Joe Haffey an Apreciation

Joe on Jimmy Winning metre Class Silver Show 2019

Joe Haffey was a true horseman.  As his daughter Joanne said in her reflection at Joe’s funeral, Dad’s view was – ‘two legs good, four legs better’!

For many years, Joe was a key riding and committee member of the Warrenpoint & District Riding Club.  A joiner by trade, he designed and built show-jumping fences and courses for the Club Showgrounds at Moygannon and XC fences for Tamnaharrie, ‘Go as you please’ and competition events in Burren.  Popular and ever helpful, he always had advice and support to offer from an appreciative comment on a horse, praise on a clear round and a kind word with good advice when things ‘didn’t go to plan’.

Joe’s love of horses came from his father ‘Jimmy’, also a well known horseman from Newry.  Joe took up the sport at an early age and passed on his love of horses to his son Conor.  Fiercely competitive, Joe liked to win and often took home the coveted Silver Show trophies and shields awarded for first place.  During the winter months he could still be found competing at Ravensdale, Kernans, Cavan, Tullymurry and other venues, always keen to ride one or more of his beloved horses, Hillhead Lad, John L or ‘Jimmy’ – named after his dad.

Joe on John L Jumping Clear to Win Cunninham Cup Siver Show 2016

Joe was an active BHS team participant and rode in the various N.Ireland Regional Competitions.  He represented the club also on an administrative level as Club Liaison Officer, attending meetings and ‘away from home’ inter-club events.  Indeed, Joe represented the club on one of its last ‘pre-Covid’ outings in October 2019 at which his team was awarded second place.

An altogether decent man with a kind heart and great sense of humour, Joe will be greatly missed by his Warrenpoint Riding Club friends and the wider show-jumping community

Joe on John L with Club Team qualifying for Balmoral

Erin Murphy, John Downy Gary McKay Joe Haffy

Warrenpoint & District Riding Club wish to pass on our sincere condolences to Joe’s wife Anne, Son Conor and daughters Joanne and Mairead and wider family circle.