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Richie Moloney

RICHIE MOLONEY
Born: Ireland
Home: Riverhead, NY

Richie Moloney began riding at age six as his whole family was into horses. His family owns and runs the Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre in Kilkenny, Ireland. Richie's four siblings have all jumped in the European Championships for Ireland.

In 2012, Moloney and Slieveanorra won the Wellington CSI2* Grand Prix, placed 2nd in the Wellington Nations Cup, 3rd in the World cup qualifier CSI4* Grand Prix in Toronto and 2nd in the World Cup qualifer CSI4* Grand Prix in Bridgehampton. His most memorable moment to date is winning the Irish Nation's Cup team event at the 2012 RDS horse show in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2013, Moloney and Equinimity LLC’s Slieveanorra jumped to victory in the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic to conclude the week’s jumper competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival. That same year, Moloney and Carrabis Z won the $40,000 Longines Cup at the 38th Hampton Classic as the only one of three pairs in the jump-off to finish faultlessly, making him the winner of the inaugural Longines Rider Challenge.

In 2014, the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale CSI 5* Grand Prix ended in a thrilling fashion with Moloney and Slieveanorra producing a double clear round to finish in second place. Maloney then went on to place third in the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, presented by Land Rover. Moloney’s third-place finish put him on top in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge for the second consecutive year, earning 300 points from the week’s 10 open jumper classes.

Moloney enjoyed a surge of success in 2015, sailing to victory in the $210,000 Tryon Grand Prix with Carrabis Z in June. The pair then went on the clinch the $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier at the American Gold Cup.

Moloney claimed several wins in 2016 beginning with the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic at WEF 4 on Alvid. Moloney was an integral part of the Irish Team that won the FEI Nations Cup competition, followed by another major victory in the $380,000 Douglas Elliman CSI5* Grand Prix on Carrabis Z. At the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s spring event in May, Moloney raced to victory in the $35,000 Hollow Creek CSI3* Speed Cup aboard Slieveannora. He then returned for the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s fall event, taking third place in the $130,000 CSI 3* Grand Prix with Slieveanorra.

The Hampton Classic was a highlight event for Moloney. He competed seven horses and earned top placings and several victories. In one of the most exciting jump-off rounds in the Classic's history, Moloney and Carrabis Z beat athletes from nine nations to win the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix. The victory also gave Moloney the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge as the horse show's leading open jumper rider for third time in four years. Prior to that victory the pair took tenth place in the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier. With his other mounts, Moloney took second place in the $40,000 SOVARO® Speed Stake and 10th place in the $10,000 Open Jumper classes aboard Ypaja Yando,; ninth place in the
$50,000 LONGINES Cup riding Button Sitte; third place in the $10,000 Shamrock Ventures Open Jumper and fifth place in the $30,000 Boar’s Head Open Jumper Challenge aboard Slieveannora; and second place in the $10,000 Open Jumper.

Moloney’s top placings continued with a second place in the $35,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake with Ypaja Yando at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, followed by 11th place with Button Sitte in the $216,000 U.S. Open FEI Grand Prix CSI 3* at the Central Park Horse Show in New York. At the National Horse Show in Kentucky, Moloney won the $35,000 Shelby Drazan Foundation International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed CSI4* class with Slieveanorra and took eighth place in the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier with Carrabis Z. He also received the Audi of Lexington Leading International Open Jumper Rider Award.

Moloney has had a good 2017 season, taking 11th place with Freestyle de Muze in the $216,000 Ariat CSI 4* Grand Prix during week four of WEF. A week later he and Carrabis Z placed seventh in the $130,000 WEF Challenge Cup CSI5* and the duo were an integral part of Irish Team that bested seven other countries to clinch the $100,000 FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* at HITS Ocala.

At the Kentucky Spring Classic Moloney kicked off the international competition with a win with his longtime partner Slieveanorra in the $35,000 Welcome Speed Stake CSI3*. He also took seventh place in the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* 7th with Carrabis Z.