Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Joseph Murphy

  • 12 - DHI Topstory
  • 103 - Sportsfield Othello


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.




DHI Topstory

AES, N. Ireland, 2004
17.00hh, chestnut, gelding

Sire Last News

Dam Woodfield Rose ()

Breeder Jane Russell

Owner(s): Suzanne Finlay, Co. Down, N. Ireland
& Rider

Sportsfield Othello

ISH, Ireland, 2001
15.3hh, bay, gelding

Sire Ricardo Z

Dam Moyview lady (Ginger Dick)

Owner(s): Alison Schmutz, Carlisle, Cumbria
Andrew Tinkler, c/o Co. Down, N. Ireland
Jill Andrews, Kildare, Ireland.

Notable Results

2016 – Fontainebleau CICO3* EL DHI Topstory

2015 – Pau CIC4* 13th DHI Topstory

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-3* EL Sportsfield Othello

2015 – Ballindenisk (2)  CIC3* 7th DHI Topstory

2015 – Ballindenisk (1) CCI3* 5th DHI Topstory

2015 – Burgham CIC3* 5th DHI Topstory 7th Sportsfield Othello

2014 – Pau CCI4* 5th Sportsfield Othello, El Electric Cruise

2014 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 1st Sportsfield Othello

2014 – Caen WEG 45th Electric Cruise

2014 – Gatcombe CIC3* 19th Sportsfield Othello

2014 – Aachen CICO3* 28th Electric Cruise

2014 – Hopetoun CIC3* 2nd Electric Cruise

2014 – Tattersalls CIC3* 6th Electric Cruise

2013 – Pau CCI4* 8th Electric Cruise, 41st DHI Top Story

2013 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 1st Sportsfield Othello

2013 – Malmo CH-EU-C38 El Electric Cruise

2013 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 18th Sportsfield Othello, 26th DHI Topstory

2012 – London OG 14th Electric Cruise

2012 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 46th Electric Cruise

2012 – Saumur CCI3* 30th Electric Cruise

2011 – Pau CCI4* 27th Sportsfield Othello

2011 – Luhmuhlen CH-EU-C3* 18th Electric Cruise



2015 – 25th Sportsfield Othello, EL Electric Cruise

2014 – 30th Sportsfield Othello

2013 – 52nd Electric Cruise

2011 – 27th Electric Cruise (first time)