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The application deadline for the Fall 2022 Kentucky Equine Management Internship is quickly approaching!

We are one month away from the April 30th deadline.

Applications should include:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • All transcripts
  • A complete application form
  • $35 application fee

and mailed to: 4079 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511 by October 31st.

One Month Away from the Application Deadline!

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The application deadline for the Spring 2022 Kentucky Equine Management Internship is quickly approaching!

We are one month away from the October 31st deadline.

Applications should include:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • All transcripts
  • A complete application form
  • $35 application fee

and mailed to: 4079 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511 by October 31st.

Virtual Info Sessions

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Once again, KEMI will be hosting weekly virtual information/Q&A sessions.

The schedule is listed below and subject to change. All times are EST (Eastern Standard Time).

Please email:
to receive the link to join in and feel free to forward this to any interested person.

Friday, September 3 – 2pm EST
Tuesday, September 7 – 10am EST
Monday, September 13 – 1pm EST
Thursday, September 23 – 3pm EST
Wednesday, September 29 – 10am EST
Wednesday, October 6 – 3pm EST
Monday, October 11 – 2pm EST

More dates may be added the last two weeks of October.

Let us know if you have any questions:

Spring 2021 Graduates!

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Good luck to all of our Spring 2021 Graduates!

McKenna Anders – Montana State University/Castleton Lyons

Nereida Arroyo-Ramierez – Colorado State University/Don Alberto Corporation

Shaun Basch-Posthumus – Baker College/Ashford Stud

Elizabeth Bline – Modesto Junior College/Castleton Lyons

Makaela Bywater – Utah State University/Lane’s End Oak Tree Division

Megan Bull – University of Idaho/Indian Creek

Katharina Clegg – Utah State University/Shawnee Farm

Nicole Cohen – Georgia College/Lane’s End Oak Tree Division

Dallas Diescher – Morrisvile State College/Crestwood Farm

Ashton Jordon – Michigan State University/WinStar Farm

Cassidy Kraatz – Michigan State University/Shawnee Farm

Elaine LaRoche – Kansas State University/Lane’s End Farm

Kirsten McComas – Washington State University/Silver Springs Stud

Isaac Nations – Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College/Stone Farm

Laura Peterson – University of Idaho/Lane’s End Farm

Olivia Rigdon – Kansas State University/Denali Stud

Casey Rodgers – Judson College/Monticule Farm

Alexis Satterfield – Michigan State University/Taylor Made Farm

Jessi Schroeder – Texas A&M University/Darby Dan Farm

Cherokee Scruggs – California State University Fresno/Indian Creek

Kristen Solberg – University of Arizona/WinStar Farm

Jetzalisse Torres Nales – University of Puerto Rico/Don Alberto Corporation

Kae Lynn Tremelling – University of Idaho/Lane’s End Farm

Claire Wilson – University of Kentucky/Three Chimney’s Farm

Weekly Virtual Information Sessions

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The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program will be hosting weekly virtual information sessions for anyone interested in our internships! The dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, February 2 – 10am
  • Wednesday, February 10 – 1pm
  • Thursday, February 18 – 4pm
  • Monday, February 22 – 10am
  • Tuesday, March 2 – 1pm
  • Wednesday, March 10 – 4pm
  • Thursday, March 18 – 10am
  • Monday, March 22 – 1pm
  • Tuesday, March 30 – 4pm
  • Wednesday, April 7 – 10am
  • Thursday, April 15 – 1pm
  • Monday, April 19 – 4pm
  • Tuesday, April 27 – 10am

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please email us: info@kemi.organd we’ll send you the link!

Fall 2019 KEMI Graduates

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Best of luck to our Fall of 2019 graduates!

