Complete Showing Clinic: Ringcraft, Turnout, Feed

We are excited to announce that we will be holding a thoroughbred showing clinic with three prestigious professionals on Wednesday the 5th of July in Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, Co. Armagh. Kevin McGuinness, Julie Donaghy Simpson, and Judy Maxwell will join forces to offer a complete package of showing preparation and execution.

See link at end of article to book place at clinic


In The Ring

Kevin McGuinness is an illustrious HSI coach and international show judge. His resume of experience as a judge extends globally, having judged top class shows in Australia, across Europe, and prominently, he judged the Horse of the Year competition in England last year. Kevin has a lengthy relationship with thoroughbreds, having worked on racing yards with trainers for years, and thereafter began eventing on thoroughbreds himself.  At our clinic he will be taking the reins on the performance aspect of your showing day, specifically on showing . We are hosting three sessions beginning with introduction to showing, followed by Novice showing class training, and finally ending with the Open showing class training.

Picture Perfect

Julie Donaghy Simpson is a fellow showing judge, and and experienced producer of show horses. A prominent success of hers is ‘Ballela to Milan’, an exracehorse turned riding horse, who had wins the eventing and showing spheres, and featured in the Moyglare Stud Parade of Champions last year. Julie will follow each ridden session with an informative talk on how to achieve the ‘Picture Perfect’ show image for you and your horse. She will be giving tips on just how to catch the judges eye in the show ring. To fully avail of this opportunity, we encourage participants to arrive in full showing tack and attire. 

Feed Your Winner

Rounding up the trio is a representative of Julie’s sponsor – Baileys Horse Feeds. Judy Maxwell will be talking participants through the process of transitioning your thoroughbred from their original feeding routines into a suitable regime for optimum performance and health as a showing horse.


A moment to thank our sponsors at Randox Health Ireland, who have made this series of top class clinics possible this year.

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