Meet Kate Dwyer
Kate Dwyer is an Irish International Dressage rider with a massive future.
Having been selected as a Young Rider to compet for Ireland at the 2003 European Championships in Saumur, in 2004 she once again represented Ireland in Aarhus, Denmark on her Irish Bred – Montana Bayand – and was the Intermediare 1 National Champion that same year.
Kate represented Ireland at Senior Level in Grand Prix on Reve D’Or, a Dutch bred Stallion and in 2012 this partnership became our Irish National Champions before progressing to their first Senior Nations Cup Team in Hickstead in 2013.
Kate has won numerous National Championships on many different horses, from Preliminary level right up to Grand Prix and is well known for her elegant riding style and the exceptional partnerships she develops with her horses.
Kate is currently competing successfully at Small Tour Level on Snowdon Faberge, a 9yr old Gelding who was Reserve Champion at both Prix St Georges and Intermediare 1 at the Irish National Championships in 2015. ‘Fab’ is currently working towards Grand Prix and Kate hopes to campaign him at that level in 2016. Kate also rides a striking 6yr old gelding – The Merry Minstrel – who is currently at Novice level.
Based at Sunset House Stables in Dunboyne Co Meath, Kate is trained by her mother Maureen – a renowned dressage rider and trainer. Together Kate and Maureen run a successful livery business and training centre and we are inspired by Kate and Maureen’s love and knowledge of the sport of dressage. But you don’t need to be a dressage rider to enjoy Kate’s blogs – every rider will benefit from Kate’s insights into how she trains her horses and the sort of exercises she uses to develop a more responsive, more athletic horse on the flat.
Kate is sponsored by Freedom Saddlery and comments “without such well fitting saddles, that fit both the horse and myself, my journey and training would be greatly limited. I cannot stress the importance of a well fitting saddle for both the horse and rider to optimise your performance!”.