Mounted games a big success

Carol Prime, organiser of the European Mounted Games Championship welcomes Craigavon Mayor Cllr Alan Carson, Mayoress Mrs Victoria Carson and Declan Brown, CBC recreation officer to the opening of the games at Silverwood. INLM3411-113gc

Carol Prime, organiser of the European Mounted Games Championship welcomes Craigavon Mayor Cllr Alan Carson, Mayoress Mrs Victoria Carson and Declan Brown, CBC recreation officer to the opening of the games at Silverwood. INLM3411-113gc

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THE Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Alan Carson has congratulated the NI Mounted Games Association on the European Mounted Games Championship in Criagavon.

This was the first time the European Championships were held in Northern Ireland with 44 teams from 14 European Countries competing at Craigavon Borough Council’s Silverwood Arena in Lurgan. In total there were 300 competitors and about 700 families and visitors to the area.

Alberte and Sophie from the team from Denmark at the games opening. INLM3411-115gc

Alberte and Sophie from the team from Denmark at the games opening. INLM3411-115gc

Countries represented included 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

“I’m delighted that we were able to welcome our European visitors to Craigavon. I know they had a great championship and that they left with a really good impression of Craigavon and the warm welcome they received.”

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. Competitions ran daily from August 18-21.

Silverwood has now firmly established itself on the MGA international map and it is hoped to host major equestrian events in the future.

The junior team representing Northern Ireland. INLM3411-117gc

The junior team representing Northern Ireland. INLM3411-117gc

Meanwhile the Chair of the Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Meta Crozier took some time out to visit the teams at Craigavon’s Golf and Ski Centre where the young people enjoyed the climbing wall, snow tubing and, of course, skiing. All in close proximity to the Silverwood Arena all part of the package that secured this major event in the first place.

The Scottish team in their Saltire riding gear. INLM3411-121gc

The Scottish team in their Saltire riding gear. INLM3411-121gc