Management Spotlight: Jeannie
RSS Feeds Friday, January 11, 2019

You can usually hear her before you see her; the whirring of her little green Subaru as it flies down the farm roads.  Jeannie is entrusted with the care of the farm’s mares and foals.  Knowing each one by a pet name, she knows everything about every horse that’s been through her care.  Meet Jeannie, a vital part of our Brentsville division team.


Q:  How’d you get your start in the industry?

A:  Growing up, we had 80 acres.  There were horses kept at our house that I could ride if I wanted.  When I was going to school in Midway, it was mostly Thoroughbred farms that were hiring.  I had a few friends that worked at a local farm and I didn’t have a car, so that’s where I started.


Q:  How many foalings do you think you’ve attended in your lifetime?

A:  Probably a few hundred.  I started in 2004 doing nightwatch, and here as broodmare manager I try to make each foaling.



Q:  What’s your favorite part about the breeding season?

A:  I love playing with the babies of course!  Getting up in the middle of the night and being cold is my least favorite part. 


Q:  Do you have a favorite horse that you’ve worked with?

A:  I don’t have a favorite, but I like all the sweet mares.  One mare I have currently has been with me since she was a baby, except while she was racing.  I had her dam off the track, foaled her, raised her, and now she’s back and I’m sales prepping her as a mare.  She comes up and gives me kisses.  I've learned that when you raise horses right as babies, they come back as the nice mares.


Q:  What advice would you give someone new looking to come into this industry?

A:  It may be more work than you realize.  Physically, mentally, and time-wise.


Q:  What’s been the most memorable moment for you since you’ve been here?

A:  I love watching horses overcome their obstacles and improve.  Once, we had a filly that we called “Flipper” because she was really down in her pasterns when she was born.  After a few months, you couldn’t even tell and she looked amazing.  We had another baby who couldn’t stand at first and had to take him to the clinic.  Now, he’s also strong and healthy.  It’s satisfying to see how far they’ve come.


Jeannie, just doing her thing.

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