Farm History

Jerome and Marlene Brody

In April 1976, Jerome (Jerry) Brody and his wife, Marlene, bought their first 100 acres of farmland in Ghent, NY and embarked on the registered black Angus breeding trail. Incredible luck followed.

In 1978 they owned 50% of the national grand champion bull, named Patriot, and wholly owned the national grand champion heifer Manhattan Gal. All the relevant numbers were then sent to an accounting firm to study and ascertain whether this endeavor would ever be profitable. Three months later the answer was “no.”

So? Thoroughbreds.

The first Thoroughbreds were bought in 1978 and facilities would need to be built. Jerry and Marlene visited numerous Thoroughbred breeding farms in Kentucky, England, Ireland and France gathering ideas for the layout of their soon to be built barns and fencing. More land was purchased, facilities were built and a Thoroughbred breeding operation began. More land was purchased, barns and fencing were built. A Thoroughbred breeding operation began. The Brody’s continued to breed Angus cattle until a very successful dispersal was held in 1987.

Around that same time a colt, later named Allez Milord, was led out unsold as a yearling. Allez was given to Guy Harwood to train in England. And train him Guy did. Allez became a champion, having run in the Epsom Derby and winning group races in England G3), Germany (G1) and USA (G1). At Tokyo’s Japan Cup Invitational (G1) in 1987, Allez was second by a whisker. The sale of Allez Milord to the Yoshidas changed the fortunes of Gallagher’s Stud, which by now counted 520 acres.

Sadly in 2001 Jerry succumbed to IPF. Since then Marlene has carried on with the help of manager Mallory Mort and an incredibly able, loyal and devoted team.

Currently we try to keep the number of broodmares at 15. We sell most of their progeny as yearlings and maintain a racing stable of 6-8 horses.

See History of the founder, Jerome Brody.