Irish Breeders Classic Continues to Create Demand for Irish Horses

30 August 2017
Connolly’s RED MILLS continue their sponsorship of the Irish Breeders Classic, which starts at Barnadown Equestrian Centre in Co Wexford tomorrow (Thursday) Aug 31st and runs to Sunday September 3rd 2017.

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The Irish Breeders Classic will feature three major young horse classes with a total prize fund of €50,000. The entire prize fund is comprised of contributions from industry associations, members and businesses.
  •          Irish 4-year-old Championship
  •          5 & 6 year-old Irish Breeders Classic
  •          Irish 7 & 8 year-old Championship
 
Over the past six years, the Irish Breeders Classic has created a platform for 5 & 6 year-old Irish horses to compete for significant prize-money, creating an attractive proposition for the connections of young horse.

The four-day event showcases a quality selection of competition horses as well as the Goresbridge Select Foal Auction, which combined present a unique opportunity for both potential domestic and overseas customers, therefore boosting demand for the Irish horse.
 
Ronan Rothwell, organizer of the Irish Breeders Classic said:
 
 “The Irish Breeders Classic began when I saw the need to create a demand for the Irish-born horse to the rest of the world. We have always been a nation known for producing top quality horses but it’s really important to keep the demand generated and make sure that there is a shop window for Irish born horses.”

Watch more: ️Irish Breeders Classic Feature Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/redmills/videos/1542334895825552/    

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Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director, Connolly’s RED MILLS:
 
“The Irish Breeders Classic sponsorship started with a conversation between Ronan and myself and as Ronan described what the concept was all about it seemed a very good fit. We are extremely selective about the sponsorship that we are involved in. The home market is key for us, we spend at home to make sure that we can support the industry and the sport and our customers.”

Watch more: ️Irish Breeders Classic Feature Part 2:
https://www.facebook.com/redmills/videos/1542334895825552/
 
Watch more: ️Irish Breeders Classic Feature Part 3:

https://www.facebook.com/redmills/videos/1543015435757498/
 
For Further Information:
​Jane Davis, Equine Brand Manager, Connolly’s RED MILLS
Goresbridge, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
M: +353 86 3490681        jane.davis@redmills.ie           @REDMILLShorse
 
Editors Notes: The Irish Breeders Classic (5&6yo)
  • ​The Irish Breeders Classic is confined to 5 and 6yo Irish born horses
  • Total prize-fund €36,000
  • Horses compete in 2 qualifying rounds at the show and the leading 25 go through to the Grand Final on Sunday 3rd Sept. 
  • The remainder are eligible for a Consolation Final on Saturday 2nd Sept.
  • This class has developed a reputation for producing exceptionally successful international showjumpers.
 
The Irish 4yo Championship
  •          This competition is confined to 4 y.o. horses from any country of birth
  •          Horses compete in 3 qualifying rounds at the show
  •          Competitors on lowest equal faults divide €3,400
  •          The horses judged to have the most potential will receive a €300 bonus for 1st, €200 for 2nd           and €100 for 3rd
  •          The format of this class is unique, most 4 y.o. classes run on a ‘special judging’ system
The Irish 7 & 8yo Championship
  •          This class will run at the show for the first time in 2017
  •          This competition is confined to 7 & 8yo horses from any country of birth
  •          Prize-fund of €10,000 for this class
 
Goresbridge Select Foal Auction
  •          This auction is run by Goresbridge Horse Sale with the help of the Irish Breeders Classic
  •          2% of the turnover of the foals sold goes into the Irish Breeders Classic prize-fund
  •          16 foal which are pre-selected are offered for sale
  •          Average price approximately €11,500
  •          Highest price so far was €22,000
  •          In 2017, 90 foals were put forward for selection and 16 were selected
  •          In 2016, 70 foals were put forward for selection and 13 were selected
  •         This auction has really put an air of positivity back into the industry
 
Goresbridge Supreme Sale of Showjumpers
  •          This auction is run by Goresbridge Horse Sale with the help of the Irish Breeders Classic
  •          2% of the turnover of the horses sold goes into the Irish Breeders Classic prize-fund
  •          The auction consists of about 15 pre-selected horses from 3 yo only in 2017
  •          In 2015, the top price was €1.4 million, Dougie Douglas
  •          In 2016, the top price was €380,000, Nicoletta
  •          This auction takes place in November, not at the show
 
The Goal behind the Irish Breeders Classic Show
  •          Generate demand for horses bred by Irish breeders
  •          Create a financial incentive for investors to invest in the Irish sport horse industry
  •          Generate media attention to the industry
  •          To get ordinarily non-equestrian people involved
  •          To give breeders a target to aim at and reward them for producing the required product
  •          Prevent the demise of the Irish horse as a showjumper
  •          To set a new standard, to lead not follow