Bloodstock Team of WinStar Farm
Stallion Seasons Director
Dedicated Team Member Since 2014
Kyle, originally from Toledo, Ohio, was introduced to horses at an early age through his grandfather. His family would make annual trips to Lexington eventually resulting in Kyle attending the University of Kentucky. After receiving a degree in Foreign Language International Economics, Kyle was accepted to the Darley Flying Start, a two year management training course that that took him around the world to work and study with some of the industry’s brightest minds.
After Flying Start, Kyle worked for Peter Bradley at Bradley Thoroughbreds, LLC until moving into Seasons Sales at Three Chimneys Farm. For three and a half years Kyle sold seasons for Three Chimneys stallions, gaining valuable experience to help him in his current role at WinStar.
Liam, originally from Toronto, Ontario was introduced to horse racing at an early age making trips to Woodbine with his grandfather. He developed a keen interest in racing and began working at the racetrack while in high school. While completing his degree at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec Liam travelled to Lexington to intern with Juddmonte Farms and Hill’n’Dale Farms.
Upon completing his degree in Finance, Liam returned to the racetrack to work for leading trainer Brian Lynch. Liam went on to attend the Irish National Stud Course in 2008 where he won first prize in the pedigree research project. Liam remained at the National Stud after the course to prepare yearlings and work the major sales in Ireland and England.
Returning to North America, Liam spent 4 years in season sales for Adena Springs and most recently held the position of Stallion Services Manager at Millennium Farms, gaining valuable experience and developing key relationships to help him in his current role at WinStar Farm.
Director of Bloodstock Services and Assistant Racing Manager
Dedicated Team Member Since 2011
A native of Rochester, NY, Tugel began working at Winstar as the Assistant Trainer under Richard Budge in 2011. A graduate of Ashford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Business Management, Tugel began in the industry as a groom and hot walker for various trainers at Finger Lakes Racetrack while attending college. He also spent valuable time working for his father’s veterinary practice, Farmington Equine Associates.
Tugel moved to Lexington in 2004 and began working at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms as a night watch foaling attendant before moving up to assistant manager during his 7 ½ years with the farm. He took an equivalent position at Pauls Mill for a short time in 2010 before joining WinStar. While at Winstar, Sean has also served roles on the stallion nominations team, yearling and breaking, and stallion divisions. Currently, Sean serves as the Directior of Bloodstock Services and Assistant Racing Manager.
Dedicated Team Member Since 2012
Born in Michigan and raised in Indiana, Bethany did not have much opportunity to experience the Thoroughbred industry but always held racing close to her heart. Eager to be around horses in any way possible, Bethany joined 4-H in high school and leased a Quarter Horse which she showed in halter competitions around the state of Indiana.
Bethany had known she wanted to attend the University of Kentucky ever since she was a freshman in high school. Bethany decided to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry and immersed herself in the Horse Capital of the World: Lexington. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Equine Management and a minor in Agricultural Economics. She was president of the UK Horse Racing Club, a university club dedicated to educating and networking students in the racing industry.
Bethany first began at WinStar in October of 2012 as an intern. She interned at WinStar for over two years and during that time also interned for the Keeneland Association, in their Sales Division. She assumed her current role at WinStar in May of 2015.
Bloodstock Assistant & StableMates Coordinator
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.