In addition to the new cross country courses, Tattersalls Ireland has appointed Pat Kelly as Ground Consultant to the International Horse Trials. Pat is Manager of The Curragh Training Grounds and will advise and contribute to the on-going maintenance and preparation of the land. 7
The event, which takes place 31 May to June 4, will also host a leg of the Eventing FEI Nations Cup Series for the first time.
FEI Cross Country designer and former Olympian Ian Stark OBE commented: “I am really looking forward to Tatts 2017. All the classes have new cross country courses, as we’ve turned the tracks round. This gives a totally different feel and creates some very exciting new challenges for the rider. Riders returning to Tatts 2017 will certainly need to allow extra time for serious course walking.”
Managing Director of Tattersalls Ireland Roger Casey commented: “The Tattersalls International Horse Trials is now one of the biggest equestrian events in the world and we are continuously striving to develop and improve it. The newly designed courses, along with the appointment of such a well-respected ground consultant as Pat Kelly, will bring a new dimension to this year’s event. The on-going annual effort to upgrade facilities in general including a new dedicated event water reservoir in 2017, will be hugely beneficial this year-
Entries are now open for the 2017 Tattersalls International Horse Trials, and riders coming from abroad can take advantage of valuable discounts with the new ferry partner Stena Line. There is also the chance to win a draw for a free ferry crossing by booking their travel to Tatts 2017 on one of their three routes from Britain. For more information visit www.tatts.ie.