Jul 19 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

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  www.millstreethorseshow.ie


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  www.millstreethorseshow.ie


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

Hi Everyone,

Its been a busy week for me. As many of you will see the entries are now open and since yesterday we have had a large amount of entries which is great to see. I was delighted to see that we have a number of entries from Wales already and I really look forward to meeting all these new people this year.

Yesterday we had a long but very insightful meeting on the format of the Eventing Discovery. This year we have slightly altered the flatwork display and this new test will be on our website in the coming days. There will also be separate dressage arenas for the 4 and 5 year olds so this should save some time.

On Sunday I stayed home from Charleville to watch the Hickstead Derby and I was thrilled to see Paul Beecher winning the class. The Beecher Family have been coming to Millstreet a very long time and are loyal supporters. It was great to see all Paul’s hard work paying off and hopefully his run of form will continue.

Next week I should have news and photos of the new stables!!


Paul Beecher & Loughnatousa WB

Paul Beecher & Loughnatousa WB winning the Hickstead Derby 2012

Hi Everyone and welcome to my weekly blog which will outline and update you on the progress at Millstreet between now and our horse show on August 7th.We are very excited this year as we are hosting a CSI***.

For me, this entails alot of extra administration work. For the past couple of weeks I have spent my time finalising the FEI Schedule which is now available on this website. This year you will see alot of new developments which are currently taking place. All of Stable Blocks A, B, E, F & G have been taken down and will be replaced by approximately 500 new boxes.


Currently the online form is just being finalised and it will be up shortly on our website. Hopefully tomorrow (Thursday) I will have a better idea of the actual date on which the form will be online but my hope is this Friday June 22nd.

Please check back next week for more news!

Eimear (Millstreet Horse Show Secretary)

Jun 8 2012

The Competition Authority has recently finalised its investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour by Show Jumping Ireland (SJI). They have found in favour of the consumers right to free choice thus vindicating our position held firmly over the past three years.

Subject to two laid conditions being met by the host show, SJI members cannot be penalised in any way – to do so would be unlawful. MIHS has no difficulty in satisfying these two conditions.

Click here to view Case Summary.

May 15 2012

A LEADING rider prize of €5,000 will be on offer in the exciting new Great Britain & Ireland (GBI) Show Jumping Tour, which has been officially launched this week.

This fantastic initiative has been spear-headed by Robert Fagan, director of the Mullingar Country Fayre and International Horse Festival, one of the four shows sponsoring and participating in the 2012 GBI Tour.

The Mullingar Country Fayre and International Horse Festival, which runs from June 1st-4th, will be followed by the Royal Highland Show in Scotland (June 21st-24th), the British Masters at Southview, England (June 29th-July 1st) and finally, back in Ireland, the Millstreet International Horse Show from August 7th-12th.

Millstreet has taken the usual RDS dates for 2012 due to the Olympic Games.

The total prize-fund between the four international shows is over €400,000, with €250,000 on offer at the two Irish shows.

Commenting on the announcement, Fagan said: “This is a great development opportunity for riders and we hope that it will be the start of an annual Tour that we can improve on every year.

“These are four great shows. The Royal Highland alone attracts 180,000 visitors over the four days. I must personally thank Ann Logan of the Royal Highland, Charles Britton of the British Masters and Thomas Duggan from Millstreet for coming on board this year.

“As a further incentive for riders interested in travelling, Irish Ferries are offering a great discount. Riders just need to quote GBI Tour when booking.”

Horse Sport Ireland’s CEO Damian McDonald welcomed the initiative. “This co-operative initiative is very welcome and those who put it together deserve great credit,” he said.

The scoring system for the four shows will be the same, with riders automatically gaining two points for competing in the Grand Prix. In the event of a rider with several entries, only one score per rider counts.

The winner will be awarded 10 points, with eight for second; six for third; five for fourth; and four for fifth. The final leg at Millstreet will offer points and a half, and in the event of equal points, the rider who is the highest placed in the final leg will be declared the winner.

For further details, including information on the ferries deal, contact Robert Fagan on 086-2519161.To download this release in Microsoft Word format, please click here.