Juddmonte has announced that Barry Mahon, currently the stud director Ireland, will take on the responsibility for all European racing following the retirement of Teddy Grimthorpe.
Mahon will continue to run Juddmonte’s operations in Ireland and becomes general manager Ireland and European Racing. His key racing role, from June 21, will be to liaise with Juddmonte’s trainers in the United Kingdom, France, and Ireland.
Mahon was born and bred into Juddmonte; his father Rory Mahon has been at Ferrans Stud with Juddmonte for nearly 40 years and remains a highly valued member of the team. Mahon Sr. will continue to help manage the Irish stud operation.
After working for John Gosden, Barry Mahon completed an honors degree in Equine Science and International Business Management at Oxford Brookes University. During this time, he had work placements with Coolmore Ireland, Coolmore America, and Highclere Stud.
Upon completion of his degree, he was appointed yearling manager at Grangecon Stud in Ireland, before becoming manager of Clarecastle Farm—breeders of Authorized and Order of St George —in Ireland, a position he held for 12 years before joining Juddmonte in 2017.
Garrett O’Rourke remains general manager USA, responsible for Juddmonte’s stud activities and racing in the United States. Simon Mockridge remains general manager UK, responsible for stud activities in the UK, including the European stallions and broodmares.
Claude Beniada will continue to represent Juddmonte in France, reporting to Mahon.
The racing office, under Megan Taylor, racing secretary, will remain at Banstead Manor Stud, Newmarket.
Douglas Erskine Crum, chief executive of Juddmonte, said: “As racing manager for Juddmonte’s late owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah, Teddy managed all Juddmonte’s European horses in training and played a leading role in Juddmonte’s consistent and sustained success worldwide at the very highest level in racing.
“On behalf of Prince Khalid’s family and all of us past and present at Juddmonte, I thank Teddy for all he has achieved, year after year, and we wish him the very best of good fortune for the future.”
He added: “We are delighted Barry is taking on the additional European racing role. He is ideally placed to take on Teddy’s duties in Europe and, together with Rory, continue to manage Juddmonte Ireland.”