Liam O'Rourke, a part of the WinStar bloodstock team since 2016, has been promoted to WinStar's Director of Bloodstock Services. The Toronto native leaves a void on the Stallion Season Sales team which will be filled by Olivia Desch, who has been bloodstock assistant at WinStar since 2019.
“We are fortunate to be in a position to promote from within,” said Elliott Walden, president, CEO, and racing manager of WinStar Farm. “Our team is deep with talent and we pride ourselves on hiring people that our clients enjoy working with. Liam has been an integral part of our team for the last four years and I have complete confidence in him.”
O'Rourke has been associated with several major Central Kentucky farms throughout his career and worked at the racetrack for trainer Brian Lynch after graduating from Bishop's University with a degree in finance. He also attended the Irish National Stud Course and worked sales in Ireland and England.
“Since joining WinStar I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most talented people in the industry,” said O'Rourke. “While my main focus will remain on our stallion roster, I will now have the flexibility to expand into more bloodstock opportunities. I look forward to the new challenge and achieving shared success with the WinStar team and our shareholders.”
Desch is originally from Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Equine Science and Management.