Gibney racing is based in Drumbaragh Co. Meath. Although a small yard, trainer Thomas Gibney hit the big time in 2012 when Lion Na Bearnai scored in the Irish Grand National at 33/1.
As is becoming more and more popular, Gibney has a different approach to horse training and believes that every horse in his care should be treated as an individual.
Trainer of 2012 Irish Grand National Winner, Lion Na Bearnai
He believes in natural horsemanship and has a no riding with whips rule in the yard. He believes horses should be allowed to be themselves no matter how grumpy or badly behaved they are, and it works really well!
Every horse is allowed to roll after exercise in the sand arena, which they love and when weather permits horses are turned out in pairs.
With one of the smaller yards, that currently has only 18 horses, Gibney has carved out a new, yet highly successful approach to horse training and similar to Dr Richard Newland who won the 2014 Grand National with Pineau De Re, has happy and content horses.
His facilities include at Drumbaragh stud include a 6 furlong sand gallop, a 6 horse walker, a round pen, a sand school / schooling arena and turn out paddocks and despite giving Lion na Bearnai a shot at the 2014 National, it wasn’t to be and the horse was pulled up at the 27th fence by jockey Davy Russell.