Padraig McCarthy

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Padraig McCarthy

  • 4 - Fallulah
  • 103 - HHS Noble Call


It will be the fourth Badminton for Irish Olympic rider Padraig McCarthy (45) who is based near Beaworthy in Devon. Last year with Badminton entry HHS Noble Call he completed both Badminton (33rd) and Burghley (19th).

In 2022 with Fallulah he was a member of the Irish team to contest the World championships in Pratoni and in 2021 Padraig was a member of the team to contest the European Championships with Mark Todd’s former ride Leonidas.

Padraig made an impressive Badminton debut in 2018 when completing in eighth place with Mr Chunky. The pair then gained individual silver at the 2018 WEG in Tryon and led the Irish to team silver.

Padraig hails from Tipperary in the south of Ireland. Now based in Devon with his wife, former British international rider Lucy (nee Wiegersma), together they run MGH Sport Horses – an equine breeding, training and trading business. Lucy completed Burghley 2015 on Mr Chunky and was second at Badminton in 2008 (Shaabrak).

Padraig has been involved in horses from a young age. He learnt his trade under the guidance of Rolf Goran Bengtsson, Max Hauri, and Hans Horn and then spent almost ten years showjumping and training horses around Europe and in the USA. In 2003 Padraig made the decision to go to university to study business, gaining a first class honours degree in Economics and Finance with German in 2008. He was offered a scholarship to undertake a research project which turned into a PhD study of business insolvency laws in Ireland. Padraig turned down the opportunity of an academic career to focus on his main passion – horses. Since basing himself at Warren Farm in 2013, Padraig turned his attention to eventing.

He rode in his first BE event in 2013 and by the end of 2015 had ridden for Ireland on Nations Cup teams, including the only Irish team to win an FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Boekelo. He was a member of the 2015 Irish European Championship team at Blair Castle and in 2016 had his first wins at three-star level at both Chatsworth and Tattersalls. As a result Padraig was selected for the Rio Olympic Games on both Simon Porloe and Bernadette Utopia.

Padraig and Lucy set up MGH Sport Horses in 2014. They have two sons Moss (8) Gus (4) and a 3-year-old daughter Mimi. Padraig enjoys cooking, mending and fixing stuff round the farm, DIY and breeding horses. He trains with Tracie Robinson and Grant Wilson.

HHS Noble Call owned by Pearl Chaffe and rider is a 12-year-old Irish-bred registered Irish Sport Horse. Bred by Anne Hughes he is by Marion Hughes 2004 Irish Olympic team jumping stallion (Heritage) Fortunas out of a mare by Cavalier Royale. He was acquired as a 6-year-old from Marion Hughes having done some showjumping and is described by Padraig as ‘large and white’. His owner Pearl Chaffe was a former competitor in the ‘70s and ‘80s.




WESTF, Germany, 2009
16.3hh , bay , mare

Sire Fidertanz

Dam Devona (Di Versace)

Breeder Michael Morris

Owner(s): Nick & Amanda Boyle
Di Brunsden & Peter Cattell

HHS Noble Call

ISH, Ireland, 2011
17.2hh , grey , gelding

Sire Heritage Fourtunas

Dam Noblina (Cavalier Royale)

Breeder Anne Hughes

Owner(s): Alan Chaffe
James Chaffe
& Rider

Notable Results

2022 – Burghley CCI5*L 19th HHS Noble Call

2022 – Pratoni CH-M-Y 32nd Fallulah

2022 – Blair Castle CCI4*S 9th Fallulah

2021 – Montelibretti CCI4*L 3rd Fallulah

2021 – Pau CCI5*L 17th Fallulah

2021 – Avneches CH-EU-CCI4*L 33rd Leonidas

2021 – Bicton CCI5*L 8th HHS Noble Call

2021 – Ballindenisk CCI4*L 7th HHS Noble Call

2018 – Tryon WEG 2nd Mr Chunky (team silver)

2018 – Cappoquin CIC3* 1st Mr Chunky

2016 – Rio OG El Simon Porloe

2016 – Chatsworth CIC3* 1st Mr Chunky

2016 – Tattersalls CIC3* 1st Simon Porloe

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 28th Mr Chunky (Lucy McCarthy)

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* El Simon Porloe


2022 – 33rd HHS Noble Call, 41st Fallulah

2019 – w/d Mr Chunky

2018 – 8th Mr Chunky