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Wednesday 21 March 2018

equestrian Stars to speak at equus Live

Oliver Townend, Clem McMahon, Katie Jerram and Susan Oakes have been confirmed in the line-up of speakers at Equus Live on November 2-3.

The indoor event will take place in the Punchestown Event Centre and will combine an indoor arena hosting competitions, live demonstrations, master-classes and spectacular equestrian displays.

Here's a sneak preview of what we can expect to hear from each of the riders.


Oliver Townend, below, is no stranger to Ireland, having won the CCI*** in Ballindenisk this spring and is often spotted at sales in this country. In 2005, the Yorkshire native first attempted Badminton. Riding Topping, he made the most of it by finishing in 12th place.

This earned them an individual place at the European Championships, at Blenheim the same year.

Flint Curtis took over as Oliver's top horse in 2006 after finishing third at Badminton, the horse's first four-star event.

Oliver remained on the British Squad, riding Flint Curtis as an individual at the Aachen WEG that year, before earning his first team place – and a European Championship gold medal – at Pratoni in 2007.

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Then came his most successful year to date: 2009. Oliver and Flint Curtis won their first CCI**** at Badminton and Oliver then went on to win Burghley CCI**** on his other top grey horse, Carousel Quest. He duly finished the season at the top of the British Eventing points table for the first time, having previously been top British rider.


Perhaps the world's best known showing producer, Katie Jerram, above, brings a wealth of showing and judging experience to Equus Live. Katie competed at her first Horse Of The Year Show at the age of 10 and has competed there every year since, winning everything from hacks to hunters and coloured horses to riding horses.

Katie has ridden and produced horses for the British queen and also has Barbour Shop to compete in the retraining of Racehorse classes winning at Hickstead this June.

As well as competing, Katie also judges all around the world and is a regular columnist with Horse and Hound magazine.

Among her long list of accolades are Supreme Horse at the Royal Show, HOYS, RIHS and champion hunter at Royal Windsor.

For those looking for advice on showing and producing horses at the top level Katie will certainly have some tips worth listening to.


Irish International rider Clem McMahon is one of the best producers of young horses in the country and has competed on numerous winning Irish teams.

Clem, above, was a member of both winning Nations Cup Teams in Hickstead and Dublin in 2012 riding his own stallion Pacino, who tragically died earlier this year.

Clem also became the first Irish rider to win at the prestigious World Breeding Championships in Lanaken, Belgium in 2010 with Coole Al Clover. Clem has been leading rider at the Dublin CSIO 5* and Cavan Indoor Championships and has also held the Irish National Championships title.


Side-saddle guru Susan Oakes, right, is the current world record holder in side-saddle high jumping, clearing 5ft 8ins on Brandy And Red at Aintree racecourse last July.

Susan is a familiar face not only in the show ring but hunting and point-to-pointing, having won a side-saddle point-to-point race, Dianas of the Chase at Melton Mowbray in England, with her thoroughbred gelding O'Muircheartaigh.

Susan will demonstrate this traditional art in various disciplines at Equus Live and will also attempt a Guinness World Record.

Irish Independent