Leo has a wealth of experience in bloodstock sales and the media. In 2003 he joined The Irish Field, Ireland’s leading equine and equestrian publication with a readership of some 80,000. He worked for Goffs in a variety of roles and was a member of the board. Leo commenced his professional working life at Tattersalls Ireland (then Ballsbridge Sales).He has been active in many aspects of the industry, including being a council member of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and serving as National Hunt chairman; member of the European Sub-Committee of the International Cataloguing Standards Committee, the Tote Committee, and the board of Naas Race Company plc.
On four occasions Leo has personally been honoured within the industry. The Kildare/Dublin region of the ITBA gave him the Contribution to the Industry Award. The Northern Region of the ITBA honoured him with the Denis Stothers Award, and in 2015 the Association of Irish Riding Clubs presented him with the Lancelot Award. More recently he was given the media accolade at the Irish Sport Horse Industry Awards.
Leo is co-author of Memoirs of an Irish Auction House, a former steering committee member of the NUI Maynooth Equine Business course, and the longest serving jury member of the Cartier Awards. In addition to all of his work on the equine front, he is the arts correspondent for the Irish Country Living supplement in the Irish Farmers Journal, which has more than 300,000 readers.
His interests are wide-ranging, including reading, theatre, film, music, sport and food. Leo is a strong advocate for mental health awareness, with a twice-monthly column on the subject.