Thursday 19 September 2019

Excitement ahead of mini Grand Prix final


THE FINAL of the Leinster Mini Grand Prix will take place next Saurday 24th September at Barnadown. This popular league which began in March sees Derek McConnell heading the leaderboard going into the final on 60 points, followed closely by last year's winner John Floody on 53 points. With a €4000 prize fund on offer for the overall winner and €1000 to the runner up both riders will be keen to clock up those extra points towards their final tally. Apart from the generous prize fund sponsored by the Leinster Region of the SJI, they have also sponsored the final leg which boasts a prize fund of €1,000

In addition to the overall title, young riders will also be battling it out for the two Young Riders Bursaries on offer.

The National Bursary which is sponsored by Tagg Equestrian in conjunction with Darragh Equestrian Solutions will see one lucky young rider spend one week with his horse under the instruction of Billy Twomey. Sponsored by Cian O'Connor Bursary the second bursary is restricted to Leinster Riders and will see another lucky young rider and their horse spend one week with Cian at Karlwood Stables in Co. Meath.

Robert Harrison is tops the Tagg Bursary on a total of 35 points, while lying in second place on a total of 22 points is Daniel Coyle. In the Cian O'Connor Bursary, the battle will go down to wire, as Nicholas Butler (Lady Lay) and Oliver Glancy (Clonterm Natural Ability) share the league on 18 points, while Robert Harrison and his horse Vicar are on 15 points.

Speaking ahead of the final Leinster Young Rider representative Taylor Vard said: "The young rider bursaries on offer are in valuable to the winning riders. It is a great step for them to spend time with world class riders such as Cian and Billy. I would like to thank Cian for giving up his time and resources and I would like to also thank David Darragh and Helena Walsh who organised the Tagg sponsorship through Darragh Equestrian Solutions. The Leinster region has invested a lot in this league and it's something that we plan to build on for next to make it even more successful."

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