Rankin is excited to join renowned O'Connor's yard
Omagh showjumper Jenny Rankin has been headhunted to join one of the world's leading competition yards owned by Olympian Cian O'Connor.
The 23-year-old will move from the Bourns Showjumping team, in Belgium and Athlone, to Karlswood Stables near Ashbourne outside Dublin to compete as part of the huge showjumping empire built by O'Connor.
Rankin, who made her name on numerous horses from the yard of Andrew and Deirdre Bourns - she competed last year in the Global Champions Tour of Chantilly - had been highly successful with Seatop Blue, Benny's Legacy, Baccarat and MHS Attraction.
The former Seskinore Pony Club rider left school and worked part-time for the Bourns family before grabbing the chance when offered a full-time job, developing her career to the top level.
"I am looking forward to joining the team at Karlswood. They have an extremely high level of professionalism in all areas of the horse business which I am excited to be part of. I think there is a lot to learn from Cian and his team," she said.
Earlier this year, Rankin was on the winning Irish Nations Cup teams in Norway and Denmark with Benny's Legacy.
"I've watched with great interest the development of Jenny up to Grand Prix level over the past few seasons," explained O'Connor.
"We are excited to welcome her to our Karlswood Team where the hope is that she will be part of a group of riders we already work with developing our horses to the top level.
"It coincides with the opening of our new base in Ireland later this year, and having someone of Jenny's calibre as part of our organisation will allow the company to further grow and develop."