Eric Bishop is a second generation horseman with a multitude of equine related experience. His “first love” of horses was ingrained in him since birth growing up in a trainer’s household. :: He started off walking “hots” for his Dad “Buddy Bishop” at age 8. As a young teenager he worked the backstretch walking hots during summers for various trainers.
As life got in the way of making a career in horse racing, Eric was accepted into the New York City Police Department at the young age of 20. Even during his police career, Eric had developed a computer database on female family lines, and had been a breeding advisor to several owners on yearling purchases. His recommended short lists included the purchases of Lil’s Lad and Nat’s Big Party.
After eleven years working the South Bronx as a Police Officer and Sergeant, he was transferred to the NYC Mounted Unit where he became reunited with his hands on horsemanship. Eric eventually became the supervisor of training the horses and riders to make them “street worthy”. During this training tenure, Eric worked with John Hettinger to establish some retired racehorses to have second careers as “Mounted Steeds”. A few almost made the grade, but Eric and his partners learned the hard way, that thoroughbreds and city life are not a match made in heaven. Although his love for the thoroughbred did not wane, he found a new love in riding Quarter horses, Morgans, and Standardbreds through the streets of Manhattan.
Upon completion of twenty years of service for the NYC Police Dept., Eric ventured back to his first love as a second career. He had attained his Bachelors of Science Degree in Veterinary Sciences, and studied equine surgery and radiology under the tutorledge of Dr. Stephen Selway. This led to the formation of EBX. Eric developed the first mobile Veterinary Radiology service to NY racetracks and farms, where he provided adigital radiology service to veterinarians for on the spot digital xray techniques and processing. His service accolades included the discovery of Afleet Alex’s condylar fracture. Continuing with his Veterinary technician skills, Eric was employed to run the CO2 blood gas program for NYRA.
Eric’s horse experience and construction skills background led to his position as the Owner’s Representative and General Manager of the “ground up” building of the Ruffian Equine Medical Center. This is a state of the art equine surgery facility built across from the Belmont Racetrack grounds. It was this position and successful completion of the equine hospital that led to the meeting of Mr. Cohen, the owner of Frost Giant.
Eric’s continual breeding research of female family lines led right into the La Troienne female tree of which Frost Giant is a descendant. Eric’s confidence in this breeding line made it an easy decision to accept Mr. Cohen’s offer to help manage this stallion.
Presently, as General Manager, Eric oversees all breeding, racing and sales operations for Sunrise Stables, and the Three Stallions(not the Three Amigos)—Frost Giant, his full brother Heavy Breathing, and the new guy in town, Big Brown.