Kerr & Co Ltd has been continually trading since its foundation by the late Bertie Kerr in 1920. The agency has always maintained a strong presence on the international bloodstock stage with the main focus being the development of new markets for Irish horses.
From NASRULLAH (champion sire) and TOMY LEE (1959 Kentucky Derby) in the early days to Hong Kong Group 1 winner MR MEDICI in 2010, the agency always strives to maintain a high standard of quality for it's clients.
On leaving school at Castleknock College, Bert initially joined the family bloodstock agency as a trainee insurance broker and transport manager. He then went abroad for further experience working in France for two years on various stud farms, learning the rudiments of horse breeding. This was followed by time spent in the US learning the “American way", firstly on Westerly Stud Farm in California and then on the racetracks of Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar, serving under the tutelage of the renowned US veterinary surgeon Dr Jock Jocoy. Bert also worked at the yearling sales in Keeneland and Saratoga, gaining knowledge of the US marketing style which at the time was totally different to the more conservative European method.
Following the death of his uncle (Bert Snr) in 1973 he returned to work full-time in the family agency and also act as assistant trainer to his other uncle (Kevin) at Summerseat Stables. On Kevin's retirement Bert took over the licence and trained successfully for some seasons. As he wished to specialise more in the international trading of bloodstock which was developing rapidly, he then decided to concentrate full-time on this area and spent the following years travelling the world developing business and making new contacts, many of whom remain clients today.
Bert is married to Kathryn and they have five children, one of whom, Anna, also works in the agency. In six years time, 2020, Kerr & Co Ltd will celebrate its one hundredth year in business serving the bloodstock industry and it is the aim of everyone involved to reach this most significant milestone in the history of the company.
Anna has been immersed in the thoroughbred industry from a very young age and has always had a passion for all things equine.
After completing the Irish National Stud thoroughbred breeding course in 2007 Anna then spent 18 months as part of the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing team focusing on advertising and digital marketing. From there she moved to Leopardstown Racecourse to take up the role of sales and hospitality manager for four years before joining Paul Moroney Bloodstock in October 2012 where she played a key role in the purchase of 2013 Irish St Leger winner VOLEUSE DE COEURS .
Anna joined Kerr & Co full-time in November 2013 and is looking forward to bringing the company to its milestone 100th anniversary in 2020.