Day 1 Ireland Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend

11:46 AM 09 Aug 2014 NZST
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Oakwood Stud's stallion Share The Delight hams it up for the camera
Photo by Nadina Ironia
Entrance to Oakwood Stud Farm
Photo by Nadina Ironia
Roger Huston and Heather Vitale checking out Carmel Camden
Photo by Nadina Ironia
Lexie Delaney checks out her set of Harness Hero Trading Cards
Photo by Nadina Ironia
Planting the oak tree in memory of Vincent Delaney. (left to right) Bernie Kelly, Stephanie & Steve Wolf, Anthony Butt, David Wilson, Wally Hennessey, Roger Huston, Alanah Delaney, James Delaney, Derek Delaney, Heather Vitale & James Delaney, Jr.
Photo by Nadina Ironia
James Delaney (left), Wally Hennessey (Center) and Derek Delaney with Carmel Camden
Photo by Nadina Ironia
Checking out the quality of hay with Steve Wolf
Photo by Nadina Ironia
Stacks of big bale straw in the barn
Photo by Stephanie Wolf
Broodmares and foals at Oakwood Stud
Photo by Nadina Ironia
New litter of miniature Jack Russell Terriers
Photo by Stephanie Wolf
Oakwood Stud's beautiful horse trailer that includes living quarters
Photo by Stephanie Wolf
Heading into Killeen Pub
Photo by Stephanie Wolf
Steve Wolf's first Guiness in Ireland with Anthony Butt
Photo by Stephanie Wolf
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When we first arrived this morning in Dublin, Ireland, it was cloudy and overcast with a misty rain about, but customs was a breeze off we went to drop off our bags at the hotel. That would all change for the better!

There would be no rest for the weary on this trip, it was a harness racing trip of a lifetime and we were already going in an extra distance race after an opening quarter mile of :26.1. We (Wally Hennessey, my wife, Stephanie Wolf, and myself) had just finished flying in from Toronto, Canada on the red-eye, leaving at 11 pm Thursday and getting into Dublin Friday morning at 10:30 am.

We headed to the hotel and met the rest of the crew. Anthony Butt from New Zealand had arrived Wednesday and had a leg up on us already, Roger Huston and Heather Vitale came in at 8 am Friday, and we got to meet our host, Derek Delaney and his lovey wife Lilian and their cute daughter Lexie. Other special guests that would join us on the trip were David Wilson of Scotland, Bernie (Bernadette) Kelly and the superb equine artist/photographer, Nadina Ironia.

Then it was off to Derek and James Delaney’s Oakwood Stud Farm and Training Center in Greenhill Rhode in County Offaly. A beautiful facility that can be best described by the photos in this story. Lunch was at a splendid Irish pub nearby called Killeen and then we were able to head back to the hotel and pass out for a few hours.

We capped off the 36-hour day by being part of a special kick-off dinner for the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial Series weekend with a tribute dinner at the hotel with another 50 new friends.

Words cannot describe the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and great time we had so please enjoy these photographs!

By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

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