Countdown on for Equestrian National Grand Prix weekend at Ravensdale Lodge

Countdown on for Equestrian National Grand Prix weekend at Ravensdale Lodge
Ravensdale lodge hold their biggest show of the year this coming weekend as the centre plays host to some of the best show jumping talent in Ireland for their three day National Grand Prix show.

Ravensdale lodge hold their biggest show of the year this coming weekend as the centre plays host to some of the best show jumping talent in Ireland for their three day National Grand Prix show.

With 18 classes from 90cm to 1.40m and €14,000 in the prize fund over the three days there is something for everyone looking to compete in or just view some top class competition.

Competitive action takes place in the two all weather grass arenas at the centre which are in superb condition with a great cover of grass. Jumping commences in the Longines main grass arena on Friday with five classes from 90cm and include the 1.20m A Class MSL Mercedes-Benz and 1.30m E class MSL Mercedes-Benz qualifiers.

Other notable classes throughout the weekend are the €1000 Leinster summer tour 1.30m (S) class on Saturday, the two MSL Mercedes-Benz finals worth €1000 each on Sunday and of course the star attraction, the Longines National Grand Prix with a purse of €4000 in addition to a Saint - Imier wristwatch valued at €1600, signature Longines trophy and rug.

Show organisers have been keeping an eye on the long range forecast and while it may not reach the blistering temperatures of last year’s show the forecast is good for the weekend with lots of sunny weather in store.

Spectators are welcome over the weekend and visitors can not only expect some superb jumping action as there will be food stalls catering for all tastes and a barbeque to start the summer!

Last week’s results

Horse and pony training league Friday May 17

X poles: Brandon Dollard’s Dotty (B. Dollard); 60cm class, divided between: Conall McGrath’s Apache (C. McGrath), Brandon Dollard’s Dotty (B. Dollard), Ravensdale Lodge’s Lyric (J. Boyle), Charlie Rose Ward’s Mr Jinx (C. R Ward) and Ravensdale Lodge’s Sinatra (G. Martin); 70cm class, divided between: Sally Brophy’s Ellerbert Mallow (S. Brophy), Sinead Young’s Jacobi (S. Young) and Emily McCourt’s Bluewater Crystal (E. McCourt); 80cm class: Sinead Young’s Jacobi (S. Young); 90cm class, divided between: Ciara Culleton’s Bosco (C. Culleton), Lauren Greenaway’s Garnfrach Lynn (L. Greenaway), Dylan Ward’s Master Roan (D. Ward) and Seanie McArdle’s Oaktree Ruby (S. McArdle); 1m class: Ravensdale Lodge’s O’ Gara (M. Keane).

Arena eventing league Saturday May 18

60cm class: # 1 divided between, Ravensdale Lodge’s Jack (E. Molloy), Aoife Hanratty’s Prince Luca (A. Hanratty) and Anthony Farrell’s Rhyanna (A. Farrell); 70cm class: # 1 Lisa Wallace’s Peach (L. Wallace), Aoife Hanratty’s Prince Luca (A. Hanratty) and Anthony Farrell’s Rhyanna (A. Farrell), # 2 Amy Phillips’ I’m Barney (A. Phillips); 85cm class: # 1 divided between, Ravensdale Lodge’s O’Gara (E. O’ Reilly), Jane Richardson’s Zanadoo (J. Richardson) and Aoife Hanratty’s Inis (A. Hanratty), # 2 divided between, Sarah Richardson’s Red Square 8 (S. Richardson) and Stephen Martin’s Butterscotch Major 9S. Martin); 1m class: # 1 Olivia McGauley’s Baloo Stone Bee (O. McGauley), # 2 divided between, Gareth McKevitt’s Wee Willie (G. McKevitt) and Ann McFarland’s Madrigal (A. McFarland), # 3 Emma Bell’s Hector (E. Bell).