Jacob West Named As Stallion Seasons And Bloodstock Manager At Claiborne Farm

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Jacob West will join the Claiborne Farm team in October as the Stallion Seasons & Bloodstock Manager, the organization said in a release Wednesday.

West, a Kentucky native, graduated from UK with a degree in Economics. He began his career in the Thoroughbred industry at the ground level, first serving as a groom in Taylor Made Farm's broodmare division.

From there, he ascended to barn foreman, divisional yearling manager, and then Buyer Account Manager. During his tenure at Taylor Made, West managed all aspects of his clients' investment portfolios, including public and private acquisitions, breeding and racing management.

In 2016, he joined Three Chimneys as Director of Bloodstock Services, and then served Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners as Vice President of Bloodstock before launching his own business, West Bloodstock.

Most recently, West formed Highgate Sales Consignment with partner Jill Gordon to service clients at public auction. He will continue to serve his existing clients at West Bloodstock while at Claiborne.

Longtime Stallion Seasons & Bloodstock Manager, Bernie Sams, will remain on Claiborne's staff during this transition.

“We are ecstatic to have Jacob join our team at Claiborne early this fall,” said Walker Hancock, Claiborne President. “He brings a wealth of industry knowledge, sales expertise and will be a huge asset recruiting new stallions, selling seasons and helping clients manage their bloodstock portfolios.”

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the Claiborne team,” West said. “The history and tradition of such an iconic farm is something I have marveled at since I got into the horse industry. I look forward to building upon the tradition and being a part of their future.”

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