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Derek O'Byrne White is an AQHA  professional horseman . As an accomplished equestrian and Level 4 IQHA (Irish Quarter Horse Association) instructor, Derek has dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence in horsemanship.

Based at Cochise Stud, a small facility located near Birr in County Offaly, Ireland, Derek combines his passion for horses with his extensive knowledge and experience to train both riders and horses in various western disciplines.

Derek's involvement in the equestrian community goes beyond his role as an instructor. He is a director of the Irish Quarter Horse Association, where he actively contributes to the development and promotion of the breed in Ireland. In addition, Derek serves as the current President of the IQHA, further demonstrating his commitment to the advancement of the organization and its members.

Throughout his career, Derek has achieved remarkable success, earning four European titles in various western disciplines alongside his own horses. These accolades are a testament to his dedication, skill, and the strong bond he cultivates with his equine partners.

One of Derek's notable specialties lies in working with novice riders and interns from both the European Union and the United States. He understands the importance of establishing a solid foundation in horsemanship, placing a strong emphasis on the significance of groundwork. Derek firmly believes that respectful and effective groundwork is the key to achieving a harmonious partnership with the horse, which then translates to success when riding.

Derek's commitment to sharing his expertise and knowledge extends beyond individual training sessions. He regularly conducts boot camp clinics for the IQHA, providing valuable opportunities for riders to enhance their skills and deepen their understanding of horsemanship. These clinics are held at his venue, Cochise Stud, where participants benefit from the exceptional facilities and the expert guidance of Derek.

For those interested in connecting with Derek or seeking further information about his services, he can be reached via email at Additionally, more details can be found on his website,, where visitors can explore the offerings provided by Derek and Cochise Stud.

Derek O'Byrne White's unwavering dedication to the AQHA, his expertise in western disciplines, and his commitment to teaching and training have made him a highly respected figure in the equestrian community. Through his guidance and passion, he continues to inspire and empower riders, helping them achieve their goals while fostering a deep understanding and appreciation for the art of horsemanship.

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