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 a number of 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. 2017 saw her on Rock Cooly and Lissygan Cooley. 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!
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.
Amy hails from Kerry but works at Cooley Farm at the weekend. During the week she attends college in Athlone where she is completing the Higher Certificate in Business and Equine. Always with a friendly smile we look forward to having her round at the weekends and hope one day she will finish college and come and join us full time.
Aisling has worked for Cooley Farm on a part time basis at since 2016 and is an invaluable member of the team not only on the yard but at competitions. She has an incredible amount of equine experience.
After finishing her degree she worked for Sam Watson before becoming head girl at Lucy Jacksons.
This Christmas saw her get engaged to John and they are embarking on building a house in Wexford – we are only sad that it is not Wicklow!