Leo enjoys all aspects of the industry, particularly prepping young stock for sale and racing in the US and Europe.
“I learned early in my industry experience at Jim Bolger’s that if I made this my career, I’d never feel like I was getting up to go to work; I’d always be getting up in the morning to do something I truly enjoy, that I’m really passionate about.”
Sarah most enjoys the breeding stock aspect of the industry – the arrival of the Keeneland November sales catalogs every year is like Christmas morning.
“Growing up in this industry, and as a kid tailing around after my dad at the Keeneland November sales, I was always sure this would be my career path. Seeing the way of life that my parents have created through their business has definitely instilled a desire in me for that same living.”
From Co. Clare, Ireland, Erin has been passionate about horses from a young age. She gained a degree in Equine Science at the University of Limerick, which included a work placement at Ballylinch Stud, where Leo was also working at the time. Erin stayed on full time for 4 years. In 2017, she made that infamous trip across the pond to Kentucky to work for the late Gerry Dilger at Dromoland Farm. “Gerry was the most amazing mentor, and my abilities and confidence grew immensely during my year there,” she says fondly.
Erin returned to Ireland and spent a breeding season working for Paul and Marie McCartan of Ballyphilip Stud. Still, Kentucky pulled her back again – to Dromoland Farm, then a yearling prep season at Don Alberto, and she joined Norevale Farm in November of 2020.
Erin particularly enjoys working with foals and yearlings and thrives off of seeing horses progress and develop. “I love having horses from birth to sales as you get to learn them and their personality and what methods work best for them. They are all unique, and what works for one might not work for another, and I love a bit of a challenge.”