In 2012, aged just 17, Michael Duffy from Co Galway became the youngest ever Senior Irish National Champion.
Michael moved to England in 2013 to train with Shane Breen based at Hickstead. In September of that year he opened his account at that famous showground, with a win in the All England Grand Prix.
After gaining valuable experience producing young horses, Michael decided to set up on his own, based at Inglis Stables in Cuckfield, West Sussex. He initially started the 2014 season with 2 horses, but after winning the Stoner Jewellers Vase at Hickstead and the Talbot Hotels Speed Derby in Dublin, where he was awarded the Paul Darragh memorial trophy, 8 new horses were added to his stables, within just a month.
He has competed at and won classes at many top shows, including CSI 4* Abu Dhabi and Dubai, CSI 5* LGCT Hamburg, CSI 4* Hickstead, Palm Beach Florida, Oliva Nova, Spain. He competed three times in the Internationals in Dublin, winning the Speed Derby and finishing third in the Leading Rider table. Michael is currently standing at 405 in the FEI World Showjumping rankings, with his highest rank being 320.
As an exciting young showjumper, Michael is grateful for the support of his owners, sponsors and of course his family. 2015 will hopefully bring him continued success, building on his proven experience and ability to cope with pressure.
In 2015 Michael plans to compete at the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Oliva Nova, Saut Hermès Paris, Lummen Spring Tour and the Nations Cup, to name but a few.