Brushing up for Mounted Games

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THE Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Alan Carson is brushing up on his language skills so that he can say “hello” to the 900 European visitors to Lurgan at the European Mounted Games Championship.

This is the first time the European Championships is being held in Northern Ireland – with 44 teams from 14 European Countries at the Silverwood Arena in Lurgan from August 19-21 and is the biggest International Mounted Games competition ever held.

Countries represented include France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Ireland (World Champions) as well as the home countries of England, Scotland, Wales and, of course, Northern Ireland

Mounted games is an equestrian discipline where riders and their ponies compete in very fast relay races. The riders require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, hand-to-eye coordination, determination and a competitive spirit.

“I’m delighted to welcome our European visitors and hope they have a great time in NI. This is a real coup for Lurgan and I know it’s a welcome boost for the town.”

Competitions start at 8am every day with the final of the Individual competition under floodlights at 10pm on Saturday, August 20, with the Team finals on Sunday, August 21, in the afternoon.

The NI Mounted Games Association is organising the event. For further information view www.mgani.co.uk, or telephone Carol Prime on 07771 817 287.