Joseph Murphy


Joseph Murphy

  • 48 - Sportsfield Othello


It will be the ninth visit to Badminton for Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy (42) who last competed here in 2019 and altogether has eight completions – five of them with his former team horse Sportsfield Othello. Last year with Badminton entry Calmaro Joseph was placed 14th at the 5* in Pau, the horse’s first 5*. The pair also won the CCI4* at Mallow – his first CCI4*win. It will be a first event at the level for Cesar V.

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 seven 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.

He rode his first three-star 12-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 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 an 5½ year-old daughter Daisy. Outside of eventing Joseph enjoys golf, restoration and project management and is an avid racing fan.


Calmaro owned by Claire and Charliei Mayne, Annette O’Callaghan and rider is a German-bred (Brandenburg registered) 11-year-old gelding. He is by the Holstein jumper Carpalano out of a mare by Elsurimo

He was produced by Laura Collett winning the Young Horse CCI1* at Tattersalls and placed 2nd in the Young Horse CCI2* at Osberton in 2018. Joseph took the ride in 2020.

Cesar V owned by The Way Forward syndicate is a German-bred Oldenburg registered 14-year-old gelding. He is by Casiro 3 out of a mare by Sandro. He was originally produced by Frank Ostholt with who he competed at the 7-year-old World Young Horse Championship, then to CCI3* with Sara Algotsson with who he won the 2* at Strzegom in 2018.




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)