2018 Riders

Rachel Carberry

A regular race goer originally from Kilcullen Co. Kildare and living in Tara Co. Meath. Rachel had her first experience with racehorses working a summer with Michael O’Brien and then went on to trainer James Burns on the Curragh breaking young horses and riding work. Currently working with her husband Paul Carberry pre-training and producing showjumpers and hunters at home in Oberstown. ”As a wife of a jockey I have the experience of the role of Irish Injured Jockeys, not just for my own husband but for many of our friends who have experienced the highs and lows associated with being a Jockey. The support the charity provides really makes a difference to a jockey and their family’s when they have fallen on hard times and that is why I am delighted to be part if this challenge. My Husband Paul was one of Irelands top National hunt Jockeys and had to retire due to Injury which is why I am doing this” Rachel has three children two girls and one boy, the girls are super excited to see their mammy race and are already cheering her on! Paul is her personal Jockey coach and has been putting her to the test already! Donate to Rachel Carberry here


Killian McCarthy

This is my third year competing in the event and I am looking forward to another successful and competitive series competing at all three of Ireland’s premier tracks, I was very lucky to ride the winner of the second leg at Gowran Park last year for Gordon Elliott, this brought great excitement and a sense of achievement after training for the series all year, hence I would love to ride another winner this year. My sponsor and employer Soft Co have been hugely supported over the last few years. The Irish Injured Jockeys need serious support annually and I’m delighted to be part of a group that will contribute the much needed funds for this great cause. “Donate to Killian McCarthy here


Orla McKenna

I am delighted to have been selected to participate in this year’s series, I work for Tattersalls Ireland as Bloodstock Administrator. Having grown up in racing all my life I am well aware of the highs and lows involved with the sport, my brother Mark Dwyer was a successful NH Jockey winning two Gold Cups before his retirement. I have held a licence in the past riding in pony races around the country and also won the Dingle derby, I also rode on the track for the late Dessie Hughes. To get the opportunity to ride at 3 of Ireland’s premier Racecourses is very exciting and I am so far having a great time getting fit and riding out again! The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund provides fantastic support to all injured riders and I hope to reach my target of 10,000 throughout the summer months. I am currently riding out with Gavin Cromwell and a big thanks to Gavin and all of the team in the yard for making me feel very welcome. I hope to update my progress on a regular basis and looking forward to our first race in The Curragh on 22nd July. Donate to Orla McKenna here


Frank Byrnes

Frank Byrnes is an Oranmore based businessman and Managing director of Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs Ltd. ‘’I set myself a new Challenge every year and this is a life time ambition for me to get the chance to race on three of Irelands finest racecourses and at the same time raising money and creating awareness for a wonderful charity. I have hunted and show jumped in my youth and I am a regular racegoer at my local racetrack Ballybrit. My Annual goal is to raise €10,000 per year for a chosen charity and I’ve done this since 2009. Motorsport is a huge passion of mine and I have been racing and rallying for over 25 years, I have been crowned National Hill climb/sprint champion three times and also Northern Ireland Hillclimb champion. In more recent years I took up running and now have 29 marathons ran most being ultramarathons up to 100km long. I am going to release this opportunity and have been described as driven, determined and a focused ginger!  Donate to Frank Byrnes here


Rachel O’Callaghan

Rachel is a Qualified Physiotherapist working in rehabilitation predominantly with patients who have suffered a stroke, neurological illness, amputees and head injuries.’’ Both my family and husband’s family have been heavily involved in racing for years. I currently ride the breeze up horses every morning at home at Tally Ho Stud in Mullingar and hunt regularly with the Westmeath Foxhounds. I have completed up to 2 star level eventing and rode at the 2007 Junior European Eventing Championships in Switzerland, and am looking forward to compete in eventing this summer. In 2009 I spent nine months riding out for David Hayes at Flemington racecourse Australia. Over the years I have become aware of the Irish Injured Jockeys with my involvement in racing, and it would be a huge honour to contribute to us, as well as challenging myself.’ Donate to Rachel O’Callaghan here


Paddy Woods

I started off my working life in RACE as an apprentice jockey and then followed on with the Stud Management Course in the Irish National Stud. My career path changed in my mid-twenties and I have been involved in mobile software and technology for the last 25 plus years. About 5 years ago I started back riding out for Mick Halford as a pastime and got my Amateur Jockey License and since then have ridden in numerous charity and amateur races. I don’t think there is anyone involved in racing who doesn’t know the great work that the IIJ undertakes. The way the industry gets involved with events such as the Corinthian Challenge demonstrates the goodwill from all sectors of the sport and I would like to do my small part to contribute to the IIJ. Donate to Paddy Woods here


