About Edie

Edie Murray-Hayden

Edie has ridden all her life and comes from a family keenly interested in racing and fox hunting. Her younger years were spent riding numerous ponies and successfully competing on Pony Club dressage, eventing and Working Hunter Pony teams both nationally and internationally.  Edie competed on the first ever Irish Pony Eventing Team in the European Championships at Saumur in France where the team just missed out on a bronze medal.

On finishing school Edie gained a year’s experience in  professional show jumping and eventing yards. This was followed by a change to the thoroughbred world, with experience gained during the breeding season at Coolmore Stud. Having gained an honours degree in Equine Studies from Coventry University, she spent a further breeding season at Segenhoe Stud in Australia, followed by another season foaling mares at Coolmore Stud.  The next four years were spent breaking and pre-training racehorses at Kildangan Stud, this culminated in a winter spent pre-training two year olds for Godolphin in Dubai.

In 1997 Edie was employed by the late Brian Grassick when he purchased Newtown Stud. Here, during the next fourteen years, she gained huge experience in all areas of thoroughbred stud management and sales preparation.  During this time, she was also gradually renovating Gormanstown Stud, and was producing and competing her own event  horses, the best of which was Super Triton, a horse she bought as a recently broken 3 year old in 1989.  They competed successfully at advanced international level and were the first reserve combination for the Irish team competing at the 2002 World Equestrian Games.