HSI Equestrian Showcase Parade 2013 Photo Gallery

  • 3 May 2013, 12:09

FOR the second year in a row, the sun shone down on the HSI Equestrian Showcase Parade, a highlight of the 2013 Punchestown Festival Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 23rd April. To see the gallery click HERE.

Twenty-three HSI Affiliates, Sections and Native Irish Breeds entered the Parade Ring before the first race in full attire, led by the Army Equitation School with the Garda Mounted Unit bringing up the rear. Each organisation was represented by an Exhibitor and Chef d’Equipe.


A large crowd of equestrian enthusiasts gathered in force to witness this unique spectacle which showcases the full diversity of the Irish Equestrian Sector and presents the individual sports, disciplines and breeds to their best advantage.


Senior Showjumping Manager Robert Splaine toured the ring with the Aga Khan Trophy and Cian O’Connor’s Olympic medal raised aloft. Helen Kearney was also present with her three Paralympic medals on display.


Keep an eye on www.irishhorse.tv for coverage of the parade and interviews with Affiliates and Breeds. Check out the parade photo gallery plus details of those who took part below.


o   Army Equitation School (Department of Defence)

–       Exhibitors: Sergeant JP Rogan & Corporal Peter Scully

–       Horses: Donadea & Kilshanna

–       Chef d’Equipe: Corporal Richard Costello


o   Association of Irish Riding Clubs (AIRC)

–       Exhibitor: Anthony Byrne

–       Horse: Lux Like George

–       Chef d’Equipe: Elaine Dunne


o   Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE)

–       Exhibitor: Olivia Casey

–       Pony: Daylight Surprise

–       Chef d’Equipe: Mary Kane


o   Carriage Driving Section of HSI

–       Exhibitors: Ned Duffy & Grace Smith

–       Horse: Two Oaks Turlowe

–       Chef d’Equipe: Norma Cook


o   Dressage Ireland

–       Exhibitor: Amanda Goldsbury

–       Horse: Troytin

–       Chef d’Equipe: Anne Cahill, Chairperson


o   Eventing Ireland

–       Exhibitor: Joseph Murphy

–       Horse: Sportsfield Othello

–       Chef d’Equipe: Jenny O’Connell


o   Federation of Irish Polo Clubs (FIPC)

–       Exhibitor: Alejo Tagle

–       Horse: Jackie

–       Chef d’Equipe: Ann Hanniffy


o   Hunting Association of Ireland (HAI)

–       Exhibitor: Alan Reilly

–       Horse: Fred

–       Chef d’Equipe: Phillip Donnelly, Chairman


o   Irish Long Distance Riding Association (ILDRA)

–       Exhibitor: Bernie Leadon Bolger

–       Horse: Borg du Plessis

–       Chef d’Equipe: John Anderson, Chairman


o   Irish Pony Club (IPC)

–       Exhibitor: Zara Nelson

–       Pony: Fred

–       Chef d’Equipe: Michelle Nelson


o   Irish Pony Society (IPS)

–       Exhibitor: Sadhbh Springate

–       Pony: Killinaskully King

–       Chef d’Equipe: Máire Springate


o   Irish Shows Association (ISA)

–       Exhibitor: PJ Lehane

–       Horse: Unnamed (2 year old filly)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Richard Kingston


o   Irish Universities Riding Clubs Association (IURCA)

–       Exhibitor: Alyssa O’Neill

–       Horse: Rathkenny Snapdragon

–       Chef d’Equipe: Helen O’Neill


o   Para Equestrian Ireland (PEI)

–       Exhibitor: Kate Kerr-Horan

–       Horse: Terence Hill

–       Chef d’Equipe: Dara Kearney


o   Pentathlon Ireland

–       Exhibitor: Eilbhe Bailey

–       Horse: Melacey Grey

–       Chef d’Equipe: Jim Bailey


o   Reining & Western Section of HSI

–       Exhibitor: Alessia Stocca

–       Horse: Arwen D Black Inside

–       Chef d’Equipe: Declan McArdle, Chairman


o   Riding for the Disabled Association of Ireland (RDAI)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Noneen Fox


o   Royal Dublin Society (RDS)

–       Exhibitor: ‘Conor the Capall’ (Horse Show mascot)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Howard Farrell


o   Showjumping Ireland (SJI)

–       Exhibitor: Edward Doyle

–       Horse: Samgemjee

–       Chef d’Equipe: Nicola Boud


o   TREC Ireland (TREC)

–       Exhibitor: Katie Smyth

–       Horse: Whitethorn Jack

–       Chef d’Equipe: Sheila Fuller


o   Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society (CPBS)

–       Exhibitor: Padraic Hynes

–       Pony: Village Heather

–       Chef d’Equipe: Andy O’Donoghue, President


o   Kerry Bog Pony Co-operative Society of Ireland (KBPS)

–       Exhibitor: Gay Keogh

–       Pony: Ventry Height

–       Chef d’Equipe: Ann Crowley


o   Irish Draught Horse (Garda Mounted Unit)

–       Exhibitors: Garda Andrew McDonald & Garda Clare Anderson

–       Horses: Finn & Cumhall

–       Chef d’Equipe: Garda Lisa Halligan


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