A Future Star for Ireland Gains Valuable Experience

A Future Star for Ireland Gains Valuable Experience

Extract from article in “ Horse and Hound” weekly magazine (August) –

The door opened for upcoming Irish para star Kate Reilly to claim her first international win, with Hadena in the grade III freestyle. The nine-year-old Cashmir mare and 13-year-old Katie only made their competitive debut in December, stepping up to ride for Ireland at their first international at Hartpury in July.

“We only got her last year, and she’s helped me come on a lot. I never thought I’d win something as big as this,” said Katie, who has cerebral palsy.

“She’s been such a genuine mare,” added Katie’s mother Karen. “Judy Reynolds and Heike Holstein both tried her and said she would be perfect for para”.

There were double celebrations due, with Katie receiving news that the night before the show that she obtained GCSE’s in English and maths, three years early. “Katie is home-schooled – we made the decision before lock-down because of her fatigue levels,” explained Karen. “We have restructured her whole day around riding and we have such a good balance now.”

Bishop Burton

Story by Horse & Hound

August 2021