The following is part of a series in which we have posed the question above to a number of racing industry participants. The only rule is that you cannot choose your own boss.
DAVID INGORDO: Garrett O’Rourke
The person in racing that I have a great admiration for is Garrett O’Rourke. It is easy to see Garrett’s fingerprints as a horseman as part of Juddmonte’s team. What is harder to see is what he has done to help future generations of horse people develop under his tutelage. From being a founder and supporter of the Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) to his everyday guidance of the younger staff on the farm, he has mentored countless young women and men on the right way to care for and raise racehorses. Garrett has been as good at judging human talent as he is of equine, often giving chances to those that others would not. His dry sense of humor and practical way of approaching problems has earned the respect of royalty, Hall of Fame horse trainers and the staff in the barns. Add to that his personal and family achievements and willingness to take risks on his own account, Garrett still remains “one of the lads” that came over from Co. Limerick. While his resume is enviable, his achievements as a person are something to aspire to. To submit your own reply to our `Admire’ series, email [email protected].