Archive for 2012

Five Long days to go!!

Hi Everyone!

Hope ye are all enjoying Dublin, unfortunately there’s still a good bit to do here so I’m not going to make it to the RDS. Instead I’ve had to settle for updates from our Press Officer who did manage to get there!

A lot has happened since my last blog. The Olympic jumps have arrived and are looking great! We also started doing up our office where I work during the show! A big thanks to Oisin, Conor, Ryan and Darragh for painting the office and dispensing with the counters.

The Office gets a paint job!

Entries are massive and this show will be the biggest show jumping event ever held at Green Glens. Due to such large numbers we have decided to alter the schedule which you can view here. Also we are no  longer taking entries so please don’t even ask as refusal may offend. A schooling round for International and Boomerang horses has also been added so that will start on Tuesday August 13th at 14.00. I appeal to all of you to be as efficient as possible next week and please be polite to the Pocket Stewards as it is not an easy job for them!

On a lighter note, last evening I finally got an evening off to go to the Millstreet Community School Debs where I also teach. Below is a photo of myself, Alanna and Sinead (who also work in the office). The girls looked fab and we all had a great night!

I look forward to seeing everyone next week, please stop by and say hello and I hope that there wont be too many problems! I wish everyone the best of luck and I hope that you all find your visit to Millstreet enjoyable and prosperous.




The Count Down is On!


Hi Everyone

The count down is now on for Millstreet. The office is now very busy trying to get everything done. Over the past week we have had the three year old Young Irelander Qualifiers which were very successful. I would like to say a big thank you to our judges: Paul Donovan and Tom Slattery. There is now just three places up for grabs at West Cork Breeders Show on July 27th. It is imperative that all those qualified already must enter online as you will not be automatically entered into the semi-final.

Entries are also closing on Friday July 19th so if you have not entered please do so. This year there will be a number of new faces amongst out International Riders which includes Canadians Nicole Walker and Rebecca McGoldrick. We will also have Australian Rider Wendy Schaeffer winner of this years World Cup in Adelaide in Australia.

If anyone has any queries please give us a ring in the office 029 70800


Eimearaerial photos show 2006 015




Anna Edwards emerges victorious in Millstreet International Grand Prix

Anna Edwards is congratulated by Louise Burke (Millstreet Horse Show), Maura Walsh (IRD Duhallow) and Thomas Duggan (Millstreet Horse Show Director)

Great Britain notched up an incredible 6th win this evening as Anna Edwards rode to victory in the €50,000 Millstreet International Grand Prix. The 28 year-old had no problem with course designer Mark McGowan’s challenging Grand Prix course and jumped clear in the first and second round riding “Diaghilev;” a nine year old bay gelding by Vanglis Z and owned by Terry Payne. Based in North Somerset, Anna is trained by world renowned riders Laura Kraut and Nick Skelton as well as Commandant John Ledingham through the Equine Pathway.

With the points and a half on offer at the final stage of the GBI (Great Britain and Ireland Tour), Anna secured 15 points, putting her just one ahead of fellow British contender Joe Clayton and meaning she leaves Millstreet with an additional leading rider prize worth €5,000.

Forty riders came forward in the feature class of the week at the Millstreet International Horse Show and less than a second behind the winner; having also jumped a double clear was British rider Daniel Nielsen with “Varo M.” Best of the Irish was Richard James Howley in 3rd position with “Camiro De Haar Z.”

Record crowds have been enjoying superb weather conditions and top-class International showjumping during the week and this continued on the final day, despite the odd shower. Earlier in the afternoon, Jill Twomey was on hand to present Daren Hopkins with the inaugural Hitchmough Bursary. From Co. Mayo, the young rider will benefit from three days training and associated travel expenses with Irish Olympian Billy Twomey in the UK.

Other winners on the final day of action at the Co. Cork venue included William Funnell and Billy Mexico in the Millstreet Boomerang and Guy Williams recording his third International win of the week in the Consolation class with Torino Van De Middelstede.

Since Tuesday afternoon, nearly 8,000 competitors have partaken in 93 classes with a combined prize fund of just under €200,000. Speaking on the closing day, Millstreet International Horse Show Director Thomas Duggan declared the show to be a resounding success. “This was a  great week for the Green Glens Arena and for Irish equestrian sport. After a challenging few years we can finally look forwards rather than backwards and focus on making Millstreet a truly unmissable part of the International showjumping calendar.”

Speaking at the International Rider’s Reception on Thursday evening, Noel C. Duggan acknowledged the financial support from IRD Duhallow under the LEADER programme. Improvements to the venue were warmly received by visiting riders; include the installation of 500 International standard stables, new custom-made showjumps and an improved internal administration system.

