Born and educated in Ireland, the son of a Thoracic surgeon and a General Practitioner. With two brothers doctors and uncles and aunts in the medical profession, Eric decided that he would take a different route.
Having spent nearly ten years in a Cavalry Regiment he
"He has a great natural flair for equitation. When jumping he has that gift of rythm and timing, on any type of horse." He trained at the world famous Talland School of Equitation achieving his British Horse Society Instructor qualification before being asked to return to Ireland to start up an equestrian centre specialising in
In 1982 Eric became Irish Field Event Rider of the Year. For the next few years he built up a string of horses and gained his first team selection in 1985 for the European Championships at Burghley. Since then, he has represented Ireland at
An FEI International Judge who regularly acts as a Ground Jury member.
His many interests and talents keep him extremely busy but he still manages to find time for them all and regularly competes up to intermediate level
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