The 2013 Johnson & Perrott Land Rover Ballindenisk International Horse Trials incorporating the Goresbridge Go for Gold €50,000 bonus, take place 19th – 22nd September 2013.
For eventing fans, who cannot be present there will be LIVE STREAMING – provided by Webcast Ireland and supported by the show’s sponsors, available to watch free of charge on http://www.doneganryaneventing.com/
Filming will begin on Thursday with the dressage phase and will cover highlights of the cross country on Saturday, followed by full show jumping rounds on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the event Mike Ryan said: “DoneganRyan Eventing has a huge on-line audience across the world and I wanted to make the most of this to promote Irish eventing via this powerful media channel. In Ireland we have great horses, riders and events and I feel that Ballindenisk is an excellent opportunity to showcase what Ireland has to offer. This is the first time for eventing to be live streamed in Ireland and hopefully it will serve to show what we have to offer as a nation. This will be our first attempt at such a project but we are confident that that Webcast Ireland who also live-streamed the International Mounted Games will provide and excellent service and it will basis for future projects”.
Oliver Townend with Imperial Master won the CIC3* in September 2012, and can win the Goresbridge Go For Gold €50,000 Bonus if he and Imperial Master win the CCI3* again this September. Can they win once more?
There is no admission charge for those who can make the journey for the first two days of the event – Thursday and Friday - so pop along and enjoy both days in the dressage.
As for Saturday, for those who will make the journey, you will be right at heart the action on the Saturday as you walk around the beautiful grounds and watch the thrilling cross-country, or view the trade stands and food stands around the main arena .The action starts at 10 am, admission €10 per car.
Sunday is the final day with the show-jumping and prize giving. There will, once more, be trade stands, fantastic food , a dog show, kids fun area and all the horsey action you could want, starting at 9 am admission €10 per car.
For those of our readers not familiar with Ballindenisk a little bit of history to whet your appetite.
Ballindenisk is an equestrian competition venue in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork (and the home of the Fell family), catering for all levels and all types of equestrian competitions, specialising in Eventing.
Horse Trials or ‘Eventing’ as it is also known, has its roots in the Military and dates back to the early part of the 20th century when the competition was developed to reflect the varied roles of the cavalry horse and provide a challenge for the horse and rider during the times of peace.
The first competition staged at Ballindenisk was in 1926, when the first Point to Point was run across the banks, the main avenue crossing still uses one of these beautiful old Irish racing banks.
Eventing first started at Ballindenisk in 1974 under the guidance of Norman van de Vater and he is still very involved being the President of the International Events which run twice a year, a CIC in April and a CCI in September.
Here is a taste of the action so tune in during the event, or better still pop along to Ballindenisk if you can make it.