Patrick "Paddy" Gallagher grew up in Strabane, Northern Ireland, as the youngest in a family of 10 children. From a young age Paddy (or Pat as he is called in Ireland) was fascinated by horses - any time away from school he spent grooming show horses for local riders. Old enough to try to follow into the footsteps of his older brother Jimmy, Paddy started spending his school holidays on the Curragh in Ireland. That's also, once finished school, where he found his first job working for trainer P. Norris. Paddy started out as an exercise rider who soon got the first rides in jump races. Always open-minded and curious to travel, Paddy decided he wanted to experience racing abroad. So he followed the advice of a wise man who suggested he try his luck in America.