Meet The Team

Peter Molony

Son of the champion jockey Martin Molony, Peter was educated at Glenstal Abbey before getting his first taste of working in the bloodstock industry when doing a yearling season at Mountcoote Stud for Alan Lillingston, who Peter considers ‘a true pioneer and a man ahead of his time’.

He did a diploma in agriculture at Gurteen Agricultural College and then completed the Irish National Stud course in stud management in 1988, after which he spent three years working at various stud farms in New Zealand, Australia and the USA, including Lyndhurst Stud, Ardsley Stud and Three Chimneys.

Peter returned home to develop and run the family’s farm, Rathmore. Shortly after, he became friends with David Redvers, beginning both an enduring friendship and business relationship. Since Peter took on Rathmore, the farm has boarded mares for David and Juliet Minton, Trickledown Stud, Silfield Bloodstock and many more.

Peter has pin-hooked and produced many top class Flat and National Hunt horses, including Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Bobsworth, Hong Kong Derby winner, Sobriety and Park Hill winner and Oaks runner-up, Rising Cross, as well as the Stakes winners Tax Free and Tombstone.

He has worked for Sheikh Fahad and Qatar Racing for seven years as their Irish Representative and since 2013 he has developed and run Spring Lodge following its purchase on behalf of Qatar Racing.

Leanne Casey

From a very young age I grew up with a love for horses. Though it was not part of my family background I was determined to be more involved in the Industry.

I Began working for JP McManus at Martinstown stud on weekends. Then as the school holidays came around I began to invest all of my free time into Horses(not forgetting the studies of course). I was eager to learn and having a good yard foreman teaching me- it was my opportunity to push myself.

These were crucial stepping stones which led me to become a Graduate of The Irish National Stud in 2010.

I then moved to Austraila and worked for Adam Sangster at Swettenham Stud in Nagambie were I began the building blocks for my career. This opened my eyes to a whole new world. Working in all aspects of Stud work I was given the responsibility of Yearling Manager. Having prepped large drafts of some quality yearlings with a great mentor- Tim Jones for six years, my time had come to return to Irish soil to further a career in stud work.

Now life has begun for me at Spring Lodge, I am thrilled but also very thankful to be part of an exciting new farm and an excellent team of people.

The Thoroughbred Network is wonderful to be involved in. It has the ability to take you all around the world but not forgetting where it all started.

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