As the son of two trainers, Darragh Kenny began competing in the sport of show jumping at the age of 10 in his homeland of Offaly, Ireland.
Kenny’s career quickly flourished as he competed in his first grand prix at the young age of 14 and was invited to compete at the Dublin Horse Show, where he won a training bursary to work with a top American coach in 2007 at the age of 19.
Shortly after, Kenny began working with North Run Farm under the tutelage of Missy Clark and John Brennan. With the help of Clark, Kenny acquired the ride on Obelix, a horse that guided him to the top level of the sport. In 2009, the pair captured the $100,000 Budweiser FEI World Cup™ Qualifier of Syracuse CSI4*-W, followed by another victory in the $100,000 World Cup™ Qualifier CSI2*-W as well as third-place finishes in the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier CSI4*-W in 2010.
Over the next few years, Kenny continued his steady and impressive climb with top placings in prestigious grand prix classes up and down the East Coast. In September 2012, Kenny made the difficult decision to leave North Run Farm and form his own Oakland Ventures, LLC.
Since its inception, Oakland Stables has become one of the most successful competition barns, offering high-performance sales horses and an elite training program based in Wellington, Florida, and Meijel, Netherlands.
Kenny represented Ireland in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France, where he placed twelfth individually aboard his first championship mount, Imothep. From there, Kenny captured a monumental victory as a member of the Irish show jumping team, winning the Aga Khan Trophy and the 2015 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping CSIO5* with Sans Soucis Z on home turf at the Dublin Horse Show.
In recent years, Kenny has continued to produce exceptional results internationally and on the Longines Global Champions Tour. He boasts an impressive resume of countless accolades, and he currently sits at number 9 on the Longines FEI World Rankings as the highest ranked Irish show jumping athlete. With a current string of top mounts including Babalou 41, Balou du Reventon, Cassini Z, Important de Muze, Classic Dream and Billy Dorito, Kenny looks next to Olympic qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Games as a representative of Ireland.