About Us

Virginia and Porter

Virginia and Porter

Owner Virginia Croskery Lauridsen is an amateur rider with a passion for all things equestrian. A regular competitor on the “A” circuit, Virginia competes in mid-level Jumper classes with her favorite gelding Porte Bonheur. A classical singer by profession, she is currently a professor at Simpson College and holds a doctorate in music. Virginia is an avid foxhunter with the Moingona Hunt and directly oversees the daily management and maintenance of Irish Run Farms.
Daniela and Porter

Daniela and Porter

Barn Manager Daniela Graham attended Iowa State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in animal science. She has 12 years of animal husbandry, education and management experience in the zoo field. Before coming to Irish Run, she was the Manager of Education at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. Daniela has a passion for working with children and animals and a special interest in animal behavior and training. Previous to her appointment as barn manager, she was a boarder at Irish Run and lived on the property for several years. Daniela grew up in a ‘horsey’ family and enjoys pleasure riding. She is also the owner of Paws ‘n’ More Petsitting in Des Moines, IA