Chasing the Irish dream
Published 27/05/2015 | 02:30
Irish Draught horses are not for everyone, but for long-time breeder and producer Jimmy Quinn, it is a breed held close to his heart.
Born in the US to Irish parents, Jimmy spent much of his younger years working in New York. However, his love for Ireland and horses eventually brought him back to his roots in Galway to set up the breeding empire, Cappa Stud, in 2007.
Now eight years in operation, today it boasts a fine selection of Irish Draught stallions, along with an equally impressive herd of broodmares.
"I always loved horses and while living in the States I did some research on the breed," he said.
Jimmy moved back to Ireland with his parents when he was eight but returned to the States to study architecture after completing school in the late 1980s. He met his wife Edel (Burke) in Ballinasloe in 1997, although both lived in the States at the time, but the lure of greener pastures proved too tempting for the couple and they made the decision to move home for good in 2005. They married in Rome two years later.
"When we came back I was still doing some work in construction but we figured we needed a farm close to Galway so we bought 20 acres in Annaghdown. We also purchased a farm in Gurtymadden for a place to keep our broodmares."
One of Jimmy's first purchases was Cappa Cochise. "I saw him advertised online as a foal while I was still living in New York and so I called the owner in Kerry. I told him I'd be home at the weekend to see him, but in the meantime asked a friend of mine, Noel Ryan, to take a look at him for me," he said.
"We named him after the great apache warrior Cochise as Arizona was one of the last places we visited before returning home to Ireland to live."