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HSI Young Handler Championship Series 2018

Horse Sport Ireland have announced the inaugural Young Handler Championship Series 2018.The aim of this Championship is to assist in the development of the skills of young handlers to prepare and present horses for show and sale. A total of €25,000 will be made available for this Championship, with a prize fund of €3,000 for each qualifier and a prize fund of €10,000 for the final.
The Economic Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy 2017 highlighted that since 2012 the involvement of young breeders (≤ 30yrs) in the sport horse industry has declined from 8.1% to 3.7% in 2016. In 2016 just 0.19% of breeders were less than 20 years of age.
The Championship is aimed at encouraging more young breeders/producers to become involved in the industry. It will also provide a unique opportunity for young handlers that are new to the industry to become involved in breeding initiatives and to gain contact and information/education and encourage long term involvement in the breeding industry.
The Championship will run over five qualifiers within the five IHB regions and will take place from June to September to allow for maximum participation. The top three young handlers from each qualifier will be eligible to compete in the final.
For further information and entry forms on the Championship please download the competitor’s information note from

Please click here to download the dates and closing dates for the five regional qualifiers.


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