Sheila Grassick is the owner of Newtown Stud which she purchased with her late husband Brian in 1996. They ran the farm together successfully for a number of years until his untimely death in 2009. Sheila is the backbone of the entire operation and she continues to maintain the high standards set at Newtown Stud.
Cathy Grassick, daughter of Sheila and Brian, now assists her mother in the running of Newtown Stud. She combines this with working for Brian Grassick Bloodstock the successful bloodstock agency set up by her parents in 1991. She has many years experience working with horses in a wide range of roles and also has a degree in Business and Law from UCD.
The farm manager is Caroline Hannon, who studied Equine Science from the University of Limerick. Her extensive experience prior to joining us includes two years with Newtown Stud as stud groom. This follows on from two years at Loughbrown Stud as stud groom. She also spent time working for Coolmore Stud as part of the team at their American operation , Ashford Stud. She also worked with thoroughbreds during her time in Australia. She is instrumental in the success of Newtown Stud.
Caroline is ably assisted on the farm by our team of dedicated and skilled employees.We use the services of the renowned Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital and our chief vet isMark MacRedmond. We have an excellent farrier in David Boynewho is also farrier to John Oxx and Oaklawn Stud. Our equine dentist is Brian Coonanand our equine physical therapist is John Roche.
Belinda Warwick is in charge of manning the busy office. She joined Newtown Stud having previously worked as right hand woman to trainer John Mulhern on the Curragh for eighteen years. Belinda originally hails from Capetown in South Africa and we are very lucky that she has decided to make Ireland her home.
Brian Grassick a tribute
Brian Grassick is the visionary who lovingly restored Newtown Stud with the help of his wife Sheila. The success and excellent reputation of Newtown Stud are a result of the hard work, passion and team work that they put in since purchasing the stud in 1996. The following article was printed in the Irish Field following his death in January 2009 and it is a fitting tribute to the most important member of our team. Click here to read.