GAIN Equine Nutrition and Alltech are delighted to partner together to sponsor the National Grand Prix for the second year in a row.
The National Grand Prix Series is synonymous with the Irish show jumping industry and is a league that many show jumpers aim to compete in throughout the season.
This year’s event was launched earlier this week at the beautiful Karlswood Stables, home to Olympic medallist, Cian O’Connor who has personally seen success in this league throughout his career.
The sponsorship ensures a minimum prize fund of €4,000 per leg. It also allows for continued live streaming and videoing of the series through Irish Sport TV. The prize fund will encourage riders to compete at home and follow the league.
The overall winning combination of the league will take home €3,000 alongside a tonne of GAIN Equine Nutrition products, while the runner-up combination will receive €2,000 and the third -place combination, €1,000. The Leading Owner will also receive €1,000.
Joanne Hurley, Irish Country Manager, GAIN Equine Nutrition commented, “The GAIN Alltech National Grand Prix is a hugely popular series that travels across the country and we are delighted to be able to support this league alongside Alltech. The Irish Sport Horse sector is very important to GAIN and this sponsorship allows us demonstrate our commitment to the industry nationwide. Tim McDonagh and Hollypark Galloway were notable winners in 2020 and the we are looking forward to following the league throughout the season and crowning a new winner at the final at Tipperary Equestrian on September 4th. On behalf of the team at GAIN Equine Nutrition, I would like to wish all competitors the very best of luck this season.”
Mark Moloney, Regional Manager, Alltech Ireland remarked, “Alltech Ireland is delighted to be partnering GAIN Equine Nutrition to support the National Grand Prix league for the second year running. This sponsorship underpins our commitment to supporting the Irish show jumping industry. The National Grand Prix league is a fantastic event in the sport horse sector. We are really looking forward to this year.”
Olympic medallist Cian O’Connor, owner of Karlswood high performance centre, said: “The National Grand Prix (NGP) series played a huge role in my development as a rider and I am proud to support the 2022 campaign. I would like to pay tribute to GAIN, with whom I have a proud and long-standing association and Alltech for their sponsorship of this year’s series. As well as the financial backing these companies provide in terms of prize money, their profile also helps to attract more owners towards the league which in turn helps prepare more younger horses for international competition. The NGP series helped give me the platform and the confidence to compete against my peers and I have no doubt that some of the riders on display will progress to have successful careers at national and international levels in the years to come.”
Chairperson of Showjumping Ireland National Competitions committee Marguerite Ryan said: “I am delighted to announce the dates and venues officially for the 2022 Season of the GAIN Alltech National Grand Prix league. GAIN Equine Nutrition and Alltech are supporting this league as part of a three-year sponsorship package and 2022 is the second year of this significant support to the sport and industry. Showjumping Ireland are extremely grateful that GAIN and Alltech are providing support to one of the main pillars of the National Competitions Calendar. The GAIN Alltech National Grand Prix league runs nationwide and is well distributed and supported throughout all the regions. It is the mainstay event and league for many of our producers and riders, and similarly it is the main attraction for many of our County and Agricultural shows along with many of the major Equestrian Centres where it takes place. We hope that as our competitions move back to a more normal format for 2022 that the continued support and investment from GAIN Equine Nutrition, Alltech and Showjumping Ireland will see this league provide high-class competition and valuable support to the Sport and industry.