Sometimes, it just paints itself.
We’re lucky to do what we do where we do it.
Small breaking and training operation in Middleburg, VA owned and operated by Madison Meyers and Kieran Norris.
Sometimes, it just paints itself.
We’re lucky to do what we do where we do it.
Proud of Grateful’s🥈in The Meadow Stable Stake yesterday at for Mr Gordon Keys! AND Kendama ran great for🥉in The Bert Allen Stake on closing day too for !
A couple graduate winners🥇
▪️Vaccina (‘21 Graduate) broke her maiden at for ELM Stable and Cassandra Ladd
▪️Ady’s Munny broke through at for ELM Stable and Brandon Kulp
Congrats to the connections!
Charming Way and sit off the pace, move up, and roll home a good winner today at ! Congrats to breeder/owner Melissa Cantacuzene!
Off they go!
Another pair of Ballyerin graduates head off to the track!
1st 📸: Lady Astoria ( Astern filly)
2nd 📸: Watch Your Mouth ( Unified filly)
Good luck, girls, we’ll be rooting for you!
🥇War And Roses🥇graduates on the grass at under Kevin Gomez! Congrats to Gordon Keys and our team at !
It’s a tough beat, but Gordon Key’s Grateful Bred(4) ran a big one in the Van Clief Stakes at just missing by a nose today! Proud of our boy!
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But we got the shot and are happy to graduate another -certified baby! ‘Contempt’ (c**t by Violence o/o Love’s Reason) is off to ’s barn. Best of luck to Sycamore Hall and Graham with this good looking son of ’ Violence!
Proud of the efforts of our stakes runners today at
🥉Foretell (2nd photo) was third in the Brookmeade Stakes for Althea Richards & James Arrison
🥉Kendama (3rd photo) finished third in the Edward P Evans Stakes for
Thanks to the owners, , and our entire team!
Another 2021/22 graduate wins on debut!
2yo Recinto Rompere ( Karakontie/Starlight Tiara) wins going away on debut at for Michael Lewis and Arnaud Delacour.
This filly was a handful at times, but came along beautifully and it was no surprise to see her perform the way she did! Congrats and thank you to Michael Lewis & Arnaud Delacour!
Late to the party as usual but that doesn’t take anything away from this special little horse! 💜The first 2yo starter out of our program this year made it a winning one as Heldish wins decisively on debut for , and !!! 😎This horse was a pleasure to have from the beginning until graduation day and we are so proud to see him go on and showcase what we all knew was possible! 🏆
Time is flying, several goodbyes and so many new faces arriving! 💜
Another shipping day…Goodbyes are always tough but we can’t wait to follow all of these guys through their careers!!! 💜 🌟
Congratulations to Audley Farm on the sale of Bee Mountain, broke and prepped for sale by Ballyerin Racing! Best of luck to the new connections 🏔
This week’s shippers, off to Monmouth Park and Fasig Tipton Timonium! 💜 run like the wind kids!!! 💨
Congrats to the connections of Ballyerin pre trainer Little Bit of That!!!
Bye 👸🏼👸🏼!!! These beauties are off to the big time and we can’t wait to follow along!!
Our first grads of the class of ‘22 have left the building! 💕🍀🏆Good luck kiddos!!!
Just another week livin’ the dream with the best crew….💕
Can’t ask for a better result for our two runners today, in the same race, at Laurel Park. Charming Way broke through in her 3rd start, rolling home a stylish winner -AND- Glowsity, in just her second start, rallied from last to be 2nd! Congrats the connections!! ❤️💜
We are honored to have Grateful Bred nominated as a finalist for MD Bred Champion Turf Runner! ❤️🏆🤍
We are honored to have Grateful Bred nominated as MD Bred Champion Turf Runner! 🏆
One of our favs Parquetry breaks his maiden in a nail biter today at Gulfstream Park!!! 💙 We love our Smitten Farm breds!!!🏝
Congrats to the connections of Rookieoftheyear on his maiden breaking score at Laurel Park today! 🔥
We are so proud of Ballyerin grad Rookieoftheyear for breaking his maiden today at Laurel, congrats to the connections!! 🔥
First Win for Rookieoftheyear By Maggie Kimmitt on February 11, 2022 Improving off his third-place finish in his last start on January 2 at Aqueduct, ROOKIEOFTHEYEAR found conditions to his liking this afternoon with a maiden-breaking score at Laurel Park. And it was a perfect day for a win photo .....
