Millstreet next stop for horses

THE Boomerang and Centrepoint competitions will once again throw up future champions at this week’s Millstreet Horse Show, even though the format of these prestigious tests has been changed.

The qualifiers for both, which would normally have been held in early May and June, did not take place. Instead qualifier rounds take place this week at Millstreet.

Show Director Thomas Duggan explained that the usual qualifier timing was too early in the season to ask big questions of young horses. “I feel that by the time August comes round the horses are much more prepared for tackling more testing challenges.”

The prize fund has been increased, with the Centrepoint now worth €7,500 and the Boomerang €10,000.

Financially, the highlight of this week’s show is the Grand Final in the Premier League in the main arena on Sunday, with €21,000 on offer.

The Premier League in its first year has proved to be very popular with competitors. The qualifying round will be held tomorrow, with the top 30 horses going through to Sunday’s event.

“We are delighted to be hosting a leg of the Atec Trailers Premier League, and in particular we are delighted we have the final. I’m hoping its going to come right down to the wire as then all will be to play for in Millstreet where one and a half times the points are on offer,” said Thomas Duggan.

A total prize fund of €125,000 has attracted 7,500 entries at the six-day show, which began at the Green Glens on Tuesday, and runs until Sunday.

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