December News 2017
Outstanding result for our KEP Italia Brand Ambassador Robbie Power winning the John Durkan Chase on Sizing John today at Punchestown for Jessica Harrington. The Cheltenham Gold Cup hero romped home with chevrons to spare in front of Djakadam.
‘Billy Ringrose: a memoir of my father’ (By Fergal Ringrose)
Perfect Christmas present. Priced €15.00 (plus €5 – €8 p&p) this book is an ideal gift for equestrian enthusiasts or anyone interested in Irish sporting history 🎄🐎☘️
November News 2017
‘Billy Ringrose: a memoir of my father’ (By Fergal Ringrose) Perfect Christmas present. Priced €15.00 (plus €5 – €8 p&p) this book is an ideal gift for equestrian enthusiasts or anyone interested in Irish sporting history. Order your copy here: http://www.billyringrose.ie/
October News 2017
September News 2017
Runner-up finish for Ireland in Barcelona Longines Challenge Cup Rodrigo Pessoa’s Irish team have finished as runners-up in tonight’s Longines Challenge Cup in Barcelona. Shane Sweetnam, Bertram Allen, Shane Breen and Denis Lynch finish on a total of 9 faults The UAE take the winners trophy with Brazil taking third place on the podium.
Ann Marie Dunphy National Dressage Champion
Congrats to our #Kep Brand Ambassador Anne Marie Dunphy who is crowned Irish National Dressage Champion for second consecutive year. Wins 2017 Dressage Ireland National Grand Prix Championship with Urbanus on 67.600% in Cavan Equestrian Centre.
August News 2017
Outstanding Dublin Horse Show and season for our Harry Hall Brand Ambassador Jessica Burke
Amazing Results for Jessica adding the 6 year old National Champion Title to yesterday’s 4 year old Champion win at Dublin Horse Show 2017
Equiline announced as official supplier of competition and non competition clothing to Team Ireland Equestrian.
July News 2017
Our KEP Brand Ambassador Anne Marie Dunphy hit the ground running after her French trip. Heading on to WEC to coach Flatwork for Showjumping clinic. Willow put her brave pants on in the Small Tour at the stunning Haras National de Pompadour CDI, had a few green mistakes but none the less 64.95% in the PSG on her international debut, Anne Marie was delighted with how she coped with the atmosphere and the heat. Exciting future ahead for this team.
June News 2017
Darragh Equestrian’s Dave & Helena pictured in Italy last week with the Equiline Group at the launch of their Spring Summer Collection 2018. Super trip. Exciting news coming soon.
May News 2017
Darragh Equestrian Brand Ambassador Jessica Burke – Coole Sport Horses speaking about her win with Kashino (ISH) in the 7yo final of the Irish Sport Horse Stud Book Showjumping Series at Galway Equestrian Centre 21 May 2017. The winning mare is by Cassino (SWWB) out of Captain Pride (ISH) by Captain Clover (ISH), bred and owned by Jackie Lee. (Video courtesy of Irish Sport Horse)
April News 2017
Our unstoppable Brand Ambassador Robbie Power with his 6th WIN at #Punchestown on Sizing Codelco. Recap of his season so far: 6 wins at Punchestown. 4 wins at Aintree. 3 wins at Cheltenham. 1 Irish National. 1 Irish Gold Cup!
Anne Marie Dunphy Dressage Ireland NI Region Champion
And our warmest congrats to our #KEPHelmets Brand Ambassador Anne Marie Dunphy and mare Her Highness Willow😍 winning both the Advanced and Small Tour Championships at the Dressage Ireland Northern Region Spring Festival at Danescroft this weekend. Urbanus also took Reserve Champion in the Big Tour and the combined results also gave Anne Marie the Leading Senior Rider award😁
March News 2017.
Congrats to our #KEP Brand Ambassador Robbie Power Winner of both the Gold Cup (Sizing John) and the Coral Cup (Supasundae) at Cheltenham. Great result for trainer Jessica Harrington. What a superb Week #SupaRobbie #SupaKEP
February News 2017.
Congratulations to all our Colleagues at PIKEUR winning Horse Product of The Year 2016. Truly deserved.
January News 2017 Beta International Birmingham.
Not just one but two of our super Brands picked up Awards at this year’s trade show. Harry Hall have taken the Best Horse Equipment Award at BETA International and Rockfish Wellies won Beta International Innovation Award.
