The stud has been associated with the breeding and training of horses that date back to the 1880’s. Consecutive Irish Grand National winners Princess Hilda and Mavis Meath (carried a record weight of 12st-12Lbs to victory) won Ireland’s premier steeplechase in 1899 and 1900 at nearby Fairyhouse were trained at Clongiffen by Larry Hope. He also had the distinction of winning the Irish Grand National as a jockey when he piloted Springfield Maid to victory in 1892.
The tradition of training top class horses at Clongiffen continues to this day with the success of Rohan’s Pride winning the Bishopscourt Cup at the Punchestown Festival. The area is steeped in the tradition of racing and breeding with stars such as the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack, who is trained locally by leading trainer Gordon Elliott.