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Richie Moloney began riding at age six as his whole family was into horses. His family owns and runs the Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre in Kilkenny, Ireland. Richie's four siblings have all jumped in the European Championships for Ireland.
In 2012, Moloney and Slieveanorra won the Wellington CSI2* Grand Prix, placed 2nd in the Wellington Nations Cup, 3rd in the World cup qualifier CSI4* Grand Prix in Toronto and 2nd in the World Cup qualifer CSI4* Grand Prix in Bridgehampton. His most memorable moment to date is winning the Irish Nation's Cup team event at the 2012 RDS horse show in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2013, Moloney and Equinimity LLC’s Slieveanorra jumped to victory in the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic to conclude the week’s jumper competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival. That same year, Moloney and Carrabis Z won the $40,000 Longines Cup at the 38th Hampton Classic as the only one of three pairs in the jump-off to finish faultlessly, making him the winner of the inaugural Longines Rider Challenge.
In 2014, the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale CSI 5* Grand Prix ended in a thrilling fashion with Moloney and Slieveanorra producing a double clear round to finish in second place. Maloney then went on to place third in the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, presented by Land Rover. Moloney’s third-place finish put him on top in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge for the second consecutive year, earning 300 points from the week’s 10 open jumper classes.
Moloney enjoyed a surge of success in 2015, sailing to victory in the $210,000 Tryon Grand Prix with Carrabis Z in June. The pair then went on the clinch the $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier at the American Gold Cup.
Moloney claimed several wins in 2016 beginning with the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic at WEF 4 on Alvid. Moloney was an integral part of the Irish Team that won the FEI Nations Cup competition, followed by another major victory in the $380,000 Douglas Elliman CSI5* Grand Prix on Carrabis Z. At the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s spring event in May, Moloney raced to victory in the $35,000 Hollow Creek CSI3* Speed Cup aboard Slieveannora. He then returned for the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s fall event, taking third place in the $130,000 CSI 3* Grand Prix with Slieveanorra.
The Hampton Classic was a highlight event for Moloney. He competed seven horses and earned top placings and several victories. In one of the most exciting jump-off rounds in the Classic's history, Moloney and Carrabis Z beat athletes from nine nations to win the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix. The victory also gave Moloney the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge as the horse show's leading open jumper rider for third time in four years. Prior to that victory the pair took tenth place in the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier. With his other mounts, Moloney took second place in the $40,000 SOVARO® Speed Stake and 10th place in the $10,000 Open Jumper classes aboard Ypaja Yando,; ninth place in the
$50,000 LONGINES Cup riding Button Sitte; third place in the $10,000 Shamrock Ventures Open Jumper and fifth place in the $30,000 Boar’s Head Open Jumper Challenge aboard Slieveannora; and second place in the $10,000 Open Jumper.
Moloney’s top placings continued with a second place in the $35,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake with Ypaja Yando at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, followed by 11th place with Button Sitte in the $216,000 U.S. Open FEI Grand Prix CSI 3* at the Central Park Horse Show in New York. At the National Horse Show in Kentucky, Moloney won the $35,000 Shelby Drazan Foundation International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed CSI4* class with Slieveanorra and took eighth place in the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier with Carrabis Z. He also received the Audi of Lexington Leading International Open Jumper Rider Award.
Moloney had a good 2017 season, taking 11th place with Freestyle de Muze in the $216,000 Ariat CSI 4* Grand Prix during week four of WEF. A week later he and Carrabis Z placed seventh in the $130,000 WEF Challenge Cup CSI5* and the duo were an integral part of Irish Team that bested seven other countries to clinch the $100,000 FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* at HITS Ocala.
At the Kentucky Spring Classic Moloney kicked off the international competition with a win with his longtime partner Slieveanorra in the $35,000 Welcome Speed Stake CSI3*. He also took seventh place in the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* 7th with Carrabis Z.
On the European circuit, Moloney had several top placings at shows including the Hickstead CSIO5* and Dublin Horse Show CSIO5* where he placed fourth in the JLT Dublin Stakes and Anglesea Serpentine Stakes, both with Carrabis Z.
At the Hampton Classic, Moloney proved that consistent results yield big returns as he earned the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge as the Classic's leading open jumper rider. Moloney received a Longines timepiece and a check for $30,000. In the five years the award has existed at the Classic, Moloney has won it four times! His results included ninth place in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix with Carrabis Z; third place in the $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake and seventh place in the $50,000 Longines Cup, both with Ypaja Yando; third place in both the $10,000 Jaguar Open Jumper and $30,000 Boar’s Head Open Jumper Challenge with Slieveanorra; eighth place in the $15,000 Le SportSac Speed Derby with Alsvid; eighth place in the $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper with Freestyle de Muze; fifth place in the $10,000 Shamrock Ventues Open Jumper with Merqusio; and third place with Rocksy Music in the $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper.
After starting the 2018 season at WEF with several horses, Moloney kicked off the Kentucky Spring Classic with win in the $35,000 Welcome Stake with Slieveanorra. He and Carrabis placed fifth in the $131,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* and fifth place in the $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix with Button Sitte, the horse that then took Moloney to the top of the podium in the $70,000 Carolina Arena Equipment Grand Prix CSI** at the TIEC in July.
Double clear rounds by Moloney and his mount Carrabis Z, helped the Irish team score the gold medal over second placed Canada and third placed Mexico in the Nations Cup at the Langley CSIO5* in British Columbia.
At the Hampton Classic, Moloney galloped to victory in the $15,000 Speed Derby with Alsvid. He and Rocksy Music came close in the $70,000 Longines Cup CSI4* after a clear round, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. The pair also took fourth place in the $40,000 Hampton Classic Speed Stake. With Slieveanorra, Moloney took second place in both the $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper and $10,000 Open Jumper (Sect B), and also took 10th place in the $30,000 Boar’s Head Open Jumper Challenge.
Back in Tryon in October, Moloney and Button Sitte took fifth place in the $132,000 1.50m Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI5*.
Moloney’s 2019 season started strong at WEF, taking third place in the $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic riding Freestyle de Muze. He scored another third place finish with double clear rounds aboard Rocksy Music in the $391,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI5* against a field of top contenders.