KTFMC Meeting: Equine Veterinary Changes, Implications for Farm Managers

by Sara Gordon and Katie Petrunyak LEXINGTON, KY-The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club (KTFMC) held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday at Keeneland. The event was conducted jointly with the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP) and the over 200 in attendance represented both organizations. Members of the Godolphin Flying Start and Kentucky Equine Management Internship programs were also on hand. Recent changes and trends in the equine veterinary field were a focal point of the evening, along with topics including equine litigation and liability, navigating equine veterinary...

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Matthew Koch Named KY Farm Manager of the Year

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club (KTFMC) has chosen Shawhan Place's Matthew Koch as the 2022 Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year. The honor is given annually to a farm manager "who has demonstrated quality and success in their management role; service to the community; involvement in the KTFMC; and industry leadership and dedication." "I am thrilled to hear Matthew has won this prestigious award," said Teddy Kuster, co-owner of Shawhan Place and the 1986 KTFMC Farm Manager of the Year. "The club has meant a lot to Matt's...

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TAA, KEMI Named Beneficiaries of KTFMC Golf Scramble

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) will again be the beneficiary of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club (KTFMC) Challenge Cup Golf Scramble at the University Club of Kentucky. The 30th annual event will be held June 28. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at 12 p.m. Team entries sold out June 7. There will be a first, second, and third place team winner for both courses and an overall champion team decided by a one-hole playoff between the first-place team from...

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KTFMC Meeting: Labor Crisis in the Thoroughbred Industry

LEXINGTON, KY-The ongoing labor crisis in the Thoroughbred industry was the focal point of discussion at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club's monthly meeting, which was held on Tuesday and brought in a large audience for a discussion on the talk. A panel of five industry participants and educators was on hand to give their perspective on the history of the issue and how the situation has worsened over time. They also spoke on projects currently in the works that have potential to bring in skilled labor and shared their...

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Lane's End's Mike Cline Named KTFMC Farm Manager of the Year

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club (KTFMC) has announced Lane's End Farm's Mike Cline will be honored as the 2020 Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year. Cline has been part of Lane's End since 1979, when Will Farish hired him to manage the then-new farm in Woodford County near Versailles. Cline grew up in Versailles as the son of a farm manager and attended the University of Kentucky. He worked on the racetrack with Hall of Fame trainer Mack Miller, then returned to the Versailles area to manage Big...

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