It was through his experience as a jockey and time spent learning with the great trainers throughout the world that he believed in his own ability to take up the reins and start training horses under his own name.
Johnny has an innate feel for racing and his knowledge gained from the leading lights in this sport belies his youthful years. We have already seen a glimpse of what Johnny can bring to the training ranks and have the utmost confidence that he will scale similar heights as a trainer as he did when he was riding.
We have a capacity for 60 horses, with 60 loose boxes, walker outdoor and indoor rings, and would be thrilled to share our dream of reaching the top of the training ladder together with your help.
Our yard has already produced an Irish St. Leger winner in Royal Diamond back in 2012, who subsequently landed the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day at Ascot in 2013 when he was trained and ridden by Johnny on the day.
We run our yard to a very high standard, using only the best Feed Hay and Shavings, all tested on a regular basis, as Johnny believes Health is a huge flag bearer for Winners.
We have twelve full time staff, all working together towards our common goal. Top class riders and experienced ground staff. Our Head Girl is Valerie Keatley who keeps a watchful eye over the yard on a daily basis. Oleg, our travelling Head Lad, is our rock for getting horses to the races safely and on time, every time.
This year we welcomed two graduates from RACE 2016 Class, in the guise of Jamie Tierney and Nicole Smith, to add to our team of work riders with Ritchie O’Regan. Our stalwarts on the ground are Mate and Gergely who never let us down, no matter the ask.
While we have no retained jockey, and strive to use the best available, we are lucky to have the service of jockeys Niall McCullagh and Connor King on the all important work mornings. This summer, we have added to our roster of apprentices Denis Linehan (previously champion pony rider with over 160 winners under his belt) along with Ross Coakley, and Caroline Murtagh. Johnny still rides out on a regular basis. Our Farrier is Michael O’Riordan who comes into the yard every morning.
Anglesey Lodge Equine is our Veterinary Surgeons located only 3kms away from the yard. Johnny’s wife Orla runs the office, with the help of Breda McHale, a welcome hand since 2015. Orla also cooks a great breakfast for owners who come to see their horses exercise, so it is a very family orientated yard.
Johnny’s motto is ‘RELAXED AND HAPPY’ for Horse and Staff.
We have horses for sale all year round. We appreciate any expressions of interest.