Meet our exceptional Equestrian Instructor Team, a dynamic group of individuals fueled by a shared love for horses and a commitment to nurturing equestrian skills. With diverse backgrounds and a collective dedication to providing an unparalleled learning experience, these instructors are more than guides in the saddle; they are the cornerstone of our equestrian community. Join us as we introduce the faces behind the reins, sharing stories, insights, and a glimpse into the vibrant world of Cherry Orchard Equine Centre.

Meet Nichole Murray

About Nichole

I am from the midlands, living on the Roscommon side of Athlone. I started riding at 5 and had my first pony at 7. Growing up, I had several ponies, starting with Bloondy, then Penny, and Smoking Joey, who unfortunately passed away. This was the only time in my life I wanted to give up horse riding. With encouragement, I got Calypso and finally Mac Murray’s Lad, whom I outgrew and sold at 16. From a young age, I helped out at Derwins riding school, which contributed to my livery and lessons.

I loved hunting and hunter trails as a kid/teenager, particularly cross country. I also participated in show jumping leagues, earning numerous trophies and rosettes.


After selling my beloved pony Mac, whom I still miss, I rode thoroughbreds on the gallops and helped train them. After school, I worked in a dealer/hunt yard in Coxwalls, England. Upon my return, I obtained my Stage 2 teach and worked at Halston Stud, handling stallions, weaning and halter-breaking foals, and breaking horses. I then accepted a position in Clonshire, working in the livery yard and completing my Stage 3 BHS exams.

I spent 3 months in America, riding and caring for horses in LA and learning Western riding and Perelli Natural Horsemanship at a ranch in Montana. My journey concluded in New York, where I visited Pal-O-Mine in Long Island, offering a variety of equine-assisted therapies.


Horses, even when I didn’t realize it, have always been a source of comfort and therapy for me. Wanting to share this experience, I discovered Equine Assisted Learning/Psychotherapy and became EAGALA certified. EAGALA, led by an American model, is the global leader in equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development.

My passion lies in horses and wellbeing (mental health), and I aspire to continue developing this in the future.

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