A €20,000 new class for seven- and eight-year-old showjumping horses will be held at the 2010 Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show (4-8 August), in a bid to support the production of Irish sport horses.

The Royal Dublin Society (RDS), which runs the show, says the competition will highlight the progeny of foreign stallions that Irish breeders and producers may be interested in using, as well as showcasing Irish talent.

Twenty Irish riders will be given the opportunity to qualify for the class and all other countries represented at the show may nominate two horse and rider combinations.

A spokesman for the RDS said: “The class will identify the best of Ireland’s horses and benchmark them against their European counterparts.

“It will be a valuable opportunity for our riders as it gives them the chance to compete in an international competition against some of the world’s highest-ranked riders.”

Qualifiers will be held across Ireland from May.

For more details, contact the show team on 00353 1668 0866.