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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 Manager

    Lindsey Linane

    Yearling Manager

    Imogen Henderson

    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, Derek Smith, Lorraine McElligott, Nevelin Neykov (Resident Mares Manager), Jennifer Breslin (Resident Mares Assistant Manager), Petko Petkov, Aimee Donohoe, Holly Nixon, Declan Foy (Visiting Mares Manager)

    inset: Chris Westropp Bennet, Rachel Nevin and Zlati Petkov

    Pre-training Team

    From left to right: Sarah Phelan, Julio Lourenco, Emma Carton, James Harrison, Orla Daley, Mick Fitzgerald, Pat Shanahan (Manager)

    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

    Ground Staff & Catering

    From left to right: Imelda Dillon, Walter Walsh, Breda Quinn

    inset: Paddy Daly, Rob Anderson

    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: Shannon Dempsey, Ger Houlihan, Connor Seymour, 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