Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix Back for a Ninth Year

April 20, 2018

The Munster Region of Showjumping Ireland today confirmed that Connolly’s RED MILLS will continue their sponsorship of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League.

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Photo: 2017 Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix Champion Francis Connors and Young Rider Champion Dungarvan’s Nicholas Connors

Now in its ninth year, the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League is an integral part of the showjumping season. Filling a big gap between the 1.10m and the 1.50m/1.60m classes. It attracts a broad range of riders from both the professional and young riders ranks.

The announcement was made during a visit to the yard of the 2017 Munster Grand Prix Champion, Francis Connors, who has won four of the last five renewals of the league.

Speaking at the launch, RED MILLS Ambassador and 2017 Munster Grand Prix Champion, Francis Connors said; “Our family have been running shows for nearly 40 years. It’s always difficult competing at your own show as you have so much going on but we’re looking forward to hosting the first RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix at Ballylawn Show on Sunday 29th April.

I was delighted to win the Munster Grand Prix League last year, Capitol Cruis’s third place finish in the final round at Banteer Gymkhana was enough to win it. It’s always a competitive series and last year it went right down to the wire. The series has been a fantastic addition to the Munster Region and we’re looking forward to another great season.”

Gerard Murphy of the Munster Grand Prix said; “The Munster Outdoor Leagues continue this year, with Connolly’s RED MILLS continuing their sponsorship of the Grand Prix which will take place at approximately 15 shows in the Munster Region. With the support of Connolly’s RED MILLS, Showjumping Ireland, the Shows and the Members of Showjumping Ireland, we have created what has become the best supported Regional GP Leagues on the Island of Ireland.”

Jane Davis of Connolly’s RED MILLS said; “The Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix is now an integral part of the Munster Summer Show schedule. With the prize-money on offer it’s no surprise that its attracting such top-quality horses and riders. It was nip and tuck all the way last year and it was great to see such a competitive final leg, with Francis pipping Timothy Doyle at the post to be crowned champion. The team at Connolly’s RED MILLS are proud to continue our sponsorship as we believe it’s the perfect way to support our grass roots customers and we wish everyone a successful season.”

Speaking at the launch Jerry Sweetnam said; “We are absolutely delighted to have Connolly’s RED MILLS on board again this year. Since RED MILLS came on board 9 years ago the league has gone from strength to strength. It has enabled us to have a new set of Grand Prix fences, most of which are now individually sponsored and thirty hoardings around the Grand Prix arena.”

For more information:
Jane Davis, Equine Brand Manager, Connolly’s RED MILLS
Goresbridge, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
M: +353 86 3490681, E: jane.davis@redmills.ie  Twitter: @REDMILLShorse

FIRST FOUR LEGS of Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix – https://www.munstershowjumping.ie/Animals/Horses/Munster-Grand-prix

29-Apr Ballylawn Show
13-May Kingdom County Fair
20-May Bandon
26-May Liskennett Charity Gymkhana