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Exciting New Sponsor -Agnelli Motor Park and Jeep Ireland

Agnelli Motor Park, Dublin and Jeep Ireland have announced that they have joined forces with Eventing Ireland’s number one event rider, Olympian Joseph Murphy, as official Ambassador.

No stranger to horse power, Murphy and his team will be on the ‘Road to Rio’ with a different type of horse power. To be precise the international rider will be discovering what 247 of them feel like – after taking delivery of a new Jeep Grand Cherokee and a stylish, trendy yard run-around – The Fiat 500, while his Olympic mount and future stars will have the luxury of being transported in the all new Fiat Ducato, two stall, Annard coach built transporter.

Dealer principal, Michael Kerslake said ‘we are delighted to have Joseph as a brand ambassador. After extensive research into the Irish sporting industry Joseph’s name came out on top every time – it really was a no brainer for us. World number one, William Fox Pitt is Global brand ambassador for Jeep and it is this calibre of sportsperson that we want to be associated with. The fact that Joseph is ranked number one in Ireland and also quickly climbing the world rankings makes it an exciting partnership. ‘

Conveniently located on Walkinstown Avenue and Naas Road Junction, Agnelli Motor Park are ideally positioned to offer you the best experience be it Sales, Service, Parts or Accident repair. Now diversifying into the equestrian market with the 2 stall equine transport as well as the recently launched Grand Cherokee Business Utility Vehicle which is exclusively available from Agnelli Motor Park. The five seat Business utility gives you the best of both worlds for both business and pleasure.

Naturally thrilled, Joseph said “I am extremely proud to be the ambassador for Agnelli Motor Park and the Jeep brand in Ireland. I am very fortunate to have super equine related sponsors and to land an amazing deal like this is the icing on the cake – an early Christmas present!! I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead and I know the Jeep Grand Cherokee and it’s four-wheel drive capability is going to be very useful as are the other vehicles – the Fiat Ducato two stall Horse transporter is invaluable in our yard for trips to the vets and gallops and it’s so handy it even gets the odd airport run! I am now spoilt for choice!
We had a tour of the super stylish showrooms at Agnelli Motor Park and my wife Jill has put in her New Year order, it’s a great place to do a bit of Christmas shopping!!

Why not visit, phone 01 42 66 000 – Or call in to the showrooms for a test drive today. Visit to watch the launch.
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March Madness with Joseph Murphy Event Team

Horse World section – opened with a win!!!


S’Field Othello -1st
W’Winds Hercules 5th


HL Mrs Imp 6th



S’Field Othello 3rd
W’winds Hercules 6th


Model Witness 3rd


W’Winds Hercules 1st
Electric Cruise 2nd
DHI Top Story 4th

Hercules took his advanced win in his stride posting fastest time of the day.

Kilpatrick Dancer 1st


HL Mrs Imp 1st
Killosery Athletic Touch 2nd
Dartans Quality Brigade 8th

Cancellations, Celebrations and County Cork.

The season was about to kick off with the youngsters at Ballinclough, which fell victim to the weather.

Kilguilkey, in County Cork, stepped in at the 11th hour and put on a super event, thanks to their hard working team and have to mention Kieran who fenced judged on our behalf!!

Although a long 6 hour drive, it was well worth the trip as the ground conditions although a little soft on the cross country the dressage field was fair allowing early prep run for the Badminton bound Franky and a hood start for his new co owners Ally and Andrew.

Owners Offsprings

Harold was 2nd in a hot class in Lincoln, UK but had time to fly home to do a bit of posing – sorry I meant promotion!!


Shannon made her debut on her new junior horse to win a junior section leading from start to finish and younger sister Zara has made a successful start on Shannon’s ponies. Including a 4th place at Ballendenisk on Bambi, Shannon’s European medallist and double clears on the less experienced Reggie.

Arianne Finlay, who has just started competing under rules posted 2 double clears on her pony and horse and then went on to win her pony section the following week at Tyrella, leading after dressage on Jimmy Thunderstruck ! Mary Smiddy jumped a serious jumping round to win the pony 2 star section at Tyrella
Now I have 2 nervous mums at the events!

Adam Haugh also had a good run at Tyrella posting another double clear and finishing 6th on his junior section. So keep up the good work guys.

BIG birthdays and Ballymaloe


Rosie who had been busy snapping away the following week had a day off!!! As it was her big Five o!! Michelle celebrated her birthday the following day. Being a mummy she did not get the day off and was running around the event looking after her little charges. However she did get a surprise visit to Ballymaloe the week after.

Spring ground ie Muck to the ankles!!

With difficult ground conditions in all three phases at Ballendenisk it was a joy to run at Tyrella, beside the beach, on good ground.With all the horses enjoying better ground.

This was evident in the results with the 3 advanced boys jumping double clear to take top 4 placings in the advanced.

Kilpatrick Dancer, a new addition to the yard, won his section producing a smart test.

Its a long way to Tipperary!!

It’s a long way to go……..A quick turn around, we headed home to load up the babies to drive south to Tipperary for the following day.

The long drives are the most gruelling element. Leaving the house at 5am to go to Tyrella, returning to the yard 12 hours later to head south.

