Castleton Lyons, located in the Horse Capital of the World, is one of the best Thoroughbred breeding farms in America. Castleton Lyons in Lexington, Kentucky has been home to some of the finest thoroughbred horses for over 200 years. Castleton Lyons is now owned by Shane Ryan, following in the distinguished footsteps of his father, Dr. Tony Ryan. A full-service thoroughbred horse breeding facility, Castleton Lyons sits on over 1,000 acres of prime bluegrass and has fifteen barns with 250 stalls. The limestone-based soil has proven itself over and over, raising, breeding or standing five Belmont winners and a Kentucky Derby winner as well as Champion Standardbreds and gaited horses. The farm is gorgeous with a medieval-style stone tower that dominates the landscape by day and illuminates the fields by night.
Castleton Lyons hand-selected our stallions, Gio Ponti and Justin Phillip, from premier bloodlines. Gio Ponti was born in 2005 and banked nearly 6.2 million dollars while racing. Among many career honors, Gio Ponti won seven Grade ! races and was awarded three Eclipse Awards. Gio Ponti’s first crop included Drefong, the Breeders’ Cup and Eclipse Award winner and Sir Dudley Digges, the winner of the CAN $1 million Classic, the Queen’s Plate. Justin Phillip entered stud at Castleton Lyons in 2014. Justin Phillip won 7 of 32 starts over four seasons, including the G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt, with 6 seconds and 8 thirds earning $1,293,437. Justin Phillip’s first foals were two-year-olds in 2017 and have been exceptionally well received selling for $300,000, $265,000, $170,000, etc.
Castleton Lyons understands that breeding selection for your mare is an important decision. Our breeding operation is conducted in a manner to maximize conception. Our success rate speaks for itself. Our goal is a team effort to help you raise your next champion. Because our owner and manager are involved in every aspect of the breeding process, our experienced team can help you ensure the best possible mating outcome. Our breeding consultations will help you evaluate balance of aptitudes, line-breeding, nicking and outcrossing so that you can make the best choice for your mare. A leading Thoroughbred breeding farm, Castleton Lyons breeds thoroughbred racehorses in a professional and safe environment. Castleton Lyons is dedicated to the physical, social and mental development of young horses, through a safe and healthy foaling process. Breeding your mare requires ongoing dedication to her needs and that of her foal. Castleton Lyons offers breeding, stud service, boarding, mare care and foaling, breaking, layups and sales preparation. The farm has numerous paddocks for turn out with adequate separation between mares and weanlings. You will not find a horse farm anywhere that strives to keep better facilities than Castleton Lyons.
Castleton Lyons has one of the most knowledgeable and conscientious staffs in Kentucky, with dedicated, experienced professionals in the equine industry. Our employees take their work seriously and consider it a privilege to work with some of the finest thoroughbreds in the world. Your horse will be carefully monitored and lovingly nurtured by people who have dedicated their lives to the maintenance of the best setting and amenities for thoroughbreds. The close availability of world-class Central Kentucky veterinary services assures you that your horse will have timely access to address any medical needs should they arise. Each horse at Castleton Lyons is given the utmost individual care and consideration.
Contact Castleton Lyons for more information about our world-class Thoroughbred breeding farm, located in Lexington, Kentucky.