Farm Management of WinStar Farm
Natanya Nieman D.V.M.
Natanya grew up in Lexington. She rode dressage and event horses, worked at thoroughbred sales, and worked on Thoroughbred and Standardbred farms throughout college. In 1994, she graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Biotechnology. After college, she attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University and graduated in 1998. By 1999, Natanya had completed an internship at Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. She then worked at Woodford Veterinary Clinic from 1999-2002. Natanya has been with WinStar for 10 years now. She is married to Mike McMahon from Saratoga Springs, NY. WinStar-bred Kentucky Derby Champion Funny Cide was born on his father's McMahon Thoroughbred Farm in New York.
Larry grew up in Lexington and attended Lexington Catholic High School. Having always been interested in Keeneland and the thoroughbred business, Larry entered the business and started a sales agency in 1997.
In 1998, Larry began work for Prestonwood Farm as Assistant Manager and remained in the position when WinStar purchased the farm. In 2001, Larry was named Stallion Manager for WinStar Farm. Larry's dedication shows in everything he does. "Each stallion has his own, distinct personality," says Larry. "Just like people, horses respond differently. It's important to get to know each stallion and work with them as individuals."
Assistant Stallion Manager
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Andres was not the stereotypical horseman. Being from a big city, his exposure to horses was rather limited. He developed a relationship with horses at a young age when he would go to his family´s Paso Fino ranch in Colombia during summer vacation. This is where his interest in horses took root.
After graduating from Miami Coral Park Sr. High in 2005, Andres attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, just 30 miles north of Ocala. He studied equine sciences with an emphasis on reproductive physiology and worked at the University´s Horse Research Center in Ocala. After watching a replay of Secretariat´s 1973 Belmont victory, Andres became certain that the Thoroughbred industry was where he belonged.
Andres completed an internship at the Hancock´s historical Claiborne Farm. During the internship, Andres worked with the veterinary staff, broodmares and stallions. Once he graduated, he was hired to work with yearlings for sales prep. Mr. Hancock thought it would be a good idea for Andres to gain some track experience, so he sent him to work for Todd Pletcher. While with Todd Pletcher, Andres was a hot walker and then a foreman in South Florida and Saratoga. During his time with Todd Pletcher Racing, Andres was privileged enough to work with a world class staff and top tier racehorses before being offered his current position at WinStar Farm as Assistant Stallion Manager.
Assistant Stallion Manager
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 third generation horseman, Donnie Preston was born and raised in Central Kentucky where he graduated from Woodford County High School and worked part-time at Airdrie Stud in Versailles. After attending Anderson University on a track scholarship, Donnie realized his real interest was working with horses. He returned to Airdrie Stud full-time in 1988 and remained there until 2002 when he was hired by WinStar.
When asked about the job, Donnie replied, "Being here is a great experience, and getting to work with the quality of horse, state-of-the-art technology, and experienced horsemen at WinStar has been the opportunity of a lifetime."
Kieran hails from Lexington's sister city in Ireland, Co.Kildare. He has been involved in the horse industry for over 15 years now. Competing in 3 day events at an early age, he soon transitioned into the racing side of the industry and after a short period under the tutelage of Ted Walsh and Arthur Moore, he decided to venture into the breeding aspect of the sport. A summer at Tom and Cathy Burns’ Victor Stud convinced him this was the route he would go, so he joined the team at the world renowned Coolmore Stud. After 6 years of an “amazing experience, education and foundation” at Coolmore, he ventured into a bigger role in 2002 as broodmare manager under the guidance of Gabriel Duignan at Dr. Tony Ryan's newly acquired Castleton Lyons farm in Kentucky. He eventually moved into an even bigger role as asst. farm manager, exposing himself to many more elements of the farm, including the stallion operation. Kieran joined WinStar Farm in November of 2008.
