The seventh Mullingar International Horseshow will take place this weekend, from Friday May 30 to Monday June 2, with a staggering prize fund of €80,000 on offer.
The horse show, in partnership with Westmeath Community Development, has come up with a novel way to promote Mullingar and the surrounding areas. They have developed six new featured jumps for the international grand prix arena, depicting famous local places, companies, and history. The highlight of this is the ‘Musical Mullingar’ show jump featuring musical artists Joe Dolan, Foster and Allen, Bressie, and One Direction’s Niall Horan.
The impressive jump was launched recently by members of each artist’s family and by Mick Foster himself.
“We are really excited about this year’s show and have made every effort over the last number of months to ensure Mullingar and the surrounding areas really benefit from the weekend. Apart from the attention generated by ‘Musical Mullingar’, we have two new featured categories added to this year’s schedule; Mullingar International Amateur Grand Prix and the Mullingar International Pony Championships along with an outstanding country fayre which appeals to people from all walks of life,” explained show director Robert Fagan.
“The Pro Am, where 12 local young riders will be paired with some of the best international show jumpers, is in aid of the North Westmeath Hospice this year, and we are delighted to be in a position to support such a great cause.”
The show is also hosting a country fayre and food village again, which drew in enormous crowds last year. The organisers have assured visitors of top quality locally-sourced award-winning food. Producers include David Smyth, pizzas from Lilliput Loaf Company, homemade ice cream from Bridgefield Ice Cream, and French treats from Canard Sauvage. Equestrian and crafts stalls will also be on display.
Other features of the show include children’s entertainment with free pony rides, face painting, animal pet farm, climbing wall, archery, a fun fair; a canine challenge; and new and exclusive VIP hospitality tickets - please book early as tickets are limited.
For more information see www.mullingarequestrian.com