The Munster region of Showjumping Ireland have announced details of an exciting new competition, which will take place at up to 20 venues across Munster in the coming months, welcoming on board a new title sponsor in the form of FBD Insurance.
The FBD Speed-Series will feature a lucrative €20,000 prize-fund and will run in the main arena of selected shows immediately prior to each round of the very successful Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League.
Jumped as a two-phase competition over a course of fences set at 1.20m, the FBD Speed Series will see €1,000 on offer at each venue and combined with the already lucrative Munster Grand Prix league, the FBD Speed Series will give owners and riders a substantial increase in prize-money at Munster Shows for the summer ahead.
The FBD Speed Series was officially launched this week at the stable-yard of record National Grand Prix League Champion Francis Connors in Ballylawn, Kill Co Waterford, which is the venue for the opening round of the series on Bank Holiday Monday May 4th.
Speaking at the launch, James McInerney- Equine Development Specialist at FBD Insurance said,
“Our aim in FBD is to continuously improve our understanding of our customers needs. We have a dedicated team of highly qualified advisors nationwide to help understand and protect against potential risks to you and your business”.
“At FBD we constantly look to support initiatives that will advance the interests of farmers and agriculture in general. We recognise the importance of competitions like the FBD Speed Series to horse owners and riders, as a stepping stone to the future success of the Irish Sport Horse”.
Showjumping Ireland Chairman Tony Hurley was also present at the launch of the FBD Speed-Series and commented,
“This is an extremely exciting new development for shows in Munster and we are delighted to welcome on board FBD Insurance as sponsors of the series. I would encourage all our members to support companies like FBD who are showing real support for our industry and to bear this in mind when renewing their insurance”.
Chairperson of the Munster Show Jumping Fundraising committee, Gerard Murphy added, “Along with a €1,000 prize fund at each venue, another very important factor is that the FBD Speed Series will be pre-entry only. This will give riders, owners and spectators a much more accurate start and finish time for this competition and for the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league which follows”.
The FBD Speed Series will kick off at Ballylawn Show in Co Waterford on Bank Holiday Monday May 4th, before moving to Kingdom County in Tralee six days later. Aglish in Co Waterford will host round three on May 17th before the series moves to Midleton in Co Cork on May 24th.