Ted Bates Obituary and Funeral Arrangements

Theodore Bright Bates

Thursday, October 4, 1923 – Friday, January 22, 2016


Ted BatesTheodore Bright Bates Sr., 92, of Lexington, husband of Evelyn Nash Bates, died Friday, January 22, 2016. He was the son of the late Theodore Willis and Mary Louise Bright Bates and was a renowned horseman.

He graduated from Male High School in Louisville, KY in 1941, and after recovering from a multi-year bout with tuberculosis, received his BS degree in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky in 1952.

He was a valued member of Central Christian Church, where he was a former elder, and was also a member of the Eminence Christian Church in Eminence, KY. His many other memberships included the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, the Lexington Club and Lexington Country Club, as well as serving as past Presidents of the Thoroughbred Club of America, the Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (KY Chapter), University of KY Alumni Association, and a Board Trustee at the University of Kentucky for 13 years. In addition to serving these organizations Ted was a giver of his time to many individuals, always happy to be a mentor and a friend. His family was very important to him, as well as his Thoroughbreds, dogs, and his association with the University of Kentucky academic and athletic programs.

Besides his wife, survivors include one son, Theodore Bright Bates Jr., Lexington; one daughter, Eve Bates (Steven) Greathouse, Midway, KY; two grandchildren, Natalie Greathouse, Louisville, KY, and Steven Richard Greathouse, Ashville, NC, and one beloved dog, Cracker.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Friday at Central Christian Church with visitation beginning at 10 AM. A private family burial will be at the Eminence Cemetery in Eminence, KY.

In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to the Central Christian Church Building Fund and Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Milward Funeral Home is handling his arrangements: http://milward.mem.com/Obituary/6770199/98642978/98677152?title=Obituary

Ted Bates Passing

Ted Bates presenting The Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year, Scooter Hughes with his Julep Cup2We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Ted Bates this weekend. Ted Bates has been a long time influential member of KTFMC. He served as Club President in 1961, and was honored as Farm Manager of the Year in 1993. Mr. Bates has also been an integral part of the Farm Manager of the Year selection for many years. He will be greatly missed throughout the industry and especially within our club. We will forward the details of his funeral arrangements as we receive them.

The following was put together by Alfred Nuckols about Mr. Bates last year when the Club renamed the Farm Manager of the Year Award.

Ted, born Theodore Bright Bates in 1923 in Carrollton, Kentucky comes from a farming background that includes his grandfather, Newton Bright, who served several terms in the Kentucky Senate and then was elected Commissioner of Agriculture. As a boy, Ted moved from Carrollton to Eminence where his grandfather’s farms were located and where his father, Theodore W. Bates, began his law career in nearby New Castle. Ted later moved with his family to Louisville and graduated from Louisville Male High School. Ted always considered Eminence “home” and moved back there after high school where he spent a lot of time with his grandparents working on their farms as well as others in the area. Ted eventually continued his education at the University of Kentucky where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.

Ted’s first job in the Thoroughbred industry was at Coldstream Ted Bates with Past Farm Manager of the Year Sandy Hatfield2Farm under farm manager, Charlie Kenney.  Charlie also happened to have a foreman working for him by the name of Melvin Cinnamon who Ted developed a lifelong friendship with.  Ted said, “Mr. Kenney taught me the horse business, and Melvin Cinnamon taught me horse husbandry.” Not able to afford marriage on his salary at Coldstream, Ted became the assistant county extension agent for Shelby County and shortly thereafter married his wife, Evelyn Nash.

In 1956 Melvin Cinnamon convinced Ted to become his assistant manager at Maine Chance Farm owned by Elizabeth Arden Graham. Not an easy lady to work for, Melvin Cinnamon, taking Ted with him, moved to Calumet in 1958 for Mrs. Gene Markey after her manager, Mr. Paul Eblehardt, was struck by lightning while playing golf and never completely recovered. In a career there lasting five years, Ted worked with a great roster of stallions headed by the premiere sire, Bull Lea. Ted’s favorite horse while at Calumet was Triple Crown Champion Citation who impressed him with his speed, determination and intelligence.

While managing Foxtail Farm on Keene Road in Nicholasville, Fasig-Tipton approached Ted about bringing that sales company back to Kentucky and hired him as general manager in 1970. After a breeding stock and mixed sale the first few years, the decision was made to have a yearling sale in 1974. Fasig-Tipton had lost its lease at the Thoroughbred Training Center and leased Henry Alexander’s farm on the Old Frankfort Pike where two barns were built for their first yearling sale.  Out of that first July Sale of forty-eight yearlings came Derby and Belmont winner, Bold Forbes, and Preakness winner, Elocutionist. The next year Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew came out of the Fasig-Tipton July Sale and Fasig-Tipton was firmly established as an auction house once again in Central Kentucky.

Feeling an orientation towards the farm, Ted left Fasig-Tipton in 1978 and worked as manager of Wimbledon Farm for Hilary Boone for four years and then served a brief stint with BKY farm. After this he served in an advisory capacity for Paul Miller and Kermit Blackburn. When Elmer Whitaker had a dispersal of his stock, Ted moved onto a tract of Bwamazon Farm on the Paris Pike where he started and maintained his own breeding, boarding, breaking and sales operation under the banner of Ted Bates Farm for more than twenty-two years.  Probably one of his favorite runners during this time was a filly named Miss Landy who was named for one of Ted’s best clients over the years, Ms. Landy Armstrong, a New Jersey lady who bred and raced the dam of Miss Landy, the stakes winning mare All the Vees. When she died, Ted bought All the Vees from her estate and continued to keep her there and breed her.

