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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Huntsmen Take on The Punchestown Banks For Charity

Posted: 4th Nov 2016

Huntsmen Take on the Punchestown Banks for Charity

The inaugural Berney Bros. Huntman’s Challenge will take place before racing on Sunday 20th November at Punchestown Racecourse to raise funds for the Irish Injured Jockeys.

Huntsmen from 11 different packs will take part in a demonstration cross country challenge over one and a half miles including part of the famous Punchestown banks course. There will be a parade including  introduction to each challenger prior to the demonstration.

Each huntsman must raise a minimum of €500  for the Irish Injured Jockeys to take part in this invitational event. The pre-demonstration parade will commence at 11.30am in the parade ring followed by the Berney Bros. Huntsman’s Challenge at 11.55am. Special thanks to Tom Berney of Berneys Kilcullen who are official sponsors of the event.  

Following the demonstration challengers, guests and hunt supporters are invited to a reserved bar area where they can enjoy a great day’s racing featuring the Grade 1 stanjames.com Morgiana Hurdle.

Chris Francis, co-founder and huntsman with the Kildare Foxhounds said  “There is a strong and obvious link between national hunt racing and hunting so this seemed like an ideal opportunity to showcase the Irish half bred, the sport of hunting and some horsemanship skills whilst raising funds for a great cause. This is year one of the Berney Bros. Huntsman’s Challenge and all going well we hope to build on the event for the future. All and any support from hunt members will be welcome on the day and we look forward to a decent level of competiveness!”

Tickets are available from each participating huntsman, www.punchestown.com or  on the day at the racecourse. Admission €15. Under 14 race for Free. Senior and Student concessions.

Hunts taking part in the inaugural Berney Bros. Huntsman’s Challenge are:

Ballymacad Foxhounds – Kevin Donohue

Kildare Foxhounds – Chris Francis

Leitrim Harriers – James Mee

Louth Foxhounds – Alan Reilly

Kilkenny Foxhounds – Peter Cahill

Westmeath Foxhounds – Niall Mahon

Meath Foxhounds – John Henry

Fingal Harriers - Chris Smith

Edenderry Harriers – Joe Moore

Laois Foxhounds – Dermot Hannify

Ormond Foxhounds – Dennis Sullivan

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