It’s that time of the show season already when the All Ireland championships start to be decided, and the first of this summer’s equine champions is Michael and Rachel Lyons’s Kilmastulla Newmarket Knight.

He won the €6,000 feature showing event at Bannow and Rathangan’s 70th anniversary show last Thursday. This final began as a cross-border initiative 20 years ago, with original sponsors Galway Crystal & Belleek China and is now part of Horse Sport Ireland’s showing championship series, with HSI and the local committee providing the prize money.