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Competition intense for Waterford Country Fair IPS Show on June 11

Competition is expected to be intense again this year at the Waterford Country Fair IPS Show which runs at stunning Curraghmore Estate in Portlaw from early morning on Sunday, June 11.

The charity fundraiser, which is this year in aid of Make-A-Wish Ireland, features a wealth of competitions with all classes affiliated to the IPS and run under their rules. The entry fee on the day is just €15 with entries all being taken on the day.

First prize in each class is €15, the same for second-placed competitors – except in classes here there are less than five entries. The IPS classes begin from 11am. The two side saddle competitions run from midday and the two Irish Draft classes begin from approximately 3pm.

The judges in Ring 1 for Phase 1 are Marian Condren and Simon Beirne and the course builder is Pat Walshe. Class 1 is Intermediate Working Hunter; Class 2, 153 cms Open Working Hunter; Class 3, 143 cms Open Working Hunter and Class 4 is for 133 cms Working Hunters.

The competitions include a Working Hunter Championship for classes 2.3 and 4. Class 5 is for Working Starter Stakes, ponies not exceeding 133 cms while Class 6 is a Cradle Stakes, for ponies not exceeding 123 cms. Class 7 is a First Year Cradle Stakes, for ponies not exceeding 123 cms. Class 8 is open to Lead Rein Working Hunters. Class 9 is a Performance Class for 50 cms. Class 10 is Performance Class for 60 cms and Class 11 is a Performance Class for 70 cms.

The judges for Ring A 1 Phase 2 are Marian Condren and Simon Beirne again while Joe Day will judge in Ring 2. Class 12 is a Lead Rein Showing Class. Class 13 is a Lead Rein Show Class for Day Ticket members only. Class 14 is a First Ridden while Class 15 is a First Ridden Show Pony competition. Class 16 judges the best Open Show Pony. There is also a Mini Championship on the day for Classes 5 to 8 and 12 to 15, organiser, Faith Ponsonby explained.

“Because competition is expected to be so intense, there will be 2 rings this year – one for WH classes and one for flat classes. We will also have two Side Saddle Qualifiers for the RDS Horse Show and these will take place at 12 midday. The Irish Draught Performance Classes run in Ring 1 after Pony Classes at 3 pm approximately,” Faith added.

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