Mairead to rep­re­sent Ire­land at China event

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Pet O’Con­nell

Cork woman Mairead Ní Mhuimh­neacháin rep­re­sents Ire­land in China at this week’s Weifang Eques­trian Fes­ti­val.

The in­ter­na­tional eques­trian cul­ture fes­ti­val, in China’s eastern Shan­dong prov­ince, is a three-day event hosted by the Chi­nese Horse Cul­ture, Sports, Tourism Plan­ning In­sti­tute and the Weifang Bin­hai Eco­nomic and Tech­no­log­i­cal De­vel­op­ment Zone. It fea­tures horse ori­en­teer­ing, horse­back archery, cross-coun­try, and en­durance con­tests, fol­low­ing the stan­dards of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Eques­trian Tourism (FITE).

FITE is­sued an in­vi­ta­tion to its mem­ber coun­tries to send two rid­ers and their pres­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in the Weifang fes­ti­val, and the Ir­ish team in China con­sists of vicechair Ni­amh Ó hUid and rid­ers Judi Phey­sey of Kerry and Ms Ní Mhuimh­neacháin.

Mairead, from Cúil Aodha, will par­tic­i­pate to­mor­row in a three-phase com­pe­ti­tion in­volv­ing ori­en­teer­ing, cross­coun­try, and a dres­sage sec­tion.

Mairead, who has spent her life in­volved with horses, is the in­ter­na­tional li­ai­son of­fi­cer for Tourism Re­lated Eques­trian Com­pe­ti­tions Ire­land (TREC).

Mairead Ní Mhuimh­neacháin: Chi­nese eques­trian event.

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