Leading international riders including Badminton winner Jock Paget and Kentucky victor Andrew Nicholson are among the starters for this year’s Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Ireland.
The Three Day Event, run in in association with Horse Sport Ireland, starts on Thursday May 30, and finishes with the show jumping phase on Sunday, June 2.
Some 320 horse and rider combinations will tackle Ian Stark’s jaw dropping cross country course at the Ratoath venue, which last saw current World Number 2 William Fox-Pitt dominate the event by winning the feature class, The Irish Field CCI3*, for the second consecutive year. This year he returns with Chilli Morning, whom he competed at the recent Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, aiming to complete the hat-trick.
The two leading New Zealanders are joined by compatriots Blyth Tait, Jonelle Richards, Lucy Jackson, and Tim Price, along with competitors from Japan, Australia, USA and Canada, and a strong Irish contingent.
Aoife Clark, who finished in the top ten at Badminton last week, is joined at Tattersalls by fellow Irish Olympic team members Mark Kyle, Camilla Speirs, Joseph Murphy and Michael Ryan, as well as many other leading local combinations.
Roger Casey, Managing Director of Tattersalls Ireland, said: “A year after the excitement of the London Olympics we are very much looking forward to welcoming back top Irish and international eventers.”
Tickets range from €5 for one day adult admission to €50 for a picnic pass (includes entry for 2 adults and 2 children). Public parking is free, or there is the option to avail of priority parking for an extra €10.