Birthplace: Sligo, Ireland
Home: Wellington, Florida
Born: April 10, 1975
Darragh Kerins is an Irish grand prix rider who relocated to the United States in 1997 and is now based in Wellington, Florida, at his own Innisfree Stables.
Kerins was born into an equestrian family and been involved with the sport his whole life. His father Francis Kerins represented Ireland in show jumping, and his mother Noeleen Kerins has served as an official for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) for many years. His brother Richard competed in show jumping at the national level.
Kerins represented Ireland at the 1993 and 2009 FEI European Championships and at the 2009 FEI World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas aboard “Night Train.” He has also competed in numerous FEI Nations Cup competitions, including victories for Ireland in his home nation in Dublin, at Hickstead in England, and at Spruce Meadows in Canada. He also earned top placings in the U.S. including winning the Hampton Classic Grand Prix in 2004 aboard “Nabucco” and the I Love New York Grand Prix at the Lake Placid Horse Shows in 2008 with “Night Train.”
More recently, Kerins earned top placings in 2017 at both the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida, and the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in North Carolina.
At the 2017 Hampton Classic, Kerins and “Silteplait De Circee” took second place in the $86,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier CSI4*, for which he earned $2,000 for the ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption in conjunction with the Hampton Classic’s Jump for Charity program. He also took 13th place aboard his other mount, “Penelope Cruz” in the $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake.
At the 2018 Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Kerins and “Chill R Z” placed fifth in the $131,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3* where he took the runner-up spot with “Silteplait De Circee” in the $35,000 Upperville Speed Stakes. Later that month the duo placed 10th in the $70,000 Grand Prix CSI2* at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Lexington International CSI2* in Kentucky.
A month later at the historic Upperville Colt & Horse Show, speed sealed the deal for Kerins and “Chill R Z,” who won the $40,000 Upperville Welcome Stake with the fastest time. Throughout the summer and fall, Kerins enjoyed many top placings at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). He and “Silteplait De Circee” won the $35,000 1.45 Welcome Stake during Tryon Summer 6, and he took third and fourth places in the $70,000 Tryon Fall 2 Grand Prix in October aboard “Ringwood Zebo” and “Chill R Z” respectively.
At the 2019 TIEC shows, a favored stop on Kerins’s calendar, he and “Carlos JD Z” claimed second place in the $204,000 Coca-Cola® Grand Prix CSI4*, 10th in the $72,000 Ingles Grand Prix CSI 2*, and fifth in the $134,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3*.
Kerins is married to Sarah Kerins, who is also a competitive jumping competitor. Their son Daniel is taking after his father as a showjumper and has represented Ireland in jumping in Junior Nations Cup events as well as FEI Children’s competitions.