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Online Charity Auction Benefiting Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility Continues as Fourth Couture ‘Kentucky Derby Hat’ Goes On the Block.

GEORGETOWN, KY – FEBRUARY 5, 2013–“Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby,” the 4th Annual Online Charity Auction produced by Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility, and custom millinery Maggie Mae Designs®, continued February 1st as bidding opened on a new handcrafted Kentucky Derby Hat.

Old Friends opened bidding on “The Popcorn Deelites,” a beautiful chapeau honoring the gelding more famous for his role in the film Seabiscuit than his years in the claiming ranks on the racetrack.

Bidding will be conducted for 10 days only. Log on to the Old Friends website at and follow the link. The hat can also be viewed by visiting

This is the fourth of six unique creations by milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of Maggie Mae Designs® that will be auctioned this season. Each of the six Steinmann pieces will be inspired by one of the pensioned racehorses at Old Friends. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit.

Popcorn Deelites, the son of Grade 1 winner Afternoon Deelites (also an Old Friends resident), was a low-level claimer whose career took a turn when he was cast as one of the eight horses to play Seabiscuit in the Oscar-nominated film. A blood-bay with dark points, just like the Depression-era hero himself, Pops did accumulate 11 wins in his six-year career, and earned nearly $60,000.

Steinman’s whimsical Popcorn Deelites hat plays off the gelding’s movie-star status. Seabiscuit’s recognizable red and white racing silks provide the color palette and playful polka dots and elegant trimmings accent the design.

The hat’s foundation was created using black and white polka dot cotton lined and the under brim is lined with red silk. A sash of a scarlet taffeta encircles the base and culminates in an off-center poppy made out of two layers of red silk organza.

“I was told that one of Popcorn Deelites’s nicknames is ‘Poppy,’ says Steinmann. “This offered the perfect floral imagery for the trim centerpiece.”

As always, a physical remembrance is included. Several strands of Popcorn Deelites tail hairs have been braided into the trim, resulting in a one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau.

Bidding began February 1st at 8 pm. To bid, log on to and follow the link.  The auction will be open for 10 days only. For additional information contact Cynthia Grisolia at (347-423-7322) or Maggie Mae Designs® at (508-430-1626).

Maggie Mae Designs® Custom Millinery offers magnificent hats for all occasions – from glamorous racing events such as the Kentucky Derby and the Royal Ascot to stunning and unique bridal wear and handsome cocktail fashions. Owner Sally Faith Steinmann personally handcrafts every design.  Salons of her fashions can be viewed at


Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 120 retired racehorses.  It’s Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division. For more information on tours or to make a donation contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at

Kentucky Equine Survey releases initial findings

By Holly Wiemers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2013) – Kentucky is home to 242,400 horses and the total value of the state’s equine and equine-related assets is estimated at $23.4 billion, according to the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey.

The comprehensive statewide survey of all breeds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules was the first such study since 1977. Conducted between June and October 2012 by the Kentucky field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, with support and assistance by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and the Kentucky Horse Council, the survey’s results identified 35,000 equine operations and 1.1 million acres devoted to equine use. The results are a snapshot of the 2011 calendar year.

“The value of Kentucky’s equine and equine-related assets, such as land and buildings, is significantly larger than other states for which we have data, and it serves to underscore that Kentucky is the Horse Capital of the World,” said Jill Stowe, UK associate professor in agricultural economics and project lead. “Upcoming economic impact analysis results will provide even more details regarding the importance of the industry to the state’s economy.”

Phase 1 of the study was a statewide survey of equine operations that included an inventory of all breeds of equine, including horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. It included a look at sales, income, expenses and assets of those operations. County-level results from Phase 1 are expected soon. Phase 2 of the project will entail an economic impact analysis of Kentucky’s equine industry. Phase 2 information will be available mid-2013.

With regard to the inventory of Kentucky’s equine operations, the study determined that 56 percent are farms or ranches and 30 percent are for personal use, while 3 percent are boarding, training or riding facilities. Breeding operations accounted for 2 percent.

