A huge €50,000 prize fund is on offer for what is being billed as the world’s richest young horse show jumping competition, which will take place in Ireland next month.
The third running of The Irish Breeders Classic (IBC) will take place in the South-East of Ireland at Barnadown Stud, Gorey, Co Wexford, from Thursday September 4 to 7, with the feature Irish Breeders Classic 5 and 6 year old competition, boasting a massive €45,000 prize fund.
A competition for 4 year old horses will also take place at the show with a further €5000 up for grabs, along with a programme of top level jumping over four days, which also includes the final of Ireland’s National Grand Prix league.
Since its inception in 2012, The Irish Breeders Classic has produced some exceptional prize winners, with last year’s 5 & 6 year-old IBC winner Arraghbeg Clover and Greg Broderick going on to land the gold medal at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken in Belgium, before recording the highest price an annual elite sale of show jumping horses organised by German dealer Holger Hetzel.
The Irish Breeders Classic champion topped the sale at €400,000 when sold to Russian show jumper Vladimir Beletzkyi, while previous IBC prize winners also include Codarco, who is now competing internationally with Ireland’s Billy Twomey and MHS Going Global, who recently landed two rounds of the Irish Premier Series, the highest level of show jumping on the Irish national circuit.
While the Irish Breeders Classic has caught the imagination of the Irish sport horse industry, organizer Ronan Rothwell hopes to attract more international entries this year from the UK and mainland Europe.
“The Irish Breeders Classic is open to any 5 and 6 year old horse born in Ireland and with so many young Irish horses sold abroad over the past few years, we would love to see some of those exports return to Ireland and compete for this massive prize fund.”
The show will also give an opportunity for buyers, with Goresbridge Horse Sales hosting a select Select Sale of Show Jumpers on the Friday, September 5, with viewing will take place at the Barnadown jumping complex with the auction taking place at the nearby Amber Springs Hotel.
The Irish Breeders Classic venue at Barnadown is accessible by ferry, an hour from Rosslare Europort and Dublin Port, while Dublin Airport is just over one hour’s drive from Barnadown.
Side attractions at the Irish Breeders Classic include a foal sale at Barnadown on Sunday, a novelty dog show and a miniature horse display.