The Cooley Yard is based in Ballinacoola. The facilities include an excellent cross country course which was developed in the 90’s and up till recently saw the running of Ballinacoola CIC* and CIC** Horse Trials
Ballinacoola is bordered by hundreds of acres of forestry in a picturesque valley of Glenealy. The miles of forestry tracks are highly suitable for training horses as they cover many natural obstacles such as rivers, ditches and banks over which the horses are regularly schooled. The farm also has a “playground style” cross country course with over 100 fences. Ideally located in the heart of Wicklow, the horses have easy and regular access to training shows at top class locations such as Boswell and Barnadown.
Katie joined the Cooley Team as stable and competition jockey in 2013 shortly after returning from a season working and competing in Florida. Having run her own very successful competition yard for over 7 years she has a huge range of competition experience ranging from young horse classes up to four star level. Katie’s talent as a rider is matched with being a skilled horsewoman, which comes in handy as we have all ages, types and sizes here at Cooley. A hard worker and determined individual Katie is a valuable team member.
She competes the horses throughout the year and 2016 where she picked up many winning ribbons and at the end of the season she s claimed the National CNC title with Templepatrick Cooley. She also competed Cooley Blue Flame successfully at PAU**** 2016.
Beth joined us nearly 2 years ago. She had previously been running her own yard in the UK. She has many roles at Cooley Farm. She competes Cooley Horses, and 2016 saw her campaign TKS Cooley to CIC* and Cooley Monsoon who she won a National Title on at the end of the season. In addition, she runs the yard and manages the day to day care of all the horse. She also brings all the horses to the relevant vetting’s. A well worked lady!
Niamh joined Cooley Farm after leaving school, and is the back engine of daily life at Cooley Farm. When the horses are on the road Niamh manages the yard at home.
Sarah joined the yard after re locating to Dublin from the UK. Originally she lived in Dublin and commuted daily to the farm, but has recently purchased a house close to Glenealy. Having previously worked for Rodney Powell she is familiar with how a busy yard runs. She has a keen eye for presentation and is responsible for the immaculate turnout of the Cooley horses and the Cooley team.
Brendan joined us 18 months ago. He is Site Manager and makes sure all the horses are well bedded and well fenced. A trained mechanic he is invaluable member of the team.
Scarlett joined us this Autumn as Office Manager. With incredible organizational skills she keeps the whole system organized