WinStar Farm has announced the hiring of Ben Hanley as the newest member of its Stallion Season Sales team.
With a degree in equine science from the University of Kentucky and a degree from the Irish National Stud course, Hanley begins his new position following stints with Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott in Saratoga, and having worked in yearling prep for WinStar, Coolmore, and Taylor Made. Hanley also gained valuable experience working in a customer-facing role with Taylor Made Sales Agency at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton yearling sales.
Following graduation from the Irish National Stud program, Hanley worked as assistant yearling manager for Airdrie Stud, and was a stallion groom at Ashford Stud, where he traveled with the stallions to Australia for a breeding season and gained experience working with mares and foals. Once back home, he split his responsibilities at Ashford between yearling prep and working with stallions.
“I am excited to join the bloodstock team at WinStar and continue building my career working with an elite stallion roster,” Hanley said.
Liam O’Rourke, WinStar’s director of bloodstock services, added, “Ben has built a great foundation of practical experience at several world-class operations. We are excited to bring Ben into the WinStar team, and I’m confident he’ll provide a great blend of horsemanship and customer service to breeders.”