Nina Carberry

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Nina Carberry
Born (1984-07-21) 21 July 1984 (age 34)
Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland[1]
Career wins412[2]
Significant horses
Organisedconfusion, Garde Champetre, On The Fringe

Nina Carberry (born 21 July 1984)[3] is a retired Irish female National Hunt jockey. She hails from a racing family and is the daughter of jockey Tommy Carberry.


Carberry got her first Cheltenham Festival win in 2005 on Dabiroun in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle.[4] It was the first time in 18 years that a female jockey won a race at the Cheltenham Festival.[5] In 2005/06, she became Irish Qualified Rider Champion for the first time and repeated the feat the next season.[6] At the Cheltenham Festival, she won the 2007 Cross Country Handicap Chase on Heads Onthe Ground, before winning on Garde Champetre in 2008 and 2009, to give her a record three wins in the race. She extended it to four wins in 2016 with Josies Orders when Any Currency was disqualified. In 2015 and 2016 she won the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival riding On the Fringe. In 2011, she won the Irish Grand National on Organisedconfusion which was trained by her uncle Arthur Moore, becoming only the second woman rider to win the race.[7][8][9] Between 2006 and 2016, she has competed in the Grand National six times, completing the course on four occasions. Her best result being a seventh-place finish on Character Building in 2010. In 2015, she won the Fox Hunters' Chase at Aintree riding On the Fringe.

On 21 September 2017, in her first race since November 2016, she won as a mother for the first time. Her win was on Cask Mate at Ballinrobe in the Connacht Tribune flat race.[10] On 28 April 2018 the final day of the Punchestown Festival, Carberry announced her retirement after she won on Josies Orders for trainer Enda Bolger and owner JP McManus.

Other Work[edit]

In 2013, she became a racing assistant to Noel Meade.[11] In 2015 she started riding out for Aidan O'Brien during the summer.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Nina married Ted Walsh Junior in February 2012. Walsh is the son of former jockey and Aintree National winning trainer Ted Walsh. Nina's brother in-law is top jockey Ruby Walsh and her sister in-law is the Irish jockey Katie Walsh. Nina announced in November 2016 she was expecting her first child and would miss the remainder of the 2016/17 National Hunt season.[13] She gave birth to Rosie in May 2017.[14]


In 2013, she appeared on documentary The Irish Road To Cheltenham which was shown on RTÉ One television in Ireland.[15]

Major wins[edit]

Republic of Ireland Ireland

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NEWS: Nina Carberry retires from race riding". 28 April 2018. Archived from the original on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ O'Hehir, Tony (28 April 2018). "Out on a high: Carberry retires following emotional victory on Josies Orders | Horse Racing News | Racing Post". Archived from the original on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  3. ^ Sara Waterson (27 March 2011). "Grand National Ladies - Nina Carberry". Eclipse. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
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  5. ^ "Irish racing families". Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Grand National Guide". Grand National. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  7. ^ "National glory for Nina and Organisedconfusion". Racing Post. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Nina Carberry triumphs in Irish Grand National on Organisedconfusion". The Guardian. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Nina Carberry successful in Irish National". RTÉ Sport. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Carberry makes victorious return". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Nina Carberry joins Noel Meade's team as racing assistant -". 30 September 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  12. ^ Kane, Conor (14 November 2015). "Nina Carberry Q&A: 'You're never told here 'you can't do that because you're a girl". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Nina Carberry: Pregnant jockey to miss rest of the season". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Nina makes quick return to the saddle". Irish Fields. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Limerick Jockey to appear on RTÉ". Limerick Post. 28 February 2013. Archived from the original on 7 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.