Dave has had a love and passion for horses for as long as he can remember. With no background in racing he started off working for a small trainer back home in Galway, at the age of 13. He spent a number of years working there at weekends, summer holidays and often when he should have been at school! This was where his aspiration to become a trainer began.
Dave travelled to Australia in his early twenties where he spent 5 years working for a number of different trainers such as Bart and Anthony Cummings in Sydney, Paul Messara and a short time with Darley in Melbourne. Whilst in Australia, Dave also spent time working at Oaklands Stud and running a breaking and pre-training yard just outside Brisbane.
Dave met his wife Sarah while in Australia and moved back to the UK in 2013. Here he spent a season with Daniel Mark Loughnane, John Quinn and finally with Tom Dascombe before taking out his own trainer’s license. Whilst completing his trainer’s modules Dave was lucky enough to spend some time with Sir Mark Prescott, Stuart Williams and David Elsworth.
Based at Helshaw Grange, Dave is proving that with a brilliant team behind him he is more than capable of competing at every level in racing, whilst ensuring that every horse in the yard gets the attention it deserves and is trained to suit its individual needs. After all, Dave Loughnane Racing is the place where your horse comes first!