I LIVE in Kyle, near Borris, Co Carlow and work as a dairy and beef farmer. We’d keep horses too on the farm of course, Carlow has a great tradition of horse breeding.

My father John bred horses for years, all traditional-breds. I was only six months farming, after a year in Kildalton Agricultural College, when my father passed away so it was down to my mother Ann to carry on breeding horses. My uncles Jim and Pierce Doyle and Christy Hayes would have been a great help too.