We made a pit stop at our ‘second home’, Orchard Lodge, were Michelle had dinner on the table for us on arrival at 10pm!!

Again our night in shining armour – Kieran Connors, dragged himself out of bed at 3am(clock change too) and drove the second leg to Tipperary for Joseph.

With torrential overnight rain,we arrived to a flooded carpark – after the ‘marathon’ we thought the event would be abandoned!!

However they kicked on. The novices coped really well in deep and difficult conditions. With great results.

HL Mrs Imp who won for her patient owners as we only like to compete them lightly as a 5 year old(last Year)

There are only so many times they can run in this ground as it is hard on them. So they have had few days to recover enjoying the spring sunshine in the field and and a good going over by the physio.

There are so many ‘Team’ members who all play an equal part in our yard. With the girls at home keeping the show on the road and the help we receive at the events.

Also our new French stable jockey, Pierre Samuel who eases the load by helping stretch the horses for Joseph at the events and compete the you get ones too. He is a very natural rider and already has enjoyed some placings.

We are lucky to have him.

This month special thanks to our in house photographer Rosie McBride who had leave her camera at home and help Jim McShane and myself at Tyrella!!!

And NO – he is not paying me to say how wonderful he is but again Kieran!! He and Michelle kindly lent us their lovely Oakley while our wagon is in getting much needed TLC, he then acted as chief driver – so if Stobarts are looking for any drivers , Ally he comes highly recommended!!!

Himself and Shannon were great grooms at Gurteen and certainly made the hectic weekend a great bit easier!!!

Method in his Madness!!

(However I think there is an element of method in his madness he had been eyeing up new new Oakley’s for sometime much to Michelle’s dread!!)

We have another busy month ahead were we will get the younger horses out to events now the older horses have had their prep runs for their first international run in a 3 star mid April.


No round up would be complete without a picture of the darling of the yard – No not Joseph!!!! Franky!!!

Season about to kick off for 2014

Season about to kick off!

With the first event cancelled even before the close of entries, we took the opportunity to avail of Terry Boon for the weekend instead.

Since Terry came on board as the High Performance Squad dressage coach, we have been having regular training with the older horses at squad training and subsequent independent yard visits over the winter with the up and coming horses too.

What’s great about Terry is that he has evented to top level and he understands the event horse’s other needs rather than just as a dressage horse.

We took the plunge and invested in dressage mirrors, something we have wanted for a long time. The UK company, Mirrors4Training installed them last week so we were able to avail of them for Terry’s last visit.

We had a guest ‘judge’ keeping a watchful eye on the training!!

Another who was more interested in fashion than dressage.

As usual we have been attending the Meadows EC on a regular basis for SJ training with all the horses, young and old. We had the novice horses cross country schooling and they have really improved over the winter and benefited from the bank and water jump we put in at the end of last summer.

This has been invaluable this winter with all the wet weather as we have not been able to go schooling until recently.  We can build fences in, out and through the water and on and off the bank.

The first event takes place next weekend at Monart, Co Wexford. We have entered up WW Hercules and S’Field Othello in the O/I as a prep run for their first advanced run the following weekend. We have also first time novices Derg Kit Kat, Dartans Quality Brigade and HL Mrs Imp.

We are just loading to go for their final cross country school.

Look forward to getting out and about and blowing off the cobwebs and catching up.

Here’s to a successful and enjoyable 2014.

PS Pictures by our in house photographer, check out her Facebook page – Photos by Rosie McBride, where you will see all the horses.


A week to remember.

London 2012 came and went and now seems a blur and a week we had at Greenwich, one to remember for ever! Representing your country at any level is immense, however at an Olympic Games it is fantastic. The Irish had a super team of horse and riders going, probably the strongest we have produced in a long time. I think it was safe to say that we all inwardly hoped we would be able to produce a Bronze, but it was slightly out of reach this time, though we are on the upwards curve and produced three excellent results in the top 21 horses – Aoife(7th) me (14th) and Mark Kyle 21st.

Joseph and Sparky tackle the arena cross country fenceMicheal Ryan was extremely unlucky to have a fall at the penultimate fence on the cross country, he was following orders to achieve a clear round inside the time and was flying. The testing course took a lot out of all the horses and unfortunately, ‘Mac’ (Ballylynch Adventure) just ran out of petrol, similar to poor Camilla and ‘Jiff’. However it is a team competition and the other riders learned from this. We knew we had to produce three clears as fast as we could, as three finishing scores were required for us to complete as a team.

We pulled it off and after super show jumping rounds the next day, the three of us qualified for the 2nd round of jumping (for the individual competition), where Aoife and myself produced 2 of only 5 double clears from a total of 74 starters! Ireland really is on the way up and, with limited funding in comparison to the millions that the other teams have for training (Ireland has only 1000s), we are extremely proud of the 5th place the team achieved.

Sparky flies the Half Moon fence!I was lucky to attend the test event at Greenwich last year. So I had my bearings on arrival. There were lots of complaints that the entire venue would be dismantled with nothing left to show for it and all the money spent. Part of me agrees, but I also think it was very special to compete at a venue that no-one has, or ever will ride around again. The facilities were superb and considering it was built on a temporary basis, it was a credit to the organisers. Like everything, some people will always have complaints!

