It will be the fourth consecutive visit to Badminton for Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy (39).
In 2013 & ’14 he was Ireland’s leading rider and has been a member of the Irish team for the last five major championships, including last year’s WEG and the fifth placed Irish team at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he was 14th individually (Electric Cruise). A qualified surveyor, he is based in County Down where with his wife he runs his own competition and training yard, based on the shoreline of Strangford Lough.
Joseph was born in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and is one of six boys – he has an identical twin brother. They all played football and all of his five brothers played for county teams. In their mid-teens the twins swapped football boots for riding boots and took lessons from the local MFH Clarissa Croll. Much against their parents’ wishes, they saved up to buy a horse and began hunting, one on the horse and one on foot then swapping over later in the day.
The twins then met Danish rider Dot Love who lived locally and introduced them to eventing. They were based with her for 12-years gaining experience in hunting and racing – Joseph held a jockey license and raced in point to points.
He rode his first three-star nine-years ago with Skibereen Eagle. After a successful Badminton debut in 2011 Joseph was selected as a member of the Irish squad, and made his first international team appearance at the European Championships where he came 18th with Electric Cruise.
Joseph is an HS1 level 2 Coach and is currently on the Irish High Performance squad. He sits on the Riders Panel for the northern region of Northern Ireland and advises event organisers, designers and stewards with cross country courses leading up to an event.
Joseph is married to Jill (nee Andrews) and outside of eventing enjoys golf, restoration and project management.
Sportsfield Othello is a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the leading sire Ricardo Z (sire of Fenyas Elegance and The Lion) out of a mare by the thoroughbred Ring of Ford. He was bred by racehorse breeder John Kelly from Tipperary who decided to try his hand at sport horse breeding and put one of his thoroughbred mares to Ricardo Z. He was acquired as a five-year-old through Paul Donovan of Sportsfield Horses Tipperary. In 2013 Jospeh and Othello were second in the Hickstead Eventers Grand Prix Derby with the fastest time of the day.
DHI Topstory is a 12-year-old AES registered gelding. He is by the showjumper and throughbred Last News (also the sire of Tina Cooks team horse De Novo News – deceased) a grand son of Good Twist who was the sire of the Olympic jumper Gem Twist). Topstory is out of a thoroughbred mare by Scottish Reel.
17.00hh, chestnut, gelding
Sire Last News
Dam Woodfield Rose ()
Breeder Jane Russell
Suzanne Finlay, Co. Down, N. Ireland
15.3hh, bay, gelding
Sire Ricardo Z
Dam Moyview lady (Ginger Dick)
Alison Schmutz, Carlisle, Cumbria
Andrew Tinkler, c/o Co. Down, N. Ireland
Jill Andrews, Kildare, Ireland.