09/10/2014 11:54AM

Ryan named Adena Springs general manager


Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs has hired Eoin Ryan to succeed Eric Hamelback as the operation’s general manager.

Ryan, a native of Co. Tipperary, Ireland, spent 11 years with Coolmore America and most recently managed Glenwood Farm in Versailles, Ky.

“Adena Springs is a world-class program with first rate facilities and personnel,” Ryan said. “I am very excited about the opportunity that Mr. Stronach has made available to me, and I am looking forward to the challenge with great enthusiasm.”

He replaces Hamelback. Hamelback spent 14 of the last 17 years with the Adena Springs organization, which has farms in Kentucky, Florida, and Canada.

“We are appreciative of Eric’s service and commitment during his tenure at Adena Springs. His talent, horsemanship and energy are unquestioned. We have just decided to move in a different direction. We wish Eric the best,” said Stronach.

Hamelback is a current member of the board of Trustees for TOBA, a member of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation Board, a member of the Thoroughbred Charities of America Board of Directors, and is on the advisory committee for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund.

“The decision to part ways with Adena Springs has not been an easy one.” Hamelback said. “The opportunity to foal and raise talented racehorses such as Red Bullet, Macho Uno, Ginger Brew, Stately Victor, Hunters Bay, Judy the Beauty, Game On Dude, and working with one of the finest stallion rosters in the industry, can only be described as a highlight of my career. Those accomplishments are only surpassed by the friendships that I have formed with the outstanding staff at Adena Springs.”