Diana McClure Cooney
Diana competed on the mid-atlantic "A" hunter/jumper circuit for 10 years. While attending Virginia Tech, she was a riding instructor for a public lesson program comprised of 200 students. She was also the riding instructor for the Virginia Tech Sports Camp. For the past 26 years, she has focused her attention on breaking and training flat and steeplechase horses. She often blends the two worlds by retraining race horses for other disciplines. She currently serves as secretary on the Board of the Virginia Horseman's Benevolent Protective Association (HBPA) where she has developed an internship program called "Kids to Colonial" at the Colonial Downs Race Meet, for teenagers interested in horse racing.
Michael, a native of Ireland, was the 1980 leading apprentice jockey in the Country. He was the assistant and head jockey for multiple leading Irish trainers. Upon arriving in the United States,
he assisted Tony Everard in breaking 2 year old racing prospects for sale preparation.
Since 1996 he has been assisting Diana in the breaking and training of flat and steeplechase race horses. He is a steeplechase jockey who competes regularly on the mid-atlantic circuit having won major races including the International Gold Cup.