We are delighted that (with a little help from good neighbours), we were stage the Irish Sporthorse Studbook All-Ireland Young Show Person Competition this year, Sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland. This fantastic competition, with a prize-fund of €1400 took place on Sunday 11th July at Cork Showgrounds, by kind permission of Cork Summer Show.
Despite the short notice and the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 situation, we had an excellent entry of nine superb handlers. In the week that saw the 25th anniversary of the Spice Girls releasing the iconic Wannabe, girl power is still going strong and we had an all female line-up.
The nine young women were well and truly put through their paces by judge, Siobhán Madden, who was very impressed by the overall standard of the competition.
Aim of Class:
The Young Show Person Championship is open to exhibitors aged from 16 to 23 years. This is a key age to keep young people engaged in showing and in the general sport horse industry.
Class Eligibility Criteria:
The Young Show Person Championship is open to exhibitors aged from 16 to 23 years as of 1st January 2021. Entrants are free to show any type of horse or pony, provided they are registered in an approved studbook. The animal will not be judged.
Format of Class:
This championship will be run on a direct entry system. Entrants will show their animal in hand and will be judged under the following criteria:
Demonstrable understanding of safety when handling and showing horses
Skill in showing their animal in hand (walk, trot up, stand for conformation assessment)
Overall impression (including appropriate attire and turnout)
Prize Fund: €1400
1st: €500 + The Eleanor Moore Perpetual Trophy, 2nd €400, 3rd €200, 4th €150, 5th €100, 6th €50
All competitors received a commemorative rosette and prizes.
1stDeirdre Burchill, Skibbereen, Co. Cork showing Litton Eloguence. Sire: Pickmere Sirocco. Dam Litton Elite. Breeder: Mr & Mrs E Morris & Mrs M Kerrell Reg: 826037011089121
2nd Tara Daly, Bandon, Co. Cork showing Merramar, Passport: 372ire45096670t, Age: 14, Bay, Mare, Sire: Kasmyo, Dam: Timerry, Breeder: P.j O Driscoll
3rd Saoirse Keohane, Drimoleague, Co. Cork showing Janpete China Doll, Passport: 826046020172379, Age: 7, Bay, Mare, Sire: Wortley Fisher King, Dam: Cadlanvalley Venus, Breeder: Mrs. J. A. Mansfield