For the first time Cork Greyhound Stadium is set to be transformed into a show jumping arena to welcome world-class Irish show jumpers and their horses to Cork for one night only on Friday, 12th June.
The Underwriting Exchange Limited’s Jumping in the City, which was launched nationally by Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence, will see three different classes of competition, including The Underwriting Exchange Limited Grand Prix with a jump-off against the clock for some of Ireland’s top riders, The West Wood/Ifor Williams trailers Amateur series for grassroots riders, and a big crowd favourite: The Devenish Puissance, whereby riders aim to jump a huge red wall. The wall is built progressively higher after each round, and the horse who can jump the highest is deemed the winner.
Along with fantastic show jumping spectators can enjoy top percussion act, Extreme Rhythm, who have previously performed on the X Factor with Kelly Clarkson, and in keeping with the spirit of the greyhound track, off-course and on-course betting will be available on the night.
The Jumping in the City Series has partnered with Special Olympics Ireland, those attending the event will have the opportunity to support Equestrian athletes representing Ireland at the Special Olympic World Games this summer.
Speaking about the event, Damian McDonald, CEO of Horse Sport Ireland said:
“Jumping in the City will see some of Ireland’s top show jumping horses and riders competing against each other in what is set to be a hugely entertaining night out. This event is not only for seasoned show jumping fans but those who are less familiar with this sport, but are looking for something different on their Friday night.”
The series begins in Limerick on Friday June 5th, moves to Cork on Friday June 12th, and reaching its finale in Shelbourne Park, Dublin on Friday June 26th. All events start at 6.30pm and will run to 11pm.
Jumping in the City is sponsored by The Underwriting Exchange and is run by Horse Sport Ireland in conjunction with the Irish Greyhound Board and Show Jumping Ireland, is a unique initiative to bring show jumping into greyhound stadia in cities around Ireland this summer.
Free parking will be available at Cork Greyhound Stadium. Tickets are only €15 and can be booked online at, http://www.horsesportireland.ie/jumping-in-the-city/ or by calling 1890 269 969 with free tickets for all children under 14 years.