In the last fifteen years Michael Moore has developed the former cattle farm at Ballincurrig House to become a major force in Irish NH horse breeding, with clients including many leading owners, breeders and agents.
Michael is widely regarded as one of the leading experts on Irish Point-to-Point form. He wrtes on the topic in the 'Irish Field' and acts as Irish Agent for Brightwells Sales, identifying animals in the Point-to-Point field with significant potential for National Hunt racing. Amongst the horses sourced by Michael for Brightwells in recent years are such stars as Lord Windermere, On His Own, Road To Riches, God's Own, Holywell, Peddler's Cross and Cheltenien. Michael has also helped several leading NH trainers identify prospects from the Irish Point-to-Point scene, not least of these being Triple Gold Cup winner Best Mate.
As well as running the day-to-day operations of the stud, Michael is always available to help clients with decisions on mating plans; and he has frequently acted for them in acquiring bloodstock at auction.
Formerly Head Girl with Jessica Harringon, Nuala has been a key part of Ballincurrig's success for over 10 years. She worked closely with Michael's sister Josie on Sales Preparation; and aims to produce athletic animals in peak condition, able to show themselves to the best of their ability and ready to go on to be successful racehorses.
Willie's calm and unruffled approach is ideal for dealing with young thoroughbreds. He treats each as an individual, with the mixture of kindness and firmness that is essential to bring out the best in them. Willie is a man of shrewd opinions, but unless you ask him very discreetly he may choose to emphasise that his particular responsibilities extend only from the neck down.
A perfectionist when it came to looking after her horses, Josie Moore was the driving force in establishing the Sales operation at Ballincurrig House Stud, insisting on the highest standards of conditioning, preparation and professional integrity. Sadly, Josie died in March 2011, but not before seeing Ballincurrig House Stud established as a leading name in Irish Flat and NH Sales. The methods and principles that she established have been continued by Michael, Nuala and Willie; and it is a tribute to Josie's inspiration that Ballincurrig House was once more the leading vendor at Tattersalls Derby Sale, Goffs Landrover Sale and Tattersalls August Sale later in 2011.This has continued to be the case at most of these sales in subsequent years.
Josie’s husband Richard is an expert judge of horseflesh, as shown by the list of subsequently successful animals that he has bought as foals and young stock. These include the Cheltenham Gold Cup winners Looks Like Trouble and War of Attrition, Two Mile Champion Chase winner Remittance Man, Grade 1 winning hurdler Fingal Bay, along with Slim Pickings, twice placed in the Grand National.
Although Richard runs his own Ballytrasna Stud, he is a regular member of the Ballincurrig team at sales, ensuring that stock is shown in the way that he as a buyer would expect, as well as advising Ballincurrig clients on potential purchases.