Darragh Kenny

RED MILLS Ambassador Darragh Kenny

Hometown: Offaly, Ireland

Competes for: Ireland

Notable Achievements: Winner CSIO4* Vilamoura, Winner CSI5* LGCT Madrid and Winner CSI5* LGCT Antwerp. Third in Nations Cup CSIO5* La Baule, Winner of Aga Khan Trophy, Dublin Horse Show 2015, Winner of Wellington Grand Prix 2016.

Current String of Horses: Go Easy Du Muze, Bolero, Global Van’t Braunerthof, Picolo, Catuso, Wan Architect.

Biography: Darragh Kenny has been competing in the sport of showjumping since the age of ten. As the son of two trainers, he began his career in his homeland of Offaly, Ireland where he quickly rose in the ranks riding in his first grand prix at the young age of 14.

In 2007, at the age of 19, Darragh was invited to compete at the Dublin Horse Show he won a training bursary to work with a top American coach. Shortly after, he began working with Missy Clark and John Brennan’s North Run Farm where his time was spent between their two locations in Wellington, Florida and Warren, Vermont.

In 2009, he qualified in the FEI World Cup CSI4* in Syracuse, New York while riding Obelix. The following year, Darragh continued his steady, and impressive, climb up the Grand Prix ranks on Obelix competing in the FEI World Cup qualifier in Green Cove Springs, Florida and the FEI World Cup qualifier CSI4* in Bridgehampton, New York. Darragh also competed that year in the Grand Prix CSI2* in Lake Placid, New York riding Missy Clarke’s Cavalier Royale gelding Gael Force.

At Lake Placid, New York in 2012, Darragh became the fifth rider in history to sweep both grand prix classes during the circuit, and was awarded the Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence. In September 2012, Darragh made the decision to leave North Run Farm and form Oakland Ventures, LLC. Since its inception, Oakland Ventures has become an extremely successful competition barn.
Darragh represented Ireland at the World Equestrian Games in 2014 where he narrowly missed out on Olympic qualification. In 2014, he was placed well in many international competitions, such as CSI4* W North Salem and CSI5 * Los Angeles. He was also placed 12th individually at the World Equestrian Games in Normandie, France with the horse Imothep.

The highlight of Darragh’s career so far was winning the Aga Khan at the RDS Dublin Horse Show alongside Greg Broderick, Bertram Allen and Cian O´Connor. 

Photo by Sportfot: Darragh and Chanel at WEF

Speed Test - Question and Answers

First Riding Memory: When I was young and use to go to shows my parents they would always put me on my pony and leave me there all day when they were working with the other horses. They thought that was the safest place for me to be.

First Ponies Name: Patches

Career Highlight: Winning the Aga Khan - Nations Cup in Dublin in 2015

Greatest Riding Influence: Marcus Ehning and Mclain Ward

Favourite Way to Unwind: Have a beer and play pool with friends

Dream Dinner Guests: Roger Federer, Rory Mcllory and Hardin Towell

Childhood Hero: Eddie Macken, who I´m lucky enough to train with now

Latest News Posts about Darragh

More Success for RED MILLS Ambassadors

04 July 2016

It has been another incredible two months for the RED MILLS Ambassadors, whose horses continue to shine on the world stage - benefiting from the availability of RED MILLS top quality products wherever they are in the globe.

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Incredible Global Tour Weekend in Miami

11 April 2016

​The Longines Global Champions Tour 2016 season kicked off at a stunning beachside location in Miami, where Connolly’s RED MILLS Ambassadors were in outstanding form, winning the two biggest competitions on offer.

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Latest Blog Posts about Darragh

Nicola FitzGibbon - RDS Review

19 August 2014

Nicola FitzGibbon - RDS Review

What a super week at the 2014 Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show! This year I competed with just the one horse, an Irish gelding called Shantonagh, who was bred and is currently owned by Dermot Forde. He is a 7 year old gelding by the thoroughbred Power Blade out of the famous mare Diamond…

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