Testimonials

“In the world of horse buying, you will not find a more knowledgeable, straight-shooting, or consummate professional than Richard Sheane. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to find a top horse in Ireland.”

Will Coleman, USA Olympic Rider

“It was a wonderful experience dealing with Richard Sheane.  He was straight forward, honest, and showed us a bunch of quality horses for competitive prices. The one we bought ended up being exactly what we wanted.”

Boyd Martin, USA  Four Star International Rider

“Cooley farm and the Sheanes make buying and importing a horse from Ireland a great experience, with a wide range of top class horses we went home with a few!

Ryan Wood USA

“I just want to tell you how much I love Cooley Cross Border. You did such a great job starting him and longing him over sj xc etc. I am going to be careful and finish producing him the way you started him. I have walked him over all the stuff in my ring and baby xc. He is always happy and willing to go. Thank you for that. I would buy many horses from you if I have the means”.

Kim Severson, USA Olympic Event Rider

“I have known Richard for many years now and bought a number of horses from him. They have all been quality horses which have progressed up the eventing ladder with ease. Richard has a fantastic eye for a horse and is straight forward to deal with. He is my first port of call when looking for a top class event horse. I have never been disappointed.”

Selina Milnes, UK International Four Star Rider

“I have used Richard for over 5 years now and have purchased over 26 horses from him, all who have been exactly what he said they were when I got them home. The quality of horses he finds is better than any other agent that I have ever come across. Every time I see horses elsewhere I realize why I use Richard as he is very straight to deal with and has without question the best youngsters I have ever seen.”

Fiona Breach, UK

There is very little to beat spending a day at Richards looking at horses. His knowledge and his passion is extraordinary and dealing with him has always been very straight forward. He is honest , generous, and very good company

Jennifer Saunders, Actress

“Richard has a fantastic eye for a top quality horse.   I have never seen a bad horse on my visits to Richards and with the fantastic facilities at Ballinacoola it is a great place to really test the horses before you make your decision. I will definitely be going back when I am next on the lookout for a superstar!”

Laura Collett, International Four Star Event Rider

“I have now bought 3 young horses from Richard and the whole process I have experienced at the Cooley Stud has been exceptional. There are always a variety of quality horses to see, all varying ages and experience. Cooley Adventurer was bought as an unbroken 3 year old and was left in Ireland for Richard and his team to break in. When he arrived home he was a pleasure to ride and ready to go. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard, Georgina and the Cooley Team.”

Katherine Hague, Scotland

“It is very hard to find someone with a great eye for a quality horse who is also very honest and easy to do business with.
Richard Sheane incorporates both qualities which is why he is the first person I call if I am looking for a talented young horse for my clients or myself.”

Liz Halliday-Sharp, High Performance Training Listed Rider, USA

“Richard does an excellent job at selecting high quality horses from all around Ireland as well as producing confident young event horses of his own. He showed me several top class proven bred horses that fit what I was looking for with my own individual goals and location in mind. I feel incredibly lucky to have three top quality and super talented horses Gorsehill Belle out of Touchdown, Thomascourt Cooley out of Cruising, and Ice Cool Cooley out of Beach Ball who is out of O.B.S Quality, all sourced through Richard. Thank you Richard and Georgina, I cannot wait for what the future holds with these talented horses.”

Sophie Hulme, USA Young rider based in California

“I have worked with Richard for the past 2 years and the service he provides for my clients is excellent He has found horses for several International Event riders who I have sent over and they have all been impressed with the quality of horses he has shown them. Richard is exceptionally keen that the horses he shows are right for my clients as our reputation is paramount Nothing is ever a problem to organize and he’s great fun too”.

Tim Price and Jonelle Richards, International New Zealand Event Riders

“Richard has a brilliant eye for a sport horse. He spends a lot of time on the road looking for top quality horses, and understands the great importance in matching the correct horse with the rider”

William Fox-Pitt, UK Olympic Rider

“Some of the most talented horses on my yard were purchased from Cooley Farm”

Oliver Townend, UK International Event Rider

“Cooley Farm is a great place to find top class horses. They are true horse people that understand the needs of both the client and the horse.”

Piggy French and Tom March

“Buying a horse through Richard Sheane makes it a remarkably hassle free experience, no traveling for miles to look at horses that are not what has been advertised, just one phone call to describe what kind of horse is required, the rest is organized for you. Pick up from the airport, bed for the night if needed and driven round to see horses that Richard has seen develop so knows their entire history. There is no obligation to purchase one, but if a purchase takes place a vetting and delivery to where ever is arranged.”

Diana Morrish