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Stall Street Journal Entry 29

Friday, July 26, 2013

Stall Street Journal – Entry # 29

We proudly introduce our second McMahon team member to be featured in our Stall Street Journal. She has been with us quite a while and we (especially John) think we’ll keep her. She plays an important role 24/7 and each and every season. While you’d think the workload – and being mother of three active children - would wear her out, she still looks like she’s twenty-nine!

Name: Kate D. McMahon

Age: 42 (still hard to believe)

Family: Husband John (41), and children Johnny (15), Kyle (13), and Sarah (8)

Position: Farm Manager --- along with my husband John. I pretty much oversee the goings-on at the ever expanding Dodd Road farm – from broodmares to young stock to vet lists to logistics.

Hometown: Scotia, New York

Interests: Family, riding, barrel racing, vacations.

Horse background: As a kid, I’d hang out at the polo fields three miles from my home to help out with and ride the ponies. I graduated Delaware Valley College with an associate’s degree in equine science and continued by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. I worked at the Saratoga Harness Track. For the last twenty years, I have been here at McMahon Thoroughbreds.

Main responsibilities: I am most focused on foaling all the babies with John – and this year there were 123! But, I also heavily invest my energies in raising happy and healthy young horses. At a family run farm you fill-in where and when needed for the overall health of horse and farm. I also work with broodmares, yearlings, vets, farriers, feeding, vaccinations/worming, and am consistently a show person for McMahon Thoroughbreds at the sales in Saratoga, Florida, and Kentucky. It’s pretty diverse.

Highlights: Foaling and selling Funny Cide….what a thrill! Oh, and delivering that LAST foal of the season, that’s always a relief, knowing you’re done for the year.

Lowpoints: There really haven’t been any. Sure, there is an occasional difficulty in this line of work, but we all remain positive and upbeat.

Ultimate goal: I guess when Joe and Anne are ready to move on, to take over the overall running of McMahon Thoroughbreds. We love the farm and the lifestyle it offers….I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Favorite meal: Steak and broccoli --- with my mom’s Hollandaise sauce.

Favorite movie: I’m a Pretty Woman fan.

Favorite horse: Gus, my riding horse.

If you could make one change to the industry, what would it be? It seems to me that we take it too far at the sales with regard to x-rays, scopes, etc. There are just too many hoops to jump through and I believe it could be changed for the better. Good horsemanship/integrity versus obsessive veterinary involvement. The poor horses can really suffer from that amount of scrutiny, as well.

A place you would most like to visit? Ireland. I’d also like to get back to New Zealand…and to do a cattle drive out west, like Joe and Anne have done.

What’s one fact about you that would surprise people? I’m an easy crier.

What person in the world would you most like to have dinner with? My husband, John.

What person had the biggest impact on your life? While not a horse person, probably my dad for teaching me the really valuable lessons in life. And, Joe for all of the expertise and knowledge he has shared regarding the horse business.

The question we forgot to ask is how does she stay so young looking? We believe being happy at work has something to do with it.

Winner’s Circle

The big winner this week from our stallion list was CONGAREE’S Jeronimo. This valiant  seven year old won the Grade 1 $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar, going last to first in 1:45:4 for the mile and an eighth. His career earnings are now $1,400,864. Congratulations to breeder Brylynn Farm and owners Robert Lapenta and James Wright.

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Stall Street Journal Entry #34- Good News
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