26/10/2018 IRISH FIELD NEWSPAPER REPORTS
Emer Bermingham speak to the New Jersey native who is based at Ballypatrick Stables
From: I am from Oldwick, New Jersey, but I am currently based in Ireland training with Greg Broderick.
How it all started: My interest in riding truly started when I began fox hunting around the age of 10. Then, when I was 14, I started show jumping.
Results in America: My major achievements while based in America were 2015 WEF ranked third overall jumper rider; 2015 WEF High Children’s Jumper Circuit Champion; 2015 Hampton Classic High Children’s Jumper Champion; 2015 Devon High Children’s Jumper Champion; and I was the 2016 WEF Modified Children’s Jumper Circuit Champion too.
Moved to Ireland: I moved to Ireland on September 7th 2016 to train with Greg and compete in Europe. I really value the unique opportunities in Ireland to learn about breeding and young horses.
Success in Europe: My first win while in Europe was at the Liverpool International Horse Show. Later that year, after qualifying by winning a young rider qualifier, I finished second at the RDS. While based here, I have had a lot of success at international shows like the Royal Dublin Horse Show, the Sunshine Tour in Vejer, Spain, the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Oliva Nova, Spain, and Knokke in Belgium.
Plans for the year: Currently, I am in Portugal competing at Vilamoura Champions Tour. I plan to compete in several shows in Europe to finish up 2018. Then, at the start of 2019, I plan to go to the Sunshine Tour again for the winter circuit.
Horses: I have an excellent string of horses right now including Charmuer, All Gold Des Isles, Tucson Z, and of course, LVS Wizard. In addition to these four, we have two very promising seven-year-olds in the Ballypatrick programme who are being competed by Darragh Ryan: Lackamore Storm and Boleybawn Actor. Both have had amazing success doing age classes in Ireland and competing in international shows like Dublin and at the World Breeding Championships in Lanaken. We also have a nine-year-old mare, Dabelle (Nabab x Chin Chin), who is being competed by Greg.
Adjusting to Ireland: This wasn’t a major challenge, mostly because the people are so friendly, and English is the primary language. However, there are certain cultural differences.
Advice for riders thinking of coming to Ireland: Take advantage of every opportunity and set yourself up for success.