In 1994, Jim FitzGerald established Knockgriffin Farm just outside Paris, Kentucky. Named for the Parish in Ireland in which his mother was raised, the original Knockgriffin Farm encompassed nearly 120 acres and offered FitzGerald a perfect introduction to operating his own full-service boarding farm.
As his client base grew, so did the demands on Knockgriffin. In 1997, FitzGerald purchased an additional 230 acres formerly owned by renowned horseman Arthur Hancock of Stone Farm. These very fields were home to such standout racehorses as SUNDAY SILENCE, GOODBYE HALO, RISEN STAR, CORPORATE REPORT, and others for Hancock.
In 2007, FitzGerald purchased 420 acres of prime land near Paris to better accommodate his growing clientele. This magnificent, newly developed property is named Harpur's Island, in honor of FitzGerald's father's home place in Ireland. This new farm has three state-of-the-art barns complete with 20 rubber-matted stalls and well-designed paddocks just yards away from each facility. The farm also boasts large, sweeping fields with beautiful mature trees for its broodmare bands, and the entire farm’s water supply is naturally spring-fed, a proven ingredient for a horse’s well-being. Harpur’s Island has a specially designed, fully enclosed stall that could provide heat or air conditioning for injured or ailing horses. This feature reduces the chance of a sickly horse having to travel into a veterinary clinic for treatment. The 2 ½ miles of freshly paved roads feature breath-taking views from every hillcrest, and some beautiful old stone fences line the horizon. This simply is one of the most beautiful farms in Kentucky and a rare find of such coveted soil. This farm has raised current stakes horses such as SKY KINGDOM,
REVOLUTIONARY, and PALACE MALICE.