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About Us 2018-10-30T09:14:14+00:00

CLAIRE CONNAGHAN

A BRIEF HISTORY

Claire Connaghan grew up in Co Donegal, Ireland. She always loved horses and was lucky enough to have a mother who shared that love. The first pony she had was a bay gelding called Rocket, but he wasn’t best suited to young children, so they exchanged him for an older mare called Signet.

Claire’s great-uncle Charlie came to live with them when she was quite young and she spent most weekends and holidays up at “Charlie’s Farm” (minding the cows and horses). Throughout the years they acquired more horses and Claire spent all of her spare time learning from the horses on the farm.

After school Claire went to Kildare to train as a riding school instructor but developed an interested in racehorses and, instead, trained as an assistance racehorse trainer. She worked in the racehorse industry for 10 years before moving to Australia where she worked at the Vinery Stud, prepping yearling for the sales industry and bringing them to the sales.

After several years in Australia, including mustering cattle at a cattle station, she returned home to Ireland and opened a pony trekking and riding school centre – Charlie’s Pony Trekking.

RACING INDUSTRY

WORK EXPERIENCE

Highlights in Claire’s Racehorse Industry career include:

Starting in the National Hunt for Arthur Moore where she worked and managed the horses. They won numerous races and Best Turned Out Horse.
Claire worked for Kevin Prendergast on the Curragh and managed several well-known racehorses including Beach Bunny, Almaas, Samba School and Mark of an Angel.

Claire also rode as a jockey in several races including a charity race in the Punchestown Festival and the Galway Festival.

Claire still works in the thoroughbred industry and says, “they are one of my favourite breeds and are often times misunderstood because of their sensitivity.” Claire travels between Ireland, the UK and France working mostly at the Thoroughbred Sales.

“The foals are my favourite to work with, their little curious minds make them so much fun and it never ceases to amaze me just how fast they learn. In my opinion this is the most crucial learning time for horses and can often times make all the difference to a potential racehorse’s success,” says Claire.

MONTY ROBERTS CERTIFICATION

THE PATH TO A NEW CAREER

Claire began to specialize in Monty’s methods in 2014 and completed her instructor certificate in 2016. She travels between the USA teaching and working alongside Monty with horses and offers courses from home in Donegal and also offers home visits to your yard to work with you and your horse. Claire is also a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist.

She has assisted Monty Roberts on his tour of Ireland (2018) and worked as Head Instructor at Flag Is Up Farms – where she did countless demos, including at The Movement in 2018. She also taught classes, worked closely to bring along new interns, and worked with foals and yearlings in training.