AMBASSADORS ON HORSEBACK

The Irish Army Equitation School

Written by
Michael Slavin
and
Louise Parkes
Ambassadors on Horseback

The first official history of the Irish Army Equitation School. Here, recounted in great detail and with stunning photographs, are the great highs and lows; the heartbreaks and excitements of top flight international competition. Includes all the famous riders and horses.

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Hardback:
256 pages
Size:
246x189 mm
ISBN:
9781847172136
Category History, Sport

The first official history of the Irish Army Equitation School. From its tentative beginning back in the post War of Independence days of 1926 right to the present, the Irish Army Equitation School has been assigned what has been termed the “most extraordinary mission impossible” – of plucking raw young recruits from within the Cadet Corps, training them to the highest level of horsemanship, mounting them on jumpers bred on the farms of Ireland and sending them out to compete against the international stars of equestrian sport at events around the world.

Here, recounted in great detail and with stunning photographs, are the great highs and lows; the heartbreaks and excitements of top flight international competition in which the Army riders have always endeavoured to punch above their weight.

Born in 1931, Michael Slavin has been a keen observer of horses since the time they were worked on his family’s farm in Cavan in the thirties and forties. When he moved to Dublin after the War the Horse shows at the RDS became an annual pilgrimage. Even when studying abroad for his Masters in Education he still found ways of finding horse events to attend. Soon after returning home in the late sixties he began a career as equestrian journalist and commentator. He has written for the Irish Field, Irish Farmers Journal, Horse and Hound plus other equine publications in six countries. He acted as RTE Radio’s Show Jumping and Eventing commentator for 20 years. His previous books include Irish Show Jumping Legends 1868-1998; The Ancient Books of Ireland and The Book of Tara. He now runs an antiquarian book shop at the Hill of Tara, where he also makes his home with his wife Katie.

'beautifully illustrated and is a real treat for anyone with an interest in Ireland, Irish horses or the Army Equitation School'

Irish Farmers Journal

'affectionate tribute to the equitation school'

Books Ireland

'This is an attractive book with a magaziney layout and full of photos of horses and riders'

Books Ireland

'comfortingly proves that even when the country’s situation is grim, there remains some things us Irish still do extraordinarily well'

The Dubliner Magazine

'fascinating ... an immaculately researched and beautifully presented book ... detailed information and stunning photos ...The brilliant photographs, on almost every page, provide an insightful pictorial story that brings the colourful Irish people and ho

Horsezone Magazine
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