The vast majority of horses inventoried were light horses (216,300), followed by donkeys and mules (14,000), ponies (7,000) and draft horses (5,100). Thoroughbreds are the most prevalent breed in the state (54,000), followed by Quarter Horses (42,000), Tennessee Walking Horses (36,000), Saddlebreds (14,000), donkeys, mules and burros, Mountain Horse breeds (12,500) and Standardbreds (9,500).

“The University of Kentucky study objectively and scientifically validates the importance of the horse industry to our state. This may well be the most significant body of work ever undertaken to estimate the economic significance of horses to Kentucky,” said Norman K. Luba, executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council. “As horse industry enthusiasts, we are indebted to the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and the Kentucky Horse Council.”

The primary use of the majority of Kentucky’s equines is trail riding/pleasure (79,500), followed by broodmares (38,000), horses currently idle/not working (33,000), competition/show (24,500), horses currently growing, including yearlings, weanlings and foals (23,000), racing (15,000), work/transportation (12,500), breeding stallions (3,900) and other activities (13,000).

“Kentucky’s horse industry is important to a diverse set of people across the Commonwealth, from the 9-year-old 4-H member with her pony to the retired school teacher who just took up trail riding,” said Anna Zinkhon, Kentucky Horse Council Board president. “It is the Kentucky Horse Council’s goal to keep this industry alive and growing. The Kentucky Equine Survey provides us with the numbers, so we’ll know how to develop programs to emphasize strengths as well as work on improving areas of need. It is an important window into the future.”

According to the study, the estimated value of the 242,400 equines in Kentucky is about $6.3 billion. In addition, the estimated value of equine-related assets, including land and buildings, vehicles and equipment, feed and supplies and tack and equestrian clothing, is $17.1 billion, bringing the total value of Kentucky’s equine and equine-related assets to $23.4 billion.

The total of all equine-related sales and income for equine operations in 2011 was about $1.1 billion. That total came from sales of all equines, estimated to be $521.1 million, and $491 million in income from services provided, including both breeding and non-breeding services such as training, lessons, boarding, farrier, transportation, purses, incentives, etc.

The study found that total equine-related expenditures by equine operations in 2011 totaled about $1.2 billion. Capital expenditures by equine operations, including the purchase of equines, real estate and improvements and equipment, were estimated to be $337 million. Operating expenditures, including expenses paid for boarding, feed, bedding, veterinary, supplies, farrier services, breeding, maintenance and repair, insurance premiums, utilities and fuel, taxes, rent and/or lease, fees and payments, shipping and travel, training and other fees, totaled $839 million. Notably, 77 percent of these operating expenses were spent in Kentucky.

“We are pleased that this Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund investment made by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board will provide benefits to one of our state’s signature industries,” said Roger Thomas, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. “The results of this survey will validate the economic benefits of all breeds of equine to Kentucky’s overall economy.”

“The College of Agriculture is proud of this project because first and foremost, it represents the best available methods of surveying that universities and government can provide. But the most compelling aspect of this study is that our future policy discussions can be guided by solid numbers. We thank the Kentucky Horse Council and the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy as well as our numerous donors, for recognizing how much the Horse Capital of the World needs a sound foundation for policy decisions,” said Nancy Cox, associate dean for research in UK’s College of Agriculture, Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station director and administrative leader for UK Ag Equine Programs.

Funding for the project was provided by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, along with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, the Kentucky Horse Council and numerous other industry organizations and individuals, a complete listing of which can be found on the project’s website.

More information about the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey can be found on the UK Ag Equine Programs website at or on Kentucky Horse Council’s website at A copy of the complete Phase 1 results, including county-level breakdowns, will also be posted on both of these websites when they become available.

KTFMC mourns the loss of Past President and Farm Manager of the Year, Henry White

White, Henry Henry Dulin White, 85, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013. He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Kathryn Henderson White, daughters Kathryn “Kitty” White, Jean (Robert) Williams, and son Henry D. “Hank” (Andrea) White II. He was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on September 27, 1927, the son of the late Cyrus “Cy” White and Mary Dulin White.

Henry was a 1952 graduate of the University of Kentucky, and later served in the United States Air Force.

