Charles Byrnes

Charles Byrnes

Charles was always going to be involved in Horse Racing in some form or another. Hailing from a farming background, and from a family who very were fond of Horse Racing – Charles had been bitten by the racing bug at an early age.

Charles started training privately during the 1990’s, sending out his first winner in 1995 in Superior Risk at Limerick, his hometown racecourse. This was only the beginning of the success and during the early 2000’s Charles started training professionally where he then moved into his current facilities in 2003.

Charles has built everything from the ground up and is the essence of a self-made man. He is always adding more to his facilities so that he can get the best out of every racehorse that enters the door in Ballynoe Stables

Having experienced the patience and financial sacrifices needed to get homebred horses to the winner’s enclosure, Charles thrives on getting results for owners who dedicate so much to the sport so we can all enjoy a great day out at the races whatever the budget.

Cathal Byrnes  – Assistant Trainer

Cathal grew up in the yard, and like his Dad the Racing bug got a hold of him early.

From a very early age Cathal has always been involved in the yard and an invaluable asset to Charles Byrnes racing. This interest led Cathal to gear his education towards the equine industry. In 2012, he started college doing Equine Business at Maynooth University. This allowed him to study Equine Science and Management abroad at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, which is the heart of the thoroughbred industry in the United States.  While there he also worked at the world-renowned Ashford Stud.

Upon completion of his degree in 2016, Cathal travelled to Australia where he split his time between working for Coolmore Australia and leading Australian trainer Chris Waller. Cathal now brings this knowledge of racing and breeding around the world with him to Ballynoe Stables.

Charles and Cathal now work together along with the remainder of the staff at Ballynoe Stables to provide a top-class training service geared towards getting success for every owner and horse in Ballynoe Stables.


Charles offers many different types of ownership. Find our more about being an owner by clicking the link below