Knockgriffin Farm  

About Us


Jim FitzGerald was born and raised in Ireland as the second of four sons of a Dairy farmer. His father also bred and raised hunter/jumpers, and it was this early introduction to horses that encouraged FitzGerald to become a professional horseman. FitzGerald was formally educated at the prestigious Irish National Stud, under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Osborne.

At age 21, FitzGerald ventured to America with $200 and a suitcase of belongings to see what his future may hold. He began his work under astute manager John Williams at Spendthrift Farm and played a key role in the farm's stallion division for two years. Among the stallions under FitzGerald's attention was 1978 Triple Crown winner AFFIRMED.

FitzGerald wanted to broaden his managerial skills beyond stallions and accepted the Farm manager's role at Jake Haverhals' Saddle Home Farm outside Paris, KY, at age 23. He remained there two years until an opportunity with Brookdale Farm opened. He then took on the role of Farm manager for owner/operator Fred Seitz and maintained this position for four years.

At age 29, FitzGerald accepted the farm manager's position at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Ragusa Stud, a satellite farm for Kildangan Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland. But after two years of being back in his homeland, FitzGerald became homesick for the United States and returned to America to manage Eaton Farms for owner Lee Eaton. He also managed the Eaton Sales Division, a perennial leading consignment for co-owners Eaton, Riley McDonald and John Williams.

FitzGerald believes in order to be the best one must learn from the best. He gained invaluable experience during his 12 years of managing various farms and operations and has incorporated this education into his own operation. In particular, FitzGerald understands that each horse is individual, and that attention to detail is key to long-lasting success.

FitzGerald's passion is horses, but this passion is not limited to the Thoroughbred industry.  He enjoys fox hunting with Orange County Hunt in Virginia. 


Dr. Katie FitzGerald was born in south central Pennsylvania on a small horse farm.  She grew up riding horses and still enjoys fox hunting. She is from a family of veterinarians, Katie is one of seven veterinarians!  She received her veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania.  During her fourth year of school, she received a emergency critical care award from the New Bolton Center.

Upon graduating from veterinary school in 2010, Katie moved to Lexington, Kentucky to further her education at an ambulatory internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, under the supervision of Dr. Tom Riddle.  After her internship, she was the resident veterinarian at Shadwell farm, owned by Sheikh Hamdam bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. Katie is currently the resident veterinarian at Knockgriffin Farm and specializes in broodmare reproduction, foal medicine, yearling sales preparation and radiographs and emergency care.


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