Experienced in all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry, Henry was an internationally renowned and respected third generation horseman. He was the manager of Elsmeade and Plum Lane Farms, until his retirement in 2002. Mr. White was the breeding advisor to Mr. Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stable resulting in 1969 Belmont winner and Horse of the Year Arts and Letters, 1970 Horse of the Year, Fort Marcy, 1972 Champion Male Key to the Mint, European Horse of the Year, Mill Reef, and 1993 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Sea Hero, to name a few. He was advisor to Thomas P. Whitney for which he raised Florida Derby winner Cryptoclearance, H.H. The Aga Khan, Nelson Bunker Hunt, Hall of Fame trainer J. Elliott Burch, Preston Burch, and others. He was a highly successful breeder and owner in his own right.

Mr. White was a member of the Keeneland Club, Past President of the Thoroughbred Club of America, Vice President of the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation, a lifetime member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Manager’s Club earning the distinction of Kentucky’s Farm Manager of the Year in 1979, Director Emeritus of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, two term President of the Thoroughbred Breeders of Kentucky, a founder of KEEP, and a Fellow of the UK Alumni Association. He also was presented the “Hardboot Breeders Award” by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.

Mr. White is also survived by grandsons Randy and Ross Guffey, granddaughter Ashley Williams, step-grandchildren Leigh Ann Guffey Byers, Carrie Roe and Andrew Cropper, brother-in-law Tommy Nelson, sisters-in law Helen (Bob) Edwards, Jessie Drake, Sue (Phillip) Collins, Tommy (Shirlene) Henderson, Willis (Rose) Henderson and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents and sister, Betty White Nelson.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 until 7:30 PM at Milward – Man O’ War, 1509 Trent Blvd. A memorial service will be 2:30 PM Wednesday at Milward – Man O’ War.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, the Salvation Army or to a charity of one’s choice.

Services will be held at:
Milward Funeral Directors – Man O’ War
1509 Trent Blvd.
Lexington, Kentucky 40515
Service scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January Membership Meeting

January 23, 2013 at the Red Mile

With Dr. Craig Carter

“In Pursuit of a Leptospirosis Vaccine for the Horse”


Dr. Craig CarterCraig N. Carter received his DVM at Texas A&M University in 1981.  After 5 years in primarily large animal practice, he returned to Texas A&M and completed a Master of Science and a PhD at Texas A&M University in epidemiology and public health.  He is a board certified diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.  He served as a lecturer in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Head of Epidemiology and Informatics in the diagnostic laboratory at Texas A&M until 2005 when he joined the University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science as a professor of epidemiology.  His military career spanned four decades, retiring from the Army Reserves as a Colonel in 2009.  He is currently the director of the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory where he oversees lab operations, conducts research and works with his graduate students.

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Announcing our 2013 Board of Directors!

Lane’s End/Oak Tree
Vinmar Farm
Indian Creek
Hughes Management
Shawnee Farm
Lane’s End Farm
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Claiborne Farm
Darby Dan Farm

UK College of Agriculture inducts inaugural Hall of Distinguished Alumni

By Laura Skillman

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Dec. 14, 2012) – Five distinguished graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture are being inducted Dec. 14 into the inaugural class of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Fifteen posthumous recipients will also be named.

This year’s inductees are Louis J. Boyd, Maurice Cook, David Switzer, Harold Workman and Joe Wright. These honorees have had outstanding careers and continue to serve as important members of their fields and in their communities.

For nearly 150 years, extraordinary alumni from College of Agriculture have contributed substantially to their chosen fields, their communities and society. To pay homage to these and future distinguished graduates, the college initiated the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This award is the highest honor the college will bestow. The college’s alumni association spearheaded the formation of this award.

“The Ag and HES Alumni Association is excited to support the establishment of the College of Agriculture Hall of Distinguished Alumni,” said Bill McCloskey, alumni association president. “It is important to recognize and celebrate our alumni that exemplified themselves by making significant contributions to their communities and profession while at the same time proudly representing the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.”

