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Grubs Rainline – the wellington reinvented

Grub’s Rainline boots are incredibly versatile. Available in 5 funky colours – navy, sage green, pink, aubergine and fiji blue, they’re perfect for anything from a day out eventing to a day at Electric Picnic! Rainline Is Grub’s first rain boot to combine Grub’s unique SUPERDRI technology in a rubber boot. Grub’s Rainline use a lightweight, easy-clean, rubber shell in a classic field boot style. The full stretch panel in the shaft, giving great calf fit, is neoprene and completely waterproof. The new printed SUPERDRI moisture wicking lining uses thousands of fibre loops to cosset the foot and wick away moisture, keeping you dry and comfortable, providing an unequalled comfort …

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Dublin bound? Make sure your hat is up to standard!

If you’re heading to compete in one of the showing classes at The Dublin Horse Show this year, it’s important to note that there are new rules for protective headwear. With the withdrawal of the popular BSEN1384 standard, many riders have already upgraded their hats to take account of the fact that hats certified solely to this standard are now not permitted under rules by many governing bodies. It’s also important to remember that body protectors are required for many of the classes, so don’t be caught out and make sure you’re wearing the right gear!   The rules for Dublin Horse Show 2016 state: Protective headgear conforming to the …

NutriScience Pony Summer Tour 2016

NutriScience – one of Irelands leading equine health care companies – has recently announced it is to sponsor the 2016 Waterford and Tipperary Pony Summer tour and we at Mackey Ireland are delighted to team up with them to offer budding young showjumpers even more prizes in this fantastic series! The series will commence with the first outdoor show of the year at Ballylawn Show – home of Francis Connors – on the 2nd May and culminate with fantastic finals at three venues in October, Ballinamona Equestrian Centre, Waterford, Tipperary Equestrian Centre, Thurles and The Ballyrafter Centre, Lismore. Three events will come under the NutriScience banner and benefit from extra …

Irish Pony Club Hunter Trial Championships

Hail, rain or snow, the first Saturday after Easter every year finds hardy Pony Clubbers at the Mackey Hunter Trial Championships. This year over 300 competitors and their ponies and horses travelled from far and wide to compete over a challenging course designed by Sam Deverell at Annaharvey Farm near Tullamore. 31 Branches of the Irish Pony Club were represented in the Senior and Junior competitions and the wet weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits! There were plenty of thrills and spills as all classes, including horn blowing, were hotly contested – the lucky winners taking home the trophies along with great prizes that we were delighted to sponsor. A lot …

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Give it SOCKs!

At the young age of 28 Cheval Riding Club’s Jane Keating was diagnosis with ovarian cancer.  The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and can go undetected. Therefore, it is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’.  Jane was determined to improve the awareness of ovarian cancer and in 2010 along with a group of her family and friends she established Supporting Ovarian Cancer Knowledge (SOCK). SOCK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising funds for research and promoting awareness of ovarian cancer. SOCK relies solely on fundraising and over the last six years have organised a number of fundraising events. However the most successful of these is the …

When to replace your riding hat

We’re often asked when a riding hat should be replaced and while there’s no one answer to this question, there are 2 definite guidelines you should stick to: Replace your hat at least every 5 years. Leading riding hat brand Charles Owen recommends that every riding hat be replaced after about 5 years of use, which would equate to about 2000 hours of riding. The reason for this is that heat, sweat and the occasional drop reduces a helmets safety level, so a helmet that is worn regularly will deteriorate faster than one used only an hour a week. ALWAYS replace your helmet after a fall in which your hat …

Spring coat care

As we wave a welcome goodbye to January, we hope that warmer, finer weather is just around the corner. If your horses weren’t clipped over the winter, you may find that they are already shedding their coats, which is a great sign that spring isn’t too far away! But how does the horse’s skin and coat work? And what can we do to keep it in excellent condition? Our friends at Carr & Day and Martin give us some insights… Understanding the skin and coat The skin is the horse’s largest and most visible organ and is on average around 1cm thick. The skin is made up of the epidermis …

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New Equisential Flexi Body Protector

When it comes to your safety, there should be no compromise. This was our guiding principle in designing our new Equisential Flexi Body Protector. Developed with your total comfort and protection in mind, the Flexi Body Protector is highly flexible and has been designed with a newly developed block structure. Triangular blocks maximum movability and adapt smoothly to your body’s shape, providing a superbly comfortable fit that moves as your body moves. The Width and Length can easily be adjusted by hook-and-loop fastener on the shoulder and in front, so you can adjust it to suit your body shape perfectly. Available now from your local Mackey Ireland stockist, the Flexi body protector is certified to the highest European standards EN 13158-2009 …

Ultimate Winter Skin Protection

Winter 2015/16 could end up being one of the wettest on record. It certainly feels like it! Not only does all this rain, wet and mud make looking after our horses more difficult and a lot less pleasurable, but it also can affect our horse’s health. Exposure to wet, muddy conditions during turn out and riding can  lead to painful sores and scabs on your horse’s heels and legs. But Carr, Day & Martin – the horse care experts – have the solution – MF Pro. MF Pro is a uniquely formulated 3 step system designed to cleanse, relieve and protect vulnerable areas and can help to combat common winter skin conditions in …

Mackey Christmas Product Guide Competition

1st Prize: Mackey Lugnaquilla Plus Outdoor Rug RRP €149.95 2nd Prize: Mackey Legends Bridle & Reins RRP €119.95 3rd Prize: Mackey Blouson Style Jacket RRP €69.95 TO ENTER: Simply pick up a 2015-2016 Mackey Product Guide from your local equestrian retailer and the answer the following question: “What page does the Mackey Lugnaquilla Plus Rug appear on in our 2015/16 Product Guide?” EMAIL YOUR ANSWER TO competition@mackey.ie, including your name, telephone number and email address. • CLOSING DATE MONDAY 14TH DECEMBER • DRAW TAKES PLACE FRIDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2015 • THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE