THE benefits of Eventing Ireland, and other equestrian organisations, being affiliated to Horse Sport Ireland were obvious this year with the national governing body providing much needed sponsorship towards the end of the season.

The HSI EI110 series ran at five venues from early September to early October with the final taking place on day one of the second Punchestown event on Saturday, October 10th when 30 combinations started. Three of these were eliminated including Jonny Steele with the Caroline Keatley-owned and bred Centre Stage gelding Zermatt who, despite ending up pointless on this occasion, finished second in the league on 21 points.