After deliberating for two hours and two minutes, the jury in the case of international showjumper Michael Kearins, who is accused of deception in relation to the sale of a pony, has been sent home for the weekend.

The jury will resume deliberations in the case at 10.30am next Monday morning at Sligo Circuit Court. 

Mr Kearins, 36, of Knockbeg, Colooney, Co Sligo, is charged with deception in relation to the sale of a pony, and has pleaded not guilty to the charge of deceiving Sean Ewing.

In the trial, which began on Tuesday afternoon, it has been alleged that Mr Kearins, having agreed to sell two ponies called Teddy and Buddy to Mr Ewing for his daughters, sent Teddy and another pony called Spot in place of Buddy, to the Ewings in Majorca where they lived at the time.

Mr Kearins told the court he never deceived anyone and that Spot was sent to Majorca after he came to an agreement with Mr Ewing's wife, Terry, after Buddy, who belonged to another man, became unavailable for sale.

Mrs Ewing said no such agreement was made.

Under cross-examination today Mr Kearins said that Mrs Ewing had asked him to source another, quiet, pony for her daughter when the man who actually owned Buddy said he was no longer for sale.

Mrs Ewing has given evidence that she never asked Mr Kearins to do this. 

She said she would never buy a pony she had not seen or ridden because safety was of the utmost importance in buying ponies for her daughters. She said the conversation he referred to never took place.

Mr Kearins said that the pony he sourced for the Ewings in place of Buddy, Spot, was totally different in marks and stature from Buddy and he was definitely not trying to deceive them. 

The jury was shown video footage of Spot which was taken recently by Padraig Howley, who runs a stud farm and stables near Enniscrone in Co Sligo.

Mr Howley said that Mr Kearins came to him and said there had been a mix-up over the pony, an allegation had been made and he could not sell it until it was sorted. 

Mr Howley said he took on Spot and the other pony in early  2014 to mind them until it was sorted. The average livery costs for them was €600 a month, he said. 

Asked if he had been paid the livery fees by Mr Kearins, Mr Howley said he had not but that Mr Kearins said he would pay him one way or the other and he would take his word for that. 

Mr Howley described Spot as simply a very brilliant pony, 100% quiet and children regularly ride him.

Summing up the case to the jury, prosecuting barrister Dara Foynes, said that if Mr Kearins had a cast iron agreement with Mrs Ewing then why didn't he present himself to gardaí?

The court heard earlier from Detective Garda Joe Scanlon that it had taken him four and a half years to make contact with the accused. Mr Ewing had made his initial complaint to gardaí on 1 November 2012, two days after the ponies were delivered to Majorca.

Ms Foynes said that this was a nasty business, a well organised and deceitful fraud.

Defence Barrister Peter O'Sulivan said this was not an organised or deceitful fraud, there was no issue of criminality.

The contract varied, he said, and eventually we are here. Mr O'Sullivan said it has been suggested that Mr Kearins got a lookalike for Buddy but he did not. Mr Kearins was open and straightforward but there was a misunderstanding. Spot was never misrepresented to be Buddy, he said.

Mr Kearins was 36 and is now living in the Unites States but he travels he world competing at the very top level of international showjumping, said Mr O'Sullivan.

I would describe him as naive, he said, he was using his heart and not his head in this case.