Congratulations Rockfish Wellies Two Years in a Row
Beta International Innovation Award – Rockfish Wellies, winning this Award for the second year in a row.
Darragh Equestrian is very proud to be associated with such outstanding Brands and their teams.
Congratulations Two Award wins Masta / Harry Hall
“Delighted to have won two innovation awards at BETA International this week rewarding our Avante Hi-Viz Turnout and the very excited Protechmasta infrared rug as respected new products on the market this year!”
December News 2016 – Press Release
The final of the Caldene Eastern Region Dressage Winter League will be hosted tomorrow at Marlton Stud, Wicklow, with prizes in all categories.
Speaking from their headquarters in Bradford, Matchmakers International marketing director Rachel Bowles said “We were delighted to have participated in this initiative with Eastern Region Dressage. This deal was brokered by our agents Darragh Equestrian. We see this as a tremendous opportunity to increase the visibility of Caldene along with the other brands in the Matchmakers International portfolio”
Matchmakers International Ltd manages, manufacture and supply premium brands such as Caldene, Harry Hall, Masta, Cottage Craft and Tottie. They appointed leading wholesalers and agents Darragh Equestrian Solutions to manage their interests in Ireland.
Speaking of behalf of Darragh Equestrian Managing Partner Helena Walsh stated that “We are delighted to have brought this deal to Caldene who I feel will see real benefits from the arrangements. For its part Caldene is a well respected and sought after brand in Ireland. I also feel that sponsorship of this calibre is of huge benefit to the sport. “
Chair of the Eastern Region Dressage Gillian Kyle commented, “We are most grateful to Caldene for their generous support. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Darragh Equestrian who are known to help whenever possible. This is a massive boost to our sport and I hope that the benefit of being involved will be seen by all”
November News 2016
Darragh Equestrian Media Division was very honoured to be asked by the LRSJI committee to produce the Inaugural Leinster Showjumping Awards. A great night was had by all. And to top the evening off; two of our Brand Ambassadors picked up gongs on the night, warmest congrats to Feaha Moore who won Leinster Champion 1.20m and to John Floody who was crowned Leinster Champion Rider Senior 2016. The key sponsor of the Awards was David Geogeghan, Equestrian World of Maynooth and the show was hosted by Dave Darragh. Photography by Laurence Dunne.
Tribute to Leonard
So many wonderful songs… so few words can fill this space to thank you enough Leonard Cohen for the music, the laughter and the tears. Watching you sing along with an Irish audience in Dublin in 2013 says it all. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh anam uasal, atá tar éis bás a fháil Leonard Cohen September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016
October News 2016
Darragh Equestrian is pleased to extend a very warm welcome to Matchmakers International Brands to our agency; Tottie, Masta, Caldene, Harry Hall, Cottage Craft and The Riding Sock Co.
September News 2016
KEP Italia and Darragh Equestrian Announce new Sponsorship deal with Dressage Champion Anne Marie Dunphy.
KEP Italia, the premium equestrian helmet manufacturers, has announced a new sponsorship deal with top dressage rider Anne-Marie Dunphy, in a deal brokered through their Irish agents, Darragh Equestrian Solutions.
From Co Kilkenny she becomes the first Irish dressage rider at this level to be taken on by the company.
Managing Director of Darragh Equestrian Helena Walsh said:
“Following on from the success that we have enjoyed with our first sponsored rider John Floody, we are delighted now to welcome Anne Marie on board. We feel that these associations are pivotal to our brand development and product positioning programmes. Darragh Equestrian has assembled a varied but what we feel is a formidable team of brand ambassadors of which we are most proud.”
Managing Director for KEP Italia Lelia Polini commenting on the deal said:
“We are delighted to welcome Anne Marie to our team in Ireland where we have riders now across showjumping dressage and racing. Safety has been our focus in developing our helmets and no riding discipline is immune from the potential of injury. For this reason we are keen to highlight this fact across all disciplines”
For her part Anne Marie Dunphy has become the first Irish signing at this level. She is highly acclaimed and alongside her own competitive endeavors, Anne Marie is committed to the development of her sport through her coaching. A HSI Level 2 Coach, Coaching Ireland Tutor and Dressage Ireland judge, Anne Marie is also the Horse Sport Ireland Irish Pony and Junior Dressage Team High Performance Manager. Anne Marie’s pupils include many of Ireland’s most successful dressage, show jumping and eventing riders, from National and International pony, junior and young rider levels through to the senior ranks. When asked about the development she responded by saying:
”I am absolutely delighted to become a Brand Ambassador for KEP Italia. I have been a huge fan of their helmets and I am very grateful for the opportunity to represent them. It is a privilege and I should also like to thank Darragh Equestrian here in Ireland their support”
August News 2016
Equiline Saddle model Closer. Made of Soft calfskin-lined leather, the saddle has a flat seat and separate panels padded with heat-sensitive fibres with memory or in soft synthetic T-Flex material. This EQUILINE saddle is the ideal for all the riders who prefer a forward-tilting posture while maintaining an optimal close contact with the horse.
