Daniel Molloy’s venture into the equine circles is one that differs from many. As a participant in hunting events during his tender years, one could be reassured that emerging into the equine circles was only a natural progression for Daniel.
The celebration of his eighth birthday and his first Holy Communion marked a significant milestone in Daniel’s life, an encounter that most certainly shaped his future.
“I got a pony for my Communion when my parent’s kindly topped up my money. It all started from there and I had ponies right throughout my school years.” Daniel told Catherina of That’s Farming.
Years later, when Daniel turned fourteen, he attended his first Irish National Draught sale in Tattersalls and sourced his first Irish Draught. 2018 will make the 20th anniversary of this major venture that paved paths for Daniel.
Clogheen Stud was born and is now based in Castledaly, between Moate and Athlone, in Co. Westmeath. The stud is operated by Daniel, a full-time electrician with ESB, his father Dan Snr and Joe Rohan, a well-esteemed friend and mentor.
“I extend gratitude to my Dad and Joe for all their help and support. ” Daniel explained.
Clogheen Stud now sits on 70 acres and is operated alongside a suckler enterprise.
As Daniel’s interest in Irish Draught mares continued to flourish, he based his breeding programme on the bloodlines of Millhollow Irish Draughts, the stud of Northern Ireland based breeder Moira McKenna.
“Moira set out in the early 1990’s and purchased the very best of Irish Draught mares. My setup would be based on two of her best dam lines ROMA BLUE WIND and MILLHOLLOW QUEEN.” Daniel explained.
Three Irish Draught brood mares in-foal and three young stock now dominate Clogheen Stud’s pastures. These include Dublin-winning mare and reserve overall champion CLOGHEEN JENNY, MILLHOLLOW PEARL, and CLOGHEEN WHIRLWIND.
One of the three young stock includes CLOGHEEN SUZIE, a daughter of 2015 Dublin-winning mare Baltydaniel Silver Queen, who Daniel, unfortunately, lost to colic the week before Dublin in 2016.
“We are happy to have the bloodline in the form of Clogheen Suzie the 2016 Balmoral Champion foal. ” Daniel added.
The Molloys also have two stallions at stud, including FAST SILVER, the sire of Clogheen Jenny and THE BACHELOR, Clogheen Jenny’s full-brother, a 3-year-old colt.
“THE BACHELOR received very high marks at grading including the highest mark any horse got for movement since the current inspection system was introduced in 2010. ” Daniel explained.
Clogheen Stud has a dedicated and satisfied returning client base, the majority of which are pure-bred breeders or parties on the search for Irish Draught colt foals for ridden purposes and fillies for breeding purposes in both Ireland and across the waters in the U.K.
Daniel can look upon his admirable enterprise based in Co. Westmeath with pride, having secured his fair share of accolades down through the years.
He is quick to draw attention to the performance of his horses on a national stage.
“My high point would have to be winning Dublin and getting the Reserve Championship this year, after such disappointment last year, losing Baltydaniel Silver Queen, the week before Dublin, with her having won Dublin the year before in 2015. It was great to bounce back.” Daniel explained.
A bright future is in store for Daniel, as Clogheen Stud continues to grow from strength-to-strength.
Over the last number of years, Daniel has also started to build up a herd comprising of close to twenty breeding females, with a large number of pedigree Beef Shorthorn cattle managed under the ‘Castletown’ prefix.
He has intentions to maintain the quality of the herd, with expansion also a strong possibility in the future.
Regarding his Irish Draughts, he knows exactly where he wants his future to take him, backed by a very forward-thinking and progressive plan.
“I find it increasingly hard to breed true-to-type deep-bodied, short-legged Irish Draughts, I will be using more frozen semen going forward to try and retain type.”
While several long-term future plans are stirring in the pipeline, Daniel will tie the knot early next month and is very optimistic to see what exactly the future holds in store for him.
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