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 his years in the industry Richard has developed unrivalled connections that allow him to source horses from every corner of Ireland and ensures that he has the very best quality of Irish Sport Horses in the yard.
Richard believes passionately that the most influential stage in a horse’s training is at the beginning where confidence and braveness are nurtured. Richard does a huge amount of cross country schooling on the lunge to ensure that every horse 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 Richard stands by all of his 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.
Richard was born into a County Wicklow farming family whose roots in the area can be traced back over 150 years. 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 specialised in the breeding & training of top Registered Irish Draughts (R.I.D.) and Showjumpers, 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.