I STARTED off in Simmonscourt for quite a few years and I really enjoyed that. The year that Col Ringrose become President, he mentioned to me would I do the main arena. That was in 1998; the time has passed far too quickly.

I was main arena director for a long number of years and as horses became more valuable and with more expected from the riders, I felt there should be an RDS person in there with me. At that stage, the title changed to chief steward of the main arena and that has worked very well.