Michael Hardy, who was Equilume's USA Territory Manager, has been appointed as the new Goffs Head of Sales as of July 12, the sales company announced on Monday. Hardy, who was a Gold Medallist graduate of the Irish National Stud Course, as well as a Godolphin Flying Start alumni after graduating from the University of Limerick with a BS in Equine Science, had been with Equilume since 2019. Hardy was the Margaux Farm General Manager from 2012 to 2019. In 2019, he also started Hardy Racing, a racing and bloodstock consultancy advising on purchasing, pinhooking, mating plans and client portfolios. The County Down native recently moved back to Ireland with his wife, Kate, and two young children.
Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said, “Michael's wide-ranging experience of the international racing and bloodstock industry, together with his impeccable record on the Irish National Stud and Darley Flying Start courses, makes him the ideal fit for this exciting new position within our bloodstock team. Goffs Head of Sales is a customer focused role with a strong emphasis on vendor retention and attraction as well as buyer recruitment, and Michael is an excellent addition to our dynamic Bloodstock Management team alongside Mary Kilduff, Gerry Hogan, Neil Walsh and Andrew Nolan.”
Michael Hardy added, “I am delighted to join Goffs and am very enthusiastic about helping to deliver on the company's ambitious business goals across the full portfolio of sales. I have been very impressed by Goffs, both as a client and before taking on this role, as it boasts a strong reputation for integrity as well as a bloodstock team that not only has unrivalled industry knowledge and experience but is extremely personable and customer focussed which is so crucial in the modern industry.”