Alana Macartney Owner Brillare Equine
Alana has spent her entire life involved with horses and dogs both as a hobby and professionally as a McTimoney Animal Chiropractor. Over the years, Alana noticed that in order to get quality products, she was forced to pay ridiculous prices and the lower priced items didn't last as well meaning they needed replacing more regularly. Alana was very excited when she discovered Brillare products which are not only great quality but also reasonably priced meaning that she could spend less on looking good and more on doing what she really loves....training and competing with her horse. Alana is dedicated to ensuring that every product that Brillare provides is something that she would be happy to use and priced fairly. She has big ideas for the business and loves customer feedback!
Sponsored rider -Showjumping
Jonathan is the latest rider to join our team. He is 21 years old and basedin Co Tyrone, Ireland. He is the son of Richard and nephew of Peter Smyth both of whom jumped internationally for Ireland.
Upon finishing his A levels in 2015 he decided to take a year out to pursue his passion of Show jumping and due to tremendous success and enjoyment, that gap year turned into a career.
Jonathan started riding when he was 5 years old and has competed ever since through ponies and into horses. He and his father have been lucky enough to source a great string of horses and Jonathan feels very lucky to be able to compete on them. He has horses of all ages that he is producing currently from 4 year olds right up to Grand Prix level.
Jonathan feels very lucky to have been trained by former world champion, Dermott Lennon for the past 2 years. He has also won bursaries to Florida to Train with Andrew Bournes and Switzerland to train with Martin Fuchs.
Here are just a few of his major achievements to date :
2017 European Championship Young Rider team member for Ireland in Samorin, Slovakia with his 12 year old Charlton Clio (4th place)
2018 European Championships for young riders team member in Fountainbleu, France for Ireland with his 8 year old Mulvin Lui (5th place)
2nd place in the 1.55 nations cup of Hagen, Germany (Charlton Clio)
Winner 1.50 Cavan International Grand Prix 2016 (Charlton Clio)
2nd 1.50 Cavan international Grand Prix 2018 (Charlton Clio)
Winner of 1.45 Irish Masters and 1.40 Grand Prix at the Northern Indoor Champioships 2017, only the 3rd horse and rider in the long history of the show to win both classes in the same year (Charlton Clio)
5th 2018 1.50 CSI 2* GP Balmoral (Mulvin Lui)
1st 1.40 national Grand Prix Portmore 2018 (Mulvin Lui)
Winner of Autumn 1.40 grand prixs in Eglinton, Cavan, Meadows, Portmore and kernans 2017 (Charlton Clio x2, Pingball, and Mulvin Lui)
Winner of Autumn Grand Prix league 2017
1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 1.40 Grand Prix of Kernans 2018
5th in the €25,000 2018 Irish Breeders Classic for 5 and 6 year old horses on his fathers “Mulvin Lights Out”
Winner of 1.40 young rider Grand Prix at CSI 5* RDS Dublin horse show (Charlton Clio)
4th in 7/8 year old at CSI 5* RDS Dublin (Mulvin Lui)
These are just a few of the wins and placings that mean a lot to Jonathan and he is hopeful that many more will follow.
His plan for 2019 is quite exciting. He has what he believes is the horse of a life time in Mulvin Lui, who is now 9 years old and who with some luck and a lot of hard work he hopes to take to the very top of the sport, competing in Europe and at home in Ireland. He also has some smashing younger horses who he will produce at home in Ireland to prepare them for RDS Dublin Qualifiers before taking a few of them to Europe in the autumn.
Jonathan has been using Brillare fly veils for a while now since his sister bought him 3 for his birthday. He is really a fan of the design, especially the tie down veils as they "fit to perfection".
Chaise Purcell Sponsored rider- Showjumping
Chaise has been with Brillare since the very beginning. At a mere 19 years of age, Chaise is already competing at 1.40m and aims to become more established and form part of future European and Nations Cup teams.
Her top horse Ferrari, an 8 year old gelding by Emmerton has been with Chaise since a 6 year old.
Chaise trains with Laura Renwick and forms part of the 2018 Sporting Excellence Study Programme run by British Showjumping and supported by Haddon Training which will result in a diploma at the end of the year.
We are exceptionally proud of Chaise and her achievements to date and are excited to have her on board the Brillare team where we will be keeping a very keen eye on her progress.
April Joynson Sponsored Rider _ Dressage
April is an 18 year old dressage rider and has competed for England at the Home International Competition andup to Junior FEI Level.
Her career highlights to date are: winning the Home International Competition 2018; qualifying two horses in four classes at the British Dressage National competition 2018, where she was placed 5th and 10th in both classes. Winning the U21s Elementary championships 2016 & 2017; gaining reserve champion in 2018. Winning the Riding Club national competitions 2018 at Elementary level. Reserve champion at the BD National qualifiers at Medium level. Winning the Elementary national qualifiers 2018. (Full results on British Dressage Page.)
Her main competition pony, Bryntegilwnyau Rocky Robin,was bought by April as a 4 year old ex- racing pony, when she was just 12 years of age. April has produced him herselff winning many national level competitions over the years. The duo have now just moved up medium level.
April is a self funded, hard working young rider, who’s main aim is to show aspiring riders, that it is not always about how much money you have behind you, but how hard you are willing to work to achieve success.
April has produced many horses over the years and has been lucky enough to be given some great opportunities to ride some top horses. Her main aims for 2019 are to qualify Rocky Robin for the British Dressage National championships at medium level; be selected for the Home- International again at either Elementary or medium level; and start competing at advanced medium at the end of 2019. Another aim within 2019 is to break in her young horse and slowly bring him on, ready to start competing in 2020.
Quality Control and testing
Polly is the head of product testing for all things Equine here at Brillare. She has stringent standards and isn't afraid to tell the rest of the team if she doesn't like something.
She also has a fully stocked Brillare wardrobe and is always on the lookout for new designs to extend the range.
Smiggle has been brought into the business to expand the canine product offerings as she didn't understand why her big sister Polly was getting all the pretty shiny things.
She is a huge fan of everything Brillare and is always on the lookout for new ideas and designs.
She is also a big fan of mud which has proved extremely useful when determining the durability of Brillare products.