SCARTEEN’s Chris Ryan shared Harold McGahern’s passion for hunting and the Irish horse and, as an organiser of performance qualifiers for the Dublin Horse Show, was often in contact with the Co Longford native.

“Harold, Ronnie MacMahon and Lars Bjoerk co-founded the young event horse programme, formerly the Future Event Horse League (FEHL) and, latterly, the Young Eventhorse Series (YES).