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!

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


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

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)