JEAN Glasheen will be one of the busiest women at Limerick Show as she will be literally wearing four hats!
The milliner will be showcasing her own hats, as well as wearing a judge’s and sponsor’s hat and a helmet when she competes in a showjumping class.
Originally from Ballinagarde, Ballyneety but now living in Knocklong, Jean founded the imaginatively titled Hats What I Want over a year ago.
Working from home the creative lady has carved a little niche for herself as she has a particular interest in fascinators.
And she is planning something extra special for Limerick Show which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25.
“I plan on developing something under the helmet for lady showjumpers.
“You spend two hours grooming and plaiting your horse to make it look perfect so why can’t the rider look glamorous as well,” says Jean.
She explains that the regulations for competitors are changing.
“You will have to have your hair tied up. It follows a girl getting thrown off a horse in an event outside Ireland.
“The horse stood on her ponytail and it ripped the hair from her head,” said Jean.
To comply with regulations she has thought up a hair net with a clip and some “bling” to be worn under the helmet.
She hopes to unveil her safe and stylish option at Limerick Show where she rides her own 18-year-old horse called Shade.
“When he hears the bell he knows it is time to perform,” smiles Jean, who has very fond memories of coming to Limerick Show for years and is delighted to sponsor and judge a class.
Keep an eye out for the girls selling brochures wearing her hats and as she can make anything to order just have a chat with her on the day to find out more.
Pat Bermingham, chairman of the showjumping committee, said they look forward to the colour and fun Jean’s creations will bring.
“She is sponsoring the 90cm class on Sunday and we hope people will support her business, like all our sponsors.
“This is what Limerick Show is all about - showcasing the best of everything the county has to offer and helping each other through the recession,” said Pat.
Last year they saw a massive increase in showjumping entries. The recent rainfall will ensure they build on that this year.
“We are delighted with this rainfall because the ground was very hard. Now the ground has softened up a little the horses will much prefer this going. We hope to build on the monumental success of last year and with the facilities that we have and with this rain everything should be perfect,” said Pat.