"I am very proud to be joining the stellar cast at WinStar and will be forever grateful to the many people who helped get me here. WinStar is one of the most progressive and exciting farms in North America. After only 8 years, she has already established herself at the top of the heavyweight division. With one of the best stallion rosters in the business and a top class broodmare band, the future only looks brighter."
Jeff is originally from Southern Illinois, but he claims St. Louis, Missouri as his hometown. Growing up he was exposed to agriculture through his Uncle’s family farm. Jeff started working with horses at Boy Scout camp when he was 12 and later exchanged labor for free riding lessons at a local Arabian horse farm.
Jeff went to college at Truman State University and studied Agriculture, specializing in Animal Science. He met his wife Nickie in college and she is the one who got him interested in the thoroughbred breeding industry. After graduating in 2002, Jeff relocated to Central Kentucky and immediately started working on Thoroughbred breeding farms.
Starting as a groom and working his way up, Jeff worked at Crestwood and Margaux Farms before being hired as the Assistant Broodmare Manager at Overbrook Farm in 2004. After 1 year at Overbrook he was promoted to Broodmare Manager and retained that position until the farm closed in 2008. After Overbrook closed Jeff moved to Starwood Farm as their Farm Manager, after 4 years at Starwood Jeff accepted the Broodmare Manager position at WinStar Farm.
Jeff lives on WinStar with his wife and 2 sons, Elijah and Gabriel. He is excited about the opportunity, and the challenges that come with managing a large herd of broodmares, and he is happy to be a part of the team at WinStar Farm.
Assistant Broodmare Manager
Jimmy is currently a resident of Woodford County where he has lived all of his life. He came to WinStar in December 2002. His father worked with horses his entire life, therefore, he decided to follow in his footsteps. He has had the chance to work at many great and well-known farms such as Ashford Stud and Lane’s End Farm. Jimmy has done a little bit of everything in this industry from cleaning stalls to grooming horses. Jimmy is currently the Assistant Broodmare Manager here at WinStar Farm.
Assistant Broodmare Manager
John brings 20 years of experience in the thoroughbred industry to WinStar Farm. He worked for Gainsborough Farm for 13 years, working in all areas from broodmares to foaling. As the stallion barn foreman, he had the privilege of taking care of Hansel, Shadeed, Quiet American, and Elusive Quality. John has also worked with the stallions at Adena Springs before the farm moved to Paris, KY. Most recently, John was the manager of Frankfort Park Farm overseeing the farm and sales operation. Currently, John resides in Lawrenceburg with his wife Emily and two sons, Dalton and Lucas.
Richard brings 32 years of international experience in the Thoroughbred industry to WinStar. Born in England, he worked for Toby Balding and then in France for J. Pease. Later, he was invited to the U.S. by Cot Campbell of Dogwood Stables and assisted in breaking their yearlings. In addition, Richard worked for Steve DiMauro for many years in New York, California and Florida. He took out his trainer's license in 1997, training privately for Art Preston's LOR Stables and winning many stakes from a European-styled training center in Texas. Richard started with WinStar in January 2002 and is primarily responsible for the preparation and rehabilitation of the WinStar racehorses.
Gerry grew up helping work the family farm in Shelbyville, Ky. The farm raised cattle, tobacco, and hay crops. He was involved in FFA and 4H during his youth. The past 20 years, he and his family have owned and operated a large plant nursery and garden center in eastern Jefferson County. He has also owned racehorses for the past 15 years and has a great passion for the sport. He is looking forward to putting his farm knowledge and passion together here at WinStar. He and Lisa have a grown son and daughter.
Assistant Maintenance Manager
Tony was born and raised in Eastern KY, becoming involved with the Future Farmers of America at a young age. He displayed his love of farming in his previous jobs as a herdsman for a large dairy farm in Virginia and at the Miller Thoroughbred Farm in Woodford County. Tony brought his vast farming knowledge to WinStar Farm in 2003 as Pasture Foreman. In 2013, Tony was promoted to Assistant Maintenance Manager. Tony lives on the farm with his wife Connie.