For more information contact our Saddle Fitter Helena Walsh Q.S.F. Email email@example.com Call or Text Helena +353 (0) 87 2302852 Head Office +353 (0) 404 42720
DARRAGH EQUESTRIAN SADDLE FITTING
July News 2016
The Irish Field
‘Horse Sense’ with Leanne O’Sullivan and Saddle Fitter Helena Walsh QSF
Equiline at Dublin Horse Show
Congrats to a very happy Dominique Rooney who bought an Equiline Saddle from Darragh Equestrian popped in to us yesterday at Dublin Horse Show, seen here in action on Montana Bi (Charlie). Beautiful horse.
Mastering The Art of Saddle Fitting
(Pony Tales Article: The Irish Field 16th July 2016)
Helena Walsh QSF will be in attendance at The Equiline Saddle Division S101 Simmonscourt Dublin Horse Show 20-24 July
Helena Walsh Q.S.F.
Talks about Saddle Fitting
Wonderful piece with Darragh Equestrian Managing Director, Saddle Fitter, Helena Walsh in this month’s Ireland’s Horse Review July issue OUT NOW!
Helena Walsh QSF will be in attendance at S101 Simmonscourt Dublin Horse Show 20-24 July 2016
(Pictured here at a Saddle Fitting with Cliona Breen, Dundalk)
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KEP Helmets Save Two Jockeys From Serious Injury
Alexander Butler current National Champion in his #KEP Helmet (pictured below)
June News 2016
Congratulations to our Equiline brand ambassador Sophie Dalm on winning the Grand Prix on the closing day at Mullingar International Horse Show (6th June). Superb Result.
Warmest congratulations to our Equiline Brand Ambassador Sophie Dalm on her superb Grand Prix Win at Mullingar International. Brilliant result! Lovely write-up in The Irish Field.
May Product News 2016
Notice to Suppliers
From July 1st Shaws Equestrian (Agents for Pikeur, Eskadron, Mylar etc etc) and Darragh Equestrian will be the agents for Roeckl Gloves for Ireland and the UK.
Roeckl are probably the biggest selling gloves world wide and we are now delighted to be able to bring you the entire range (approx 37 different styles, including children’s) from July 1st.
The good news is that your buy price will be less and your margin will be greater working with this new model.
You will have an account with Roeckl directly (Euros) however the customer Service will be managed directly by Shaws and the team here at Darragh Equestrian.
April Product News
Our Equiline Showcase at Punchestown Racing Festival was an absolute triumph. Heartfelt thanks to all the crew and ground staff at Punchestown for making us feel so welcome. Our next Showcase for Equiline takes place at the RDS Dublin Horse Show in July.
Chestnut Horses Not So Crazy?
Chestnut horses do not deserve their reputation for crankiness, say researchers, but they did find them generally bolder than their bay counterparts in an Australian study. University of Sydney researchers have published their findings from a pilot study that explored the relationship between coat colour genetics and equine behaviour.
They found that the breed, sex and age of a horse significantly influenced many behaviours, but their findings refuted the notion of the “crazy chestnut”.
They reported major behavioural differences between bays and chestnuts, but the latter were not more likely to display undesirable behaviours.
Brandon Velie and his colleagues, writing in the journal, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, said mutations in genes influencing melanocytes – mature melanin-forming cells, especially in the skin – not only affected the colour of an animal, but were also believed to influence physiological and behavioural functions.
On that basis, the common perception among horse owners that chestnut coat colour was linked to bad behaviour seemed plausible.
The study team set out to explore the perception by seeking out potential genetic associations between coat colour and bad behaviour.
Product News February 2016
Our Muck Boot Reign Tall Give-away competition on Facebook and Twitter proves a massive hit with our followers as literally thousands of Muck Boot Fans have taken part so far in the hope of picking up a pair of these wonderfully crafted boots.
