As the Underwriting Exchange Limited Jumping in the City moves to Cork Greyhound Stadium on Friday 12 June, it has been confirmed that Olympic bronze medallist Cian O’Connor and Cork’s Billy Twomey will be among the starters in The Underwriting Exchange Limited Grand Prix on Friday evening.
The first leg of the series was held in Limerick on Friday, 5th June, in front of a sell-out crowd.
Carrigaline-born Twomey will travel from his base in the UK to compete in his home county of Cork, where he will ride his 17-year-old mare Tinka’s Serenade, with whom he competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Cian O’Connor will also line up at Cork and the Olympic bronze medallist will ride Quidam’s Cherie, the 10-year-old mare on whom he has jumped several Nations Cups for Ireland.
Tipperary’s Greg Broderick, Ireland’s latest Nations Cup star, will also be in action at the event upon his return from the Nations Cup show at St Gallen, where O’Connor is also competing.
They will join former World Champion Dermot Lennon in a star studded line up.
Entries for the West Wood/Ifor Williams Amateur series were confirmed after last week’s draw and the final start list for the Puissance will be confirmed later this week. It is understood that Billy Twomey is also an intended participant in the Puissance on the night.
Commenting on the announcement, Damian McDonald, CEO, Horse Sport Ireland said:
“We are world leaders in show jumping and we wanted to highlight our best at Jumping in the City. We will showcase what our nation has to offer; world champions and Olympic medallists right here in Cork on Friday night. An opportunity not to be missed for those who love the sport or are new to it.”
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.
The event starts at 6.15pm. General admission tickets are available online or at the gate, priced at €15 for adults, €10 students and OAPs. Children U14 free. (Admission includes programme).
To book call 1890 269 969 (ROI) or 00353 61448080 (NI & UK) or to buy tickets online visit www.horsesportireland.ie
Free parking will be available at Cork Greyhound Stadium.