Cormac Hanley

  • Farmers who are members of the Beef Plan movement are continuing their protest outside a number of meat factories, with upwards on 30 farmers remaining outside Dawn Meats, Ballyhaunis overnight.

    The protests have continued throughout the country this morning and are expected to continue indefinitely.

    Protesters are aggrieved at collapsing beef prices as well as a reduction in the national herd under climate change regulations.

    The protesters have called on Cormac Healy, of Meat Industry Ireland, to engage with the Beef Plan Movement in a 'proper structured manner.'

  • A Mayo man got the Irish riders off to the perfect start yesterday at the Dublin Horse show in the RDS.


    The opening competition of the day saw Claremorris’ Cormac Hanley give partner the Heathman Farm-owned Copain Z to victory in the Speed Stakes.


    The equestrian competition continues until Sunday and the Irish continue dominated the opening day of competitions.

  • Claremorris man Cormac Hanley Junior riding Heathman Farms "Cortani"won the "spruce Meadows Cup"for showjumping in Calgary Canada yesterday Friday,this follows on from his double clear riding VDL Cartello,in the Nations Cup for Ireland last Sunday in Vancouver Canada

  • Irish Show Jumping development team manager Michael Blake has named a five man squad for the first Longines FEI Nations Cup competition of the 2019 season, which takes place next Sunday February 17th at Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida, USA as part of the 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series.

    Six teams, Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Mexico and USA will line-out, in what is the only qualifier to be held in the U.S. for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, next Autumn.

    The Irish squad for the Wellinton Nations Cup is as follows:

    Mayo’s Cormac Hanleywith VDL Cartello– owned by Heathman Farm LLC
    Offaly’s Darragh Kenny with Babalou 41– owned by Jack Snyder
    Limerick’s Paul O’Shea with Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu – owned by Machu Picchu Partners LLC
    Down’s Conor Swailwith Rubens LS La Silla – owned by Rose Hill Farm
    Cork’s Shane Sweetnam with Indra van de Oude Heihoef – owned by The Blue Buckle Group

    Ireland will be led by development team manager Michael Blake, who has handed a first senior Nations Cup call up to 21-year-old Cormac Hanley from Claremorris Co Mayo

    “I think we have a very strong squad for this first Nations Cup of the season and I am confident we can do a good job. Cormac Hanley makes his first appearance on a senior Nations Cup squad after some very good recent performances and he adds a mix of youth to what is an experienced squad. There are some very strong teams in action, including the USA who have included four of their World Equestrian Games team and we are looking forward to what promises to be a great competition,” commented Blake.

    Ireland, as a European Nation, will not be eligible for league points in Wellington. Their first points-scoring outing under team manager Rodrigo Pessoa in Europe Division 1 will come at La Baule in France on May 19th.


    Mayo's Cormac Hanley and the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion Captain Caruso scored a superb win in yesterday's (Thursday) 1m45 $10,000 Hermès Under 25 Welcome class at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA.  Last week Cormac and his wonderful Irish Sport Horse triumphed in the 1.40 Meter Opening Speed and in a 1.45 Meter Jump Off competition at the International Equestrian Event so last nights’ win is the third from 3 Starts for the Mayo Combination.

    Last night Hanley finished three tenths of a second ahead of American runner-up Sydney Shulman and Villamoura.
    Cormac Hanley was also awarded with the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award from the 54 Starters in the Event.

    Captain Caruso is an Irish Sport Horse bred by Charles Hanley.  He is by Captain Clover which was also bred by Hanley in Claremorris.  Captain Clover was sold to Gabriel Slattery, Irishtown where he was campaigned as a showjumper and has proved very influential to Irish Horse Breeding.  Captain Caruso is certainly carrying on the tradition.


  • The Irish Show Jumping team finished fourth last night in the opening Longines FEI Nations Cup of the season at Deeridge Farm, Wellington in Florida, USA.

    Mayo’s Cormac Hanley, who was making his Nations Cup debut with VDL Cartello, finished with just one fence down towards the end of the course.