Dang it — there’s a horsey hoedown at the Birr Game Fair!

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Dang it — there’s a horsey hoedown at the Birr Game Fair!

USA superstar of the riding world Cyndi Hershey Brown will be at the Irish Game & Country Fair & Fine Food Festival at Birr Castle, Co Offaly on 27th & 28th August.

Yeeeehah and dang my britches! — there’s a rare old horsey hoedown at the Irish Game & Country Fair & Fine Food Festival at Birr Castle, Co Offaly on August 27th & 28th.

Top cowboy riders from Cochise Stud will be strutting their stuff on horseback and showing just why riding cowboy-style takes dressage to a new level — and all done to music too!

And they will be joined in the Main Arena over both days of the Fair by Ms Cyndi Hershey Brown, all the way from the US of A.

Derek O'Byrne White of the world famous Cochise Stud explains why this is an act which will be simply unmissable: “We will be bringing a unique show to the Game Fair at Birr. While many folk will be familiar with the dressage that can be seen at some of the top horse riding competitions around the world, what we do is all done ‘cowboy-style.’

“We’ll show how we guide the horse where we want it to go, just by using our legs and the neck rein. In other words, just like we do on the ground when walking or running. We’ll use our same body positions to get the horse to respond.

“We will have a superstar of the American riding world along as well, Ms Cyndi Hershey Brown. Cyndi will be joining us with possibly two other horses. She will be demonstrating ‘Ranch Riding’, which is normally associated when working horses with cattle — cowboy riding at its best! But we won't be using cows, well not the four legged ones anyway…… You’’l just have to come along to see for yourselves.

“She’ll also join us in the Main Arena for western equitation, the ‘Cowboy Dressage’ element of our show, and this is where the music soundtrack comes in — horses line dancing along to country sounds like ‘Achy Breaky Heart.’ Look out too for some fun audience participation!”

Fair Director Albert Titterington said: “I am delighted to confirm that we have been able to book major exciting international acts for Birr, and we know there will be a huge welcome for the Cochise Horses, along with the USA’s Cyndi Hershey Brown.

“And this will not be the only equestrian act to grace the main arena as there will be exciting medieval jousting action from the Knights of the North; horse and hound parades and a display of old time carriages and gorse drawn vehicles co-ordinated by the Birr Equestrian Centre.

“Our competitions now have the biggest ever prize fund of around €20,000, and there are even more exhibitors and quality trade stands coming to provide the biggest and best game fair ever seen at Birr. More exciting details will be announced soon.”