Meet Our Team
At Calliaghstown Equestrian Centre, we are focused on providing equestrian services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction & we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. Owned by Anthony Byrne (BHSAI) since 2010, Calliaghstown is now a vibrant hub of equine activity!
Anthony's equine experience is extensive having begun his career during school holidays working in Calliaghstown (a small number of years ago)! Anthony's career has taken him all over the world - Belgium, France, Italy & Germany to name a few! Anthony would attribute his success to the years of training which he received having worked with the likes of Paul Darragh (Irish International Show-Jumper), both Jack and Edward Doyle (Irish International Show-Jumpers) and Grainne Sugars for over 15 years!
Anthony specialises in breeding and the training of young horses. Anthony has sucessfully bred two horses that have qualified for the Elite Sales in Cavan Equestrian along with a horse called 'Lux Like George' who placed 3rd in the RDS 3 year old category of loose jumping. Anthony has broke many young horses and specialises in those with problems.
Anthony regularly competes throughout Ireland and has brought horses to 1.20m level in Show-Jumping and qualified for the RDS is A Amateur (1.05m-1.10m) and AA Amateurs (1.15m-1.20m). Anthony has also hunted with South County Dublin Hunt and Kildare Hunt on numerous occasions. Anthony currently competes on the SJI Circuit at 1.20m and at Riding Club Level at Open Level (1.10m).
Under the management of Anthony Byrne, Calliaghstown Equestrian Centre has gained Aire Approval along with many BHS Approvals. BHS Exams and Training are hosted regularly onsite. The Centre has also been host to many clinics from people such as Edward Doyle, Niall Quirke, Sandra Blake and many more!
Elizabeth Keane BHSII, ETCM, R&RS Tutor
Yard Manager at Calliaghstown Equestrian Centre
Elizabeth has ridden since she was a child and has ridden in most disciplines from an early age. Elizabeth comes from an equestrian background in the West of Ireland. Her Grandfather Keane was a farrier, horse trainer and dealer. As a child she competed in many well known competitions, for example the Christ Beaufort championships.
Elizabeth had a Jockey Licence from age 18 to 26 and raced on the flat and point to point in England, Ireland and Canada.
She assisted to the Irish Para Olympic Team, 2014 at the World Equestrian Games, 2014.
Elizabeth has recently qualified her horse Calliaghstown Chinook to compete at the Great Britain Trec Championships in August this year. While she loves all aspects of equestrian sport her great loves will always be point to point, hunting and eventing.
Samantha Doyle BHSAI Instructor
Samantha has been working, instructing and riding in Calliaghstown Equestrian Centre since 2010. Samantha has had a life long involvement with horses. From the time she was 8 years old, all she wanted to do was show jump... nothing has changed!
Samantha's passion is Show Jumping! Last year Samantha competed in the Amateur Show Jumping Competitions 1.10m around Ireland. As a member of the Calliaghstown Riding Club Samantha competes at Open Show Jumping Level 1.10m and is active in the other disciplines of Dressage and Cross Country.
Samantha is constantly involved in the training and riding of the young horses in the yard. Gaining experience putting them out for a first season show jumping. A process which is invaluable for her riding and a progressive learning tool for her all round knowledge. Samantha regularly takes part in on-site training / coaching sessions both for jumping and cross country to keep improving and developing her teaching skills.
Samantha has completed the Horse Sport Ireland Level One Course and is looking forward to continuing her training. Samantha aims to continue her professional development and to keep up-skilling in all disciplines of the sport. Samantha consistently strives to provide instruction of the highest level and maintain the high standards which Calliaghstown Equestrian Center has always achieved as a BHS training facility.