Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell was honored with the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s 2016 Wild Geese Award during the ITBA’s National Breeding and Racing Awards ceremony held Saturday at The Heritage Killenard. The award recognizes individuals who represent the Irish breeding industry on an international stage.
Russell, a native Dubliner, spent time at Coolmore Stud and as a bid spotter at Goffs before moving to the United States in 1982. He served as Fasig-Tipton’s Vice President of Appraisals and Director of Sales Administration before joining Keeneland in 1996 as Assistant Director of Sales to Rogers Beasley.
“Keeneland congratulates Geoffrey on receiving the Wild Geese Award,” said Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston. “Since his immigration to this country, Geoffrey has become an industry leader, and it is wonderful to see his countrymen recognize his accomplishments. Geoffrey is a valuable component of the Keeneland sales and the industry as a whole, and we are proud that he chose here to land.”
Russell represents Keeneland on the International Catalogue Standards Committee, International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee and is Chairman of the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers. He also serves on the board of the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation and is a member of the Sales Integrity Task Force.