Boyd of Bogart, Ga., began his 41-year career of service to animal agriculture as an extension specialist at UK before moving on to distinguish himself at the University of Tennessee, Michigan State University and the University of Georgia. Under his leadership, external funding for Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station increased more than four fold. He was instrumental in building the UGA alumni association and college development activities. Throughout his career, he was a mentor to students, student clubs and teams.

Cook, a world-renowned expert in soil and water conservation and a leader in the field of soil science, taught at North Carolina State University for more than 30 years before his retirement in 1992 at the rank of professor. He also served as the director of the North Carolina Division of Soil and Water where he initiated the first-in-the-nation soil and water conservation cost-share program for farmers. Cook also served as senior advisor for agricultural affairs for the state, representing the governor throughout the state and the world on issues of better soil and water conservation management.

Switzer of Lexington is recognized worldwide for his extensive knowledge, experience and accomplishments relating to the horse breeding and racing industries. In addition, he is an acknowledged expert in the field of equine foundation bloodstock and insurance, having owned and operated a bloodstock agency for many years. He promotes the Kentucky Thoroughbred industries locally, nationally and internationally. He played a vital communications role during the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome crisis in 2001-2002 and led efforts to create an emergency response team from state government and the industry should another such event occur.

Workman of Louisville currently serves as president and chief executive officer for the Kentucky State Fair Board. Thanks to his efforts, the Kentucky Exposition Center is home to several signature events including the North American International Livestock Exposition, the largest purebred livestock show in the world and the National Farm Machinery Show, which ranks as one of Louisville’s top attractions each year generating more than $20 million in annual economic impact.  Also under this leadership, the exposition center has been transformed to one of the 10 largest facilities of its type with more than 1.2 million square feet of indoor space.

Wright, a Harned farmer and implement dealer, served as state senator for 16 years and Senate majority leader for 11 years, during which time he helped support the purchase of the college’s Woodford County farm and spearheaded efforts to secure funding for additional college building needs. He is a past president of the Kentucky Burley Growers Cooperative, state fair board member, and Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching member. He served on the Breckinridge County school board, was a founding member of the Kentucky FFA Foundation and is a member of the 2012 Kentucky Tax Reform Commission.

“This recognition is a symbol of the respect and admiration we have for distinguished alumni and serves to encourage exemplary achievements by fellow alumni and current students,” said Scott Smith, dean of the College of Agriculture. “These alumni being inducted into our inaugural class have been outstanding leaders in their professions and in society, and it is our honor to acknowledge those contributions.”

The college will be naming a number of posthumous award recipients during the next three to five years to allow those alumni who have died prior to the initiation the Hall of Distinguished Alumni to also be honored. This year’s posthumous award recipients are Garland Bastin, Smith Broadbent Jr., Thomson Bryant, Patricia Buster, Frank Frazier, Opal Hurley Mann Green, John Heick, James Kabler, Pauline Park Wilson Knapp, Charles A. Mahan, Shirley Phillips, Doris Tichenor, Larry Turner, Mack Whiteker, and Harry Young Jr. Find more  information about these honorees at

The College of Agriculture Office for Advancement along with the Ag and HES Alumni Association administers the program.

Writer: Laura Skillman, 859-323-4761

UK College of Agriculture, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.


LEXINGTON, KY. — Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today the appointment of Eric Hamelback and Michael McMahon to its Board of Directors.
“We are very pleased to welcome Eric Hamelback and Mike McMahon to the TCA board. Eric and Mike will be a huge asset and I look forward to working with each of them,” said Dan Rosenberg president of TCA.
Hamelback is the General Manager of Adena Springs Farm and resides in Paris, Ky.  A graduate of Louisiana State University, he began his career as yearling manager at Prestonwood Farm and later moved to Adena Springs in the same role. Hamelback became general manager at Live Oak Stud in 2002 before returning to Adena Springs in 2005. He is a former president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, is an active Rotarian in the Bourbon County Rotary Club and a coach for Bourbon County’s youth and middle school football programs.
McMahon, a Saratoga Springs native, now resides in Versailles, Kentucky. A graduate of Cornell University and the Irish National Stud, he co-owns McMahon and Hill Bloodstock LLC with partner Jamie Hill. McMahon is also the manager and founder of Bourbon Lane Racing Stable and Spruce Lane Pinhooking. He currently serves on the board of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, is former president of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association and former vice president of the Belmont Child Care Association.
Hamelback and McMahon join current board members Amy Adkins, Shannon Arvin, Gretchen Jackson, Michael Levy, Braxton Lynch, Bob Manfuso, Pope McLean, Jr., Ellen Moelis, Herb Moelis, Dr. Jim Orsini, Dr. Scott Palmer, Josh Pons, Dan Rosenberg, Rob Whiteley and Peter Willmott.
TCA was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds to Thoroughbred related charities that work to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue, research and by helping the people who work with them. TCA’s largest annual fundraiser is a Stallion Season Auction. The 23rd annual Stallion Season Auction will be held January 3-5, 2013. For more information please visit TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).

