John Greely '84 is a fourth generation horseman. His grandfather, whose family had been in the horse business in Ireland, moved to the United States in the late 1800s, and continued the family business here. The almost-500-acre thoroughbred farm that Greely runs—and on which mares, foals, and yearlings are bred—has been in Greely's family for more than 40 years.
"Horses are a second family to me," said Greely, when talking about his work as an equine reproductive specialist. "We breed the mares within 24 hours of ovulation, raise their foals until they are yearlings, sell them at auction, and the ones that don't sell, we raise."
Greely, who enjoys the challenging work, said, "Being at Baylor affected the way I approach life." Although he spent only his junior and senior years as a Red Raider, Greely calls the two years "the best educational experience of my life." Says Greely, "Coach [James] Duke was the main reason I came to Baylor. He was one of those magnetic people that when you first meet, you never forget, one of the greatest men I've ever met. And when I got very sick in my senior year, Ray Deering took me under his wing and helped me get through times that were very tough. He made sure I kept my nose to the grindstone."
Greely takes great pride in Lexington. "There are people here from all over the world, including the crown price of Saudi Arabia and the crown price of Dubai. What we all have common is love of the horse. I've had some Baylor people visit, and they are amazed by the beauty and the pageantry that we have in central Kentucky."