Niall Brennan Stables

T.E.A.M Together Everyone Achieves More

"We have assembled a talented staff which has been integral to our success."

 

Any job in the horse racing industry is very laborious and time-demanding. Horses require care and attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are few people who can dedicate themselves to the constant rigors of the daily training schedule.

Niall Brennan Stables is extremely proud of the talented horsemen and horsewomen who make up our team. These individuals are vital to the success of our operation. Their dedication and devotion has helped to establish our position as a leading pinhooking operation.

Our employees arrive from all over the world with many different backgrounds in the horse industry. During the past winter training season, for example, our riders represented five different countries! 

 

 

Key Leaders Within the Program

Niall Brennan

Niall was a successful jockey and won his first race at the age of 16 in his native Ireland. He soon discovered his special talents as a trainer and traveled around the world working at tracks and farms in New Zealand, Australia, California and Kentucky, broadening his knowledge of the thoroughbred industry. In 1987, he relocated to Florida to train for George Steinbrenner at his Kinsman farm.
In 1991 Niall Brennan presented his first consignment at Select Two-Year-Old sales and since then has consistently ranked as a leading consignor in North America numerous times.

Niall is also an active member on the board of The Breeder's Cup,  Ocala Breeder's Sales Company, Fasig Tipton Sales Company and is the president of the Ocala Farm Ministry. 
 
Alvaro Romo, Farm Manager

Alvaro has been an integral part of our operations for over 20 years.  He has earned everyone's respect with his work ethic and dedication to our operation.   Alvaro is a "hands on" horseman with a true passion for the racing industry.   He also acts as our immigration liasson and has help to establish our solid core group of grooms who take part in the H2B visa program. 
 
Greg Smothers, Head Rider

Greg started working with Niall in 1985 and became Niall's first employee when Niall set out on his own. The two of them have worked together as a team for over 20 years. Greg's undisputed ability to adjust to any type of horse has made him an invaluable asset to the program. Prior to joining Niall Brennan Stables, Greg served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany.
 

Stephanie Brennan,   Director of Sales and Marketing

Stephanie has been involved in the racing industry for almost 20 years.  Originally from Western Canada,  Stephanie's background in both show horses, racehorses as well as has a degree in Sales and Marketing help keep the organization running smoothly.
 
Paula Danforth

Paula has been with the operation for almost 20 years.  She manages the home farm and provides hands on care for most of the Final Furlong Horses.  
 
Christine Strand Office Manager

Chris' love for animals and can do attitude make her the perfect fit for the NBS Office Manager position. She has the professionalism to accommodate our clients while snuggling with one of the office pups. Her willingness to take on any challenge keeps the office running like a Thoroughbred. She is comfortable in the office or in the barn. ( a laptop and a picnic table out back would be good)

Away from the office, Chris recently moved to our area from Ft. Lauderdale and enjoys spending time with her German Shepard, two cats and her husband. She hopes to soon incorporate two horses into her family as well. In her spare time. she also enjoys touring around on her Harley!
 

Sarah Doran

Sarah grew up in Southern Ohio showing Hunter Jumpers and Arabian Sport Horses. She holds an Associates in Science Degree in Equine Studies Business Management from the College of Central Florida. Prior to working at Niall Brennan Stables, Sarah worked at The Sanctuary Rehabilitation and Conditioning Center as well as the Ocala Jockey Club. During her time with the Sanctuary she was certified for use of Cold Laser and PEMF therapy equipment.
 
Colin Brennan, Assistant Trainer

Colin has grown up working hands on in several facets of the industry. He has worked with horses of all ages from foals to retirees. He holds degrees in Equine Business Management and Equine Anatomy and Exercise Physiology from the College of Central Florida. He also graduated from the prestigious Darley Flying Start International graduate program. Upon completion of the Flying Start Program he spent two years working as a traveling Assistant Trainer for Stonestreet Stables. He has now achieved his lifetime goal of rejoining his father and the NBS team
 
Barn Foremen

 
Behind every operation are the unsung heroes. In our operation these are the barn foremen. They work long hours and are responsible for every minute detail pertaining to the horses. They can tell the horses eating and sleeping habits, as well as their likes and dislikes. It is this attention to detail they provide that helps to keep the horses healthy and happy.

 

We are also proud of our many other employees who have been a important part of the team:
Sales Staff: Horacio Aquilar, Alan Rennie, Cathy Betts, Dennis Bell.