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Wicklow man Ronan Rothwell’s rise from dairy stock farmer to Dublin Horse Show champion breeder

David Medcalf ventured to Tinahely to find out how Ronan Rothwell built Boleybawn Horses, on the eve of the 2022 Dublin Horse Show, where the sport horse breeder hopes to repeat his 2019 Four Year Old Championship win.

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Horse breeder Ronan Rothwell. Photo: Joe Byrne

Horse breeder Ronan Rothwell. Photo: Joe Byrne

Ronan Rothwell.

Ronan Rothwell.

Ronan Rothwell.

Ronan Rothwell.

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Horse breeder Ronan Rothwell. Photo: Joe Byrne

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Lucky. Ronan Rothwell makes no secret of the fact that he feels lucky.

The way he tells it, chance and providence and sheer good fortune have conspired to land him with a career which he would happily pursue for no material reward. Luck, says this modest and friendly man, has turned his hobby-cum-passion into a viable business.


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