Gerry Mullins has just been announced as the new Chairman of the High Performance Show Jumping Committee at Horse Sport Ireland.

Former Officer Commanding at the Irish Army Equitation School, Mullins has a strong pedigree not only as an international show jumper, but as a successful coach and mentor to successful athletes in Olympic Games, World and European Championships and World Cup Finals.

During his jumping career he represented Ireland on 50 Nations’ Cup teams, won over 100 individual classes, participated at two Olympic Games, and finished fourth and seventh at the World Championships in 1982 and 1986, respectively.

Previously on the management board of the National Coaching and Training Centre at the University of Limerick, Lt. Col. Mullins was also Chef d’Equipe to a significant number of victorious Irish Nations’ Cup teams.

Mullins himself was a member of winning Aga Khan teams at the Dublin Horse Show and since then has developed a worldwide reputation as a trainer and coach.

He was responsible for developing, in conjunction with Coaching Ireland, EFI and the FEI a comprehensive Coach Education System that has been successfully replicated by other show jumping nations.


Mullins is also the recipient of the FEI special recognition award for “outstanding services to equestrian sports for his leadership and drive in the development of the Coach Education System”.

Horse Sport Ireland announced tonight that it “has appointed Gerry Mullins as Chairman of the High Performance Show Jumping Committee which is tasked with planning for qualification and success at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

“Members of the committee include the Show Jumping High Performance Director (Chef d’Equipe ), a representative from SJI, the High Performance Riders Representative and the HSI CEO.”

Hours before the announcement that Gerry Mullins had taken over the show jumping high performance chair, Horse Sport Ireland published its advertisements seeking new chefs d’equipe for both show jumping and eventing.

Jack Burns