Phone: (443) 834-2109
Location: Butler, MD
I’ve spent nearly three decades of my life on the back of a horse as a jump jockey, so my focus is on the horse and what it can tell me. Along with my staff, I school every single horse in the barn on a regular basis. There are things about a horse that you can only tell being on their back and that’s what I think I bring to training that is unique. I run a happy barn. The people who work here love what they do and the horses know it. Racing has been such a rewarding experience for me that I like to pass that on by training jockeys, as well as horses. It’s a thrill to help an owner/rider to their first, race, their first placing and their first big win. I also enjoy sharing the experience of race horse ownership with people new to the sport. I specialize in small syndicates and smaller owners. Every day in my barn is a positive experience.
My Experience and Background
Growing up in Ireland, it’s hard not to be involved with horses. I’ve been riding race horses my entire life. My first summer job was working for leading flat trainer Jim Bolger. At 18 I moved to England and worked for top steeplechase trainer Lenny Lungo, where I rode many winners for him over a ten year period. In 2005 I moved to the United States to ride for leading steeplechase trainer Jack Fisher, where I found my horse of a lifetime, Good Night Shirt, who in 2017 was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Trained by Fisher throughout his jumps career and ridden by me for the vast majority of it, Good Night Shirt was the Eclipse Award champion steeplechase horse in 2007 and 2008. He won eight Grade 1 races and was undefeated in 2008, when he broke his 2007 record for single-season earnings with $485,520 in purse winnings. Among our Grade 1 victories were the Iroquois Steeplechase, Lonesome Glory Handicap, and Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup, all of which we won twice, and the 2008 editions of the Grand National and the Atlanta Cup. Shirt was retired midway through the 2009 season and currently ranks second on the all-time earnings list with $1,006,493 in purses.
In 2014 I retired as a jockey and set up my training operation out of Wit’s End Stable in Butler, Maryland. I like to keep about 15 horses in training, mostly timber, but several flat and hurdle horses, as well. I have enjoyed many satisfying wins in that time and have brought several new owners and jockeys to the sport.