Joseph Murphy

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Joseph Murphy

  • 42 - Sportsfield Othello


It will be the tenth visit to Badminton for Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy (47) who last competed here in 2022 and altogether has eight completions – five of them with his former team horse Sportsfield Othello. Last year with Badminton entry Barrichello Joseph was placed 14th at the 5* in Pau. With Calmaro he was the best of the fourth placed Irish team at last year’s European Championships (12th).

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. One of Ireland’s leading riders Joseph has been a stalwart of the Irish team representing his country in eight major championships as well as many nations cup team. He was a member of the fifth placed Irish team at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he was 14th individually (Electric Cruise).

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.

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, 2023 European Championships and an individual at the 2021 Europeans.

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 a 7 year-old daughter. Outside of eventing Joseph enjoys golf, restoration and project management and is an avid racing fan.

Barrichello is a British-bred AES registered 15-year-old gelding. Bred by James Dyer he is by Balou de Rouet out of a mare by the former eventing stallion Matinee du Madon. He was initially produced by Caroline March and formerly ridden by Alexander Bragg and Cathal Daniels with who he contested Badminton in 2022 but did not complete.



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

2021 – Pau CCI5* – 14th Calmaro

2021 – Avenches CH-EU-CCI4* El Cesar V

2021 – Aachen CCIO4*S 17th Calmaro

2021 – Millstreet CCI4*L 4th Calmaro

2021 – Millstreet CCI4*S 5th Cesar V

2021 – Bicton CCI4*S 21st Cesar V

2021 – Mallow CCI4* 1st  Calmaro

2021 – Ballindenisk CCI4*S 4th Calmaro

2020 – Ballindenisk CCI4*L 6th Cesar V

2018 – Burghley CCI4* 22nd Sportsfield Othello

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

2016 – Pau CCI4* 24th Sportsfield Othello

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

2014 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 1st Sportsfield Othello

2014 – Caen WEG 45th Electric Cruise

2013 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 1st Sportsfield Othello

2013 – Malmo CH-EU-C38 El Electric Cruise

2012 – London OG 14th Electric Cruise

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



2019 – Ret Sportsfield Othello

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)