SINCE retiring from race-riding I have built a new life out here in Dubai where I continue to work with horses. While I initially came out to break yearlings, I am now also training to become a farrier.

It is all a far cry from growing up in Tipperary town, where I never saw a horse, except for the occasional trip to the races. My father had an interest and would bring me along to our local meeting at Limerick Junction. I loved going with him and have no doubt my interest sparked from there.