Issued On Behalf Of SJAI Chairman, Tony Hurley
a meeting of the Show Jumping Association Executive in Dublin on
Tuesday, September 24, it was decided that the North Wexford Show
should retain the
Grand Prix status accorded to it as part of the 2002 Kerrygold Grand
this decision did not change the points awarded to riders who competed,
Francis Connors remains the Kerrygold Grand Prix League Champion.
However, the Executive was concerned that the initial allocation
of the North Wexford Show had led to Conor Swail lodging an objection
to the overall League result, in which he finished second.
was decided because of the issue that arose in these exceptional
circumstances, Conor Swail would be offered financial reward similar
to that given to the League winner, by way of compensation for the
misunderstanding that had arisen over the North Wexford Show. That
offer has now been made to him in writing.
SJAI Executive regrets that controversy of this nature has arisen
over the Grand Prix League, but a most unusual year of adverse weather
conditions had led to the cancellation of some Grands Prix, and
of these, some were rescheduled at short notice. Some, however,
did not reschedule, and became the victims of both bad weather in
2002 and Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001, and therefore did not run
for two consecutive years.
these circumstances, the Executive has decided that a special contingency
plan will be drawn up before next year¹s Grand Prix League,
so that further disruptions caused by either exceptional weather
conditions, or disease, can be dealt with in a more structured way,
to maintain goodwill with show organisers, competing riders, and