Cooley Farm is based in a brand new purpose built facility which includes a well lit indoor arena, a grass arena, a new state of the art barn, lunge pen, 20 turnout paddocks and woodland hacking.
There is also an excellent ‘playground style’ cross country course with over 100 fences across the road in Ballinacoola.
The farm is bordered by hundreds of acres of Coilte forestry in the Carrig woodlands 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. Cooley Farm is ideally located in the heart of Wicklow with fantastic motorway access which allows our horses to have easy and regular access to training shows at top class facilities.
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 over 7 years, she brings a huge range of competition experience ranging from young horse classes up to CCI5* level.
Katie is very talented with the young horses while also being an out and out winner on the Eventing field. A hard worker and determined individual, Katie is a valuable member of our team.
Beth joined the Cooley Team as a rider in 2015. Having successfully run her own competition yard in the UK, Beth came to us with a world of knowledge and experience. Beth’s attention to detail means she rides and competes our Cooley Horses to a very high standard. She also spends a great deal of her time on the road with our horses attending all the relevant vettings. She is a truly valuable member of our team.
Joanna is head groom at Cooley Farm. She joined us in 2016. Her attention to detail is second to none.
She looks after all the horses at home and travels to all the events to manages not only the horses but the jockeys too!
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 where she lives with her husband John and her little girl Poppy. 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.
Every member of the team is vital at Cooley Farm, but perhaps Brendan is just a little bit more key! Jack of all trades, he is Site Manager. This title basically encompasses everything! From making sure all bedding and forage is correct, to checking fencing is correct to vehicles working. We would be lost without him.
Scarlett joined us in 2016 Autumn as Office Manager. With her incredible organisational skills, she keeps the whole system organised. There is so much more to Cooley Farm than simply selling horses and that back end organisation is key in making all the wheels turn.
Becky joined our team as a groom in 2019 after completing her studies in Equitation at Kildalton College. Becky is extremely diligent and looks after each individual horse with such patience and kindness. She is also incredibly hard working and when not in Cooley, she spends her time teaching in a local riding school.
Cian came to work with us during his school holidays in 2018 and thankfully never left. Having lots of previous experience breaking and schooling young horses, Cian is a huge asset to the team. He is a very talented rider and since joining us he has spent many pain staking hours in a dressage saddle and successfully turned his hand to Eventing.