Theresa Maguire

‘’I have been working for Noel Meade for the last 6 years, and I am originally from the village of Kilmessan in Co Meath. I am delighted to be partaking in this series for IIJ a cause extremely close to my heart and of which my family were unfortunate to have had first-hand experience. Horses have always played a huge part in my life. I, along with my elder brother Jason, hunted and pony raced from an early age – Jason going on to ride over 1,000 winners under rules in the UK and Ireland, and of course culminating in his win of the Grand National in 2011 On Ballabriggs. His career was to be brought to a premature end with a life threatening fall at Stratford. Jason’s injuries were soon found to be life threatening, but he pulled through now has a successful career working alongside owners Paul & Clare Rooney. None of this would have been possible, but for the tireless and selfless work of all of those at the Injured Jockeys Fund providing the vital rehabilitation for Jason to get back on his feet. To show mine and my family’s appreciation I am therefore delighted to be riding in the Corinthian Challenge. Having race ridden once before, finishing 3rd, in the TG4 TV Series Eile in 2013 – and i am sure my family will be hoping I go two places better this time! Donate to Theresa Maquire here


Sheikh Fahad Al Thani

A member of the Qatari Royal Family, Sheikh Fahad is a major owner, breeder and investor in racing. His entrance into the sport was in 2010 and his second year of ownership culminated with victory in the Melbourne Cup with Dunaden. In 2011, Sheikh Fahad brought his brothers into racing when the family company, QIPCO, took on sponsorship of the inaugural British Champions Series. QIPCO’s sponsorship portfolio includes the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Sheikh Fahad is also Chairman of the QIPCO subsidiary, Qatar Racing. In 2014 Sheikh Fahad led an eight strong Qatar Racing team to complete the London Marathon, raising £200,000 for charity and in 2015 he competed in the Mongol Derby. Now aged 28, Sheikh Fahad rode in his first race in 2015 and has since ridden in charity races in Ireland and the UK, riding three winners. 


Denise Callanan 

Denise Callanan from Monasterevin, Co.Kildare grew up on her family’s Stud Farm, so racehorses have always been a part of her life. A graduate in BSc (Hons) in Equine Management at CAFRE Enniskilen College and now studying Acupuncture in Dublin. She consigns foals for owners also pinhooks yearlings and is a regular face at all the sales and breeze ups around Ireland and the UK. ‘’Two years ago I started riding out in Jarlath Faheys so I could take on a challenge like this and now I’ve got the chance and I am really excited. It’s for a great cause and I am delighted to help the Irish Injured Jockeys fund. We have bred a lot of homebred horses and have a few in training for the year, so it would be extra special if I could be placed or win a race on one of our own’’ Donate to Denise Callanan here


Graham Atkinson

A Cork native who has 20 years’ experience in the racing industry, Graham has ridden in point to points and bumpers for Robert Tyner and John Murphy. Also a reliable volunteer for the Injured Jockeys for some time. ‘’I cannot wait to test myself for this challenge, and to get the chance to ride on the track three times is very exciting, I have participated in Charity races before finishing 2nd at Fairyhouse three years ago and 7th in Punchestown two years ago so this really made me want to participate this year. I part owns two horses at the moment with my brother and he is one of the oldest jockeys in the country still riding in point to points at 55 years of age, I am also a cousin of flat Jockey Wayne Lordan, both who will be cheering me on. Donate to Graham Atkinson here


Marina Hamilton

Marina Hamilton although best known as an equestrian artist Marina has also broadened her range to include other animals, graduated from the University of Ulster Belfast with a degree in ceramics in 1996 and now works from her studio / Gallery in St Johnston, Donegal. For 10 years her Blue horse sculptures were presented to top trainers, jockeys, and owners at the HRI Awards. She has exhibited at all the big racing festivals and equestrian events and has a large group of collectors built up over 21 years as an equine artist. ‘’ I raced for 11 years on the pony racing circuit in Ireland and Scotland, and won 150 races including the Dingle Derby, I also was crowned Champion jockey several times. In 2015 rode in the Fairyhouse Charity Race and finished third, I also pretrained a number of horses for the track. I am delighted to be able to create awareness for the Charity and spent some time with John Joe Bright and JT Mcnamara and was hugely impressed by their courage. ‘’ Donate to Marina Hamilton here