Product News January 2016
Congratulations to our supplier RockFish Wellies on their Award (HC) at Beta International in Birmingham on the weekend.
Product News December 2015
Award Nomination for Zandonà
We’re delighted to announce that our latest brand Zandonà has been nominated for a “Horses Product of the Year 2015” BIT Magazine Award for their THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT BOOT AIR product. While it’s wonderful to be nominated, it would great to win the award. We need your vote.
Here’s how to vote for our THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT BOOT AIR just follow the link
‘THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT BOOT AIR’ is equipped with 18 magnetic devices that improve cellular function, providing a natural MAGNETO-THERAPY from the hoof to the shin and by REFLEXOLOGY benefits to the whole body. They are 2 products in 1, because they were also developed to provide support to the suspensory ligaments and to contain the tendon apparatus, for use during transport and to decrease the typical post-work swelling. Main benefits: increased circulation & reduced blood pressure, restoration of ph balance, strenghtening of the immune system, analgesic & calming effect, anti-inflammatory effect, bones remineralization, stimulated metabolism & cellular processes, reflexology effects.
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Lorenzini Macramé Stirrups
The Titanio Limited Edition Macramé Stirrups by Lorenzini combine the made in Italy design and the higher level technologies applied to equestrian products. Their ergonomic design helps the stirrups to maintain the right position also when the rider accidentally lose them.
This Special Macramé Model is a perfect Christmas Gift, with his fashionable paint is a very special product, fitting for riders who cares about th…eir style.
Macramé Special Edition Stirrups are available just with 6,5cm plate and titan grip. Lorenzini stirrups guarantee the best performances in every circumstance: training and tournaments.
Contact Darragh Equestrian Solutions Ireland
+353 (0) 404 42720 | Email: DarraghEquestrian@eircom.net
Product News November 2015
Tagg Polly Hat
As the new ruling on hat standard comes into place on January 1, competition riders are replacing their non-standard hats as we speak.
The Tagg Polly Hat is an affordable, safe and light-weight option for parents who do not necessarily want to pay a fortune for their new hat. It is also an ideal product for Riding Schools and Trekking centres as the hats are dial fit for adjustment to the required size.The harness is also fully adjustable and the hats all come in their own box with owner manual including a comprehensive guide to the new rulings.
The Tagg Polly hat has the VG1 standard, it comes in 3 sizes: Adult (56-61 cms), Junior (52-55cms) and the KIDZ Polly hat (48-52cms).
For more information about The Tagg Polly Riding Hat
contact Darragh Equestrian Solutions Ireland
+353 (0) 404 42720 | Email: DarraghEquestrian@eircom.net
Product News October 2015
Haukeschmidt’s Nordic Dream Winter Gloves. Supplied in Ireland by Darragh Equestrian. These are the most fantastic warm gloves for riding and, like all of Haukeschmidt’s range, offer great quality at a really good price. Made from synthetic leather with a cosy Thinsulate lining, they are not at all bulky like so many other winter gloves. In sizes 5 – 11, the Nordic is available in black; mocha; navy; and – ideal for Winter Competing – white.
Contact us for more details: telephone 00353 (0) 404 42720 email DarraghEquestrian@eircom.net
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of our friends, customers and suppliers for all the kind messages of condolence we have received since the passing of our Chairman, friend and father the late great Prof. Austin Darragh pictured here (L-R) with Pat Kenny, Brian D’Arcy and Dave Darragh at Austin’s Book Launch 2010. Ar Dheis De a Anam.
Sunday 4th October 2015
Austin Darragh 1927-2015
Dear Customers, Friends and Suppliers. It is with great sadness that we announce that our offices will be closed on Wednesday, October 7th out of respect for our friend, Chairman and father, Professor Austin Darragh.
Austin passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon having been well cared for by the Hermitage Clinic. We would like to sign off with an adage which we feel epitomizes the man:
To laugh often and much,
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty,
To find the best in others,
To leave the world a bit better,
Whether by a healthy child
A garden patch
Or a redeemed social condition
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
(Ralph Waldu Emerson)
Sincere thanks to you all for your kind wishes
May he rest in peace
Dave and Helena
Final Day at The Ploughing Championships 24th September
Glorious morning at The Ploughing Championships, our Helena pictured here with Paddy McArdle from Armagh at the Muck Boots Stand 810 row 46 – pop in and pick up a pair of these amazing warm, cosy, comfy boots. From Farms to Festivals … Muck Boots are a must!
