Since arriving in the United States in 1994, Lere has worked on commercial breeding farms in Kentucky and New York. He started Rockridge Stud in 2013, standing stallions and boarding mares to foal. We foal 50-70 mares annually for clients that either race or sell weanlings/ yearlings. In just 6 short years, we have had tremendous success standing such stallions as Posse, Bluegrass Cat, and Giant Surprise, to name a few. During his 25 years in the thoroughbred industry, He has worked with very prominent stallions like A.P. Indy, Kingmambo, Smart Strike, Hansel – all of whom helped him shape his love and direction in the industry.

Lere has taken courses at CSU Equine Science in Equine breeding management and Insemination program under the supervision of Prof. E.L Squires, and short courses at Cornell University for Equine Behavior. Prior to that, He also went through the Taylor Made Internship Program. He believes that we must always evolve and adjust within our industry, otherwise we can never grow to our full potential. Another aspect is to bring young, energetic, and passionate people into our sport; over the years, Lere has had around sixty interns/students work and learn what the thoroughbred industry has to offer. He hires interns from all around the world, to help their involvement in our industry and give them the knowledge to take home with them to continue their passion.

Because we have clients who breed to race as well as clients who breed to sell, he can offer insight on all aspects of breeding industry. We have numerous clients who have had public auction success, in addition to several clients for whom we have raised successful racehorses.

Lere feels very strongly that New York has one of the best breeding and incentive programs of any US regional program, and he will offer his opinion and advice to further the program to be beneficial to both owners and breeders.

Stallion Seasons


Born and raised in Versailles, KY, Erin graduated from Woodford County High School in 1993 and the University of Kentucky in May of 1997 with a B.S. in Animal Sciences and minors in Biological Sciences and Piano Performance.  She became involved in the Thoroughbred industry in 2000, working a variety of jobs. Her focus for the past eight years has been the New York stallion and breeder market. She is happy to help you with your choice of Rockridge stallions.

 Office Manager

A native New Yorker, Carolyn grew up in the Hudson Valley and graduated with an Associate's Degree in Secretarial Science. She owned and showed her horse at local hunter shows & horse trials. Since 1980 she has worked on Thoroughbred breeding farms with mares & foals and sales prep. Her passion for Thoroughbreds has continued through time spent raising her children, and she is now working in the office at Rockridge Stud.

 Broodmare Manager

Ivan Velasco has been the broodmare manager at Rockridge Stud since the farm started in 2013.
His previous experience has been at Empire Stud and Vinery North in New York.
 He was born and raised in Mexico, and now lives at Rockridge with his wife Yesina and their 4 children.