2012 graduate Michael comes to Goffs as a Gold Medallist graduate of the Irish National Stud Course which he achieved after obtaining his BSc Equine Science from the University of Limerick. He then completed the Darley Flying Start course which included a six-month internship in the bloodstock department at Goffs.
Following the Flying Start, Michael was appointed General Manager of Margaux Farm in Kentucky in 2012 where he was until 2019 when he moved to Equilume as USA Territory Manager. He also set up Hardy Racing in 2019, a racing and bloodstock consultancy advising on purchasing, pinhooking, mating plans and client portfolios.
A native of County Down in Northern Ireland, Michael and his family have been clients of Goffs for many years. He recently returned to Ireland from Kentucky with his wife Kate and two young children and commenced his new position at Goffs today.
Welcoming Michael to the team, Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:
“Michael’s wide-ranging experience of the international racing and bloodstock industry, together with his impeccable record on the Irish National Stud and Darley Flying Start courses, makes him the ideal fit for this exciting new position within our bloodstock team. Goffs Head Of Sales is a customer focused role with a strong emphasis on vendor retention and attraction as well as buyer recruitment, and Michael is an excellent addition to our dynamic Bloodstock Management team alongside Mary Kilduff, Gerry Hogan, Neil Walsh and Andrew Nolan”.
Michael Hardy added:
“I am delighted to join Goffs and am very enthusiastic about helping to deliver on the company’s ambitious business goals across the full portfolio of sales. I have been very impressed by Goffs, both as a client and before taking on this role, as it boasts a strong reputation for integrity as well as a bloodstock team that not only has unrivalled industry knowledge and experience but is extremely personable and customer focussed which is so crucial in the modern industry”.