FOR the first time in four decades history, the Millstreet Summer Horse Show is a non runner this week.
This comes after an impasse between Millstreet organisers and the national body Showjumping Ireland.
Millstreet came to life each summer on the staging of its six-day equestrian festival in the Green Glens Arena, holding an unrivalled reputation as a mecca for showjumping enthusiasts.
This is the first time in 38 years that Millstreet Show will not he held and the cancellation is seen as a huge loss to owners, show organisers and the North Cork catchment area.
Apart from the show jumping, the showing classes such as the Young Irelander, Boomerang and National Discovery provided a shop window for owners to parade their young talents before buyers from across the world.
Multi purpose facilities from sand-surfaced arenas to warm-up paddocks and the spacious indoor complex added to the enjoyment for entries drawn from all over the country.
On the positive side, the 2009 Owners Pony and Young Riders Charity Show returns to Millstreet over the October Bank Holiday weekend.
The Green Glens venue is donated free of charge by the Duggan family. To date, this show has raised €190,000 for a range of local and national charities.