This much I know Greg Brod­er­ick

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Upfront - Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional showjumper Greg Brod­er­ick will be com­pet­ing at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS from Au­gust 9 to 13. The show has over 1500 horses and ponies, 132 com­pe­ti­tions, 300 trade stands, and eight world-rank­ing in­ter­na­tional show jump­ing comp

Horses are def­i­nitely an ob­ses­sion for me.

I grew up sur­rounded by horses and started rid­ing at a very young age. I started com­pet­ing on the na­tional showjump­ing cir­cuit at six­teen years of age and went on to rep­re­sent Ire­land at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Athens in 2006.

One of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries of the Dublin Horse Show was watch­ing Ed­die Macken ride Shalkar in the Aga Khan. Af­ter that I re­mem­ber help­ing Shane Breen pre­pare for the pa­rade in his first Aga Khan. I fol­lowed him to the main arena with his horse’s rug be­fore the pa­rade. The at­mos­phere was un­be­liev­able and from that day on it was a goal of mine to be part of that team. Luck­ily that goal came true for me and in 2015 I jumped Ire­land’s only dou­ble clear — help­ing us to achieve an un­for­get­table Aga Khan win on home soil.

I’m from Inch, County Tip­per­ary, and I played plenty of hurl­ing with my lo­cal club, Drom & Inch, un­der­age when I was grow­ing up. I went to Inch na­tional school and then sec­ondary school in St Joseph’s Col­lage, Bor­risoleigh where I also played hurl­ing and won a county cham­pi­onship un­der 15s with the school.

I run a showjump­ing per­for­mance and breed­ing busi­ness at Bal­ly­patrick Sta­bles in Thurles, with my fam­ily. If I’m not rid­ing or train­ing I’m watch­ing videos of new horses or send­ing off videos of some of my sales horses. I love the busi­ness as­pect of what I do and get a great kick out of buy­ing and sell­ing.

I be­lieve in rou­tines and have quite a def­i­nite one most of the time. The yard is fed at 7.30am and all the sta­bles are mucked out. I try to get the emails and ad­min out of the way and then I gen­er­ally train for the morn­ing. I also train young rid­ers and horses. Nor­mally rid­ing, or teach­ing, starts at about 9am and is done by 4.30pm af­ter which the horses are all groomed off, fed and the yard is ti­died up and fin­ished for 6pm.

My big­gest chal­lenge so far has been keep­ing my own body in good shape. When you ride horses as much as I do, your body tends to get stuck in one po­si­tion so it’s very im­por­tant for me to make time for physio, swim­ming and pi­lates.

The trait I most ad­mire in oth­ers is loy­alty.

The best piece of ad­vice I have ever re­ceived is: never be too busy to miss out on op­por­tu­ni­ties. Never be so busy that you are un­able to see out­side the box.

That’s why my team are so vi­tal to me. I de­pend on them greatly — I need that team around me to keep ev­ery­thing run­ning smoothly, so that I can see the big­ger pic­ture.

If I could be re­born as some­one else for a day I’d be the showjump­ing cham­pion Mar­cus Eh­n­ing, he makes ev­ery­thing look so easy and soft, or the trainer Wil­lie Mullins, from whom there is so much to learn.

My great­est skill is the abil­ity to see great po­ten­tial in young horses.

I be­lieve in the power of pos­i­tiv­ity. I hate neg­a­tive peo­ple and peo­ple that com­plain all the time.

The world doesn’t owe any­one any­thing and un­less you want to make the very best of what you have and keep try­ing to im­prove your­self in ev­ery way you will never be suc­cess­ful.

I be­lieve that win­ning and suc­cess are def­i­nitely a mind­set.

My great­est fault is be­ing un­punc­tual. Brod­er­icks are not known for their time keep­ing.

So far, life has taught me that I’m ex­tremely hard on my­self but I cer­tainly do think that the harder you work the luck­ier you get.

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