History of the Stud

Gormanstown StudThe house and land at Gormanstown was purchased in 1967 by veterinary surgeon Peter Murray-Hayden. It was farmed with beef cattle until Peter and his wife Angela set up a boarding stud keeping thoroughbred brood mares for a single client. All the progeny went into training, many successfully, with Michael Connelly on the Curragh. In 1995 the land was rented to an organic cattle and sheep farmer. In 2002 its redevelopment commenced and the entire farm was divided up into 11 newly posted and railed paddocks.

Between 2003 and 2009 Brian Grassick annually used the farm for grazing yearlings from Newtown Stud from late spring until the end of the summer.  Many successful sales yearlings and racehorses spent this important part of their formative year on the farm.

Edie and Brian commenced a pinhooking partnership in 2007 and reared the animals at Gormanstown Stud. From modest beginnings they had a lot of success with some big sales results (€20,000 – €62,000, €62,000 – £180,000).   This partnership purchased 6 weanlings over 4 years and had a 189%  return on investment and  produced 4 winners amongst whom was Approve ( winner of the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group 2  Gimcrack Stakes).

In 2011 Edie took up the challenge of running Gormanstown Stud as a full time business producing racehorses and sports horses.

In 2010 Edie purchased Sir Prancealot for €52,000 and sold him in 2011 for €140,000 to Ross Doyle/Richard Hannon/Andrew Tinkler. He went on to win the National Stakes, LR at Sandown and finished 2nd in Prix Robert Papin, G2 and 4th Prix Morny, G1 and 4th Coventry Stakes, G2.