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Meet Our Team

Managing Director

John O'Connor

John O’Connor MVB MRCVS has been a pivotal member of Ballylinch Stud for over 30 years. Initially the stud manager and resident vet, John was appointed as Ballylinch’s managing director at the turn of the millennium. An inductee to the ITBA Hall of Fame, a former chairman and current council member of the ITBA, a member of the HRI Pattern Committee and the chairman of the Irish EBF, John is one of the most respected figures in the bloodstock and racing industry.


Ballylinch Team

Michael Dunne

Accounts & Administration Manager

Eoin Fives

Bloodstock & Nominations

Stephanie Kennedy

Client Relations & Marketing

Nicola Griffin

Stud Office & Nominations Administration

Debbie Quinn

Bloodstock Administration

Ray Doyle

Stallion Manager

Nevelin Neykov

Resident Mare Manager

Declan Foy

Visiting Mares Manager

Pat Shanahan

Pre-Training Manager

Ben Nolan

Pre-Training Assistant Manager

Lindsey Linane

Yearling Manager

Imogen Henderson BVSc MRCVS

Resident Vet

The Ballylinch Team

Stallion Team

From left to right: Stephen Cox, Niall Radford, Ray Doyle (Manager)

Mare Team

From left to right: Andrew Power, Lorraine McElligott, Holly Nixon, Declan Foy (Visiting Mares Manager), Jennifer Breslin (Resident Mares Assistant Manager), Petko Petkov, Aimee Donohoe, Zlati Petkov, Chris Westropp Bennett, Nevelin Neykov (Resident Mares Manager)

inset: Derek Smith, Rachel Nevin

Pre-training Team

From left to right: Julio Lourenco, Michael Fitzgearald, Pat Shanahan (Manager), Sarah Phelan, James Harrison, Emma Carton

inset: Ben Nolan (Assistant Manager), Darragh Collier

Yearling Team

From left to right: Patrick Hamilton, Lindsey Lenane (Manager), Cian Drennan, Cass Sadler, Ethan Blackmore, Emily Asprey, Piotr Czerwinski, Hayley Rooney, Paschal Lawlor, Orla Daley

Philip Blake

General Manager

Ronan Wade

Yearling Manager

Jack Shanahan

Broodmare Manager

Castlemartin Team

From left to right: Darren Ryall, Michael Barrett, Ronan Wade (Yearling Manager), Philip Blake (General Manager), Joe Hanly, Jack Shanahan (Mare Manager),
Tomas Lelys, Kat Dempsey, Nicola McDonald, Jennifer Doyle, inset: Agniezka Micor, Ethan Cullen, Valerie O’Brien

Join the Team

We recruit people all year round for seasonal and full-time positions.

Roles involve the daily care of foals, yearlings, mares and riding out. There will also be opportunities to assist with foaling and coverings and opportunities to attend bloodstock sales.

To apply, please forward your CV and cover letter to


There have been many former employees of Ballylinch Stud who have gone on to achieve success throughout the bloodstock and racing industries including but not limited to:

Nick Bell
Manager, Haras de Meautry

Marguerite Bellenger
Assistant, Arqana

Peter Berglar
Owner, Stonereath Stud

James Byrne
Manager, Ballygallon Stud

Mark Byrne
Nominations, Coolmore

Leo Dooley
Norevale Farm

Matthieu Gouesnard
Haras d’Ombreville

Denis Griffin
Yearling Manager, Vinery Stud

Thomas Leffray
Bloodstock, Arqana

John McCormack
Bloodstock Agent

Stephen O’Connor
Director, Go Bloodstock

Jonathon Smithers
Manager, Car Colston Stud

Kevin Sommerville
Racing Manager, Drakenstein Stud