Horses are definitely an obsession for me.
I grew up surrounded by horses and started riding at a very young age. I started competing on the national showjumping circuit at sixteen years of age and went on to represent Ireland at the European Championships in Athens in 2006.
One of my earliest memories of the Dublin Horse Show was watching Eddie Macken ride Shalkar in the Aga Khan. After that I remember helping Shane Breen prepare for the parade in his first Aga Khan.
I followed him to the main arena with his horse’s rug before the parade. The atmosphere was unbelievable and from that day on it was a goal of mine to be part of that team. Luckily that goal came true for me and in 2015 I jumped Ireland’s only double clear — helping us to achieve an unforgettable Aga Khan win on home soil.
I’m from Inch, County Tipperary, and I played plenty of hurling with my local club, Drom & Inch, underage when I was growing up. I went to Inch national school and then secondary school in St Joseph’s Collage, Borrisoleigh where I also played hurling and won a county championship under 15s with the school.
I run a showjumping performance and breeding business at Ballypatrick Stables in Thurles, with my family. If I’m not riding or training I’m watching videos of new horses or sending off videos of some of my sales horses. I love the business aspect of what I do and get a great kick out of buying and selling.
I believe in routines and have quite a definite one most of the time. The yard is fed at 7.30am and all the stables are mucked out. I try to get the emails and admin out of the way and then I generally train for the morning. I also train young riders and horses. Normally riding, or teaching, starts at about 9am and is done by 4.30pm after which the horses are all groomed off, fed and the yard is tidied up and finished for 6pm.
My biggest challenge so far has been keeping my own body in good shape. When you ride horses as much as I do, your body tends to get stuck in one position so it’s very important for me to make time for physio, swimming and pilates.
The trait I most admire in others is loyalty.
The best piece of advice I have ever received is: never be too busy to miss out on opportunities. Never be so busy that you are unable to see outside the box.
That’s why my team are so vital to me. I depend on them greatly — I need that team around me to keep everything running smoothly, so that I can see the bigger picture.
If I could be reborn as someone else for a day I’d be the showjumping champion Marcus Ehning, he makes everything look so easy and soft, or the trainer Willie Mullins, from whom there is so much to learn.
My greatest skill is the ability to see great potential in young horses.
I believe in the power of positivity. I hate negative people and people that complain all the time.
The world doesn’t owe anyone anything and unless you want to make the very best of what you have and keep trying to improve yourself in every way you will never be successful.
I believe that winning and success are definitely a mindset.
My greatest fault is being unpunctual. Brodericks are not known for their time keeping.
So far, life has taught me that I’m extremely hard on myself but I certainly do think that the harder you work the luckier you get.
Greg Broderick will be competing at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS from August 9 to 13. The show has over 1500 horses and ponies, 132 competitions, 300 trade stands, and eight world-ranking international show jumping competitions.
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