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Stall Street Journal 27

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stall Street Journal – Entry #27

As mentioned in prior Journal entries, we have an impeccable team here at McMahon Thoroughbreds. They are skilled, conscientious, enthusiastic and hard working. They take pride in what they do…and care about both horses and people.

So, we thought we would let you meet some of our valued team through an occasional Stall Street Journal entry. In this way, you may feel a bit more “connected” to the farm which in our eyes is a good thing.

The first employee that we would like to introduce is our “Gal Friday” who without, we would be lost. She is a dynamo in the office, and without her efficiency, we would be buried in paper. She allows us to concentrate on what we love most…horses.

 

Name: Erica Wilkins

Position: Office Manager/Jill-of-all-Trades

Age: 24

Hometown: York, New York

Interests: Polo, photography, hiking, baking, (I have a serious “sweet tooth”).

Horse background: I grew up on a hobby farm, rode ever since I remember. As a high school student, I cleaned stalls, tack, etc…for $3/hour. I received my Associate’s in Equine Studies from Cobleskill, and my Bachelor’s in Business Management from Franklin Pierce. I then managed a horse farm in New Hampshire prior to coming to work at McMahon Thoroughbreds.

Main responsibilities: THE OFFICE!!!! Everything from phones, computer work, sale entries, race results, scheduling of vaccines, worming and breeding, foaling registration, billing, stud fee receipt, syndication paperwork…and even help with yearling preparation and breeding shed work.

Recent highlights at work: Sundae on the Farm was a real winner. It provided a great sense of accomplishment and pride in what we do. I am always amazed during foaling season at the natural, miraculous wonder of it all. To see the development of these newborns never ceases to amaze. I love working at the yearling sales at Saratoga. It’s “Showtime,” and it all comes down to a very exciting experience. Just being part of the team here is very gratifying.

Any low points? The transition from working outside to being mainly indoors was a bit tough…and Monday mornings can always bring with it some challenges.

Ultimate goal: To remain a part of this industry.

If you could make one change to the industry, what would it be? To create Lasix-Free races. I think it (the drug) is problematic to this industry.

Favorite meal: Anything cool and crisp in the summer. ..and, I could eat chicken almost anytime.

Favorite movie: I just saw “Saratoga” with Jean Harlow and Clark Gable for the first time and really liked it.

Favorite horse: It might just be two yearlings that I helped prep a couple years ago…Saturday Appeal (colt) and Sophie’s Turn (filly). The colt was tough, and sometimes those are the ones that draw you to them. The filly was just a beauty…and we connected.

Place that I would most like to visit: There are so many…but maybe I’d start with Italy.

Erica, if you ever do get to Italy, please make sure you come back because we desperately need you here at the farm!

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Stall Street Journal

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Stall Street Journal Entry #34- Good News
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Stall Street Journal Entry #33- News and Notes
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Stall Street Journal-Entry 32, Farewell to Highcliff.

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