Innovation is one of the attributes Horse Sport Ireland’s (HSI) new chief executive officer Denis Duggan is credited with displaying during his terms with both Shannon Development and Macra na Feirme. This is timely since in his new post that talent will be very much needed as he aims to make HSI ever more relevant and taken seriously as it competes for Government and sponsor support.

Speaking of innovation, I must refer to a recent revealing conversation I had with Traditional Irish Horse Association chair Hugh Leonard, as he recalled a most innovative riding project he oversaw with the Ward Union Hunt back in the seventies and eighties.