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"There are so many of us that have been through Dromoland at some stage in our careers and almost without fail - everyone will say it’s some of their fondest memories working for Gerry. I wouldn’t be doing what I am for a living it I hadn’t been for him. I suspect that’s true of a lot of us.”
- Killian McStay (2011 - 2013)
  (Manager Oaklawn Stud Ireland)

The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship was established in memory of Gerry Dilger (1958-2020), by his family and closest friends. Gerry was a native of Co. Clare, Ireland, and came to America at the young age of 19, to pursue his passion in the horse industry. In 1994, he established Dromoland Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, and had a successful career as a horseman, breeding and consigning thoroughbred horses. Over the next 26 years, he mentored young people who had the same dreams as he did.

He took in over 65 young people during his career as his own, helping them gain hands-on experience, sharing knowledge and skills to be successful, and teaching them how to be a respected horseman. He instilled in them the values he had himself; hard work, honesty, expertise, kindness, generosity, loyalty, and above all, a good spirit. Gerry was loved and well- respected in the horse community, and we hope to honor him by continuing his legacy helping young people with their careers by giving them a “leg-up.”

To continue Gerry’s work the foundation is pleased to offer four annual scholarships in conjunction with KEMI, The Irish National Stud and Spring House Farm.