Help Jose Mejia … Severe Thoratic Spinal Injury, organized by Marianne Manning
As some of y’all heard that on Sunday January 30th Jose Mejia was … Marianne Manning needs your support for Help Jose Mejia … Severe Thoratic Spinal Injury
Our beautiful girl Charming Way ran an impressive 2nd in her debut yesterday only beaten a 1/2 length. She broke a step slow, took dirt and came running! Another masterful, educational ride by 💪🏼 Charming Way is all racehorse and we are so proud to have her in our barn!! 💜
Congratulations to Virginia-Certified Lost My Sock, who captured a tight win last week at 51-1 odds at Aqueduct in an $80,000 maiden special weight race! The daughter of Tourist, who spent a 6-month Virginia residency at Madison Meyers & Kieran Norris’s Ballyerin Racing at the Middleburg Training Center, beat Glitter Up by a neck in the 6-furlong turf race in her first career start (Coglianese Photography).
Rainy day snoozing 💤
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What a great day! Grateful Bred takes the Maryland Million Turf Sprint at Laurel in front running style with his ears pricked 💜 and Eryx ran a close 2nd at VA Gold Cup in the ratings handicap. There are no words to explain how much this day means to us! Thank you to our entire team at home, Mr. Keys 🔑, the Collette family 🐠, Jevian Toledo, Barry John Foley, Grateful Bred, and Eryx. replay in the comments…
Link below to a great article about a very special owner of ours who has sadly passed away. Mrs. Collette’s Eryx runs tomorrow and we know she’s watching over him smiling 💜
A life well-lived:
Sara Collette’s small-time steeplechase program produced winners at every level and fulfilled the dream of every owner-breeder.
Sara and Bruce were fixtures on the circuit, paddockside and railside when their horses were running. She knew horses and she knew bloodlines. She personally researched pedigrees and nicks to select the best matches for her program.
“A lot of thought went into it,” says trainer Madison Meyers, who has the last homebred Sara Collette saw race – Eryx. “She bred exactly for what she wanted – jumpers. She didn’t breed for the flat track and hope they’d get a second career as a steeplechase horse.
“Her horses could be late-maturing, which wouldn’t interest a lot of people. But these were big, late-maturing horses, every one of them with big, open gallops and most were very good jumpers.
“You’d say that makes her a success in the breeding industry, no matter what level. You breed for what you want, and you get it.”
This week's Steeplechasing Story is a tearjerker, from Betsy Burke Parker: https://conta.cc/3C8TWMr
Douglas Lees photo of Sara Collette and Kieran Norris after Zanclus won the 2018 Virginia Gold Cup
So proud of this girl!!!! Ballyerin grad Little Bit of That shows a little bit of speeeed breaking her maiden in style today at Laurel Park. Congrats to the connections!!💜
Ahhhh New Saloon…what a LOVELY horse. 💜
There's a new babysitter in town! Former TTS racehorse New Saloon (Lemon Drop Kid x Akronism) has taken up babysitting duties this fall. He loves his kids and he's a bit more inclined to run around with them than the other babysitter geldings, so we hear he's the "fun one."
Familiar faces heading down the road, new faces coming in 💜🤩
We are so proud of this horse and just lucky to be a part of his career 💜🍀 and for the record I didn’t cry THAT much…
Goodbyes are tough!! 💜💜 This weeks shippers are off to the big leagues! 🏆
We sure will miss this goofy boy in the barn! Thank you Curlee Fox for making my 100th start as a trainer a winning one 💜 this horse has been a real team effort the last two years, thanks for the memories Curlee!!!🦊 Congrats to all involved and best of luck to his new connections! 🏇🏿 John Dale Thomas
Always looking forward, never looking back!
Busy morning of shipping and training! Some enjoy picture day more than others…
We sure will miss this handsome dude. Good luck at the Spa big guy!!!🤩
Another great day in the books! Malibu Heaven ran a strong 2nd in the first at Colonial and one of last years pre trainers Palio won the 6th impressively! Congrats to the connections!
Old reliable Horacio Karamanos won a stake (of course) on the Colonial Downs opener, while trainer Madison Meyers got her first stakes win, too.
We are so incredibly GRATEFUL for all of the texts and calls we have received congratulating us on this milestone win! It’s a team effort and we have a strong one!!!❤️ Congratulations to Mr. Gordie Keys 🔑 on Grateful Bred’s back to back wins and first stake…what a horse ✈️ thank you to our hard working team, great owners and Jevian Toledo for a masterful ride 🍠
Shipped some out and got to meet some for the future!! And then there’s Pickles…🐈
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