Bailey Bales – University of Missouri/ Pin Oak Stud

Cristina Brandon – Colorado State University/ Silver Springs Stud

Brittney Bremer – Virginia Tech University/ WinStar Farm

Tanzynn Christensen – Southern Utah University/ Indian Creek Farm

Kalley Christopherson – University of Wisconsin, River Falls/ Lane’s End Farm/ Oak Tree Division

Angelica Damp – University of Nebraska- Lincoln / Monticule Farm

Casady Fuzzell – Oklahoma State University/Lane’s End Farm

Madison Hrynda – West Virginia University/ Crestwood Farm

Sadie Jenkins – Oklahoma State Unversity/ Juddmonte Farms

Samantha Levkulic– Cornell University / Brookdale Farm

Henrique Marquez – Universidad Positivo, Brazil/ Stone Farm

Sydney McNab – Oregon State University/ Denali Stud

Rachel Parrish – West Virginia University/ Trackside Farm

Brynna Rydosz – Louisiana State University/ Silver Springs Stud

Emily Siffert – University of Findlay/ Denali Stud

Skylar Terrell – Stephen F. Austin State University/ Darby Dan Farm

Shelby Vanslander – Oregon State University/ Margaux Farm

Kayli Waddle – West Texas A&M University/ Denali Stud

Nathan Williams – University of Missouri/ Shawhan Place Farm

Congratulations, Fall 2019 KTFMC award winner, Cristina Brandon!

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Congratulations, Fall 2019  KTFMC award winner,  Cristina Brandon!

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club (KTFMC) awards one Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) intern a Management Award each session.  This award recognizes an intern for their hard work, professionalism, and dedication to the industry.  The award includes a cash prize as well as an opportunity to shadow an industry professional of the intern’s choosing for the week following their internship. Cristina Brandon was recently announced as the KTFMC scholarship winner for the Fall of 2019.  Congratulations, Cristina!

Sebastian Angelillo Makes History in Uruguay

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by Sarah E. Coleman

Montevideo, Uruguay is a long way from Lexington, KY—over 5,300 miles away, to be more precise. Additionally, the entire population of Uruguay is only 3.4 million people—less than the population of Kentucky, which is 4.5 million.

Traveling that far and into a country so large is daunting for even the most self-assured person; but it was but one small step on Sebastian Angelillo’s journey in the Thoroughbred industry. Sebastian arrived in Kentucky in 2011 to be a part of the KEMI program.

A Winding Road to the Bluegrass

Sebastian is no stranger to horses; his family used to own and race Thoroughbreds from his Haras Sureño farm when Sebastian was growing up. “I’ve liked horses since I was a kid,” Sebastian says. “I used to go to Maronas racetrack with my family and friends.” These experiences at the racetrack and with his father’s horses ignited in Sebastian a passion for the Thoroughbred industry.

Sebastian notes that in Uruguay, if one wanted to be involved in the Thoroughbred industry that their options are quite limited. “You could go to vet school, be a trainer or be a farrier—that’s about it,” he explained.  He completed a training course at San Isidro in Argentina and a few years of vet school until he decided that the business side of the industry was more in line with what he wanted to accomplish with his career.  “I always wanted to be in a place where I could learn from the best in the industry—and that’s what I did [by coming to Kentucky].”

Though Sebastian was emotional when he received the acceptance email from the KEMI program, he knew that heading to the States and being in the KEMI program would give him the best experiences in the industry—even if it meant leaving behind friends, family and his home. “The KEMI program was my first experience in a foreign country and it opened so many doors to me,” Sebastian reminisces.

Once settled in the KEMI program, the hands-on work quickly became Sebastian’s favorite. “That’s where I believe you get a real view and learn how to do things,” he explained. Sebastian was placed at Three Chimneys Farm during his time at KEMI. “I worked for Sandy Hatfield, the best guide ever,” he said.

