Over 180 horses and ponies will ensure Ballindenisk in Watergrasshill, Co Cork, is the centre of attention for equestrian fans over the next few days.<
The Fell family venue is staging one of the country's premier horse trials and, according to event director Peter Fell, “preparations have gone very well.”
“Some of Ireland's best riders are here and competition across all classes should be very keen. We have done a lot of work on the cross-country track - 80% of it is new with 35 new fences - and the reception from the riders has been good," said Mr Fell.
Competition begins today with two days of dressage, followed by the cross-country on Saturday and concluding with the show jumping phase on Sunday.
Emphasis is also being placed on winding up with a "family fun day".
“Apart from the show jumping, we'll have the pony club games league final, which is a great spectacle. Free pony rides for children, a petting farm, a hound parade and a dog competition for all types of dogs should make for an entertaining day,” said Mr Fell.
Picture shows racehorse trainer Aidan O'Brien with Carriganog Storm, his daughter Ana’s pony, during the veterinary inspection at Ballindenisk. Ana and Carriganog Storm will compete in the CCNP** class.
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