Horsing around

For more than 200 years, the Cork Summer Show has been supporting the agri-sector including the equine industry under the direction of the Munster Agricultural Society. Over the last 6 years, the show has gone from strength to strength, with record attendance through the gates, making it the largest agricultural show in Ireland. Taking place on the 20 and 21 June 2015 at Curraheen, this year’s Cork Summer Show promises to be the best yet.

The equine industry has always played a prominent part at the Cork Summer Show, since it began in 1805. Over the last number of years, the horse industry representation has increased significantly and attracted over 1,100 showjumping entries last year. As well as showing classes, carriage driving, inter hunt chase and pony club activities during the Cork Summer Show on 20 and 21 June, which involves over 700 horses, the dedicated 2 day Cork Summer Showjumping Show will take place on 11 and 12 July 2015 at Curraheen extending the Summer Show equine elements to accommodate the growth and scale of the horse industry at the show.

“The high calibre and standard exhibited at the Cork Summer Showjumping Show is exceptional, and along with quality and professional judging, this has clearly positioned the Cork Summer Show as the leading equine show in the country,” said Gerard Murphy, Chairman of the Munster Agricultural Show.  “The Show attracts hundreds of entries in the showing categories, and as well as the Hunt, Point to Point and adult competitions and we are very proud of the support for young Irish riders through the Pony Club Games and InterSchools Competition. There is something for every age and every family with an interest in the equine sector.”

As well as these extensive events at Curraheen in June and July, the Muskerry Hunt Point to Point will take place on Sunday, 3rd May.  This is the oldest documented hunt in Ireland, established in 1742, and is always a great day out.

In previous years, Munster Agricultural Society has hosted sports horse sales, and indications are that sports horse sales will commence again at Curraheen in the near future.

For more information, see www.corksummershow.com