From the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club
Clifford Barry of Pin Oak Stud has been named 2007 farm manager of the year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club.
The club gives the award each year based on three criteria: excellence in farm management, community service, and service to the KTFMC.
Barry, a native of Ireland, came to Kentucky in 1988 to work at Pin Oak under Joe Osborne. In 1994, he was named general manager of Pin Oak, and shortly thereafter Pin Oak owner Josephine Abercrombie became the first American to be named Canadian Breeder of the Year, when Pin Oak homebreds Peaks And Valleys and Hasten To Add were named Canadian champions.
Barry has served multiple terms as a director and officer of the KTFMC and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, and is a member of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. He has served as a speaker for a variety of organizations and events, including the Blue Grass Laminitis Symposium and numerous seminars hosted by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Barry and his wife, Elizabeth, breed Thoroughbreds under the name Brookfield Stud and are active on the fundraising committee to build a new St. Leo’s School in Versailles, Ky.
Barry will be honored Nov. 30 at the KTFMC year-end celebration in Lexington.