Hunt Tales & Hunt Talk


The Life and Times of 31 Equestrians in Ireland, America, France and Australia

Specialising in horses, Noel produced his first book, “Horse Tales and Hunt Talk”, in late December 2006 to rave reviews. This book captures the excitement, amusing incidents and outstanding achievments of some of the most remarkable horsemen and horsewomen in the world. One man broke the Bareback Highjump World Record, while a lady on doctors orders never to ride a horse again, climbed the north face of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Outstanding horseriding skills are recounted of another lady on her horse who jumped an 18 foot wide river while hunting in order to stay with her hounds. All 31 people profiled excelled in one or more equestrian diciplines like showjumping, eventing, hunting, polo, showing, racing or dressage. Many achieved National honours, while others represented their country at International and Olympic level.



31 Biographies of well known horsemen and horsewomen, all characters or personalities, with many amusing stories, and over 100 action photos.

Personalities Featured are –

Lady Molly Cusack-Smith – The first lady master of the Galway Blazers and Socialite.

Maxie Scully – Former World Record Bareback Highjump Champion and longest surviving kidney transplant recipient in Ireland. World Transplant Games Champion.

Charlie O’Neill – Master of Hounds, jockey, friend of the Rolling Stones, and charity fund raiser.

Aidan O’Connell – Hunting personality, jockey, coach, stylish dresser, natural wit and storyteller.

Grania Willis – Equestrian journalist, eventing rider, and the first Irishwoman to climb the North Face of Mount Everest.

Elsie Morgan – Former Master and Huntsman of the West Waterford Foxhounds, International showjumper and jockey.

Tommy Brennan – International and Olympic showjumping and eventing rider and now International Course Designer.

Florrie Webb – Former Master, Huntsman and point to point jockey who rode with one hand as a result of a farm accident.

John Huston – Film Director and Master of the Galway Blazers.

Lady Anne Hemphill – Field Master of the Galway Blazers and breeder of Champion Connemara Ponies.

Nancy Penn Smith Hannum – Master and Huntsman of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Hounds in Pennsylvania, USA.

Iris Kellett – Former European Showjumping Champion, and trainer of International showjumping riders.

Toni de la Bouillerie – Master of The Rallye des Grands Loups Hounds in France.

Alison Baker – Master of Hounds and Horse Breeder, whose family bred the great steeplechaser Arkle.

Francie Derwin – The largest Horse Dealer in Ireland.

Willie Leahy – Field Master of the Galway Blazers, Horse Dealer, and Connemara Pony Breeder.

Thady Ryan – Master of the Scarteen Hounds and Irish Draught Horse Breeder.

Michael Dempsey – Master and Huntsman of the Galway Blazers.

George Briscoe – Master of the Tara Harriers for over 65 seasons, and country gentleman.

Hugh Leonard – Horseman, Jockey, Polo Player and Down Hill Skier.

Pat O’Brien – Huntsman of the Tipperary Foxhounds for 40 seasons.

Rosemary Skrine – Master of Hounds, and breeder of Champion Performance Horses.

Eamonn Dunphy – Huntsman of the Ward Union Staghounds.

John Pickering – Huntsman of five different packs of hounds and storyteller.

Morgan Llywelyn – Reserve rider on the American Olympic Dressage Team, and best selling author.

Jack Lambert – Horseman, hunting fanatic and stallion master.

Captain John Wentges – Member of the Dutch Showjumping Team and Master of three packs of hunting hounds.

Bill Bourns – Producer of champion show horses, jockey and follower of hounds.

Chantal Deon – Master of Hounds, and breeder of Champion Irish Draught and Sport Horses.

Stanislaus Lynch – Huntsman, Journalist, Poet, Prize Winning Author and Horse Breeder

George Watson – Master of the Melbourne Foxhounds, founder of the Victoria Racing Club, Starter of the Melbourne Cup and successful Australian businessman.