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Diarmuid's Pony Kids
Diarmuid's Pony KidsRTÉ One, Thursday, 8.30pm

Diarmuid Gavin

Diarmuid Gavin is from Dublin and studied amenity horticulture at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. Following this he established his own successful garden design business. Diarmuid's modern vibrant city garden in 1996 caused quite a stir and led to a career in television where he developed a unique style in contemporary garden design. Diarmuid has had a number of hugely successful gardening shows both in the UK and Ireland and his latest show 'I Want a Garden' can be seen at the moment on RTÉ One.

As well as success in the gardening world, Diarmuid has had vast experience in the media world. Utilising his expert knowledge he has written for The Telegraph, The Independent and the Irish Times. His broad appeal has seen him being interviewed on both BBC Radio 1 and 4.

In 2006 Diarmuid took part in a TV series for Comic Relief on the BBC. The show was called 'Only Fools on Horses' and involved a number of well-known personalities learning to showjump. They had to live together and compete against each other. In showjumping, Diarmuid found a new love to rival gardening.

Originally, in an effort to continue his involment in horses and showjumping, Diarmuid conceived the original idea for 'Diarmuid's Pony kids'. He knew there were two horsey sects that existed in Ireland. One centred around stud farms, showjumping and racing and the other involving Smithfield horse fair and 'jockeying' around the suburban fields of Dublin. What would it be like if these worlds were brought together, Diarmuid thought. He brought his idea to the producers of his other show 'I Want a garden'. And the rest as they say is history...


Jessica Kuerten

Jessica Kuerten was born in the North of Ireland on November 24th, 1969 in Cullybacky. She is the daughter of a dentist and an artist. Here father successfully bred horses and Jessica developed a love and affinity with horses at a very young age.

It wasn't long before the young Jessica Chesney was wowing the crowds at championships, winning all around her. She became Irish champion as a Pony rider and later as a junior rider. Soon after, her hobby became a full blown proffession and she was established as a first class rider in Ireland.

In 1994, Jessica's fellow country men lost their lucky charm when Jessica moved with new husband Echkard Kuerten to Hunxe in Germany. Jessica still rides for Ireland but she now lives on Chesney farm in Germany fulltime. Jessica's everyday life is completely taken over with running Chesney, looking after the horses and preparing them for competition. The stables are fully kitted out and are a world class facility for horses. They even include a horse treadmill and sauna!

Jessica continues to enter tournaments all over the world and has had one of her most successful years to date in 2007. She is currently ranked at no. 4 in the world.