The Roscommon Show’s Horse Section will be the talk of the land after it was confirmed at last Thursday’s launch that over €14,000 is up for grabs this year.
Roscommon Show President and head of the horses’ classes, Christy Tully, said there are 29 classes at this year’s event and plenty of prizes to go around.
“Horse Sport Ireland and the Mayo/Roscommon Breeders’ Group have been a big help this year. The foal classes are as good as you’d get in the 32 counties.
“The Roscommon Show has one of the highest prize funds in the country across all classes,” he said.
Mr. Tully paid tribute to sponsors such as All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, as well as the Hannon family.
“The highlight of this year’s show is the All-Ireland Irish Draught Yearling Filly, which is part of the Horse Sport Ireland National Showing Championship series and sponsored by Hannon’s Hotel,” he added.
Roscommon Show Assistant Secretary Claudia Gormley told those in attendance that there was €3,500 on offer in the Pony Section and that the new class this year was the Horse Sport Ireland Foal Championship Qualifier which incorporates a section for pony foals with a total prize fund of €700.
Micheal Curley of the County Roscommon Hunt was also in attendance at last Thursday’s launch and he invited entries to the Mini Hunter Trials for riders under the age of 16 before wishing the organisers of this year’s show well for Saturday.