Richard and Georgina started their business in 2004 sourcing, producing and selling top quality Irish Sport Horses. Since then many of the world’s best riders and owners have become regular clients. Cooley horses now appear in the top competition ranks globally.
Cooley Farm runs its business in Glenealy, producing select young jumpers and eventers. Richard attends all the major jumper shows, events and sales throughout Ireland identifying talented young horses and following the progress of proven campaigners.
Throughout the last decade in the industry the business has developed unrivaled connections that allow Cooley Farm to source horses from every corner of Ireland, and ensures that the very best quality of Irish Sport Horses are purchased for resale.
The business believes passionately that the most influential stage in a horse’s training is at the beginning where confidence and braveness are nurtured. Each horse is given a huge amount of cross country schooling on the lung to ensure that it is confident and brave and assured of their job even before the rider becomes involved. Every horse leaves the Cooley Yard with this fundamental knowledge and training instilled in it. It’s because of this training programme that Cooley Farm stands by all of their horses.
Richard and Georgina were married in 2008. Along with their three children Arthur, Ellie and Hope whose contribution to the Cooley name is in the form of ponies! They have a very family-oriented business.
Both Richard and Georgina were born in Glenealy. Georgina’s family ran Ballyfree Farm foods and Richard’s family were large scale Sheep farmers. Horse breeding and training has always been an important part of the Sheane farm and Richard’s grandfather, Arthur, was legendary for his natural understanding of horses. It was here that Richard first started to develop his eye for a top class horse by learning from his Grandfather’s sixty years of invaluable experience. Arthur specialized in the breeding & training of top Registered Irish Draughts (R.I.D.) and Show jumpers, many of whom qualified for National Championships. He sold horses to the Whitakers and sold one of the first Irish Showjumpers to Saudi Arabia.
Arthur’s ability as a horse man won him many top rewards including the Utility class at the Dublin Horse Show for 4 years running – this competition includes carriage driving, show jumping and equitation. He also won the much acclaimed R.I.D. championship in the Royal Dublin Horseshow and appeared with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Balmoral International Horse Show.