Cavan Indoor Championships Tuesday 22nd – Sunday 27th
Cavan Equestrian Centre
For Schedules and Start list Details Visit http://www.cavanequestrian.com/
See you there!
Darragh Equestrian Agents For Muck Boots in Ireland
Don’t get beaten by the rain! Keep you feet warm and dry with a pair of Muck Boot. These amazing boots are practical and functional and now come in a range of styles to suit every outdoor activity. Contact us for your local stockist or if you are a shop interested in stocking Muck Boots please give us a call.
Muck Boots are a must for the winter. Designed with the outdoor life in mind, they are durable and reliable!
Well done to our sponsored rider John Floody who was third in the LST Leinster Summer Tour at Tattersalls with Kings Best!
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Harry Dabbs Saddle Makers have announced a new sponsorship deal with Eventer Aidan Keogh to coincide with their launch of the Harry Dabbs Platinum range of saddles onto the Irish market.
In a deal, brokered through their Irish agents, Darragh Equestrian Solutions, the owner of the world famous Tredstep Ireland becomes the first Irish Eventer to be taken on by the company.
Managing Director of Darragh Equestrian Helena Walsh said:
“Following on from the success that we have enjoyed in Showjumping, where we sponsor John Floody, we are delighted now to welcome Aidan on board in the Eventing field. We feel that these associations are pivotal to our brand development and product positioning programmes.
Also making the announcement was Peter Wilkes Managing Director of Harry Dabbs who commented:
“We have been monitoring the benefits of such sponsorship arrangements particularly in Ireland for three years now and feel that given how the relationship with John (Floody) has performed a compelling proposition was put to us by our agents Darragh Equestrian to use the same model in Eventing.
We consider having someone like Aidan involved from both his presence in Eventing and the industry will no doubt be an asset to achieving our goals. I should like to take this opportunity to welcome him on board and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.”
Aidan Keogh, who competes consistently on both the Irish and the British Eventing Circuits, stated:
“I am delighted to become involved with this sponsorship and wish to thank both Harry Dabbs and Darragh Equestrian for bringing this to fruition. WhiIst I have been competing in Jaguar saddles for some time this association brings greater benefits for my horses as saddle technology develops.
I am particularly pleased with the attention to detail and the after service which Helena provides here and it gives great comfort to have that level of support for my competition horses”
Congratulations to Sven Hadley, winner of the Tagg Bursary 2012.Sven will spend time training with Cian O’ Connor.
As per last year, the young rider division was hotly contested with little separating those on the top end of the leader board. Claiming the Bursary prize on a final tally of 20 points was European Team Gold Medallist Sven Hadley. Hadley was consistently placed in the league, claiming a win at Boswell and the runner-up spot at Mullingar, but it was his placing at Tatterstall’s that gave him the extra point to finish ahead of his closest rival James Brennan on 19 points. Sven is pictured here with Helena Walsh (Darragh Equestrian), Cian O’ Connor and Charlie Murphy.
EQUILINE ANNOUNCES NEW REPRESENTATION IN IRELAND
Commenting on the appointment Darragh Equestrians Managing Director Helena Walsh said,
“We are delighted to have won the confidence of Equiline who is the pinnacle of Quality Style and Comfort. Further more we are most encouraged by the interest that has already been shown in the Irish market”
Not only does Equiline boast of an exceptional range of riding apparel and horse wear but it also has a stable of top international riders who endorse the brand amongst which Billy Twomey and Cian O Connor are two.
Founded in the 1980’s Equiline has grown to a point of international reference in the riding world. The company mission is to offer top quality products to riders and horses thanks to the use of equally top quality fabrics and production processes.Specialising in producing high specification materials from efficient transpiration and shock absorbing saddle cloths to the unmistakable elegance of Italian design which stands out from its fabrics and the new technical Equiline Competition Jacket X Cool.
Additionally Equiline offers an unparalleled personalisation service across its ranges which incorporates a wide selection of bindings, braids and cords for saddlecloths and rugs to specific detailing on riding apparel.
The Leinster Mini Grand Prix league came to a spectacular end last Saturday at Barnadown with Longford’s Robert Harrison claiming the coveted young rider bursary sponsored by Tagg Equestrian in conjunction with Darragh Equestrian Solutions. This bursary will allow Harrison to spend one week with his horse under the instruction of international show jumper Billy Twomey.
