Louise Parkes will be Guest Speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the AIRC at the County Arms Hotel in Birr, Co Offaly on Saturday 8 February 2020.
Louise is a journalist, author and press officer specialising in equestrian sports. She has been Equestrian Correspondent for Ireland’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, The Irish Independent, and contract writer for the world governing body for equestrian sport, the Swiss-based Federation Equestre Internationale for many years and Tokyo 2020 will be her seventh Olympic Games.
She has also worked as a freelance reporter for many high-profile publications including the London Times, Horse and Hound magazine, L’Annee Hippique and Horse International. She has edited several magazines including “Ireland’s Horse & Pony”, the environmental publication “Crann” and the Horse World section of “The Irish Field”, and is co-author of “Ambassadors on Horseback”, a book detailing the history of the world-famous Irish Army Equitation School.
Louise hosted a Dublin City Radio show called “Talking Horses” and has occasionally reported for the national broadcaster in Ireland, RTE. She works with Media Teams at many locations around the globe, hosts press conferences at major events and was a member of the commentary team at the 2019 Dublin Horse Show. She is also a popular choice for Media Training with both Senior and Junior athletes and officials.
She has been a member of the AIRC since its inception, competing in all disciplines but most recently concentrating on Dressage.
(Image: With (l to r) Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Roger Yves Bost from France at World Cup Finals in Paris 2018)