About Us

The first homebred yearlings sold under the Cara Bloodstock banner in 1997. In the fall of 2008, Cara Bloodstock expanded to include Bernard and Karen's clients in the launching of a full service Bloodstock Sales Agency. Their first consignment was offered at the Keeneland November Mixed sale in 2008 and the first six-figure sale came early in 2009 when VESTREY LADY sold for $300,000 as a session topper in book 1 of the Keeneland January Winter Mixed Sale.

Bernard grew up in a racing family in Ireland and came to North America in 1980 after working and learning the business at the Irish National Stud, Brownstown Stud, and Airlie Stud. After spells at Walmac Farm in Kentucky and Windfields Farm in Maryland, Bernard immigrated to take an offered position at E.P. Taylor's Canadian operation, Windfields. Working in all facets of the farm Bernard became General Manager in 1987 at the age of 27. In 2004, Bernard and Karen developed Mapleshade Farm northeast of Toronto for their expanding thoroughbred operation.

Karen, an experienced equestrian in her own right, grew up north of Toronto on a small family farm in Caledon. From an early age, Karen had a love of horses and showed hunters at the local shows. After university, Karen joined Canadian Livestock Insurance and currently specializes in facilitating Equine claims. Karen and Bernard, who married in 1987, live at Mapleshade Farm with their two children, Clare a university student and Connor who is following family tradition by taking the stud management course at the Irish National Stud in 2009.

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