Nineteen-year-old Eoin Hayden will be part of the Riding for the Disabled Ireland (RDAI) team displaying their skills at the world renowned Discover Ireland Horse Show in the RDS this month.
Eoin from Kilcoole will be part of the trail ride and display put on by the RDAI. He lives at home with his parents, Stephen and Liz, and has a younger brother and sister, Ryan and Rebecca. He attends Sunbeam Adult Day Service in Bray.
He has been riding for the past three years at the Crepello RDAI Group in Bray under the tutelage of instructors Marie Quinlan Puck and Dilys Lindsay.
According to Marie, Eoin's confidence has sky-rocketed since he took up horse riding, with noticeable improvements to his posture, mobility and concentration.
'While Eoin will always need a leader, his confidence has grown to such an extent that he has gone from needing two side helpers to only one during his lesson. This person acts as his eyes,' said Marie.
'Horse riding gives Eoin the chance to learn control and concentration. He loves the feel of the horse - though not so much the smell - and the feeling of freedom that he gets when he is going around the arena.
'He also gets great enjoyment out of the people he meets every time he goes riding. Eoin has, with practice, developed a very balanced sitting trot. He has a great sense of humour and is a wonderful mimic. He never forgets a voice, even people he doesn't meet very often.'
Eoin also loves music, especially classical, and plays the piano and was lucky enough to meet the late Luciano Pavarotti. His other interests include pottery.