Thoroughbred Diaries is owned and managed by Sarah Barton. Like many individuals in equine industry, Sarah comes from of a family with a history involved with horses. It was in fact her mother and grandmothers who introduced her to a love of horse riding and annual visits to the R.D.S, and her grandfathers that introduced her to the racetrack at the tender age of 6 or 7.
Not surprisingly, Sarah carried on this family love for horses by going horse riding from a young age and working on show jumping yards and stud farms through her adolescence. Working on reputable stud farms in Ireland fostered an in-depth interest in the thoroughbred horse and the bloodstock industry in Ireland.
Sarah continued this equine interest by studying for a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science at the University of Limerick. This course involved studying significant areas of Equine Science such as Nutrition, Physiology and Anatomy of the horse, Reproduction, Health and Disease, Pharmacology, Grazing and Grassland management and Genetics to mention a few. This course also involved training and coaching in equestrian principles and practices, industry guest lectures and the study of business, language and information technology subjects in other years. During the third year of the course, Sarah completed a six-month work placement with the marketing department of Tote Ireland, a subsidiary body of Horse Racing Ireland. Her final year thesis and presentation focused on market competition at the bloodstock sales of Goffs and Tattersalls. A year after graduating from University Limerick, Sarah completed a Higher Diploma in Business Studies at the National University of Ireland.
Just as sprinters are bred to run fast and chasers are bred to stay, Sarah’s pedigree did not bode well for life as a jockey. Growing six foot tall didn’t fit the profile. However, history, destiny, drive and passion led to the development of Thoroughbred Diaries, and it has certainly transformed her life.
Thoroughbred Diaries mission is to keep up with the pace of modern technology and provide new and alternative ways to market and promote the special animal that is the thoroughbred horse. The modern technologies used bridge the gap separating bloodstock owners, trainers, buyers and sellers in today’s international thoroughbred industry. Not only do our services facilitate communication between industry participants, but they also enable customers to showcase elements of their thoroughbreds, that cannot be shown using older more traditional methods. In other words, the odds are strongly in your favour if you take advantage of what we have to offer. So, what are you waiting for?