Speaking afterwards, Harrison said: “It has been a great year and all the horses have performed very well. It is great to get this chance to spend a week with Billy Twomey as he is considered one of the best riders in the world. I would like to thank Tagg and Darragh Equestrian for giving me this great opportunity. It is with bursaries like this that I can develop my skills and gain international experience”.
It all went down to a fine wire in the final leg in Barnadown as Harrison topped the Tagg Bursary leader board on a total of 35 points, while lying in second place on a total of 22 points was Daniel Coyle. Harrison was also in contention for the Cian O’ Connor Bursary, as he lay in third place with his horse Vicar on 15 points, just three points behind Nicholas Butler and Oliver Glancy.
From a total of 26 competitors that went to post in the final leg, just six combinations made it through to the Damien Beevor’s jump-off course. First to go, Vincent Byrne held nothing back with his mount Cordonos as he scorched home with nothing to add in a time of 37.05. Next to go with Best Lady Derek Mc Connell knew he would have to deliver a fast time to keep John Floody at bay. Leaving nothing to chance Mc Connell negotiated all the tights lines and crossed the line with a clean sheet in 39.27. Fourth to go, Robert Harrison looked set for the challenge. Setting off in a blistering pace, Harrison was up on time coming to the double, however four faults at the first part meant that Harrison could only slot into sixth place, which was enough to secure the Tagg Bursary.
Congratulations to our competition winner Camilla Buller for her Picture which received 63 likes, and will receive her Loverson Candy Stripe Turnout Rug ASAP
Without doubt, one of the most enjoyable competitions we have ever run. Our friends clearly Love their Foals and we have loved looking at all your great Pictures. Thank you all so much.
Darragh Equestrian Solutions would like to announce their Summer Foal Photo Competition.
Simply post a picture of your new arrivals on our facebook page and you could win a Beautiful Loveson Candy Stripe Turnout Rug for your bouncing baby Foal. For more info check out our web page at www.darraghequestriansolutions.com and get posting!!!!
- Sizes 3’6” – 5’9”
- Weight: 200g
- Available as: Classic Neck
- Outer Fabric: 600 Denier Rip-Stop Nylon
- Lining: Polly cotton
- Features: Waterproof & Breathable, Cross Surcingles, Leg Straps, Buckle & Strap Front Fastening, Hook & loop Fasten Front Panel.
Terms and Conditions:
Competition is open to everyone on the Island of Ireland North & South. The photo which receive the most ‘likes’ by the 31st of July will be the winner. The winner will be notified by e-mail and will receive their prize with 10 working Days. Pictures must be of Foals born in the year starting 2011.
HARRISON IN POLE POSITION FOR THE TAGG BURSARY
This season has got off to a cracking start for Young Rider Robert Harrison as he has produced some good results to put him not only at the top of the Leinster Mini Grand Prix League but also as a hot contender for the Tagg Bursary on 15 points. Being placed 6th at Louth County and winning at Kill 4 points separates him from Wesley Byrne on 11 having being placed 9th overall at Louth County and 2nd at Raheen na Gun.
The Tagg Bursary is sponsored by Tagg Equestrian and Darragh Equestrian Solutions. It provides for a weeks training with Rolex World Ranking no 7 Billy Twomey at his base in Cheshire. The beneficiary of the Tagg bursary will be determined by the overall leading Young Rider nationally at the final of the Leinster Mini Grand Prix series Final which will be held at Newcastle show in September.
It may have been blustery but it was none the less a beautiful day at the fifth round which was staged at Seaview Stables hosted by showjumper Thomas Byrne.
However due to the clash of dates most of the Young Riders were competing in the National Grand Prix at Kill so it left the door open to the senior riders to take the spoils in the 1m30 Grand Prix class.
And that they did as six went in to the jump off, it was to be Gorey man Jim Donohue on Reality who emerged the victor.
Not too despondent either was the host Thomas Byrne who didn’t go home empty handed as he slotted into 3rd for his trouble with Ballyshan Valentino.
The series moves to Ravensdale in Co Louth this weekend but will not see current leader Robert Harrison compete in the Tagg Bursary as he will be on international duty in Reims along with fellow Young Riders Gerard Clarke and Conal Mc Laughlin.
