Leg 5 of the 2019 Event Rider Masters series heads to Ireland for the first time where the Duggan Family and their team in Millstreet, Co. Cork will welcome riders and their supporters from around the world.
The town of Millstreet (pop. 1,555) is located in the barony of Duhallow in the south-west of Ireland. In the early 1970’s, Noel C. Duggan staged his first horse show in Millstreet Town Park and went on to develop the ‘Green Glens Arena;’ following his vision to develop an International shop window for the Irish sport horse industry. In the years that have followed, in addition to the annual Millstreet International Horse Show, Noel C. Duggan, together with his son Thomas have played host to European Championships at Pony, Junior and Young Rider level across the 3 main equestrian disciplines, as well as 9 FEI World Cup Show-Jumping qualifiers. Home to one of the largest indoor facilities in Ireland, the venue has welcomed a variety of trade shows, political conventions and musical acts in the past; including the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993!
Five years ago, Olympic Games and World Championship course designer Mike Etherington-Smith was invited to design a cross-country course in the adjoining Drishane Castle Demesne, just in time for the hosting of the 2014 FEI European Championships for Ponies. The following year saw the inaugural Millstreet International Horse Trials take place to great acclaim and in 2016, the venue stepped up to CCI3* level for the first time when local rider Michael Ryan (Dunlough Striker) memorably recorded the biggest win of his career. Since then, Millstreet has welcomed some of the biggest names in the sport and in 2018 was one of just two venues to trial the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Eventing format during the FEI Eventing Nations Cup.
Competitors in the Millstreet leg of the Event Rider Masters will complete their dressage and show-jumping phases on the all-weather surfaces of the Green Glens Arena against the impressive backdrop of the nearby Clara Mountain. The final results will be decided on the Drishane Castle cross country course which will take athletes on a 3.5km journey through some of the historic and iconic features of the estate.
In addition to the ERM, Millstreet will host competition from CCI2*-S to CCI4*-L level across four days, as well as the National Eventing Discovery class for four and five year-old horses.
Experience a warm Millstreet welcome by joining us on-site or follow the action here live on ERM TV.
Visit the Millstreet International Horse Trials website.