Saturday 24 February 2018

Missing horse owned by Console's Paul Kelly due to jump in prestigious RDS show

Robyn Kelly with Ecapitola
Robyn Kelly with Ecapitola
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

The missing prize horse owned by disgraced Console founder Paul Kelly is due to jump at the prestigious Dublin Horse Show later this month, the Irish Independent has learned.

The horse, Ecapitola, disappeared after it was allegedly stolen by two men posing as gardaí. The men claimed to be seizing the horses as part of the ongoing investigation into the troubled charity.

It is believed that the horse was bought by the Kellys for more than €40,000 and interim director of the charity David Hall confirmed that the question of whether the animal was bought using Console funds was being investigated.

Robyn Kelly, the daughter of Paul and Patricia Kelly, recently qualified to compete in the high-profile show in a young riders competition.

Read more: Gardai investigating after horse bought for Console Paul Kelly's daughter disappears in 'theft'

At an event on May 30 in Gorey, Co Wexford, Ms Kelly came second in the Young Riders (1.10m - 1.15m) event, qualifying her to jump in the RDS. Prize money for the competition is relatively small - with awards of up to €450 on offer for first place in one of the two events in the category.

The Dublin Horse Show said Ms Kelly has not been in touch with them about whether or not she will still compete in the show. However, having qualified on Ecapitola she will only be able to compete if the horse is recovered in time. Ms Kelly took part in the show previously in a non-competitive event for underage riders.

Meanwhile, gardaí have made no arrests in their investigation into the bizarre theft of the horse from Longford last Thursday morning by two men who also stole a horsebox, a car and other equestrian equipment.

The horse was stabled at a facility owned by Olympic riding coach Gerry Flynn, who was providing Robyn Kelly with work experience.

Irish Independent

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