Jim Newsam

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Jim Newsam

  • 33 - Magennis


Irish rider Jim Newsam (40) from County Down last competed at Badminton in 2017 – his second Badminton completion with Magennis, his entry this year also. The pair won the CCI3* at Ballindenisk last September. A professional rider and coach he completed his first Badminton in 2013 and later that year represented Ireland at the 2013 European Championships in Malmo – his championship debut.

Jim’s father was a point-to-point rider and his mother, who has been involved with horses all her life, was for seven-years the DC of the East Down Pony Club of which Jim was a member. His parents run a trekking centre in Co Down. In 2010 Jim gained his biggest success when he headed the three-star at Ballindenisk with Magennis who was then just eight-years-old. In 2011 he finished 21st on his four-star debut in Luhmuhlen with the mare Lara’s Song (who then went to British rider Lisa Keys) with who he completed Burghley.

Jim trains with Ian Woodhead and Terry Boon. He is married to Emma (nee Ponsonby) who also competes. The couple has a 3 year-old boy, Jamie who loves riding his 10hh pony Jack. Jamie has just joined Jim’s old Pony Club, The East Down.

Jim is a keen follower of rugby, racing and golf and enjoys skiing and socialising with friends. In the off season Jim has formerly worked on set for the Game of Thrones series as an extra rider and actor double. He has previoulsy spent a month filming in Spain and has also worked on the Lost City of Z film.

Magennis owned by Carole Hawthorne and rider is a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding – at 17.2hh one of the largest in the field. Bred by Patrick Tiernan is by the Irish-based Holsteiner, Limmerick (Lancer II-Caletto II) – also the sire of four-star horses Shannondale Titan, Loughan Glen Graf Liberty and Longwood). He is out of Inishkea who is by the thoroughbred Zero Watt (sire of four-star horses Zero Flight, The Biz and Woodside Alcatraz). Magennis was bought as an unbroken three-year-old from his breeder, Patrick Tiernan from Co Down. Jim also rode Magennis’s younger full sister Tullybee Holly Golightly to three-star and in 2013 competed both in the CIC3* at Camphire.





ISH, Ireland, 2002
17.2hh , bay , gelding

Sire Limmerick

Dam Inishkea (Zero Watt)

Breeder Patrick Tiernan

Owner(s): Carole Hawthorne, Co. Down, N. Ireland
& Rider

Notable Results

2018 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 1st Magennis, 13th Dunrath Wellington

2018 – Mallow CIC3* 21st Magennis

2017 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 5th Magennis

2017 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* ret Magennis

2016 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 7th Magennis

2015 – Saumur CCI3* 26th Magennis

2014 – Burghley CCI4* El Magennis

2013 – Malmo CH-EU-3* 32nd Magennis

2013 – Cappoquin CIC3* 17th Magennis, 31st Tullybee Holly Golightly

2012 – Pau CCI4* Ret Magennis

2012 – Tattersalls CCI3* 8th Magennis, 15th Lara’s Song

2011 – Burghley CCI4* 45th Lara’s Song

2011 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 21st Lara’s Song

2010 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 1st Magennis

2010 – Blenheim CCI3* 41st Laras Song


2017 – 45th Magennis

2014 – Ret Magennis

2013 – 55th Magennis