Donal was brought up in a farming family in Co Wexford in the heart of Irelands horse industry and from an early age was involved with horses.
He went to agricultural college, graduated and farmed pigs commercially for 3 years until he could resist a career with horses no longer. His first job was with the late Pat Cash, where he spent 3 years learning the business and developing his own unique philosophy and outlook on selection, breeding and training.
Being a farmers son and a stock man gives Donal a unique perspective on horses and accounts for ability to see potential in a horse which others may miss. Donal is recognised as having one of the best eyes in the business. Overall athleticism and conformation is important but Donal also looks at the head and eye to get a real feel for a horse.
Donal moved to England 25 years ago to work for one of Pat Cash's clients near Maidenhead. Donal developed the business and extended his business contacts in England before setting out on his own. 14 years ago he set up on his own from rented dealing yards near Chichester and 6 years ago moved to his current yard in Kirdford, West Sussex.
Historically Donal has specialised in eventers although with The Billy Stud he has broadened out into breeding competition horses for all disciplines.