Bloodstock Team of WinStar Farm
Stallion Seasons Director
Darren, who hails from Co. Roscommon, Ireland, has been pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry for most of his life. He grew up on a small family farm and was around horses from a young age. He followed his passion by completing his degree in Equine Science from the University of Limerick. During his time there he completed summer work placements with Rathbarry Stud and Ballyhane Stud in Counties Cork and Carlow respectively. During his 3rd year, Darren traveled to the US to work at Knockgriffin Farm in Paris, Kentucky.
Darren pursued a Masters in Entrepreneurship also from the University of Limerick to hone his aptitude for business, leading to management roles with GE Capital and Tote Ireland. Darren then completed a two year management program with Darley Flying Start. This provided exposure to every facet of the Thoroughbred industry and its major players in Ireland, England, the US, Australia and Dubai. Upon completion of this Darren worked as a member of the Nominations team at Darley America, a role which he occupied for 4 years until assuming his current position at WinStar.
Stallion Season Sales
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.
Stallion Season Sales
Originally from Rochester, New York, Sean gained much of his early experience with horses at Finger Lakes Racetrack where he worked as a groom and in various roles at his father’s equine veterinary practice. While attending the University of Kentucky, Sean began working at Hill ‘N’ Dale Farms as a foaling attendant. After seven years and ascending to assistant division manager, Sean accepted the assistant farm manager’s role at Pauls Mill until joining WinStar in August 2011 as assistant trainer.
A Texas native, Kaitlin has had an obsession with all things equine since she can remember. Though born into a family completely unfamiliar with the equestrian lifestyle, it wasn’t long before Kaitlin had her father hauling her all over South Texas to compete in barrel racing and western performance events.
Kaitlin went on to graduate from Andover High School in Andover, Kansas before attending Loyola University New Orleans. While at Loyola, Kaitlin spent time abroad, studying at the University of Nantes in Nantes, France and the American University of Paris. Kaitlin graduated from Loyola with a BA in English Literature and double minors in Mass Communications and French.
After college, Kaitlin moved to Lexington to pursue a career in the equestrian industry and shifted her personal focus to riding as an adult amateur in the hunter/jumpers. Her first introduction to the Thoroughbred industry was working for Kerry Cauthen of Four Star Sales. “After experiencing the excitement and energy of the sales, I knew it was an industry I wanted to be a part of,” Kaitlin says. Kaitlin accepted her current role at WinStar in June of 2014. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the WinStar family.”
Public and Client Relations
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.
Executive Assistant to President, Elliott Walden
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.
Bloodstock Assistant & StableMates Coordinator
Originally from Padua, Italy, Giulia was somehow born with the horse virus to a family that, until that point, had not known a horse's head from its tail. She started riding horses at a very young age, and always dreamed that one day she could be a part of the equine industry.
Given the limitations of the horse business in Italy, she almost gave up on her dream and instead went on to graduate from Padua University and then to complete her Master's Degree in Communication, Cinema and Multimedia Production at IULM University, Milan, Italy in 2007.
Much to her parents' chagrin, that was the last sensible thing she did. After graduating, Giulia completed an Equine Manager Certification and she embarked on a series of adventures that took her all over the United States, from Walt Disney World to the open ranges of Wyoming, until she finally managed to make Lexington, Kentucky her home in November 2011.
Giulia joined the WinStar team in May 2012, and worked with both Broodmare and Yearling divisions before she moved to the Office in April 2013. She feels blessed for all the opportunities she has been given, and looks forward to what else the future will bring.