Erin Crady
Executive Director
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA)
P.O. Box 910668
Lexington, KY 40591
859.276.2462 fax

Case Clay named chair of UK’s Gluck Equine Research Foundation

Case Clay, new chair of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors.

Case Clay, new chair of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors.

PHOTO: supplied by Three Chimneys Farm

LEXINGTON, Ky.,Case Clay, president and chief executive officer of Three Chimneys Farm, was named chair of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors at its October meeting. Art Zubrod, manager of Brittany Farm, was named vice chair.

“Being elected chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation means a lot to me, as my grandfather, Albert G. Clay, was one of the founders and a board chair. My father, Robert Clay, also served on the board,” Clay said. “I will take this honor very seriously, and I am excited to work with the board to take the world’s only research facility with the majority of faculty doing full-time equine research to the next level.”

Clay joined the board in January 2010. Clay serves as a member of the Breeders’ Cup and also serves on the boards of directors of Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), the Federal Political Action Committee of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

“I am excited to work closely with Case as the new chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation. Case comes with a great knowledge of the horse industry and experience on numerous boards. This combination will provide him with the tools to be a very effective leader for the Gluck Foundation,” said Ed Squires, director of UK Ag Equine Programs and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation.

“Mr. Case Clay’s leadership brings new enthusiasm combined with strong knowledge and experience from the horse industry to the Gluck Equine Research Foundation. I am looking forward to working with Case to navigate the Gluck Center through a new era of research that benefits the health and well-being of horses in Kentucky and around the world,” said Mats Troedsson, director of the Gluck Equine Research Center and chair of the UK Department of Veterinary Science.

Clay takes the leadership reins from Walter Zent, a veterinarian and former partner at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, who served on the Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors from December 2000 to October.

“Dr. Zent has served the Gluck Equine Research Foundation during a time that saw a change in leadership, expansion of research facilities at Maine Chance Equine Campus as well as financial challenges during the global downturn of the economy,” Troedsson said. “His longstanding association with the Gluck Center, combined with a true compassion for advances in equine veterinary medicine and science, made him uniquely suited to lead the Gluck Foundation during this time.”

“I can truly say that Walter is one of the most passionate people about the Gluck Center that I know. He has been a great advocate for the faculty and research coming out of the center,” Squires said. “Tom (Goncharoff) was the perfect vice chair. He was never afraid to question the status quo.”

Zubrod replaces Goncharoff, manager of Crystal Springs Farm in New Mexico, as vice chair. Goncharoff has served on the Gluck Equine Research Foundation’s board of directors since December 2006. Goncharoff’s term expires in January 2015.

Gluck Equine Research Foundation directors are elected to a four-year term and can serve two four-year terms. The Gluck Equine Research Foundation was formed as a nonprofit organization to provide the exchange of information between the Gluck Center and the horse industry and to secure funds. Since the foundation’s inception, it has been highly supportive in raising funds for equine research, endowed faculty positions and facilities.

The mission of the Gluck Center, a UK Ag Equine program, is scientific discovery, education and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the health and well-being of horses. The Gluck Center faculty conducts equine research in six targeted areas: genetics and genomics, infectious diseases and immunology, musculoskeletal science, parasitology, pharmacology/toxicology and reproductive health.

For more information on the Gluck Center, visit


Ed Squires, 859-218-1176;   Jenny Evans, 859-218-1089