Who We Are

Our logo says it all: the forever good luck of the Shamrock, the majesty and dominance of the Highland peaks, and the power, speed, beauty, and flowing mane of the mighty Thoroughbred.

Welcome to Shamrock Highlands Thoroughbreds. We invite you to join us in the exciting and rewarding world of Thoroughbred racing. We have worked to develop a new and different strategy and combination of expertise to assist you the thoroughbred owner that is unlike other opportunities that are currently available.

What makes Shamrock Highlands different is that our managing partners will work with you to develop an investment strategy. We will listen to your goals and desired level of investment and have a discussion to develop an acquisition plan that fits your objectives.

While there are many options out there, each with their benefits and spot in the industry, we strived to offer something different and unique in the thoroughbred marketplace. We tailor what we do to what you want to achieve.

On Investment Availability...

The others claim horses and then offer shares or ownership percentages. Some may offer interests of horses in training. These partnerships often use a simple “take it or leave it” approach. The prospective interest-owner is left to pick from horses that are currently available, and is essentially on their own when it comes to developing and implementing a broader portfolio-ownership strategy.

Shamrock Highlands Thoroughbreds will work with your desired resource investment and personal goals to build a strategy, and go to work to put the pieces in place--by seeking out acquisitions available privately, in upcoming sales, our available shares of current partnerships, or claiming opportunities for the partnership.

On Geographic and Scaling Investment Opportunities...

The others typically tie a shareholder to a region, a trainer, or a stable.

Shamrock Highlands Thoroughbreds' structure covers all the major US racing regions. We'll help you to develop ownership shares in the right place and situation for what you want to accomplish. Our national footprint means that our partnership offers you a broader ownership availability, as well as the opportunity to send the partnership's horses where they'll develop best and have the greatest potential, ensuring our partners have the best chance for success and profit.

On Costs and Ownership Portions...

The others have roll-up costs and fees, and offer 'micro shares' of properties with ownership on paper, but negligible involvement, influence or communication in the stake.

Shamrock Highlands Thoroughbred's costs are broken down to be straightforward and transparent. Costs are structured to maintain the basic costs of operation, but partners only make money when you do. Our minimum available stake is 10% ownership, which gives you skin in the game, and a real sense of ownership.

On Acquisitions...

The others allow you to buy shares in a horse or horses that are already owned by the stable or partner.

Shamrock Highlands Thoroughbreds also offer horses with open available shares for sale, but when making additional purchases, we search and selects horses to match the strategies and goals of our partners. After our homework is done and we've ensured it is in line with our strict criteria, we make the purchase by negotiating a favorable price (with exception to claims. [See our Costs page for more details.]) If our partners have their needs fully met, we will always be on the lookout for opportunities. In some cases, the managing partners will make full investment purchases up-front and offer ownership shares at some point in the future. 

Like any successful business, the strategic basics are all present: develop a solid plan, commit to due diligence by doing the research and paying close attention to every detail, and execute. 

As people with a passion for thoroughbred racing, our vision was to find a way to dive into the sport with a group of like-minded people who share our passion, but might not have the time to manage a twenty-horse stable, or the raw capital to lease and staff that stable in its formative years.

Our mission is to share our passion and the joy of racing with anyone that wants to be involved in the exciting thoroughbred industry—to make thrill of ownership accessible and affordable at a level anyone can afford...even those of us who aren’t quite ‘kings’. Our mission is to bring to our partners the joy in watching their racehorses race throughout the year, to see their stable, assets and talent develop while sharing the stakes with a passionate community much like themselves. At its core, our mission is the stewardship and passion in growing our partners’ equity in order to build a racing enterprise that can compete with the best in the industry while sharing in the joy, excitement, and glory of the “sport of kings” with anyone who joins our family.

 

Our Philosophy is a simple one.  It starts with detailed research, then shifts to proper nutrition, proper care, proper conditioning, and proper classification. These are the four cornerstones that make up a foundation of success. Your handlers, trainers, and managing partners take hands-on care of all aspects to ensure that a maximum potential of return is realized.

Our pedigree/performance formula, mechanics and physical review of potential acquisitions puts us a leg-up on the competition. There are certain 'must have' criteria and other 'deal-breaker' criteria metrics we look at that gives us the edge in acquisitions and increases the probability of future success. The Managing partners each bring a perspective that together make for a winning combination. The goal is to maximize value and return potential and getting to the winner’s circle at a high strike rate.

From the day we discuss your goals and objectives, through acquisition, to the training barn, race dates, and finally--through the sale or disposition of the asset--we work closely with our designated trainers to monitor progress and develop ongoing strategies to make the most of your investment dollars. As your partners, we treat these investments as our own--because they are.

Shamrock Highlands Thoroughbreds started first as a concept of race horse ownership combining all the strengths of established partnerships with a broader vision of ownership going beyond a single stable or region.

Founding partner Jeff Callan established contacts and purchased ownership shares in disparate regions with highly qualified trainers, but working from his experiences both as a trainer, an owner, and a businessman, he realized he could link his growing network of contacts in a way that could not only benefit him as an owner and investor, but other prospective owners and enthusiasts seeking the experience of thoroughbred racing.

With a lifetime of experience in horse breeding and training all over the world, founding partner Barry Kirkham is a bloodstock agent and horse breeder based in Ocala, FL. Combining his experiences as a jockey and trainer along with his extensive expertise in breeding, Barry brings a broad perspective, an eye for winning pedigrees, and industry-grounded strengths to the foundation of the partnership.

Combining just the right amount of similarities and differences, your managing partners are here to nurture the success of your properties and a sustainable growth of the partnership that will create broader opportunities for investment.