Meet The Team


Vice President

A 2004 graduate of The University of the South (Sewanee) and an alumnus of the Irish National Stud Breeding Course, Bret has been an official member of the Airdrie Stud team since 2006. He works daily with Airdrie's unrivaled managerial team and staff to help ensure that Airdrie's legacy will always be that of a farm that does right by it's people, horses and clients; a reputation earned by Brereton and Libby Jones over the last 50 years.  

A Breeders' Cup Board Director since 2011, a commissioner on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission from 2016-2020, and a founding steering committee member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association’s 2020 Campaign - a group developed to educate and give a voice to the industry's under 40 generation, Bret's greatest pride will always be his wife, Tyler, and their four children: B, Jack, Thomas and Wende. 


General Manager

Ben joined Airdrie in 2008. A graduate of the Irish National Stud Breeding Course, he brings more than 18 years of international experience in the Thoroughbred industry. Ben has worked at some of the leading farms in Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland and the United States. He manages the day-to-day operations of Airdrie's six farm divisions, and is responsible for overseeing the highest standards of horsemanship from our stallion operation to the preparation of yearlings to daily mare and foal care, ensuring the maintenance of a quality operation.

Ben can be reached directly at 859-552-7716. 



Farm Manager

Mark came to Airdrie in 1980 from Australia with a degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy, and after having attended the Irish National Stud. Supervising all aspects of broodmare care and daily vet rounds, he works closely with Dr. Ben Stivers of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to ensure optimal herd health.




Office Manager

Kristine was Airdrie's Stallion Administrator for twelve years prior to transitioning into the position of Office Manager. She is responsible for personnel issues and all facets of human resources, insurance, farm billing, and stallion distributions. With a variety of experiences in the Thoroughbred industry over the past several decades, Kristine is well-prepared to handle the scope of her current position.




Stallion Administrator

Laura moved to the Bluegrass in 1996 from Virginia. She has worked with the broodmare departments at Trackside Farm and Shadwell Farm and was the receptionist at Adena Springs before arriving at Airdrie Stud in 2008 as our Equine Administrator. Laura has moved into the demanding and crucial position of Stallion Administrator and is now handling stallion contracts and record keeping, all mare bookings, and assisting with the management of our stallion syndicates.



Director of Sales

Shannon spent the past nine years working for Woodford Thoroughbreds where she helped manage yearling and breeding stock consignments, inspected foals and yearlings monthly to track development, and was part of the mare purchasing team as well as an advisor on broodmare mating plans. Additionally, Shannon was responsible for all marketing content and advertising decisions. Previously Shannon worked for West Point Thoroughbreds and Taylor Made Farm and Sales.

Shannon grew up in Lexington, KY, and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Shannon has two daughters, Ava who is a freshman at Furman University in Greenville, SC, and Caroline who has started her freshman year at Woodford County High School.
Shannon will work directly with Airdrie Stud clients to discuss breeding plans for their mares and assist them with stallion contracts. She will offer stallion inspections, and will follow up when foals are born. Shannon will also be a significant presence on the sales grounds and at each Airdrie Stud consignment.





Bloodstock Services

Originally from New Hampshire, Kyle grew up working with various rescue horses and at riding centers. He moved to Kentucky in 2010 to attend the University of Kentucky. A variety of internships exposed him to yearling prep, mare & foal care, stallion handling, and racehorse rehabilitation. Following college Kyle worked at farms like Claiborne, Newgate Stud in Australia, Brookdale, and Shadwell before joining the team at Airdrie in 2022. 





Caroline received her BS in Accounting (2014) and MS in Accounting (2016) from the University of Kentucky. She then worked as an auditor in Nashville, earning her CPA license. Kentucky called her back home and she has been at Airdrie Stud since September 2019. As the Controller for Airdrie Stud, Caroline is responsible for budgeting, forecasting, cash management, and all accounting functions. 



Lisa worked at Parx Racing in several capacities. On the frontside she was in Mutuels and Accounting, spending the last twelve of her years there as Head Horsemen’s Bookkeeper. On the backside she was an exercise rider and pony person for 40 plus years.

Lisa moved to Kentucky from Pennsylvania in the fall of 2015 with her husband, who works for Brook Ledge Inc., and their two dogs and a cat. Lisa brought her own Equine Bookkeeping service with her when she moved to the Bluegrass State. In her spare time, she loves rehabbing old houses and doing other DIY projects. Lisa brings a lot of experience to our accounting department, and we are happy she has decided to join the team!


Broodmare Manager for Airdrie main farm and Woodburn divisions.

Benji started working at Airdrie Stud as a groom more than 20 years ago while taking courses in equine management and nutrition. He graduated with a farrier's license from the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in 1998. He was offered a manager's position at the farm shortly thereafter. Benji has learned from some of the best in the business at Airdrie; and especially credits Mr. Jones, Tim Thornton, and Mark Cunningham for helping him attain the success he enjoys today.

Our “behind the scenes” crew at Airdrie includes all those responsible for farm maintenance and presentation. Led by Maintenance Supervisors Jimmie Schell and Bruce Manley, they are all dedicated to the care of Airdrie’s historic property.


Contact Information

PO Box 487
2641 Old Frankfort Pike
Midway, KY 40347
PH: 859.873.7270
Fax: 859.873.6140
Email: [email protected]