Administration of WinStar Farm

Amy Nave

Office Manager and Executive Assistant to President, Elliott Walden
Dedicated Team Member Since 2008


Growing up in Kentucky, Amy had a lifelong love of horses and the Thoroughbred Racing industry, so she was thrilled with the chance to join WinStar as a Bloodstock Assistant and the opportunity it presents to continue to learn about thoroughbred breeding and racing operations. “I am glad to be part of the WinStar team – it feels like a family.”

Amy is a graduate of Centre College and started her career in the Thoroughbred industry in the accounting and equine insurance divisions of Hopewell Farm.

Amy lives in Versailles with her husband, Bill, and their children.

Heather Andress

StableMates Coordinator and Executive Assistant to General Manager, David Hanley
Dedicated Team Member Since 2012 

Heather, originally from Western New York, grew up around show horses, which is where she developed her passion for horses. Heather was awarded a riding scholarship to Midway College and went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management with a concentration in Equine Management. During that time she broke yearlings and galloped racehorses for Jonabell, Saxony, Walmac International, Brookside, and Pin Oak Farms, which gave her the opportunity to move up as an Assistant Trainer for Evergreen Farms. Heather was also the Barn Manager and Instructor for the North American Racing Academy for five years before she went on to work with Todd Pletcher in 2010. She then went on to become Michelle Nihei’s Assistant Trainer at Keeneland and Belmont Park before starting at WinStar in 2012.

Heather served as the Assistant Trainer here at WinStar for four years before taking on her current position as the Assistant to the General Manager, while assisting the Bloodstock team and taking on the duties as StableMates Coordinator.

Collectively, Heather brings over 20 years of experience in the Thoroughbred industry to WinStar.

Ronda Clifton

Equine Operations Coordinator & IT
Dedicated Team Member Since 2001

Ronda began her career in the Thoroughbred industry at Three Chimneys Farm. While there, she had the opportunity to try her hand at a variety of different responsibilities from mucking stalls to pedigree research. Later working at Waterford Farm and Bluegrass Bloodstock, she gained experience in equine insurance, computer administration and farm office operations. Ronda is a native of Virginia and a graduate of Midway College's Equine Management Program. She has resided in the Bluegrass since 1990.

"Working at WinStar has been exciting and has provided many new opportunities and learning experiences. I look forward to what the future brings here at WinStar."

Michael Holmes

Controller
Dedicated Team Member Since 2014 

Michael, a native of Lexington, KY, grew up at Marula Park Stud, LLC, a small commercial breeding operation. Michael attended Transylvania University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. During his college career, Michael gained industry experience by completing an Accounting internship at Fasig-Tipton, which sparked his interest in the thoroughbred industry. Michael enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and playing his banjo. Michael: "WinStar is the perfect place for the start of my career. I love the industry and am eager to learn from all the bright minds here."

Molly Petrey

Human Resources Director
Dedicated Team Member Since 2017

Molly grew up barrel racing in Ohio. She attended Colorado State University to obtain her degree in Equine Sciences. She has enjoyed several positions on Kentucky farms from working with stallions at Gainsborough to serving as the Equine Administrator for Adena Springs. Molly and her husband Jim have owned and been the breeders of several stakes horses, most notably, G1 winner Dream Rush. Molly has two children and when not at work she enjoys their activities, Bible Study, and training and showing dogs. She is excited to be at WinStar and her goal is as it has always been; to never lose appreciation for the beauty of the Thoroughbred.

Ashley Tackett

Equine Records and A/R
Dedicated Team Member Since 2006

A native of Wisconsin, Ashley came to Kentucky in 2000 as an intern in the KEMI program, working at Lane's End Oak Tree Division. After her internship was completed, Ashley went to school at Midway College and earned two degrees in Equine Management and Equine Therapy with a minor in business. Since graduation, Ashley has worked in several areas of the Thoroughbred industry including veterinary technician for Hagyard Equine Medical Institute's internal medicine division, vet assistant to Dr. Luke Fallon, and barn foreman in yearlings and broodmares for Bluewater Farm and Fawn Leap Farm. Ashley has been with WinStar since 2006.

Brittney Skoien

Equine Operations Assistant
Dedicated Team Member Since 2013

Originally from Wannaska, Minnesota, Brittney’s love of horses started very early in life.  She began her career in the Quarter Horse industry but all along dreamed of a career with Thoroughbreds. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Equine Science and Agricultural Business.  While in school she was given a chance to take part in the Kentucky Equine Management Internship, which gave her the opportunity to work the 2009 sales season for Royal Oak Farm in Paris, KY. Upon graduation she came back to the KEMI program which ultimately led her to WinStar Farm for the 2013 breeding season. 

