Oscar ready to fly the Irish flag
Published 17/09/2016 | 00:00
Young Wexford pony rider Oscar O'Connor is set to fly the Irish flag at the world's most famous horse show, The Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) at Birmingham's NEC arena in early October with his 122cm show hunter pony 'Birtley Rainbow Quest'.
Following a very successful year on the domestic show circuit which culminated in the duo being crowned as Irish overall mini champions and prestige show hunter champions, the talented pair travelled with the Irish Pony Society show team to the British Championships at Arena UK, Grantham, to gain some valuable experience competing against the elite of ponies and riders in the UK in August.
While there they competed in a very strong HOYS qualifier and impressed the judges enough to be awarded a much-coveted HOYS ticket that will see them compete against Britain's top 20 122cm show hunter ponies and riders, many of them professionally produced, in front of a packed crowd at the NEC.
This is a massive achievement especially as Oscar is only eight years old and will be competing against riders up to three years his senior. Oscar is a member of the Killinick branch of the Irish Pony club and is mentored by top International event rider Michelle Kenny and rides regularly under the tutelage of Kitty Wood and team at Shelmalier Stables.