SUE MAGUIRE - I have always had an interest in horses from a young age and I learned to ride from one of the top producers of horses in the country. I remember whenever I was over visiting my granny in Ireland, she would have a visit from a nice quiet gentleman who always stopped by for a cup of tea and a bit of a chat, that gentleman turned out to be Vincent O'Brien.
The horse that first caught my attention on the racecourse was Sadler's Wells, I followed his career avidly, I always admired his guts and determination, he was a very tough horse and I was disappointed when he was retired to stud at the end of his 3 year old season.
My Late husband Paul and I were lucky enough to go visit him a few times in his glory days as a stallion at Coolmore Stud, we made lots of lasting memories.
Seven Worlds captured my heart during an open day at Darren's yard as an unnamed yearling it was a case of love at first sight and I have closely followed his career ever since, I go and visit him on a regular basis.
ANNE ALSTON - The wonderful world of racing first sparked my attention when I was staying with my relatives whilst my parents were away on holiday, the year was 1977 and Red Rum was bidding to make history with a 3rd Grand National win. He looked so regal as he paraded, and his sheepskin noseband meant that you wouldn't miss him. After he won that was it anything to do with Red Rum, I had to have it.
Later that year came The Minstrel and the legend that was Vincent O'Brien that was my first taste of the Ballydoyle juggernaut, and I have been a fan ever since.
I never did get to fulfil my dream of becoming a jockey and riding in the Grand National I was told I was too old to became an apprentice, so I ended up as an Agricultural apprentice. My dreams may have been scuppered but that set back never put me off racing.
I have been lucky enough to have met some really great and dear friends through my love of racing over the years together we have witnessed amazing highs and lows too but through everything we have had a lot of fun.
I get as much of a thrill when smaller trainers win on "the big" days as I do with trainers who have a larger string.
I had no hesitation in saying yes when I was asked if I would like to become a member of the Seven Worlds Racing Club. I could see the vision the team had in mind and was onboard right away with the whole idea.
BRIAN BUNYAN - Brian is the club’s main contact with H.R.I. and Vice Chairman. Brian has a 100% record at Cheltenham as a jockey when winning the St. Patrick’s Derby, a charity race aboard his own Age Of Glory and has a number of horses in training with his brother Darren. Both seven worlds and brokers tip were Brian’s horses.
PAUL RHODES - Most of my family are from Rosegreen in County Tipperary and on family holidays as a child I was always told about the legendary stables of Ballydoyle and the legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien, so I guess racing was always going to be in my blood.
My passion for racing really did not fully ignite until I made a visit to Ballydoyle in 2008 to see my all - time favourite racehorse Yeats just a week after the great stayer had won his 3rd Ascot gold cup. Of course, he was to go on to win a record -breaking 4th gold cup.
Since that day I have created the Aidan O'Brien Fan Site that has received over 1.1 million visitors from over 150 countries around the world. I also set up the Joseph O'Brien Fan Site and was the author of The Greatness Of Galileo which I wrote with my co team member Anne.
I am so excited and passionate about this project and I hope that you will join us all on what will be something of a special journey.
DARREN BUNYAN - Darren Bunyan is the trainer of the club’s horses. His stables are based at the magnificent Curragh training grounds in Kildare.
Darren has been working in horse racing for 30+ years. As he says himself - “our Dad, who was the most amazing horseman and was himself 60+ years in horse racing, had me sitting on racehorses from before I could even walk and it was just a natural progression from there”.
Darren worked in a range of roles including groom, work rider, jockey, and assistant trainer before he took out his own training license and so he knows the business from the ground up.
As you will see if you visit Darren’s stables he has surrounded himself with an amazing team of talented and likeminded individuals. Together they leave no stone unturned to ensure the horses get the very best of everything.
Darren’s motto is “Dare To Dream”. He has set his sights high on where he wants to go in his training career, and he has the courage and the conviction to make that happen. He sees the full potential of what the club wants to achieve and is firm in his support of us. With his dedication to his horses we know that the training of the club’s horses is in safe hands.
SUSAN BUNYAN - Susan is the club’s entertainment's manager; Susan makes sure that whenever there is a stable open day or a private visit that everybody is catered for, her hospitality is second to none and you certainly will enjoy whatever cuisine she decides to put on for that day.
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