Growing up in Irmo, S.C., Sinead Halpin spent much of her childhood riding ponies. She enjoyed a very successful Young Rider career, which included completing her first CCI3* at 19 on Killian. Halpin spent many years working for U.S. Olympians Karen and David O’Connor at their High Acre Farm in The Plains, Va.
In 2005, Halpin won the USEF National Two-Star Championship at Radnor with Tommy.
During the spring of 2007, Halpin moved to England, where she trained with U.S. Chef d’Equipe Mark Phillips. While in the UK, she also spent 10 months working for British Olympian William Fox-Pitt. During her stay in England, Halpin gained invaluable experience. It was during her time abroad that Halpin found Manoir de Carneville. Upon returning to the U.S. in the fall of 2008, the pair came in third in the CCI2* at Fair Hill International.
2009 was a banner year for this combination. They were fifth in the CIC3* at Wits End and second in the CIC3* at Plantation Field. Halpin and “Tate” ended the season with a fifth-place finish in their first CCI3* at Fair Hill International.
In 2010, Halpin and Tate won the CIC2* at Richland Park in the summer. They completed the season by completing the Boekelo CCI3* in The Netherlands.
The pair started out 2011 by winning the Advanced division at Southern Pines Horse Trials II and finishing fourth in the CIC3* at The Fork. In April, Halpin and Manoir de Carneville were third in their first CCI4* at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone and were crowned USEF National CCI4* Eventing Champions. The pair then traveled to England for the Burghley CCI4* and finished 15th out of a huge field of talented horses and riders.
Halpin started 2012 with a bang at the Jersey Fresh International on Manoir de Carneville, finishing the CIC3* in second place. The pair closed out the year with a strong second-place finish and at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in September.
In 2013, Halpin and Manoir de Carneville were the victors of the CIC3* at Plantation Field and an Advanced division at Richland Park.
The pair kicked off their 2014 campaign with a CIC3* win at The Fork before earning a fourth-place finish at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover. In the summer, Halpin rode as an individual for the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.
Halpin runs a successful training and coaching business out of Annandale, N.J.