“Buying a horse, be it a weanling, yearling, 2-year-old in training or a broodmare, and witnessing that horse reach its full potential on the racetrack or as a producer, that is my passion; that is what drives me. The horses I purchase are a reflection of me and their success is of paramount importance to me. I am passionate about the development of each individual and I track their progress as keenly as I do that of my own horses.”

Mike’s passion for the Thoroughbred industry has deep roots, being a third-generation horseman raised on the family farm in County Meath, Ireland. Mike headed to Canada in 1974 to E.P. Taylor’s Windfields Farm for his first thoroughbred job this side of the Atlantic, and by 1979 he had founded his own bloodstock agency in Canada before settling in Lexington in 1981 to establish Mike Ryan Bloodstock.

An owner and breeder himself, Mike’s lifelong experience and personal investment in the industry give him a firm appreciation of what players at all levels in the horse business experience, which in effect naturally aligns his interests with those of his clients. In his words,

“As we all know, you have far better insight into and appreciation for a business when your own money is on the line! You certainly see and do things differently when the expenses are coming out of your own pocket. That is exactly how I approach buying for clients; I spend their money just as if it were my own.”

This integrity is the cornerstone of Mike Ryan Bloodstock.

"Uno mas, Roberto.” The groom dutifully takes a tight hold of the shank and walks his yearling charge back up a dirt path and away from the speaker, a tall man dressed casually in shorts, sports shirt, and a baseball cap emblazoned with a green shamrock.

The man moves swiftly to the walkway, his eyes never leaving the yearling, to stand directly in the path of the horse as it’s walked back and made to stop a foot away from the open sales catalogue in his hands. After further inspection, groom and horse go up and back again. Then the man approaches the yearling from the side until he is inches away, and begins visually measuring the animal from head to hip. “Gracias, Roberto, well done...

 (The Blood-Horse, July 2004) READ MORE>>