KILKENNY - Connolly’s Red Mills galloped to success with customers at RDS

Goresbridge family firm goes from strength to strength

Sean Keane

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The Red Mills team at the RDS

The Red Mills stand was just pipped for best commercial entry at this years Dublin Horse Show

As the winter approaches, we look back on a fantastic year for a Goresbridge company which has done so much for Kilkenny and the south East.
Animal nutrition business Connolly’s Red Mills claimed success across the board at this year’s Dublin Horse Show with multiple wins for their Irish and international riders. Red Mills was also runner-up for best stand at the RDS during the international horse show.
The impressive stand beside the Simmonscourt arena showcased Red Mills famous horse feeds made in Goresbridge, as well as the Foran Equine range of horse supplements, and the latest in country fashions from the Red Mills store at Cillin Hill in Kilkenny City.
Visitors to the stand were able to avail of a nutritional consultation with the team of equine nutritionists, as well as picking up special offers on clothing and footwear from exclusive brands including Welligogs, Toggi, Ronner and Ariat.
Managing Director of the entire Red Mills global operation, Joe Connolly said of the win: “We are so honoured to be recognised for our work at what is classed as one of the most prestigious equestrian events in Ireland, especially whilst facing off stiff competition from other high profile brand names within the horse industry.
“It is a testament to the hard work and effort of our wonderful team here at Red Mills and Foran Equine.
“And the feedback from our customers has been overwhelming.
“So thank you to all who came out and visited us at the stand.
“It was also a fantastic week for so many of our customers in both the jumping and the showing rings and I would like to congratulate them all on their incredible achievements,” Mr Connolly said.
Local Red Mills riders and customers were in phenomenal form at the Dublin Horse Show - Tom and Sinead Brennan from Gowran were crowned leading breeders of the show, highlights of which included MHS Morning Master who was produced locally by Pat Loughlin.
Brian Murphy of Gowran Hunt Horses won the 3yo Youngstock Championship and The 'Pembroke' Challenge Cup.
The Gowran Hunt team also had a show to remember and reclaimed both the Irish Draught Performance Championship with Gortfree Lakeside Lad and the Cob Championship with The Peaky Blinder.
The Brennan’s prefix was also carried to victory by MHS New York to land The 'Flexible' Five Year Old National Championship in the ownership of Kilkenny native Marion Hughes and ridden by the talented young rider Mikey Pender.
The Foley family are riding on the crest of a wave at the moment, Jason Foley, 17, was recently crowed Junior Champion at the European Championship at Fontainebleau riding Ger O’Neill’s Castlefield Vegas.
Their great form continued at the Dublin Horse as Max Foley, 14, was the leading pony rider at the show after notching up many fantastic results including the 148cm National Championship aboard Pumkims Pondi.
Ger O’Neill is no stranger to RDS success and had a win in the first round of The 'Flexible' Five Year Old National Championship with Castlefield Mathilda and finished 6th in the final.