The mere thought of travelling any distance at all with a horse at present is enough to send a shudder through your bank account and wallet. However, everybody has their goal for the year or the one treat that they’re determined to allow themselves, come hell or high water.
For anybody who has set their heart on the Festival at Stradbally on 11 and 12 June, remember to keep an eye on the closing dates. Because of the enormous size of the event and the sheer number of classes, entries must be made much earlier than for any other national competition. For full information on the event, visit the AIRC website.
Pictured below: Keary Smith and Sakima after their victory in the Primary Individual Show Jumping Championship at the 2009 Festival.