Romain Malhouitre, a former manager with Dixiana and Woods Edge farms, has been named vice president and general manager of Runnymede Farm Inc., effective immediately.
Malhouitre succeeds Martin O’Dowd, who will continue as a senior consultant with Runnymede while also operating a bloodstock and racing management venture.
Malhouitre most recently directed client management at Kentucky’s storied Dixiana Farms, where his assignments included sales director and assistant farm manager. Prior to his six years at Dixiana, Malhouitre worked for Peter O'Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, where he was the yearling manager. Malhouitre’s bloodstock experience over nearly two decades includes international stints in County Kildare, Ireland, where he worked with Milltown Stud and Morristown Lattin Stud farms, the latter as stallion manager. A native of France, Malhouitre began his career with a focus on business and insurance with his equine experience initially focusing on Andalusian and domestically-bred horses in the south of France.
“We are delighted to have a rising industry star in Romain on board the Runnymede leadership team,” said Runnymede President Brutus Clay. “Romain brings a diversified skill set and a strong portfolio of global experience that blends well with Runnymede’s excellence in Thoroughbred breeding and racing internationally. At the same time, Romain brings some exciting new dimensions to Runnymede with proven pin-hooking, syndicate management and client development that will accelerate our strategic expansion into these areas as Runnymede’s fourth generation continues to carry on our tradition while also looking to forge long-term relationships with like-minded partners.”
“I am gratified to have the trust of the Runnymede management team to help lead the farm forward to build on Runnymede’s unique global brand in the Thoroughbred arena while expanding into new market portfolios and strengthening the farm’s business base at a time when the Thoroughbred industry is rebounding and dynamic,” said Malhouitre. “I look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead with optimism and confidence.”
Runnymede Chairman Catesby W. Clay, a Thoroughbred Club of America and Kentucky Thoroughbred Association honoree, said: “Romain is one of the best young horsemen on the Thoroughbred scene, and I look forward to blazing new trails with him on the breeding, racing and entrepreneurial fronts.”
Runnymede Farm has been a vital part of the Thoroughbred industry since its founding in 1867. Originally established by Col. Ezekiel Clay, whose father was a member of the United States Congress and a breeder of Thoroughbreds and champion cattle, Runnymede holds the distinct honor of being the oldest continuously operated Thoroughbred breeding farm in Kentucky, according to the Daughters of the American Revolution.