Why Bloomfield horses have an impressive track record at the RDS
Rarely does the Bloomfield Team leave the Dublin Horse Show without a champion's sash, or two. This year, Jane Bradbury and Daphne Tierney - the duo behind the team - are right on target for another bumper week, with eight horses currently being primed for the five-day spectacular next month.
For over 15 years now, the Wicklow-born Bloomfield prefix has been a household name on the showing circuit, from Wexford up to Belfast and further afield in the UK, where many graduates continue to keep the flag flying in both the show ring and eventing circuits.
The RDS, in particular, has been a very happy hunting ground over the years, and this year's supreme hunter title is now the target with their recent Balmoral champion, Bloomfield Bespoke.
"It all started when I needed someone to foal down my mares and Jane's father, Jimmy, suggested that I call Jane," Daphne Tierney recalls of their first encounter. "We have been great friends ever since and we now have a great team in place, backed up by the hard-working Wendy Anderson and Philip Lazenby, who drives all our horses to and from the shows."
Having ridden ponies as a child, Ms Bradbury then dabbled in horses and did a short stint at Iris Kellett's on Mespil Road, Dublin. The showing circuit was her first love, though, and in 1988 she rode Brown Sabre to win the mares' championship at the RDS.
"I remember that day well," Jane Bradbury says. "William Micklem had helped us find her and she was owned by the late Diana Gilna, who had been very good to me at that time, as had Tommy Brennan, Jane Bloomer and Mary McCann. And even though my parents, Carol and Jimmy, didn't come from a horsey background, they have always been hugely supportive throughout."
By the early 1990s, the Bloomfield team was up and running, and one of their first mares was the King's Ride produce Sea Bright. The other was Aerlite Classic.
Thanks to the keen eye of her late father, the farmer and businessman Willie Roche, Ms Tierney had picked up the lightly raced Aerlite Classic for a handy sum at Tattersalls Ireland with the aim of breeding a few nice sport horses.