Catherine Cashman, Niamh and her husband Francis Woods, a well know national hunt jockey and Paul and Susan Cashman are the driving forces responsible for the management of the stud.
“We take great pride in the fact that it is family owned and as we have continued to expand down through the years, we have built up a dedicated staff of thirty five permanent employees” Catherine told That’s Farming.
The history of the stud goes back to 1935, when Paul Cashman, Catherine’s father in law stood his first stallion Royal Pom on a holding of 159 acres and continued to expand stallion numbers both Flat and National Hunt up to 1991 when Glenview Stud was opened to cater for the National Hunt Stallions.
Rathbarry & Glenview Studs’ have now 870 acres and collectively the Studs’ have 440 boxes.
Rathbarry stand five Flat Stallions including Acclamation, Ajaya, Kodi Bear, Moohaajim & Tagula and Glenview are standing 4 National Hunt Stallions, Malinas, Robin Des Champs, Shirocco & Sholokhov.
The farm has been home to numerous successful stallions including Alzao, Barathea, Mukaddamah & Tagula and now Acclamation.
“Acclamation has always proven himself. He was the Champion Freshman Sire and he has consistently been one of the top ten stallions in Great Britain and Ireland ever since” Catherine explained.
As recent as last weekend, Acclamation’s daughter MARSHA won the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York in a thrilling finish and two days later Acclamation once again hit the headlines with his son ATTENDU winning the Group 3 Prix Quincey Barriere in France.
Ajaya and Kodi Bear are the most recent additions, starting their stud careers in 2017.
Ajaya is a son of the Champion Sire Invincible Spirit and is a Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes winning 2 year old from 5 ½ f to 6f. He hails from the illustrious family of Bated Breath, Cityscape and Redoute’s Choice.
Kodi Bear, from Multiple Stakes producing sire Kodiac, has also started his stud career this year. He is from the family of Esoterique and Cool Creek. He is a Group 2 winner of 4 Stakes Races at 2 & 3 years from 7f to 8f.
The Glenview Stud is the family’s National Hunt operation with exceptional stallions Robin Des Champs, Shirocco, Sholokhov and Malinas currently standing there.
Unfortunately Champion National Hunt stallion PRESENTING passed away last week at the age of 25.
He leaves a legacy of top class progeny headed by the extraordinary talented DENMAN one of two Cheltenham Gold Cup heros, the other being WAR OF ATTRITION. In addition, PRESENTING sired a host of multiple Grade 1 Winners and 4 Grand National Winners.
Alongside the notable number of stallions, the stud is also home to fifty broodmares. When asked about what could be regarded as the high point of Rathbarry & Glenview Studs’ success to date, it doesn’t take Catherine long to reflect on the Champion Filly, Finsceal Beo.
“Her dam Musical Treat was the first mare we purchased in America. She was in foal to a horse called Mr. Greely and the resulting progeny was Finsceal Beo. She was the Champion 2 year old filly in Europe in 2006 and Champion Older Mare in Ireland in 2008. She won the English 1,000 Guineas, Irish 1,000 Guineas and was beaten a short head in the French 1,000 Guineas as a 3 year old.” Catherine explained.
“We are always trying to improve the quality of our stallion roster, both Flat and National Hunt and our broodmare band is also a focus. To achieve this and keep ahead of the curve, our eyes are firmly fixed on sourcing bloodlines from all over the world.” Catherine explained.
We have no doubt that the future will continue to shine bright for the Rathbarry & Glenview Studs.