Louise Parkes is an equestrian journalist based in Ireland.
She has covered international equestrian sport for the last 16 years on behalf of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and is a familiar face at all major events.
She inherited her passion for horses from her late father, Eddie Garland, who spent his happiest days in the hunting fields of Ireland.
In her early career, she worked as a Press Officer for the original Irish Horse Board, Bord na gCapall, before becoming one of Ireland’s most successful equestrian photographers.
Having regularly accompanied her pictures with script, she turned to journalism full-time when appointed equestrian correspondent for Ireland’s biggest-selling daily newspaper The Irish Independent in 1995, and has been freelance writing ever since.
Her work has appeared in all the leading international equestrian magazines and on websites world-wide. She has edited newspapers and magazines, had her own radio show called ‘Talking Horses’, is regularly interviewed on equestrian topics by Irish Radio and TV and provides public relations support to wide-ranging equestrian clients.
She also provides Press Office support to several prestigious international fixtures and has moderated Press Conferences at high-profile events including the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas in 2009, the Dublin Horse Show and the FEI European Jumping Championship in Madrid last September. She also co-authored “Ambassadors on Horseback”, which traces the history of the Irish Army Equitation School, with fellow countryman Michael Slavin.
Louise lives on a farm in Fellowsfield, County Kildare in mid-east Ireland with her photographer husband Tony Parkes and competes on the Irish jumping and show-horse circuit with her horse Freelancer and Connemara pony West Joey.