The Millstreet Team are pleased to announce further information about the Millstreet International Welcome Tour which returns to the Green Glens Arena from Tuesday 27th March – Monday 2nd April.
Established six years ago, the Welcome Tour has developed a reputation as the ideal season opener due to the variety of competitions on offer. Nearly 100 events are due to take place ranging from Newcomer Ponies up to CSI1* FEI classes and competitors and their connections will travel from across Ireland looking to take home their share of the €25,000 prize fund on offer.The Welcome Tour operates on a unique basis in that the rider does not need to decide what classes they will jump in at the time of entry. Instead, they pre-purchase a desired number of ‘starts’ which can then be used to declare for competitions before 5pm on the evening beforehand. Over the last five years, this flexible set-up has proved popular; particularly amongst the larger yards which move en masse to Millstreet for the six days of competition.
Once again, there will be a number of qualification opportunities across the Welcome Tour including places in the Millstreet Ruby (5YO) and Boomerang (6/7YO) finals at Millstreet International Horse Show. A special bonus of €500 is on offer for any horse/rider combination that finishes in the top six of the 1.30m Grand Prix on Thursday 29th March and goes on to finish in the top five in the CSI1* Welcome Tour Grand Prix the following Monday. At pony level, places in the 138cm and 148cm Young Champion of Ireland Final will be on offer with the winners in August heading off on a once in a lifetime visit to the London International Horse Show (Olympia) in December.
During the course of the Welcome Tour, Millstreet will also cater for eventing enthusiasts with Combined Training classes taking place on Wednesday 28th March. Two Eventing Ireland One Day Events will book-end the Welcome Tour, taking place on Sunday 25th March and Sunday 8th April. Following on from a successful trial run in 2017, these events will include classes at EI90, EI100 and CNC* level. British course designer and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Eventing course builder David Evans will once again design the Cross-Country courses which will be constructed on the all-weather surfaces across the Green Glens Arena.
Entries for the 2018 Millstreet International Welcome Tour will open on Monday 26th February and close on Friday 16th March.