John Osborne: will succeed John Clarke as CEO of the Irish National Stud
CEO of Irish National
JOHN Osborne, owner of Tipper House Stud and chairman of the Racing Post Yearling Bonus, has been appointed to succeed John Clarke as Chief Executive of the Irish National Stud in County Kildare.
Clarke signalled his intention to leave his post in September and officially stepped down earlier this month after 27 years at the helm.
Osborne, a 45-year-old Naas-based veterinary surgeon, is well qualified for the role havingserved as a director of the stud since 1998. In addition, his father, the late Michael Osborne, was also manager of the Irish National from 1970 to 1982.
"It is just like going home, since our family lived there when I was a teenager and I went to school in Kildare Town," said Osborne.
"It is 100 years since Minoru won the Epsom Derby having been raised at Tully and last year the successes of Sea The Stars again confirmed the INS as one of the greatest thoroughbred farms in the world. These successes bring huge rewards to the Irish economy. The INS has a long history of bringing stallions to prominence, sometimes from humble beginnings."
Osborne added: "My predecessor John Clarke oversaw the rise of Ahonoora, Indian Ridge and Invincible Spirit to world renown. Invincible Spirit is a true "World Class Sire" having had a Breeders' Cup winner in 2009.
"The INS has a huge role to play in introducing people to the world of bloodstock breeding, an industry for which Ireland is rightly famous. The Germans produce Porsche, the Italians produce Ferrari, while we produce racehorses."
The Chairman of the Irish National Stud, Lady O'Reilly, said: "On behalf of the board we welcome John Osborne as CEO of the INS and look forward to continued growth under his leadership. Following the contribution of his late father, John brings a unique sense of personal involvement and history to the INS.
"Looking ahead, his wide experience in many aspects of the bloodstock industry and his innovative ideas for the future will take the stud forward and build on its successes during this challenging period."
Osborne's appointment follows on the back of a difficult six months for the stud, which has had to endure the resignations of stud director Pat O'Kelly and Clarke. Recent newspaper reports have claimed that the latter was the subject of a recent inquiry carried out by ex Labour Court chairman Finbarr Flood that investigated allegations of bullying within the senior management team.