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ABOUT US

The equestrian centre at Bridestown was founded in 2003 when Gemma and her brother returned from training and work commitments in the UK and Germany.

A handful of stables and even fewer horses and ponies were all that was needed to start there budding enterprise. Over the years adding bit by bit, Bridestown Towers Equestrian Centre (BTEC) has developed into a wonderful sports facility. Now with over 30 stables, indoor and outdoor arenas, horse walker, trekking paths and circa 40 acres of grassland, BTEC is above par as far as riding and training establishments are concerned.
Together with training all levels of rider and horse the centres breeding program has resulted in homebred horses being sold and subsequently competing as far afield as Australia and South Africa.

OUR TRAINERS

Gemma Horgan

BSc (EBM) – B.H.S.A.I. – FEI coaching level 1

Gemma has been competing in show jumping at a national level since she was 12. Her zeal for horses and show jumping was infectious and soon spread to her whole family. She always knew her life would not be complete without horses. So, on finishing school she obtained her BHSAI with ease and travelled the world caring for top international horses.

Not content to gain knowledge for herself alone, she set about training young horses and coaching pony and junior riders to European Championship level. Even at this young age, her ability to instil confidence in both horse and rider was uncanny. This profession brought her to the US where she pursued her passion for teaching pony riders as well as caring for horses. Later she began working for Heike Holstein where opportunity came her way to travel to the 2000 Sydney Olympics with the Ballaseyr dressage team.

In 2003 after studying equine business she co-founded (with her brother Philip) BTEC, and since has been coaching children and adults of all levels to ride and care for horses.