IPC Thanks Retiring Equestrian Executive Chairman Barbara Micks
At the end of December, Mrs. Barbara Micks will retire as Irish Pony Club (IPC) Equestrian Executive Chairman after six years.
She will be succeeded by Mr. Michael Essame. At a recent Equestrian Executive Meeting, Barbara thanked all of the wonderful officials and volunteers who have supported her throughout her tenure. Barbara noted that the Irish Pony Club could not successfully operate without the enthusiasm and support of the many officials and volunteers spread across Ireland. Mr. Michael Essame presented Mrs. Micks with a bouquet of flowers as a token of thanks from the IPC. Mrs. Elaine Lait, IPC Board of Directors Chairman and Mr. Tony Ennis, IPC Chairman of Training also acknowledged Barbara’s commitment, dedication and loyalty to the Irish Pony Club at their recent Board and Training Committee meetings.
Barbara started her equestrian career training under Cornel Dudgeon in Burton Hall and helped Penny Morton and Sylvia Stanier. She moved to run a riding school in Castleknock and passed her AI. In the late nineties, Barbara became District Commissioner (DC) of the Kildare Hunt Branch and during this time helped Susie Cahill with Dressage and Combined Training. Barbara took on the role of IPC Eventing Chairman and later was elected Equestrian Executive Chairman where she steered the Irish Pony Club's national activities until the end of 2019. Barbara is now going to spend more time with her three grandchildren and will enjoy watching her granddaughter, who rides at Mary Kean's Riding School. Barbara and husband David will now take a well-deserved break and all in the IPC would like to wish them all the best for the future. Thank you, Barbara.