My dad was really interested in racing and I can remember him taking us to the big festivals at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown so when I was old enough I joined the local riding school and I have been involved in racing and hunting ever since then.

Towards the end of secondary school, I rang Jim Dreaper and asked if I could ride out for him. He is only based 10 minutes away from us at home and my dad knew a number of local farmers that had land rented from the Dreaper family. Thankfully, Jim agreed to give me a chance and I spent two years working at the yards, mostly during weekends and school holidays.