ShowjumpingIreland announce sponsorship details of the Tagg Bursary in the Leinster Mini Grand Prix Series with Darragh Equestrian Solutions
Showjumping Ireland and leading Irish Wholesalers and Distributors Darragh Equestrian Solutions Ltd in association with Tagg Equestrian are delighted to announce their sponsorship of the Leinster Mini Grand Prix Series for the coming season in which Young Riders will compete for the Tagg Bursary to train with top Irish international showjumper Billy Twomey
Tagg Equestrian are manufacturers and distributors of the top quality Tagg show jackets and jodhpurs, the Comfort Zone professional range of rugs, girths and saddle pads, the Funnell range of rugs and accessories and the Polly Products range of general horse products and riding helmets. In addition to these brands Tagg Equestrian has completed the successful takeover of the Loveson and Falpro ranges which provides for one of the largest portfolios of equestrian requisites available to the Irish market Tom Eastwood, Managing Director of Tagg Equestrian, said “We are delighted be associated with the sponsorship of the Leinster Mini Grand Prix Series for the Tagg Bursary as we are very committed to support the sport of showjumping in particular the progression of young riders to the senior ranks. We have strong brands in our stable and our recent acquisitions complement our current range and give us access into a new market for us in riding footwear and chaps in conjunction with our existing brands which have been handled by Darragh Equestrian very successfully for the last 4 years. They will continue the route to market through their retail customers “
Managing Director of Darragh Equestrian Helena Walsh concurred with Tagg Equestrian’s Managing Director by adding ‘’With the wealth of up and coming riders currently being produced here in Ireland we have always felt in Darragh Equestrian that those good enough should be given every opportunity to gain experience through their peers in the sport. Billy Twomey has become one of the best exponents of his craft having started very much in the same fashion that many of the hopefuls in this series have. After good associations with Showjumping Ireland, Horse Sport Ireland and the Showjumpers Club in many other initiatives, we are delighted to have the opportunity to have this involvement in the Leinster Mini Grand Prix Series for the Tagg Bursary and look forward to a close relationship with SJI and all parties involved in this League.’’
Darragh Equestrian Solutions Ltd was founded in 2005 and has become one of the leading Wholesale and Distribution companies covering all Ireland and manages 17 top brands for UK and Continental Europe based companies.
FLOODY GOES ON THE JAG
John Floody has entered in to a sponsorship deal with Jaguar Equestrian, through their distributors in Ireland, Darragh Equestrian Solutions. No stranger to success he partnered Larkhill Cruiser and Ashbourne to clinch both the Chippison Spring Tour and the Autumn Grand Prix series last year.
Larkhill Cruiser has gone on to be very successfully campaigned by Cian O’Connor this year having being produced by John. He also produced some very impressive results last season having being placed in every single Premier Grand Prix on the circuit and winning the Premier in Balmoral. Other successes included winning the international Grand Prix at Tattersalls and both the Derby and the Premier Grand Prix at Cavan.
He has some nice horses in tow for this coming season and has already claimed two legs of the Chippison Spring Tour so far with PMR Rehy Irish All Star, at the opening round in Kildare and more recently, virtually on home turf, at Broadmeadows, riding PMR Cabellero. Both horses are owned by Paula Rafter.
Parallel to these events he has agreed the sponsorship deal with Jaguar Equestrian for the coming season, brokered by Darragh Equestrian.
“I am delighted to have been approached by Darragh Equestrian who are huge supporters of the sport and are well known for their involvement in many initiatives. They have been very attentive and have involved me in all aspects of tailoring the products to meet my needs and for those of my horses. Furthermore, to date I have had a bit of success competing in a Jaguar!! ” says Floody.
Helena Walsh Managing Director of Darragh Equestrian stated “John has been on our radar for some time and in truth we would like to have brought him on board last year but we were committed to another arrangement, which worked well. However this is a new season, we have had several meetings with John and have come up with a formula which we collectively think will work. John is a marvellous rider and not only is he highly competitive, he is also one of the sports true gentlemen. I am confident that he will represent our brands superbly”
Jaguar Equestrian and Harry Dabbs Saddle Ranges are handcrafted in Walsall, England. For over 35 years Harry Dabbs have been the designers and a producer of some of the industry’s leading saddles. They have used the knowledge and experience gained over the years to capture all the features that makes a truly great saddle. All Jaguar Equestrian leather goods bear the Society of Master Saddlers members symbol and personal identification number.
The Thermatex Rug and Accessories Range is another great brand, often copied but never ever equalled, featuring the genuine advanced high performance “wicking” fabric which is manufactured in a unique wool and acrylic blend. Featuring a polypropylene insulating layer with a choice of 22 fabric colours and 19 binding options in all produces technical excellence for today’s horse.