The Olympic village was a great experience and it was very interesting to see all the different shapes and sizes of competitors for different sports. The opening ceremony was amazing and again, a memory for life. The horses had large airy stables, but at the beginning of the week with temperatures in the 30s, the stables were very hot. We had brought our own fans as this was something the organisers had missed, and we could have really done with more air conditioning. Luckily the weather cooled down for the remainder of the week.

Joseph (right) and team mates Mark Kyle and Aoife ClarkeThe grooms were well catered for in a hotel onsite, and properly so, as without this support network we could not operate. Lisa was wonderful, as always, and unfortunately she is leaving at the end of the season to move to the USA to live with her boyfriend! We will seriously miss her and are on the look out for a new head girl now.

Sparky in his Olympic stable!I have to mention that the girls at home, Jenny, Amanda and Clare, who did a great job at keep the show on the road in between supporting us in London. I believe that a little bit of Gin was consumed whilst making our ‘Good Luck’ Poster! Sparky is at home enjoying a well deserved break now. He is fit and well and I have not told him yet, but his winter involves some intensive dressage training. I won’t burst his bubble with the news just yet!

Lisa, Joseph's amazing head girl!So it was back to reality when we arrived at a Novice event at the weekend, to get no further than the gate to be told it was abandoned due to the weather! We are off to France next with Sandy, Swanky and Rainy in the hope of better ground. Rainy Days is very aptly named at the moment – perhaps we should change it to Sunrise?!













You’re on my team!!…

You’re on my team!!

Circus Acts, Cruisings and the Call Up!!!!!!!

What a week it has been, after the final trial at Barbury Castle, I wondered if our performance was enough to secure a place on the team????? Electric Cruise put in a great performance all round, well except his circus act on the first day of dressage when I was determined not to score another test in the 50s, which in once sense I achieved – a 65!!! This was not however what I had in mind. I think I ‘overcooked’ him in the run up to the test and if anyone knows a ‘Cruising’, whilst they are very talented, they soon tell you to back off!!! Which is what Sparky did when he executed 4 lovely rears after the first halt in the CIC 3 star test. Good boy Sparky – not. However I put my hands up in the air and accept it was my own fault.

Redemption Day!!!!

We redeemed ourselves in the Olympic 4 star test and all the Irish Riders put in good performances in this class.


He jumped a lovely round in both phases and we left hoping that we had done enough!!!  Luckily we had and it was fabulous news for all the team, inlcluding owners Noel Good and Annette O’Callaghan. Wednesday was a busy day at the Offical launch with team mates and now the ‘head is down’ in preparation for the big day!!!Image

Ginny Elliot, Joseph Murphy, Camilla Spiers, Mark Kyle, Aoife Clark and Mike Ryan.


  • 13 – 15 British Open C’ships Gatcombe park UK
  • 19 Hickstead Eventers Grand Prix
  • 20-23 Aston Le Walls, UK
  • 27-30 Greenwich 2012


Will keep you posted on our pre to the Games. Any questions or comments feel free to do so below. Bye for Now





Mixed weather, …

Mixed weather, fortunes and new arrivals!!!!

Tattersalls Ireland is a favourite of many – it is world-class, with facilities second to none and a super team running it and the experienced, Event Director, Jean Mitchell MBE. running it with an iron rod.

With mixed fortunes at Tattersalls, the week ended with a good result with Electric Cruise in the CIC 3 star. The wet weather resulted in improved ground conditions allowing me to let the hand brake off and finishing on my dressage score with the fastest time of the day, in eventual 6th place in this hotly contested class. The next competition for him is the final trial for the Olympics at Barbury Castle at the end of the month.

I will be continuing with some training with SJ coach Ian Fearon with the younger horses over the next few weeks while Sparky and Franky have time to recover from their run, before we head to Ferdi Eilbergs for dressage on route to Barbury.

All the other horse came out of the run well. Swanky who was unfortunate to jump into a hole in the water jump at fence 5 had a short-lived event and now will compete in a few one days in June and will aim for Camphire CIC in August alongside stable mates Sandy, Rainy, Ronnie and Jimmy.

Lisa heads off for a well-earned break to a wedding in Sweden for a week while Jenny holds the fort a home. While Jill is counting down the days until school breaks up for the summer holidays. Mind you the weather is more like winter at the minute.

I am heading south to Kildare as I have clinics in Orchard lodge over the next few weekends and
Tatts is coming for the trip to meet his new offspring as he is the proud new father to 4 puppies!!!!


14th Ian Fearon SJ training

15/16th Joseph’s clinic Kildare
Kilguilkey House, 17/06/2012 – Cancelled

Monart Equestrian Centre, 24/06/2012
26/27 Dressage training Ferdi Eilberg. UK

28/30 Barbury Castle CIC 3 star


13 – 15 British Open C’ships Gatcombe park UK

19 Hickstead Eventers Grand Prix

20-23 Aston Le Walls, UK

27-30 Greenwich 2012