After completing her internship she was hired by the WinStar yearling division where she participated in sales prep as well as breaking and training. She is thankful for all the amazing opportunities WinStar has already given her and is looking forward to what the future has to offer.

Katie Regester

Equine Operations Assistant
Dedicated Team Member Since 2014 

Born into a family of horsemen, Katie was introduced to horses at a young age, competing in the eventers and jumpers through Pony Club and 4-H. After attending Western Kentucky University, she began her career at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, and has continued to work as a veterinary and laboratory technician at many of the top equine medical centers in Central Kentucky. Katie accepted her current position at WinStar in December 2014. In her down time Katie enjoys riding her OTTB Thunder Thrill, which she adopted from WinStar.

Erin Wismer

Client Relations & Equine Operations Asst.
Dedicated Team Member Since 2018

I Have spent most of my life in the horse industry and have a true love and passion for the animal. That passion led me to the racetrack when I was 19, since that time, I have worked in various positions from groom, exercise rider and assistant trainer. In addition to that I have worked extensively in the sales side of the industry ranging from weanlings to horses of racing age, including sales prep, showing and shortlisting. For the last 5 years I have been working with my husband to develop Troy Wismer Racing Stables LLC. I am originally from London Ontario Canada but now live in Versailles with my husband and two children.

Casey Hammond

Veterinarian Technician
Dedicated Team Member Since 2013 

Raised in Southern Illinois, Casey comes from a Thoroughbred Racing Family. Her parents, both grandfathers, an aunt and an uncle were trainers. Casey has been surrounded by Thoroughbred horses all of her life. Her prized 4-H project as a child was an off the track Thoroughbred. She continues to enjoy riding OTTB’s for pleasure.

Casey graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Equine Science. After graduation, Casey was awarded an internship at Gumz Farms, a leading Quarter Horse Breeding Farm in Western Kentucky. She says this is where her interest in the Reproduction side of the industry was sparked. After completing her internship, she relocated to Lexington, KY where she worked at Equine Medical Associates and was then moved to Hill N Dale Farm as the Resident Vet Tech. She furthered her knowledge in Endocrinology at BET Reproduction Lab before coming to Winstar Farm.

Vickie Howard

Accounting
Dedicated Team Member Since 2019 

A Kentucky native, Vickie has worked in the Thoroughbred industry since graduating from high school. She began her career in the office of a small foreign-owned breeding/racing farm in Scott county before moving on to different roles with The Jockey Club and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Before coming to WinStar, Vickie spent nearly 20 years as a valuable team member with a major sales consignment agency. While much of her early experiences led to an extensive knowledge of pedigrees, she truly enjoys the challenges that come from working on the financial side of the business. Vickie actively volunteers with various veterans’ organizations, and in her spare time she enjoys reading and gardening as well as riding her motorcycle. Vickie is thrilled to be a WinStar team member and appreciates their faith-based approach in all things.

Micalah Gadwaw

Office Assistant
Dedicated Team Member Since 2006 

Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Micalah grew up on the farm as her father, Scott Spencer, has worked on the farm for over 10 years. Micalah has always had a passion for horses and has been around them her whole life. After finishing high school, she started as an intern with WinStar before assuming her current role a year later. Over the past decade, Micalah has been able to watch the farm grow in both size and success and looks forward to what the future will bring. She feels truly blessed to call WinStar home, as she resides on the farm with her husband Daniel Gadwaw, WinStar’s track foreman, and looks forward to raising a family here one day.

Diana Elam

Front Office Coordinator
Dedicated Team Member Since 2016 

Diana is a native of Lexington. She attended Western Kentucky University where she majored in business. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education and has her Master’s Degree and License in Counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant to Lexington mayor’s Foster Pettit and Jim Amato, the Director of Heritage Hall at Rupp Arena, and UK Sports Information Director Russell Rice. Diana has also held positions as a dental assistant, legal assistant, aquatic teacher and therapist and as a liaison for Scott Co. Schools Family Resource Center. Even though she's had a variety of interesting jobs, Diana counts WinStar Farm at the top. She feels blessed she can be a part of the WinStar team during the day and do counseling at night. Diana says the favorite part of her job is being the first person at WinStar to greet people by phone or coming in the office. Her son Drew says the best benefit of her job is being within walking distance of Tiznow.