Horse Sport Ireland Conference

November 7, 2012

Horse Sport Ireland’s National Coaching Conference drew a capacity attendance of over 400 people at the weekend.

Starting at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin and moving to the Kill International Equestrian Centre after lunch, the Conference heard speakers GB team Veterinarian John Killingbeck; Joe O’Connor (Fitness Coach and Consultant); British Equestrian Federation consultant farrier Haydn Price, who discussed the effect of biomechanics and shoeing techniques for performance horses.

In addition US Olympian, Team Trainer and President of the United States Equestrian Federation, David O’Connor led practical demonstrations at Kill with Irish Olympic Riders Aiofe Clarke, Camilla Speirs and Joseph Murphy, and medal winning Young Riders Katie Nolan and Shane Power together with medal winning Junior riders Lucca Stubington and Harold Megahey.

The Conference also saw the first six Irish Level Three Dressage Coaches receive their certificates – Heike Holstein, Rosemary Gaffney, Denis Flannelly, Maureen Dwyer, Anna Mervelt and Gisela Holstein.

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