Sinead Halpin-Maynard is an international competitor and trainer and has been riding at the Advanced level since 1999. In 2011, Sinead earned and maintained her spot on world stage, proving to be a top competitor as well as a class ambassador of the sport by placing 3rd in her first CCI4* at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
Sinead excels in the training of young horses and brings those with talent successfully through the levels. A true communicator, Sinead takes pride in developing relationships both with her horses and her students. She believes that patience and a solid foundation of basics are the keys to successes further down the line.
Sinead was named to the United States Equestrian Team for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in 2014 aboard Manoir de Carneville, the USEF 2012 Horse of Honor. Aboard “Tate”, Sinead has had several top-ten results at the hardest events in the world, most notably finishing in 2nd place finish at the prestigious Burghley CCI4* in 2012.
At a young age, Sinead caught the eyes of eventing legends David O’Connor and Captain Mark Phillips. Sinead has spent countless hours training alongside the leaders of the sport, including a year spent working for William Fox-Pitt. No matter how successful they become, all great riders are also lifetime students, and Sinead still makes her education a priority. She trains with David and also works with discipline coaches, such as Olympian Jaqueline Brooks and Grand Prix Show Jumper Amanda Flint.
Sinead is an ICP III Certified Trainer with the USEA and is currently the Area II Young Rider Coach. Sinead is one of the original board members of Professional Riders Organization (PRO), which utilizes the country’s top professional event riders to connect with fans and raise awareness of the sport.
Sinead trains out of Long Valley, NJ and winters in Ocala, FL.
“I met Sinead when she was an 18 year old learning the ropes of this sport. In the time I’ve known her, I’ve watched her grow from being an outgoing, aggressive young rider to a solid professional with real talent and finesse. She’s persevered through the ups and downs of this sport and come out stronger and more focused than ever.’’
– David O’Connor, US Olympic Gold Medalist and Head Coach of the United States Equestrian Team
“Sinead was part of my team for the 2008 season, she was a brilliant person to have around and did a fantastic job keeping my horses on track, particularly when I was away competing. She schooled the horses on the flat and over fences and it was very obvious to me how well she kept them feeling soft and supple.’’
-William Fox-Pitt, British Olympic Medalist, Multiple Winner of Badminton, Burghley and The British Open Ranked #1 in Britain, #1 Ranked Rider in the world.