Michael was born in County Kilkenny in the south east of Ireland. Growing up he was surrounded by both thoroughbreds and sport horses.  His family are all very involved in the equine industry, owning and running Europe’s largest sport horse auction house, Goresbridge Equine Sales and the hugely successful Goresbridge Breeze Up Sales. He studied at the famous sporting college of  Saint Kieran’s in Kilkenny and then went on to complete a Higher National Diploma in Equine Science in Writtle College, England. During his diploma course he spent a year’s work experience in one of Ireland’s top stud farms, Ballylinch Stud.

After finishing his studies, Michael was recruited to work in the world famous Coolmore Stud in Ireland. He spent four years with Coolmore in Ireland and a year with Coolmore USA, in Kentucky. In 2003 Michael joined the Curragh Bloodstock Agency (CBA) and in 2005 the CBA joined forces with the BBA Ireland to form Europe’s and probably the world’s largest bloodstock agency. Michael attends all the major bloodstock sales in Europe and the USA. He specialises in overseas business with special links with all the major emerging thoroughbred markets. Michael was one of the first bloodstock consultants to export thoroughbred horses from Europe to mainland China. The picture below is from the prestigious race meeting in Shanxi China last year where Irish horses won 4 of the 5 thoroughbred races. All four winners were sourced by Michael in Ireland. In 2012 he exported the first thoroughbred horses to Outer Mongolia, a notable feat.

He also attends the major race meetings world-wide. He enjoys a very good working relationship with many leading race horse trainers in Europe and has had numerous successes at the top level and at the top race meetings.

Over the last number of years Michael has had great success investing for clients to re sell with special emphasis on reselling at the breeze up sales. Some notable pinhooks include:
Henrythenavigator ex Victoria. $22,000 to 230,000Gns.
Langfuhr ex Party Circuit. $37,000 to 130,000Gns.
Speightstown ex Daedal. $60,000 to 150,000Gns.
Artie Schiller ex Royal Beluga. $35,000 to 100,000Gns.
Shamardal ex Elshamms. €35,000 to 100,000Gns.

Along with sourcing top class thoroughbreds Michael also offers racing and stud management and consultancy advice on all aspects of the equine industry. Currently Michael manages horses in training and at stud  in Ireland and the UK for clients based in countries such as Singapore, China, USA, Japan and the Middle East. Michael sends regular written and video reports to these owners. He liaises with the trainers and attends races on the owners behalf. Michael and the team in BBA Ireland enjoy a very good working relationship with Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (www.itm.ie). Both parties can arrange stud and stable tours, hotel bookings, Visa applications and in some cases flight reimbursements for successful purchasers.

Notable Stakes winners purchased by Michael Donohoe:
LORD SHANAKILL 1st Prix Jean Prat Gr.1, 1st Mill Reef Gr.2, 2nd Dewhurst Gr.1, 3rd Prix Morny Gr.1, 3rd St. James’s Palace Gr.1, 3rd Lockinge Gr.1
PORTE BONHEUR 1st First Flight Stakes Gr.2, 1st Victory Ride Stakes Gr.3
LESSON IN HUMILITY 1st Ballyogan Stakes Gr.3, 3rd Prix Maurice Gr.1, 3rd Golden Jubilee Royal Ascot Gr.1
ARDBREA LADY 1st Sommerville Stakes Gr.3, 2nd Irish 1,000 Guineas Gr.1, 3rd Moyglare Stakes Gr.1
SILVER OCEAN. 1st Polar Cup GR.3 2nd Europa Mile GR.2
MALOSSOL. 1st Premio Parioli Gr.3 
PHILARIO 1st Sirenna Stakes Gr.3
AKAREM 1st Braveheart Stakes, 1st Bucklands Stakes, 3rd Vintage Stakes Gr.3
CORPORAL MADDOX 1st Woodcote Stakes, 2nd Vintage Stakes Gr.2
AL JABREIAH Champion Imported mare in Saudi Arabia 2013
SILVER BIRCH 1st Grand National (world’s most famous race)

Email Michael: michael.donohoe@bba-ireland.ie

Michael in Shanxi China

Lord Shanakill