Circle Oak Equine is proud to sponsor Ollie Galligan and Galligan Performance Horses
Ollie was born in Killashandra, Ireland and came to the US in 1996 to pursue a career as a reining and reined cowhorse trainer, apprenticing with an NRHA Judge and other talented equestrians. Ollie moved to Sonoma County in 2000, where his career training reining horses really took off. He married fellow reining enthusiast and Appaloosa breeder Gillian Baxter in 2007 and they live on their beautiful ranch here in Petaluma with their sons Connor and Benji.
Ollie has had many successes in the NRHA, but he considers one of his greatest accomplishments to be the first person to represent Ireland in the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Ollie is a past president of the largest NRHA affiliate, the West Coast Reining Horse Association, and he and his customers compete at many NRHA shows throughout the year, including futurities and derbys as far away as Oklahoma City. Ollie and Gillian also attend the Appaloosa Reining Horse Association Futurity yearly, where they compete with their appaloosa futurity horses and showcase Gillian’s breeding program.
Ollie travels all over the US buying and selling horses and seeking the perfect matches for his clients. Whether starting a young horse, setting goals for shows, teaching youth or non-pros, or matching horses with riders, Ollie and Gillian strive to provide the very best service to their clients and best care for their horses.
When asked what advice he would give others, Ollie responded, "Follow your dreams. Nothing is impossible if you really work hard at it."
We feel honored and fortunate that we are on Ollie and Gillian’s team!