Watch! AIRC wins ISH Organisation of the Year Award 2017

The Association of Irish Riding Clubs was announced as the Organisation of the Year at the Irish Sport Horse Industry Awards.

Almost 200 people from all sectors of the industry attended the awards on Saturday night at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel in Dublin.

Dressage Ireland and Show Jumping Ireland along with the Association were shortlisted for the award with RTE’s Gavin Duffy announcing the winner on Saturday night.  You can watch the announcement below.

The judging panel included Maureen Bagnell, Brian Purcell, Chris Ryan, the Kerins Family and was chaired by Lucinda Creighton.

The full list of winners include:

  • Best International Equine Enterprise Award – Jim Derwin
  • Best Domestic Equine Enterprise Award – Castle Leslie Equestrian
  • Industry Research and Development – Connolly’s Red Mills
  • Innovation – The Irish Breeders Classic
  • Equestrian Event of the Year – Dublin Horse Show
  • Breeder of the Year – Noel Cawley
  • Person of the Year – John Ledingham
  • Organisation of the Year – Association of Irish Riding Clubs
  • Irish Sport Horse of the Year – Flexible
  • Media Award – Catriona Murphy

  • Equestrian Retailer of the Year – TRI Equestrian
  • Best Website/ Social Media – Irish Sport Horse Facebook Page and Twitter
  • Grand Prix Award – Judy Reynolds
  • Life Time Achievement – Noel C Duggan
  • Special Recognition – IDHBA
  • Special Recognition – Keith Griffin

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