• 23 May 2014, 22:06

THE THIRD annual HSI Equestrian Showcase Parade was graced once again with glorious sunshine during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Punchestown Festival on Tuesday 29th April.


Led by the Army Equitation School, 23 HSI Affiliates, Sections and Native Irish Breeds, entered the parade ring before the first race and circled to a running commentary on their individual sports and breeds. Everyone shone in full showing and competitive attire, showcasing the diversity of the Irish Equestrian Sector in front of a large, appreciative crowd.


This colourful highlight of the equestrian calendar was covered by Irish Horse TV and RTE, who featured an interview, conducted by Tracy Piggott, with European Junior Eventing Championships Team Gold and Individual Silver medallist, Elizabeth Hayden.


After the parade, HSI Chairman Prof. Pat Wall presented Wexford breeder Bryan Maguire with a trophy to mark the outstanding success of Irish Sport Horse Bay My Hero (ISH) at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event last month. Owned by Catherine Witt, the Cult Hero gelding is ridden by William Fox-Pitt.


To see a photo gallery, click HERE. To see Irish Horse TV’s coverage, click HERE. More interviews with participating Affiliates will appear on IHTV over the coming weeks.


Horse Sport Ireland would like to thank the participating Affiliate Organisations, Native Irish Breed Societies, the Garda Mounted Unit, HSI Sport Sub Board and Punchestown, for their commitment, co-operation and support, without which the parade would not be possible.


Here are the details of those who took part:


o   Army Equitation School (Department of Defence)

–       Exhibitors: Private Emma Ging & Corporal Richard Costello

–       Horses: Kilshanna (ISH) & Ballynacargy (ISH)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Captain Joe Gleeson


o   Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE)

–       Exhibitor: Luke Burke Ott

–       Leader: Zara Burke Ott

–       Pony: Knick-Knack-Paddy-Whack

–       Chef d’Equipe: Janet Burke


o   Carriage Driving Section of HSI

–       Exhibitors: Anja Rosenbrock, Dawn O’Donnell, Emily Carter

–       Horse: Lliedi Rhyfelwr

–       Chef d’Equipe: Sarah Mullins, Chairperson


o   Dressage Ireland

–       Exhibitor: Ruth Chadwick

–       Horse:Ladino XV

–       Chef d’Equipe: Anne Cahill, Chairperson


o   Eventing Ireland

–       Exhibitor: Elizabeth Hayden

–       Horse:Mount Panther (ISH)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Anna Hayden


o   Federation of Irish Polo Clubs (FIPC)

–       Exhibitor: Alejo Tagle

–       Horse: Jackie (ITB)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Ann Hanniffy


o   Hunting Association of Ireland (HAI)

–       Exhibitor: Philip Lazenby

–       Horse: Star (ID)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Phillip Donnelly, Chairman


o   Irish Harness Racing Club (IHRC)

–       Exhibitor: John Richardson

–       Leader: Amy Richardson

–       Horse: Meadowbranch Ash

–       Chef d’Equipe: Shannon Flanagan


o   Irish Long Distance Riding Association (ILDRA)

–       Exhibitor: Niamh Doyle

–       Horse: Ranger (ID)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Irene Doyle


o   Irish Polocrosse Association (IPA)

–       Exhibitor: Cian Boland

–       Ex-racehorse: Zabo

–       Chef d’Equipe: Paul Boland, former Chairman


o   Irish Pony Club (IPC)

–       Exhibitor: Emer Hegarty

–       Leader: Niamh Hegarty

–       Pony: Nadreegeel Diamond

–       Chef d’Equipe: Frank Hegarty


o   Irish Pony Society (IPS)

–       Exhibitor: Josh Salley

–       Leader: Nicola Salley

–       Pony:Valmore Riesling

–       Chef d’Equipe: Jane Fallon


o   Irish Shows Association (ISA)

–       Exhibitor: Rebecca Monaghan

–       Yearling Filly: Not Alot

–       Chef d’Equipe: Ray O’Halloran


o   Irish Universities Riding Clubs Association (IURCA)

–       Exhibitor: Melanie Young

–       Horse: It’s All Hunky Dory

–       Chef d’Equipe: Annalena Morris, Chairperson


o   Mounted Games Association of Ireland (MGAI)

–       Exhibitor: Alan Keogan

–       Pony: Kerry Nessa

–       Chef d’Equipe: Jerome O’Connor, former Chairman


o   Para Equestrian Ireland (PEI)

–       Exhibitor: Kate Kerr-Horan

–       Horse: Terence Hill

–       Chef d’Equipe: Dara Kearney


o   Riding for the Disabled Association of Ireland (RDAI)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Anne McDonald


o   Royal Dublin Society (RDS)

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

–       Chef d’Equipe: Howard Farrell


o   Showjumping Ireland (SJI)

–       Exhibitor: Paddy O’Donnell

–       Horse: Harristown Princess (ISH)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Taylor Vard


o   TREC Ireland (TREC)

–       Exhibitor:Karen Reilly

–       Horse: Rock on Villa (ISH)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Sheaffe Monteith


o   Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society (CPBS)

–       Exhibitor:Kevin Bolger

–       Pony:Gurteen Cathal

–       Chef d’Equipe: Laura McWeeney


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

–       Exhibitor: Gay Keogh

–       Pony:Ventry Height

–       Chef d’Equipe: Joseph Keogh


o   Irish Draught Horse (Garda Mounted Unit)

–       Exhibitors:Garda Clare Anderson & Garda Andrew McDonald

–       Horses: Cumhall (ID) & Embarr (ID)

–       Chef d’Equipe: Michelle O’Reilly

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