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Silver Spurs Past Winners

Some of the past winners of silver Spurs and their achievements are listed below

Dressage Ireland is proud to have been part of their development. These riders are an inspiration for all who follow in their footsteps


Heike Holstein

Heike Holstein

Heike has been the National Dressage Champion of Ireland no less than 11 times and has represented Ireland at 11 international competitions from 1996–2003.

Heike was a member of the first ever international dressage team to represent Ireland (World Equestrian Games, Rome in 1998) and was also a member of the Irish team at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez in 2002.

She was the youngest competitor in the dressage competition at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and Heike also represented Ireland at the Sydney Games in 2000 and the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Heike was awarded the Irish Field Dressage Rider of the Year award in 1998, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Heike says – ‘I won the first year of the Silver Spurs in the late 1980’s!! I think it is a great scheme for young riders of any discipline, to compete in dressage classes and also receive some expert tips and tuition.’


Judy Reynolds

Judy Reynolds

Judy is one of only a handful of Irish riders to have won at CDI international level and has represented Ireland at two World Games - Aachen 2006 and Kentucky 2010.

She also represented Ireland at two European Championships - La Mandria 2007 and Rotterdam 2011.

Judy had a remarkable campaign in 2008 and finished on a high when becoming only the second Irish rider to be awarded the German NF Deutsche Goldenes Reitabzeichen (The Golden Riders Medal) after two wins in Kreuth, Bavaria in December. This accolade is awarded to riders who have won 10 Prix St Georges and/or Intermediaire I classes in Germany. The only previous Irish recipient was Anna Merveldt. Judy completed her 10 wins in the period March to December 2008.

Judy was awarded the Irish Field Dressage Rider of the Year award in 2008.

Judy says – ‘The Silver Spurs is a great format for identifying talented young riders through a series of assessments. The best part of the assessments is that they create a level playing field between all riders and allows the talent to shine through. The process is a lot of fun and valuable experience will be gained by everyone involved. My second place in the Silver Spurs certainly encouraged me to go further with my dressage career.’


Young Event riders

Katie Nolan

Katie Nolan

  • Team Silver Medal Euro YR Eventing (Malmo, Sweden – August 2012).
  • She also passed her Pony Club ‘A’ test with honours – 2010.

Katie Moffat

Katie Moffat

  • Team Silver Medal Euro Junior Eventing (Stzregom, Poland – September 2012).

Melanie Young

Melanie Young

  • Team Silver Medal Euro YR Eventing (Blair Castle, Scotland – August 2011).

Show jumper

Nicola Fitzgibbon

Nicola Fitzgibbon

  • Young Rider of the Year – 2008.
  • National Champion – 2009.
  • Rookie of the Year – 2010.
  • Team gold at the World Student Championships (Korea – 2010).
  • Aga Khan team clear round – 2011.
  • Super League Nations Cup level in Falsterbo, Sweden, where a double clear in the Grand Prix left her best of the Irish in fifth place in 2012.