For further information on Jaguar Saddles and Thermatex Rugs please contact;
Mobile: 087 2302852
For Press Contact:
Mobile: 087 2500181
The Showjumpers Club
Supporting the sport of Showjumping
James Kernan appointed Chairman of the Showjumpers Club
James Kernan has been elected Chairman of the Showjumpers Club at the AGM held in the Killashee House Hotel on Monday 31st of January. He takes up the role from Edward Doyle, who has served in the position since 2006 and will now serve under Kernan as vice chairman in 2011. On accepting the position the incoming chairman thanked Edward Doyle for his hard work, whilst in office and expressed his desire to continue to develop the club’s relationships with Horse Sport Ireland and Showjumping Ireland which have been successfully forged over the last number of years.
The meeting, which was very well attended, heard tributes to both Doyle and Club Secretary Maureen Bagnall, who is to stand down during the year, for their unstinting service to the sport and who will hand over the secretarial position to Suzy Kelly Byrne over the next six months having filled the role since the Club’s foundation.
CEO of Horse Sport Ireland Damien Mc Donald gave a comprehensive presentation of the body’s activities since its formation in 2008. His talk covered a wide range of topics which included major issues faced, breeding initiatives, sponsorship, development programmes, coaching, branding Team Ireland and the challenges for 2011 and beyond. One specific issue which fuelled some frank debate from the floor was the public relations policy for the sport in the general media and how the lack of positive publicity is impacting on attracting public interest and also how the low visibility affects the prospect for external sponsorship. Mr Mc Donald proceeded to outline the HSI draft blueprint for media relations which has been tabled for discussion and stated that there was a concerted effort in train to develop stronger relationships with the general media.
Many new appointments were made to the committee including the return of Dave Darragh to the role of PRO which he held in 2005 and 2006. He intends to ramp up the communication levels to the members and the public through the media, website but more particularly through Facebook.
The out going chairman expressed his gratitude to Horse Sport Ireland, Show Jumping Ireland TRI, Darragh Equestrian and Chippison Spring Tour sponsors John and Marie Burke who are to continue their support for the coming series. In addition Laurence Dunne of Jumpinaction will present a print to the winning owner for each round of the series which commences on Sunday 13th of February in Kildare International.
Incoming SJI Chairman Christy Murphy also took the opportunity to address the assembled by pledging to ensure cohesiveness between all the showjumping bodies and paid tribute to outgoing chairman of SJI Ronan Corrigan for his achievements during his term of office. He stated that the SJI is in good stead posting a modest surplus having been in deficit previously and that he will be operating an open door policy under his watch.
The following were elected as officers:
James Kernan Chairman
Edward Doyle Vice Chairman
Suzy Kelly Byrne Secretary
Alan Byrne Treasurer
Dave Darragh PRO
Sheila White Spring Tour Co-ordinator
Trevor Breen HSI Representatives
The following were elected to the committee:
Taylor Vard, Ger O’Neill, Jack Doyle, Nicola Fitzgibbon, Eric Holstein,
Michael Cave, Joan Greene, Neal Fearon, Eddie Moloney, Ronan Corrigan,
Denis Flannelly, Brian Duff, Conor Sheridan, Marie Burke, Helena Walshe.
TREDSTEP IRELAND ANNOUNCE NEW SALES MANAGER FOR IRELAND
Tredstep Ireland in conjunction with Darragh Equestrian Solutions Ltd are pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Broughall as Tredstep Ireland’s new Irish Sales Manager. Shane will be taking up the post with immediate effect.
Helena Walsh Managing Director of Darragh Equestrian said :
“I am delighted with this move to have Shane take on responsibility for Tredstep. We recently have taken on Loveson for Ireland as a result of an acquisition of the brand by one of our main suppliers Eastwood Anglo Consulting in the UK. We are wholesaling and distributing some 20 brands now in the 32 counties and with some crossover in product lines Aidan and I felt the brands needed dedicated attention. I also have worked quite closely with Shane over the last few years and feel that he is the best choice.”
Aidan Keogh founder and Managing Director of Tredstep Ireland commented
“This is a strategic move for Tredstep in relation to the Irish market. The choice of Shane Broughall is due to his ability to bring his personal and attentive service to our customers, further underpinning our position in Ireland, North and South. We have an exciting new range of products coming to market this spring and are looking forward to working with Shane”.