Clients of the farm usually see him when they get monthly photo updates of their horses: a little guy with big hair, proudly standing at the end of the shank. Chente is a staple on our Cooper’s Run division, working with our breaking and training horses and yearlings. Besides being a hard worker, Chente brings a lot of hilarity and joy to our yearling and training team. He is the first person to say “Good Morning!” and is likely to sneak up behind you to scare you just for the fun of it. During the winter, a spare snowball or two may come from his general direction. Meet Chente, a groom on our team.
Q: How did you get started with horses?
A: When I was around 5-6 years old, my grandmother had a donkey. I would ride him and sometimes he would be crazy, and I had to stay on. One of my brothers also had a donkey. I lived out in the country and everybody had horses, mostly to work with cows.
Q: What’s your favorite part about your job?
A: I like the horses and the people I work with; they are very funny. Also, I had never experienced snow before coming to Kentucky. I love it! It’s beautiful in the mornings and when the horses are out in it.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of work?
A: I like to listen to music, and I like to go ice skating. There is a rink in Lexington that I sometimes go to. It’s very fun!
Q: Do you have any nicknames?
A: My friends call me Chentito because I am very little. They also call me El Presidente because I have the same name as the president of Mexico, Vicente.
Q: What’s your advice for people who want to work with horses?
A: You have to love the job and the horses. I get satisfaction from the horses knowing me. They are very sweet. Even though they don’t know you at first, when you groom them every day they start to know you. I like that my horses recognize me.
Q: Do you have a favorite horse on the farm?
A: I don’t have a favorite horse. I love all the horses that I work with. You don’t want to make any of them jealous by loving one more. There was one horse that we called Chueco (“Crooked”) because of his leg, and he was very funny. All the guys I talk to on the farm remember him. We worked with him since he was a baby, and he was always a little crazy. I remember when he tried to run off once when my brother was leading him; that was very funny!
Silver Springs Stud
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Erik Johnson: (859) 753-4779
Kevin Noltemeyer: (502) 648-1690
Steve Johnson: (859) 621-6886
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722 Brentsville Rd, Paris, KY 40361