Joseph Murphy

Joseph MurphyJoseph Murphy is one of Ireland’s leading event riders. He is renowned for his laid back personality and his stylish cross country riding!

Born in the middle of Ireland in the town of Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Joseph and his identical twin brother Ciaran were given boots as one of their first presents, football boots!!!

The Murphy clan hail from GAA football background and all of his 5 brothers played for county teams as did the twins. It was not until their late teens that the two boys swapped their football boots to riding boots, mucking out stables in return for lessons with neighbour and Master of the Westmeath Fox Hounds, Clarissa Croll.

The boys worked hard on the family farm and other jobs to earn some money. Against their parents wishes, they turned their attentions to horses. At the age of 17, when they had enough saved up in the local Credit Union they took out a loan to buy their first horse, an Irish Sport Horse called Hayes. The boys were infamous in their local hunt as they would always be on the look out for a catch ride. One of the boys would hunt in the morning while the other followed on foot when they would meet up later to swap.

Fortunate to meet Dot Love, a Danish event rider who lived locally, the boys had their first taste of eventing. Based at her home at Charlestown Stud for the next 12 years the boys gained experienced in hunting, eventing and racing. Joseph's first love is hunting but has held his jockey license, winning at point to points. Joseph is also a qualified quantity surveyor!

Electric CruiseOlympicsNow based in Co Down in Northern Ireland with his wife Jill, and their four terriers, they run a professional event yard on the shorelines of the picturesque Strangford Lough. Joseph has a nice string of horses, from pre novice to advanced level.

Joseph spreads his time based in the UK and Ireland to avail of both countries’ events. Joseph is also a Horse Sport Ireland level 2 coaches and in between riding he spends a lot of time teaching horses and riders of all levels.