John Robert Mulholland passed away peacefully Mar. 9 surrounded by his loving family. John was born Dec 21st, 1942, in Sharon, Massachusetts. He loved horses from the moment he first saw one. John left home at an early age to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. He eventually made his way to Oklahoma where he began to train western pleasure horses.
John married Martha Jane McCauley in 1979 and established J bar M Quarter Horses in Edmond, OK. Some of the very best quarter horses of the 1970s and 1980s came off their farm, including the great Ms MBJ Mudlark and I'm A Big Leaguer.
After a near fatal car accident, John transitioned to racing Thoroughbreds. Eventually he and Martha moved their family to Lexington and established Mulholland Springs Farm on Iron Works Pike. Stakes winners Investalot, Shadow Miss, Bay Barrister, Naughty Notions, and Grade I winner Malibu Mint raced in the Mulholland silks. Mulholland Springs has been a leading boutique consignment since 2001, selling several graded stakes winners such as Grade I winner Never Retreat.
In addition to his wife of 35 years Martha Jane, John leaves behind his son John Henry and daughter Laura Powers, daughter-in-law Melissa, son-in-law Scott Powers, and his beautiful grand daughter McCauley Mulholland.
We will miss him dearly.
-John Henry Mulholland, Mulholland Springs