Sun Shines on Opening Day of Millstreet 2012

The sun shone brightly on the huge crowds who travelled to the Green Glens Arena in Co. Cork for the opening day of competition at the Millstreet International Horse Show 2012.
Since Sunday afternoon, over 1,200 horses have been arriving in the Co. Cork town; travelling from across the country and following the return to International status for the first time in 12 years, riders from 6 different nations have made the journey. Foreign visitors include Global Champions Tour winner Roger-Yves Bost, dual championship rider Juan Carlos Garcia, three times Hickstead Derby winner William Funnell, European Team Bronze medallist Guy Williams, former showjumping world champion Dermott Lennon and GBI Tour contenders Joe Clayton, Conor Swail and Joan Greene.
Action got underway this morning with the “Goresbridge Horse Sales” Boomerang Qualifier where just 11/100 of a second separated the eventual winner Hayley Dunne and “Arendsoog B” from 2nd placed Peig Van Amerongen with “Bolandro”. The top 16 placed horses will join tomorrow’s qualfiers in the final which takes place on Sunday afternoon.
The feature class this afternoon; the National Eventing Discovery was won in by style by former Irish Olympian and 2012 First Reserve for the eventing team, Capt. Geoff Curran and “The Jump Jet.” The course caused its fair share of problems for both the 6YO+ section and the 4 and 5 year old classes that followed. Course designer Danny Dulohery of Kilguilkey House was happy with the way riders tackled his 17 fence course which covered just over 1km; “The ground held up very well and the results show that for a competition with such a generous prize fund, riders couldn’t come expecting a walk in the park!”
Away from the showjumping action, an air of anticipation hung over the 5,000 strong crowd with events at the London Olympics close to everyones mind. News of the Irish success stories featuring Katie Taylor and Millstreet regular Cian O’ Connor quickly reverberated around the Green Glens Arena.
The show continues tomorrow (Thursday) with a wide range of classes including the 1.50m International Grand Prix Qualifier and the first of two “Connolly’s Red Mills Munster Showjumping League stages to take place at Millstreet this week. If you’re looking for a family day out with free admission, world-class showjumping, a wide range of trade exhibitors (including saddlery, leisurewear and footwear, pet accessories and more) and updates from the London Olympics, then look no further than the Millstreet International Horse Show and take the opportunity to get behind the Irish team!

2 Munster Grand Prix League Qualifiers to take place at Millstreet!


Due to recent cancellations there will be two legs of the
Red Mills Munster Grand Prix league 1.30m(S) with €2,000 for each held on Thursday and Friday of Millstreet International Horse Show. Entries online and declarations to show office the day before each class.

Hitchmough Young Rider Bursary 2012

Hitchmough Bursary

Jill Twomey and the Millstreet International Horse Show committee are pleased to announce details of the inaugural ‘Hitchmough Bursary’ to be presented at the 2012 show.

The recipient of the Bursary will receive the opportunity to travel to the UK with their horse and receive 3 days training with Irish Olympic showjumper Billy Twomey. The Bursary includes accommodation and a contribution to travel expenses for the winning horse and rider.

The Hitchmough Bursary is being offered in memory of Iris & Avril Hitchmough; the founders of Hitchmough’s Riding School in Monkstown, Co. Cork. Both Iris & Avril had a lifelong association with the Irish equestrian scene that included hunting, racing and point-to-pointing, but it was in show-jumping that Avril excelled under the guidance of Iris; a lifelong member of the Showjumping Association of Ireland and also President of Cork/Kerry Showjumping Branch. Avril and Iris had a strong involvement in Irish pony teams in the late 1980’s and throughout the 1990’s including the Bronze medal winning team at Millstreet in 1989 and the Silver medallists at Hanover, Germany in 1990. In 1996, Avril was responsible for taking a group of children and young riders to South Africa to compete on behalf of Ireland on South African horses – the first time such an event took place. Closer to home, Avril’s course building technique brought Munster showjumping to a new level and led to stronger performances on a national stage. Avril was proactive in organising the first amateur showjumping series in Munster, with the inaugural final held at Millstreet in 1988. That series, now known as the “Sportsman” lives on today.

Competitors in the 1.20m Young Rider class at Millstreet International Horse Show 2012 will be eligible for the Hitchmough Bursary. The winners of the qualifiers on Thursday and Saturday will join the 1.20 Young Rider Final winner on Sunday afternoon and jump against the clock in the Main International Arena for the chance to win the bursary.

Speaking at the launch of the “Hitchmough Bursary,” Jill Twomey (mother of Billy) said; “Billy started his career in Hitchmough’s Riding School and I hope that this Bursary will go somewhere in helping a Young Riders dream come one step closer to reality.’

Millstreet International Horse Show director Thomas Duggan said; “Millstreet Horse Show is proud of its reputation in helping to bring on our younger riders. The opportunity to train with Billy Twomey will no doubt help the Bursary recipient on the road to success and hopefully future Olympic games!”

Billy Twomey

National Eventing Discovery – Details Announced

This year we will once again stage the very successful National Eventing Discovery.

This class aims to showcase the young Irish horses that can progress to a successful eventing career. They need to be of athletic quality type with the ability to show suppleness, engagement and acceptance in their flatwork and a good jumping technique, all combined with the right mental attitude to cope with the many questions posed to an event horse, and confirmation that will help rather than hinder their production at higher levels.


To take into account the future potential of these horses, the marking scheme includes an assessment on both the flatwork and jumping phases which takes into account fluency and balance in all paces, the attitude to work, suitability of type for  a three day eventer, and the overall impression that this might be a star in the making.

It will be run in three sections:

a)      4 Year Old – This section will have a flatwork/paces display. The show jumping and cross country combined which will be judged on an optimum time basis. Flatwork Display Tests are available at


b)      5 Year Old – This section will have a flatwork/paces display. The show jumping and cross country combined which will be judged on an optimum time basis. Flatwork Display Tests are available at


c)      The 6 Year Old and Over Open Section –This section will run over showjumping and cross country phases only. The show jumping and cross country combined will commence at 14.00 in the Main Outdoor Arena.  This section will be timed.


 Time Table for Eventing Discovery

Wednesday August 8th 2012  Location Event
10.00 Dressage Arena 1 4 Year Old Flatwork Display
10.00 Dressage Arena 2 5 Year Old Flatwork Display
14.00 Main International Arena Open Show Jumping& X Country
To follow Main International Arena 5 Year Old Show Jumping& X Country
To follow Main International Arena 4 Year Old Show Jumping& X Country