Joe Reynolds Steps Down as Dressage Ireland Chairman to Become Chair of Horse Sport Ireland
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Sept. 7, 2018
Joe Reynolds has resigned as chairman of Dressage Ireland following his appointment as chair of Horse Sport Ireland, the national governing body for equestrian sport. He is the first person from dressage in Ireland to be appointed to the post.
Joe Reynolds sent his letter of resignation Friday stating that his appointment to the national federation for all equestrian sports made it “inappropriate” to remain as chair of Dressage Ireland.
Gillian Kyle, vice-chair, takes over the top spot in dressage.
Joe was appointed vice-chairman of Dressage Ireland in 2015 and chairman a year later. He is a successful businessman and a keen motor racing competitor, securing three back-to-back FIA World Trophy for Historic Regularity Rallies in 2010-12. He also has competed in the Round Ireland and Fastnet Yacht Races.
He has a long association with equestrian sports–the Rathbawn show hosted on the family grounds at Kilteel, County Kildare is a highlight of the season for the Irish Pony Society.
His daughter, Irish Olympian Judy Reynolds, will compete in dressage at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon next week on the 16-year-old gelding Vancouver K, owned by Joe and his wife, Kathleen.