NEWS: Competition Schedule and Top Sponsors Announced for Irish Breeders Classic 10th Anniversary

Now in its tenth year, the Irish Breeders Classic is a firm favourite in the Irish Showjumping calendar, hosting the world’s richest young horse class with a total prize fund in excess of 100,000 Euro.

The prestigious event will take place in Barnadown Showjumping near Gorey, Co Wexford on Thursday 26thth August to Sunday 29th August 2021.

The full competition schedule includes a leg of the 1.40m  Gain/Alltech National Grand Prix on Thursday and a 1.45m Grand Prix Friday. Mervue  League Finals take place on Saturday and  Sunday will see the  SJI/ Horse Sport Ireland 1.50m  Premier Final. The Irish Breeders Classic Finals for the 5/6 year olds and the 7/8 year olds will also take place on Sunday. The 4 year old Final will take place on Saturday followed by IBC Select Foal Sale.

The 2021 event was launched in Greg Brodericks’  Ballypatrick Stables where last years  5/6 Irish  Breeders  Classic winner BP Limitless and rider Kevin Gallagher is based. The Irish Breeders Classic was set up in 2012 and was the brain child of Ronan Rothwell. His dream was to showcase Irish Bred horses and in that way attract new investors to the sport.

Each year we see the Irish Breeders Classic grow and 2021 will be no exception.  It is a wonderful endorsement that Horse Sport Ireland are supporting the event along with many more national and international sponsors.  With record competition entries in 2020 we look forward to an even bigger attendance in 2021 especially with the inclusion of our 1.45m and 1.50m HSI Premier Final.

Cian O Connors’ Kilkenny and Bertram Allens’ Pacino Amiro are two graduates of the Irish Breeders Classic Final were both selected to compete at Tokyo Olympics. Over the past ten years the competition has gained international recognition with other  past graduates going on to perform at the highest level of the sport including MHS Going Global, Limestone Grey, Arrabeg Clover (Silver Medalist WBSC), Killossery Kaiden (Gold Medalist WBSC), and Columbcille Gipsy (Gold Medallist WBSC). BBS Mc Gregor and Dawson’s Gold to name but a few.

Horse Sport Ireland acting CEO Joe Reynolds said “Horse Sport Ireland are delighted to once again support the Irish Breeders Classic in 2021. Breeders are the backbone of the Irish equestrian industry and it is vital that they are recognised as such. The Irish Breeders Classic presents an excellent platform to promote Ireland’s leading young show jumping horses.  This year the Irish Breeders Classic will see top class competition from Irelands leading young horses right through to those older horses competing in the Final of the HSI Premier Series.  We wish all the competitors, owners and breeders the very best of luck and we look forward to an exciting weekend of competition.”

Last years winner Kevin Gallagher said “I was delighted to win last year on BP Limitless.  It was a fantastic show for us here in Ballypatrick Stables and we look forward to this years show.”