
Launching their latest concept, the Northern Ireland Horse Board have revealed their inaugural Mares Development Series, supported by Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan.
Commenting on the launch of the series, a NIHB representative said: “For years we have been hearing that the Irish mare herd needs to be supported and strengthened. It is hoped that our development series will go some way to provide the building blocks to develop our mares in the future.”
Aaron McCusker of the Meadows Equestrian Centre said that they are delighted to be “supporting the Northern Ireland Horse Board in their first running of their development series for mares” and hoped that both organisations would be able to collaborate again in the future.
The series will combine the breeding know-how of the Northern Ireland Horse Board and the certifiable performance records of Show jumping Ireland. There will be qualifying events held throughout Ireland, where all double clear mares competing in 1m to 1.20m classes will be eligible for the final to be held at Meadows Equestrian Centre at their Autumn Championship Horse Show, scheduled for September 24 and 25, where a total prize fund of £2,250 will be on offer.
Qualifying Venues are:
Connell Hill – Date to be confirmed
Banbridge Show – Saturday, June 11
Cavan – Sunday, June 19
Castle Irvine/ Enniskillen Show – Saturday, June 25
Omagh Show – July 1 and 2
National Balmoral Championships – Saturday, July 9
Meadows – Saturday, July 16
Portmore – Sunday, July 24
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