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Thursday, 23 June 2011

Saddle up!

BYLINE: Words by Stephen Milton
LENGTH: 134 words

Diarmuid tries to train pony kids to ride

He’s best known for his green fingers, but Diarmuid Gavin also digs horses. And he has always been fascinated by the Smithfield Pony Kids.

“My dad used to take me to Smithfield Market,” says Diarmuid, 43, who rode in Only Fools On Horses last year. “I felt the Dublin Horse Show was elitist, so I wanted to unite these extremes of Irish horse culture.”

This six-part series follows Diarmuid and showjumper Jessica Kurten as they try to train five pony kids from Dublin. The kids love horses, but have no formal training.

Diarmuid and Jessica have just 10 weeks to coach them to ride at the posh RDS Dublin Horse Show.
“They all have a good feeling for the horses,” says Diarmuid. “But they must start at the bottom and work their way up.”

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