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Sunday 17 December 2017

coaching conference

Irish international rider Aoife Clark and three-time Olympic gold medallist David O'Connor will be among the guest speakers at the Horse Sport Ireland national coaching conference next month.

'Coaching the Modern Event Horse and Rider' will take place on Sunday, November 4 at the Citywest Hotel and Kill International Equestrian Centre.

Speakers include David O'Connor, Olympic medallist and USEF president, and John Killingbeck, Great Britain's team vet for the Olympic Games and European and World Championships.

Haydn Price, official farrier to Team GB and a specialist in equine locomotion, will also address the conference.

Members of the Irish eventing team from London 2012 will also attend.

Aoife will be joined by Ireland's European silver medal-winning young rider team to offer insights into the preparation required to compete successfully at this level.

The conference begins at Citywest at 9am and will continue until lunch.

After lunch, the audience and speakers will move to Kill International Equestrian Centre until 5.30pm.

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The afternoon session will feature practical demonstrations featuring David, Olympic riders, medal-winning young riders and junior riders.

They will explore effective warm-up techniques and analysis and specific exercises for improvement in each of the three eventing phases.

According to Horse Sport Ireland, the event is a 'must-do' for all equestrian professionals from riders to farriers, coaches, competitors, instructors, equine students and anyone with an interest in horses.


Tickets must be bought in advance and cost €45 per adult and €30 per student/child.

The price includes coffee, a two-course lunch and a comprehensive information pack.

Contact Heather Coyle on 087 2269382 or Catherine Farrell on 045 854512.

Alternatively, email for an application form or download one from

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