Olympic event rider Padraig is a native of Tipperary in the South of Ireland and has been involved in horses from a young age. Padraig learnt his trade under the guidance of Rolf Goran Bengtsson, Max Hauri, and Hans Horn. He then spent close to a decade showjumping and training horses of all levels at different stables around Europe and in the USA.
In 2003 Padraig made the decision to go to university to study Business. This culminated in a first class honours degree in Economics and Finance with German in 2008. At this point he was offered a scholarship to undertake a research project which turned into a PhD study of business insolvency laws in Ireland.
Having published book chapters and academic journals, Padraig turned down the opportunity to take on an academic career to focus on his main passion in life – horses. Since basing himself at Warren Farm full time in 2013, Padraig has turned his attention to Eventing, producing and selling horses.
Padraig’s first full season eventing was 2013 and since then he has risen through the ranks remarkably quickly. By the end of the 2015 season Padraig had ridden for Ireland on several eventing Nations Cup teams, including the team that placed 4th at Aachen and the team that won the FEI Eventing Nations Cup final at Boekelo (The only Irish team to have won an FEI nations cup since it’s inception). He was a member of the 2015 Irish European Championship team at Blair Castle and in 2016 he had his first wins at three star level, claiming victories at both Chatsworth and Tattersalls. As a result of his achievements Padraig was selected for the Rio Olympics on both of his top horses, Simon Porloe and Bernadette Utopia.
With a great eye for recognising talented young horses, Padraig has also built up a wide client base who value his knowledge and experience. Padraig and Lucy set up MGH Sport Horses in 2014 and have already sold some horses that are making a name for themselves on the Eventing scene: MGH Grafton Street (placed at 2 star level with Andrew Nicholson and Pippa Funnell); Cilnabradden Evo (multiple winner at two and three star level with Oliver Townend); Vendredi Biats (won and placed up to two star level with Kitty King, including Le Lion D’Angers); MGH Regents Street (CCI* and Intermediate placings with Millie Dumas); MGH Banky Moon (winner of 2015 BYEH qualifier at Gatcombe with Vicky Brake); MGH Bingo Boy (placed two star level with with Megan Cummings and three star with Nicky Hill); MGH Maybe a Misson and MGH Carver Doon (Tom Rowland); MGH Cruisardo Street (Nettie Higgins), Friendship VDL and Galopin B (Aaron Millar)
With a background firmly rooted in horses, it was perhaps inevitable that Lucy McCarthy (nee Wiegersma) would find a career in equestrianism. What was not inevitable however, was the level of success she would achieve as three-day event rider and more recently as a coach and trainer.
At the peak of her riding career Lucy regularly featured amongst the top 5 riders in the FEI World Rankings. To date she is still the only rider to have won all three national titles, crowning her Junior and Young Rider Championship victories by becoming Senior British National Champion in 2006. Lucy can count Blenheim, Blair and Bramham amongst her three-day wins, and she narrowly missed out adding the Badminton title to her tally in 2008, when she finished second.
Lucy is a veteran of five European Championship teams at under 21 level, where her successes included individual and team medals. She was selected for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but after her horse went lame, Lucy had to wait a further year to make her senior squad debut at the European Championships at Fontainebleau.
Since starting a young family in 2015 Lucy’s career has entered a new phase. The outstanding talent and professionalism she demonstrated as an Event rider and producer is now directed into training and coaching riders of all ages and levels. She has already master minded her husband Padraig’s meteoric rise through the Eventing ranks and is rapidly gaining a reputation as an effective and sympathetic trainer. Lucy also has an ever-growing cross-country course design clientele.
Lucy has an English degree from Exeter University and dabbles in the world of freelance journalism. She has a regular blog, “Tokyo or Bust: A Middle-Aged Woman’s Olympic Dream” where her dry humour and distinctive style have earned her a substantial following.
Catherine O’Connor – Head girl
Catherine joined the team (for the second time!) in April 2017, after spending a year with the family when they originally lived in Cornwall over 15 years before.
Daniela Page – Work rider
21 year-old Dani is the newest addition to the Warren Farm team. Originally from the Borders, Dani spent two years as a working pupil with Harry Meade before coming to us in December 2016.
Victoria Loyer – Working pupil
Vicky is the latest French national to arrive at Warren Farm. 19 year-old Vicky joined us with her horse Cobra in September and plans on spending one year with us before she takes up her place at Hartpury College in September 2017.
Emily Chapman – Working pupil / Au Pair
19 year-old Emily joined us in January 2016 from the Isle of Wight. Emily recent took over the ride on Simon Porloe when he retired from higher level competition. When she isn’t riding Emily helps to look after our toddler, Tomás.
Pippa Wiegersma – Landlady/cook/mummy/granny – everything really!
Lucy’s mum Pip is responsible for general well being at Warren Farm. She cooks amazing lunches for everyone and is on hand to help with any issues whether horse or human. She is also an adoring granny of Tomás and his cousin Evie.