JOSPEH O'BRIEN - CHAMPION JOCKEY 2012&2013
Joseph O'Brien, Won the bronze medal at the European Junior Eventing Championship in Belgium, in August 2009.
Rode his first winner, on his second ever ride, on Johan Zoffany at Leopardstown on May 28, 2009.
Shared the Irish apprentice jockeys' championship in 2010 with Gary Carroll and Ben Curtis. Won it outright in 2011 with 58 wins.
Rode his first Group 1 winner in May 2011 when Roderic O'Connor won the Irish 2,000 Guineas. Joseph went on to win two more that year going into the Breeders' Cup – the Moyglare Stud Stakes on Maybe and the Racing Post Trophy on Camelot, both future classic winners.
In 2012, Joseph won nine European Group 1 races including three classics aboard Camelot – the English 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and Irish Derby. Additional classic race annexed in 2012 included the Irish 2,000 Guineas with Power (GB). Narrowly missed winning the first English Triple Crown since 1970 aboard Camelot when he finished second in the St. Leger Stakes.
Oldest son of champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, so when he guided St Nicholas Abbey to victory in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf, they became the first father and son trainer/jockey combination to win a Breeders' Cup race.
Joseph was Irish Champion Jockey in 2012.
PETER HANNIGAN - 3 DAY EVENTER - BADMINTON 2013
Peter Hannigan is a local event rider from Lisronagh, Fethard, Co Tipperary. Peter, who is in his 3rd year of veterinary studies in Dublin, has years of experience and previous success, such as being placed fifth in the CCI*** in Tattersalls 2012. He has also competed in two previous four star competitions in the last couple of years, Burghley and Pau.
Competed on Irish young rider (under 21) team at the Europeans three years in a row, the last year winning team silver and placed fifth individually, with his brother David was is also on the same team as him, finishing in the bronze medal position. Winner of international CIC*** Ballindenisk 2010. Has obtained over 500 EI points.
LIZZIE LAWLOR - CHAMPION LADIES JOCKEY
Lizzie is one of the most accomplished of Ireland’s lady riders with three point –to-point ladies titles to her name. She shared with Jennifer Pugh and Maxine O’Sullivan in 2009 and 2010 before claiming the title in her own right in 2011.
Liz came to prominence on the track thanks to her exploits on Carrigeen Kalmia. Between them, the pair won the Listed Phil Sweeney Chase at Thurles as well as three other chases.
Liz is based locally to us near Clonmel, growing up in Carrigeen, near Lisronagh to a very equine based family included her father, Dick Lalor who has a history of successful breeding of National Hunt horses from their home training facilities.
SEAMUS HAYES - GRAND PRIX WINNING SHOWJUMPER
Seamus Hayes has been a professional showjumper for over 20 years and is based at his own Kilconnell Stud, Fethard Co Tipperary. Having come up through the Pony Club and pony showjumping scene Seamus decided to make horses his full time career and has never looked back. He spent 5 years training and working at the world famous Green Glens arena Millstreet Co Cork where he rode such famous horses as Mill Ruby and Mill Saphire. After his time at Millstreet Seamus travelled to Abu Dhabi where he trained the young showjumpers at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
One of the most hardworking and well liked showjumpers Seamus has been instrumental in the early careers of such horses as Carmena Z , Mill Ruby and Danny Boy.His attention to detail is second to none and the horses in his care are as immaculate as the yard itself. Home to 53 horses,Kilconnell Stud has all the facilities required to produce top class showjumpers.
2012 was a very successful year for Seamus and his team of horses and victories included:
- Winner of the Connollys Red Mills Munster Grand Prix League. Seamus and his own Twister won no less than 5 of these Grand Prixs during the year.
- National Discovery Champion 2012: Seamus won this coveted title at the Millstreet International Horse Show aboard the talented chestnut mare Dagma.
- National 4 yr old Champion at the National Young Horse Championships Mullingar 2012.Once again Dagma proved her talent and swept to victory over the three days of competition.
- 5th National 5 yr Old Championships aboard the dutch bred gelding Camary NB.
2013: An exciting team of horses already for the season ahead include the 11 yr old Twister who once again will be aimed at the Redmills Grand Prix League. Captain Oaths and the 7 yr old stallion Barrichello W are exciting prospects and of the youngers horses Carmel Ryans mare Crowning Glory Z and Seamus own Dreamer look very talented.
Seamus also has a number of talented younger riders that he trains both at home and at shows including Liz O Donnell, David and Katie Raeburn.