Heike Holstein



Heike first sat on a pony at the age of two. She won her first Irish title aged 18 (1990) and has since won it 12 times. She trained with seven-time Olympic medallist Dr Reiner Klimke in Germany for many years and this will be her fourth Olympics. She was 26th in Atlanta (1996), 42nd in Sydney (2000) and 50th in Athens (2004). She bred Sambuca herself and brought her to Grand Prix level and competed on her at the 2019 European Championships. She took 13 years out of international competition to have her family (sons Jake and Archie) so the 2019 Nations Cup in Aachen was her first appearance for Ireland in 14 years. Despite limited competitions in 2020-21 the pairing had seven top 10 placings, including the five-star Grand Prix in Rotterdam in July 2021. Her mother Gisela Holstein is an international dressage judge and her brother Erik, a show jumper, was 10th individually at the 1998 World Equestrian Games.





Personal Best

World Ranking (early July): 155

Date Of Birth

December 10, 1971


Carbury, Co Kildare


Abigail Lyle

Daniel Coyle

Aoife Clark*

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Austin O’Connor

Shane Sweetnam

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Darragh Kenny

Cian O’Connor


Seven Riders named across Eventing, Showjumping and Dressage for Paris 2024

The Olympic Federation of Ireland has officially selected the equestrian team who are set to compete at the Olympic Games in Paris this summer.  Team Ireland will be represented by a showjumping team, an eventing team, and individual dressage at the Games, with competition taking place on the grounds of the Versailles Palace. The eventing [...]

Performance Round Up – March

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Weekend Recap | Rugby, Athletics, Show Jumping

Ireland dominate to win fifth Wellington CSIO4* Nations Cup The Underwriting Exchange Irish Show Jumping team won a fifth CSIO4* Wellington International Nations Cup after an utterly dominant performance at the Florida venue overnight. Michael Blake’s team of Darragh Kenny on Eddy Blue, David O’Brien on El Balou Old, Shane Sweetnam on RR Combella and [...]

Bernard Jackman Appointed Acting Head of Sport at HSI

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Ireland win team silver at FEI European Championship

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Irish Eventing team secure Olympic qualification with superb performance at World Championships

A fantastic performance from the Irish Eventing team of Sam Watson, Padraig McCarthy, Susie Berry and Austin O’Connor, managed by Dag Albert at the FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni, Italy, has secured Olympic qualification for the Irish team for Paris 2024. A fifth place finish following today’s final Show Jumping phase saw Ireland take one of the seven coveted Olympic […]

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