Hunter Trials

Easter date

ALL are welcome to the Laois Hunt’s upoming hunter trials on Saturday, April 16th at Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co Laois. Starting at 10am, entries are being taken online and also on the day. Full range of classes, all enquiries to

Hall of Fame for Tom Wachman

CONGRATULATIONS to 17-year-old Tipperary show jumper Tom Wachman who earned the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month Award for March following a great run of form at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA, where he consistently topped the leaderboard in the High Junior Jumper division during WEF nine, 10, and 11.

He finished with a hat-trick in $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior Jumper Classics, winning the Hall of Fame Classic during WEF nine aboard HH Fireball and then scored consecutive wins at WEF 10 and 11 aboard Mangoon, who earned March’s Show Jumping Hall of Fame Horse of the Month Award.

The Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, where plaques honouring those who have been honoured with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium.

Irish National Hound Show

THE Irish National Hound will be held at Stradbally on Sunday, July 3rd at Stradbally, Co Laois. Judging will start at 10.15am. There are rings for Foxhounds, Harriers and Beagles each run by the respective hound associations.

Judges for the Foxhound Ring are: Doghounds: Andrew Osborne (Chairman the MFHA and former Joint Master & Huntsman the Cottesmore) & Nicko Batten MFH (Joint Master & Huntsman, the United); Bitches: James Andrews MFH (Joint Master & Huntsman, the South & West Wiltshire) & Gareth Watchman MFH (Joint Master & Huntsman the Zetland)

It is hoped to run the annual Young Handler Competition for juniors from packs of Foxhounds, Harriers & Beagles.

For further information, please contact: Show Chairman David Lalor MFH (Laois Hunt) on 087 254 2114. or email:

Best wishes to David Burke

WE would like to wish David Burke MH, a speedy recovery from his recent injury. David is the founding master and huntsman of the Grallagh Harriers in Galway.