Exciting opportunity for AIRC members to compete at World Club Tournament

We have a fantastic opportunity for AIRC members to represent Ireland in a Team Show Jumping competition at the Generali World Club Tournament in France.

It is a friendly international competition for riding clubs and schools from all over the world in a friendly environment where competitors will meet riders from around the world. It also offers riders the chance to taste the atmosphere of an international competition with a parade of nations and national anthems.

This famous meeting takes place every summer during the Generali Open of France at the Parc Equestre Federal, 41600 Lamotte Beuvron, France from 20th to 22nd July 2016. Lamotte Beuvron is in the Loire Valley, about 140kms south of Paris.

Each team of 3 or 4 riders competes in two show jumping rounds and a final. The competition will be run over two days: 2 rounds and a final. The final is reserved for the five best teams after the first two rounds. Each rider has to participate with the same horse throughout the competition.

The Federation Francaise d’Equitation (FFE) helps teams who want to participate in The Generali World Club Tournament to find their accommodation and the horse rental for teams who need it. It is envisaged that team members will hire horses for this event due to the distance and cost of transportation.

The Association of Irish Riding Clubs is seeking expressions of interest (F91/16) from interested clubs in representing the Association and Ireland at this tournament. Teams members must be of advanced intermediate level in show jumping but Intermediate riders will also be considered.

Interested clubs must return their expression of interest form (F91/16) to National Office by Friday 6th May 2016. Contact David Abbott at National Office for further queries.

AIRC chairman Tony Ennis said,

this is a fantastic opportunity for a club to compete on a world stage in a friendly environment while sharing our culture with other competitors from around the world.

This is the first time that the Association has had an opportunity to send a team to compete on a world stage and I hope that we will be able to send the best possible team who will best portray the ethos of our organisation abroad.

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