Ted has been the recipient of many honors and has held many offices over the years in addition to being a Past President, Farm Manager of the Year and permanent member of the Farm Manager of the Year selection committee for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club. He has served as a trustee for the University of Kentucky and is a past president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Fasig-Tipton and is currently a Director Emeritus of Fasig –Tipton. He has also served as the 1976-77 President of the Thoroughbred Club of America. Ted is the 2013 recipient of the TOBA Hardboot Breeders Award which pays tribute to distinctive but unsung breeders that help make up the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry.  He is also the father of Ted Bates, a vice president at Hilliard Lyons in Lexington, and Eve Bates Greathouse, a Scott County resident.

It is with great admiration, respect and gratitude for you and your service that the Club renames the Thoroughbred Farm Manager of the Year award in your honor. By proclamation of the officers and board of directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club, it shall henceforth be known as the “Ted Bates Thoroughbred Farm Manager of the Year Award”.

January 19th Membership Meeting

Next Membership Meeting:

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles

January 19th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504


Ryan Quarles grew up on his family’s farm in Scott County, with a family that has lived in central Kentucky for over 200 years.   Mr. Quarles completed three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees in just four years at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 2006.

In 2008, Harvard University awarded Mr. Quarles a full scholarship on the Zuckerman fellowship, which enabled him to continue his studies at the Harvard graduate school of education, the Kennedy school of government and Harvard law school.

In 2009 he graduated from Harvard with a master’s degree in higher education before moving back to Kentucky to finish his last year of law school.  Returning to Kentucky Mr. Quarles was elected to the Kentucky general assembly in 2010, representing Scott, Owen and Fayette counties.

Mr. Quarles has served as the vice-chairman of the house judiciary committee, and served on the agriculture committee, the tobacco master settlement oversight committee, and the banking and insurance committee.

Mr. Quarles continues to help on the family farm in Scott County.  However now, Mr. Quarles is embarking on a new course – that of Kentucky’s newly-elected commissioner of agriculture.  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome commissioner-elect, Ryan Quarles.

• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. January 15th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
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Announcing the 2016 KTFMC Officers & Board Members

and the winners are….

2016 KTFMC Officers

Gus Koch  President president@ktfmc.org

Bryan Cassill – Vice-President vp@ktfmc.org

Amy Parker-Secretary secretary@ktfmc.org

Scooter Hughes –Sergeant at Arms saa@ktfmc.org

 Andy Howard – Treasurer treasurer@ktfmc.org

2016 KTFMC Board

Katherine Cain – 1 year term

Michael Hardy – Returning for 2nd year

Erik Johnson – 2 year term

Carl McEntee- Returning for 2nd year

Donnie Snellings – 2 year term

Frances Relihan – 2 year term

 And as always, here to help our members…

Club Administration

Linda Serafini – Club Accountant: billing@ktfmc.org

Kim Ramsey – Club Administrator: info@ktfmc.org

Last chance for new memberships and updates to make it into the 2016 KTFMC Directory!

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If you have been thinking about becoming a KTFMC Member, this is your last chance to make the 2016 KTFMC Directory.

New Membership  Applications and current member updates that are submitted through 11/20/15 will have their membership listed in next year’s directory.

Don’t forget to submit changes in email address, phone numbers, job changes, physical address or any other contact information.

We need all farm updates as well!!!

To become a member: https://ktfmc.org/membership-application/.

To update current member information: https://ktfmc.org/member-update/.

To update a farm listing: https://ktfmc.org/farm-update/.

KTFMC Leadership Seminar Dec. 7th & 8th

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to improve motivation & cooperation on your farm while also eliminating problems before they occur by teaching leadership skills as well as conflict resolution!

This seminar is now open to unlimited registration per farm until we are full.

To register go to: https://ktfmc.org/ktfmc-leadership-seminar/

See below for the seminars 2-day Schedule:

Thoroughbred Horse Farm Managers Leadership Training
December 7-8, 2015
Keeneland Pavilion

Monday, December 7, 2015

8:00 – 9:00                          SIGN IN – coffee and pastries provided

9:00 – 9:15                          Introductions, objectives, vision

9:15 – 10:15                       What do you mean, people are different Exploring why managing people is so hard, discussing what motivates and what discourages employees

10:15 – 10:30                     BREAK

10:30 – 12:00                     True Colors Understanding that we are all different and so are the people we lead using a well-known personality assessment

12:00 – 1:00                       LUNCH

1:00 – 3:00                          Finding, training, and keeping the right people Attracting, screening, interviewing, hiring, training, and retaining quality employees is the key to a successful operation

3:00 – 3:15                          BREAK

3:15 – 4:00                          Horror stories and lessons learned – Manager panel

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

9:00 – 9:30                          What did we learn yesterdayFive takeaways from yesterday

9:30 – 10:15                       Conflict, communications, and old coots Recognizing that conflict will occur, communication is critical, and that there are generational differences among employees and managers

10:15 – 10:45                     BREAK

10:45 – 12:00                    Motivation and performance management Understanding what motivates employees (and what doesn’t), and how to improve performance with regular assessment

12:00 – 1:00                       LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30                         Off the farm – industry issues and advocacy Management and leadership is not always on the farm, it’s also about being engaged in the community and the industry

2:30 – 2:45                          BREAK

2:45 – 4:00                         Summarize, synthesize, and apply three things you’ve learned and two things you’ll change – assignment, discussion, Q&A