David Christie

‘’Working within the racing industry allows me to see the importance of the IIJ and what it means to the men and women who put their lives on the line on a daily basis. I am from Derrylin Co Fermanagh and I am assistant trainer to my dad David Snr, we train around 20 horses from 2yr – 10yr old flat, NH, and pointers. I have worked with Nick Alexander in Scotland and have been lucky enough to be groom in charge of many horses and has travelled to all big festivals’’ David holds some unusual credentials, holds a 2:1 in Product Design attained at Edinburgh Napier University and is also a qualified kilt tailor from his time in Scotland. When he was 15 was part of the team that represented Ulster in Indoor Athletic Championships in NEC Birmingham. ‘’The Corinthian Challenge itself is a fantastic opportunity for me to ride in a three race series at three of Irelands top tracks. These tracks are the Curragh, Navan and Leopardstown against my fellow fundraisers’’ Donate to David Christie here


Harry Shearman

‘’I am really looking forward to getting back in the saddle and all for a great cause, I have 16 years experience in the racing Industry and have has ridden out for several trainers including Henry De Bromhead and Willie McCreery, I currently work in The Irish National Stud and also ride out breakers for my dad John Shearman. I have been brought up with racehorses and was lucky enough to have several rides in bumpers when 18 years old.’’ Donate to Harry Shearman here


David Brogan

David has worked in racing all his life and returned to Education in 2012 and secured both an undergarduate and master’s degree in the field of business. During his studies held a qualified riders licence in 2007 and rode around 200 races mostly point to points, he successfully rode three point to points but never managed a winner on the track. ‘’I have had my fair share of injuries and can vouch for the tough times, I have always followed the work of IIJ from the start and from taking part in fundraising events such as Jog For Jockeys, winning team for Dermot welds !! ”My personal experience and awareness of the difficult times faced by most jockeys motivates me to promote the work of IIJ further, while also raising additional funds. This also extends to the people who work in racing at various levels and I would like to make sure that everyone gets the due recognition for the parts they play in the sport. Also an avid runner completed first marathon in 2017 and aim for high this year, when he was riding broke his femur and has a metal rod in it.. which hasn’t slowed him down! Donate to David Brogan here


Ian Kearney

‘‘ I am a probation officer from Navan and have always been fascinated by the thrills and spills of horse racing. As a child I had a keen interest in horses and it was my childhood dream to be a Jockey. I spent many weekends in my youth travelling the country attending point to point meetings with my uncles. I’m a regular race goer and attend race meetings as often as possible. I ride out regularly in Pat Martin’s and love hunting. In 2013 I rode in the Punchestown Charity race and helped raise funds for kidney research.I’m an avid sportsman, however, horse racing & GAA are nearest to my heart.The Corinthian Challenge will enable me, not only to ride in one race but three races at three of Ireland’s best racecourses. Navan, my local course being one of them. I spent many mornings/evenings jogging around it during pre-season training when I played GAA. The Irish Injured Jockeys is a fantastic charity and I am delighted & honoured to support them by raising money as part of my journey.’’ Donate to Ian Kearney here


Jason Mallon

Chief Executive Officer for Cold Move Jason has over 20 years’ experience at senior management level within the 3rd party temperature controlled logistics industry, this company previously sponsored races at the Curragh on Guineas Weekend, ‘’I have been preparing for this series for the past year and have really set my mind to the challenge, both physically and mentally, my background is with ponies and on the hunting field. I have been riding out early mornings in preparation for the races with my local trainer Tracey Collins on the Curragh and getting lessons and advice from Jockey Coach Warren O’Connor.’’ Donate to Jason Mallon here


Louise Lynn

Interior designer Louise originally from Roscommon and living in Dublin studied property economics in Scotland, but switched to a course in furniture design. She loved it so much she went on to study interior and furniture design at DIT for four years, and also has studied production design for film and television has now established herself as a leading Interior designer. ‘’I am really excited to be participating in this year’s series. For as long as I can remember I have loved horses and I have hunted, showed, competed in amateur eventing and side saddle. I have been riding out in Denis Cullen’s yard the past two years and participated in this year’s Charity race at the Punchestown festival. Over the years I have become aware of the Irish Injured Jockeys with my involvement in racing, and it would be a huge honour to contribute to us, as well as challenging myself. Donate to Louise Lynn here