THERE have been so many competitions staged in various disciplines since the lockdown restrictions eased that sooner or later entry numbers somewhere were sure to take a hit and that happened on Wednesday when the first Young Eventhorse Series qualifier was held at Forth Mountain.

In total, just 33 combinations started over seven classes at the Co Wexford equestrian centre which ended up staging the first qualifier following the cancellation of the opener planned for Tullylish on Friday, July 31st. Heavy rain in the area of Gilford was blamed for that decision and more of the wet stuff greeted those competing at Forth Mountain on Wednesday morning.