Wednesday 4th May
Sunday 8th May, 2022

Joseph Murphy

  • 12 - DHI Topstory
  • 103 - Sportsfield Othello


It will be the seventh consecutive visit to Badminton for Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy (42) who for the last two years has completed in 13th place with Sportsfield Othello – his entry this year also. The pair has five completions together.

In 2017 the pair represented Ireland as members of the team to contest the European Championship in Strzegom. For five-years he has been Ireland’s leading rider and has been a member of the Irish team for six major championships. He was a member of the fifth placed Irish team at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he was 14th individually (Electric Cruise). A qualified surveyor, he is based in County Down where with his wife he runs his own competition and training yard, based on the shoreline of Strangford Lough.

Joseph was born in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and is one of six boys – he has an identical twin brother. They all played football and all of his five brothers played for county teams. In their mid-teens the twins swapped football boots for riding boots and took lessons from the local MFH Clarissa Croll. Much against their parents’ wishes, they saved up to buy a horse and began hunting, one on the horse and one on foot then swapping over later in the day.

The twins then met Danish rider Dot Love who lived locally and introduced them to eventing. They were based with her for 12-years gaining experience in hunting and racing – Joseph held a jockey licence and raced in point to points.

He rode his first three-star nine-years ago with Skibereen Eagle. After a successful Badminton debut in 2011 Joseph was selected as a member of the Irish squad, and made his first international team appearance at the European Championships where he came 18th with Electric Cruise. He was a member of the Irish team at the 2012 Olympic Games, the 2014 WEG and the 2013, 2015 and 2017 European Championships.

Joseph is an HS1 level 2 Coach and is currently on the Irish High Performance squad. He sits on the Riders Panel for the northern region of Northern Ireland and advises event organisers, designers and stewards with cross country courses leading up to an event.

He trains with team Ireland. Joseph is married to Jill (nee Andrews) and the couple has an 2 ½ year-old daughter Daisy. Outside of eventing Joseph enjoys golf, restoration and project management and is an avid racing fan.

Sportsfield Othello is an 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the leading sire Ricardo Z (sire of Fenyas Elegance and The Lion) out of a mare by the thoroughbred Ring of Ford. He was bred by racehorse breeder John Kelly from Tipperary who decided to try his hand at sport horse breeding and put one of his thoroughbred mares to Ricardo Z – this is his only sport horse foal. He was acquired as a five-year-old through Paul Donovan of Sportsfield Horses Tipperary. In 2013 Jospeh and Othello were second in the Hickstead Eventers Grand Prix Derby with the fastest time of the day.




DHI Topstory

AES, N. Ireland, 2004
17.00hh , chestnut , gelding

Sire Last News

Dam Woodfield Rose

Breeder Jane Russell

Owner(s): Suzanne Finlay, Co. Down, N. Ireland
& Rider

Sportsfield Othello

ISH, Ireland, 2011
15.3hh , bay , gelding

Sire Ricardo z

Dam Moyview lady (Ring of Forde)

Breeder John Kenny

Owner(s): Andrew Tinkler, Co. Down, N. Ireland
Alison Schmutz, Carlisle, Cumbria
Jill Murphy, Co. Down, N. Ireland

Notable Results

2018 – Pau CCI4* 31st Sportsfield Othello

2018 – Burghley CCI4* 22nd Sportsfield Othello

2017 – Strzegom CH-EU-CCI3* 47th Sportsfield Othello

2017 – Mallow CIC3* 3rd Sportsfield Othello

2016 – Pau CCI4* 24th Sportsfield Othello

2016 – Burghley 15th DHI Top Story

2016 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 12th DHI Top Story

2015 – Pau CIC4* 13th DHI Topstory

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-3* EL Sportsfield Othello

2014 – Pau CCI4* 5th Sportsfield Othello, El Electric Cruise

2014 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 1st Sportsfield Othello

2014 – Caen WEG 45th Electric Cruise

2013 – Pau CCI4* 8th Electric Cruise, 41st DHI Top Story

2013 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 1st Sportsfield Othello

2013 – Malmo CH-EU-C38 El Electric Cruise

2013 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 18th Sportsfield Othello, 26th DHI Topstory

2012 – London OG 14th Electric Cruise

2011 – Pau CCI4* 27th Sportsfield Othello

2011 – Luhmuhlen CH-EU-C3* 18th Electric Cruise


2018 – 13th Sportsfield Othello

2017 – 13th Sportsfield Othello

2016 – 28th DHI Top Story, 40th Sportsfield Othello

2015 – 25th Sportsfield Othello, EL Electric Cruise

2014 – 30th Sportsfield Othello

2013 – 52nd Electric Cruise

2011 – 27th Electric Cruise (first time)