The UK and Ireland will go head-to-head next week in the inaugural Tattersalls Ireland International Point-to-Point Challenge.
British riders will take on an Irish team at the Louth Hunt fixture at Ratoath (24-25 May).
There will be a ladies’ challenge and a men’s. Points will be allocated according to placings and totalled to determine which country wins.
William Biddick, Alex Edwards, Mark Wall and Josh Guerriero make up the UK men’s team. The UK ladies’ team consists of Gina Andrews, Claire Hart, Jane Williams and H&H columnist Jacqueline Coward.
“It’s a great idea,” Jacqueline told H&H. “I’m sure it will be very competitive. If it goes well, it would be nice to maybe include more riders and get the Irish lot over for a rematch.”
Riders will be allocated their horses through a draw.
Roger Casey of Tattersalls Ireland said: “We had hoped for two to three UK runners, but after positive feedback, we are now hoping we could have up to 15 UK horses making the trip to Ireland.”
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