Swiss watch company Longines are set to sponsor the National Grand Prix class at Ravensdale Lodge once again on Sunday May 26th and they are to be joined by MSL Mercedes-Benz in the main arena as the prestigious German car manufacturer are set to sponsor the 1.20m & 1.30m classes over the three days of the show (24th - 26th May). This is the third year for Longines to take on the title sponsorship of the National Grand Prix at Ravensdale Lodge and in addition to the generous prize fund of €4000 the winner of the class will receive a Longines Saint - Imier watch valued at €1600 as well as a signature Longines rug and trophy. Second and third place in the Grand Prix will receive a signature Longines trophy in addition to the prize fund.
MSL Mercedes-Benz, part of the MSL Motor Group and are Irelands largest and longest established Mercedes-Benz dealership selling this prestigious marque for over sixty years. With four state of the art dealerships, three in Dublin and one in Cork, MSL is responsible for selling one in every three Mercedes-Benz in Ireland. Exceptional customer service and aftercare are the hallmark of MSL Mercedes-Benz and the company have three authorised Mercedes-Benz service centres, two strategically positioned each side of the city in Dublin and one in Cork. MSL Mercedes-Benz will have a presence over the three days of the show at Ravensdale Lodge sponsoring both the Mercedes-Benz A-Class 1.20m and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class 1.30m qualifiers in the main arena on both Friday and Saturday while the final's of both these classes will carry a €1000 purse each and rider ranking points. In addition to the €1000 prize fund there will be a signature MSL Mercedes-Benz rug on offer to the winner of each class.
The profile of this established Grand Prix weekend at Ravensdale Lodge has grown in stature over the past few years with increased prize fund and sponsorship on offer with each year that passes. This is certainly the case this year and 2013 promises to be the biggest and best show to date with an overall prize fund of close to €15,000 and four classes with prize funds of over €1000 and rider ranking points. In all there are 18 classes scheduled to run in the two world class grass arenas at the centre and work has already started with fertiliser dressing, rolling and cutting of grass in preparation for the weekend. "We are naturally delighted that MSL Mercedes-Benz have agreed to join Longines in the main arena over the weekend of our National Grand Prix show from 24th to 26th of May. The quality of the MSL Mercedes-Benz brand speaks for itself and it is a great compliment to our facilities that they have come on board to sponsor these two classes. The Longines main arena at Ravensdale Lodge promises to be a very special place over the weekend and competitors will have three fantastic classes to look forward to on Sunday 26th May.
We are very grateful to both Longines and MSL Mercedes-Benz for their support, this is Longines third year to step in as title sponsor for our National Grand Prix and we have a really great working relationship with the Longines team. We are looking forward to an equally long and fruitful partnership with MSL Mercedes-Benz stated Niall Connolly of Ravensdale Lodge. Cormac Smith, Group Marketing Manager with MSL Mercedes-Benz stated "We are delighted to be involved with this event; it is a unique opportunity for us to showcase our brand in the spectacular grounds of Ravensdale Lodge, many of our customers are involved in show jumping and we look forward to seeing some of them over the weekend.