It will be the sixth consecutive visit to Badminton for Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy (41). With Badminton entry Sportsfield Othello Joseph was a member of the Irish team for the 2017 European Championship in Strzegom. For the past five-years he has been Irelands 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 Ian Fearnon and Amy Woodhead. Joseph is married to Jill (nee Andrews) and the couple has an 18-month-old daughter Daisy. Outside of eventing Joseph enjoys golf, restoration and project management and is an avid racing fan.
Sportsfield Othello is a 17-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.
15.3hh , bay , gelding
Sire Ricardo z
Dam Moyview lady (Ring of Forde)
Breeder John Kenny
Andrew Tinker, Co. Down, N. Ireland
Alison Schmutz, Carlisle, Cumbria
Jill Murphy, Co. Down, N. Ireland