New status for quarter horse group
The Irish Quarter Horse Association (IQHA) has been formally affiliated to Horse Sport Ireland. Previously, the IQHA had been affiliated to the Reining & Western Section of Horse Sport Ireland. However, now it will be the designated affiliate for Reining & Western Riding in its own right.
The chairman of the Irish Quarter Horse Association, Ron Weisz, welcomed the affiliation of the IQHA (trading as Western Riding Ireland) to Horse Sport Ireland.
"In addition to our affiliation with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the Western Equestrian Society (WES), we hope to make 2015 a historic year for the promotion of the Quarter Horse breed and Western Riding here in Ireland," he said.
"We look forward to working with HSI, and would like to thank in particular Mark Bolger, HSI director of finance & operations, for his great assistance during the affiliation process."
HSI chairman Pat Wall said: "Reining is one of the eight FEI disciplines.
"The HSI Reining & Western Section did an excellent job in establishing the sport in Ireland. We now look forward to working with the IQHA to further develop Western Riding."
The sport of reining, during which horses are judged on a series of movements, has only become popular in Ireland in recent years.
Competitions are now held regularly during the summer months.