Sebastian worked hard during his time at KEMI and his work ethic didn’t go unnoticed; he won the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club (KTFMC) Management Award, recognizing him for his hard work, professionalism and dedication to the industry. With the award, Sebastian was awarded the opportunity to shadow Thoroughbred industry professionals for one week at the conclusion of his KEMI internship. Sebastian shadowed Donato Lanni, Greg Fox, Bradley Purcell, Dan Rosenburg, Eoin Hardy, Tony Cissell, Tom Evans, Bill Witman, Tom Thornbury and Fabricio Buffolo.

All Over the Map

After graduation from KEMI, Sebastian went to Taylor Made farm and worked in the yearling division, where he had the opportunity to go to all the major yearling sales in Kentucky and Saratoga, as well as to the breeding stock sales in November. In 2012, Sebastian took part in the Irish National Stud breeding program internship. The goal of the Irish National Stud course is to offer students hands-on, practical training in every aspect of Thoroughbred breeding. While in Ireland, Sebastian also completed a yearling sales prep program at Staffordstown Stud and worked the major yearling sales in both Ireland and England.

After that, Sebastian headed to the Southern Hemisphere, where he worked at Widden Stud and Chatsworth Park in New South Wales, Australia. “I worked for a full year with mares, foals, weanlings, yearlings and stallions, and I also worked all the major sales there,” he said.

In June of 2014, Sebastian returned to Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, KY, to help in the yearling division; he also again assisted in the Saratoga and Kentucky yearling sales. Then, in September, Sebastian moved to Ocala, FL, and worked at Eddie Woods Training Centre to gain experience in the 2-year-old pinhooking business. He stayed in Florida for nine months: The horses were bought as yearlings and sold as 2-year-olds in the major sales.

Making his Mark

In September 2015, Sebastian began working on a South American venture under the Taylor Made brand, building and developing relationships between Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and the U.S.

A true go-getter in every sense of the word, Sebastian was the perfect partner for Taylor Made when they sought to expand their relationships in South America. Sebastian was the first Uruguayan ever to complete the Irish National Stud’s breeding course, which has hosted students from Argentina, Brazil, the United States, France, England, China, New Zealand, Jamaica, Mexico and elsewhere. Sebastian feels that what he learned from the course was integral to the negotiations for California Chrome’s shuttling to Chile to stand at stud.

Sebastian was instrumental in striking the three-year agreement for Chrome to stand at Haras Sumaya, near Santiago, Chile. There, the stallion covered 278 mares in his first two seasons and saw multiple first weanlings sell for six figures in 2018.

So what’s next on his agenda? “I’m trying to develop a sales company here in Uruguay,” Sebastian explains. “I will make the first-ever yearling selected sale in Uruguay on June 13.” Sebastian brought Tom Thornbury to Uruguay to inspect the young horses for the selection process.

Though the history of Thoroughbred breeding is rich and deep in South America, Sebastian has his sights set on bettering the industry as a whole. With his work ethic and successful track record, there’s no doubt Sebastian will leave a lasting mark on the Thoroughbred industry on multiple continents.

2010 KEMI Grad Wins Big at the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover

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by Sarah E. Coleman

Amber (Van Wiebe) Jacobson, a 2010 KEMI grad, rode Silence is Awesome (“Awesome”)to the win in the Ranch Work discipline, sponsored by MidAtlantic Horse Rescue at the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. In addition to winning the Ranch Work discipline, Amber and Awesome also finished ninth out of 54 in the Competitive Trail division, sponsored by Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care (FL TRAC).

Amber travelled to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from her home base in Longview in Alberta, Canada, where she owner Running Fawcett Thoroughbreds Ltd. Amber is a Thoroughbred owner, breeder, colt-starter and boarding facility owner.

Originally from Calgary, Amber was not unfamiliar with the Bluegrass, having taken part in the KEMI breeding season session in 2010. While in Kentucky with KEMI, Amber was placed at Margaux Farm, where she learned a massive amount about Thoroughbreds. “I learned more with KEMI in 6 months than I could [have learned] back home in 15 years,” Amber says. “The [access to the] amount of horses, professionals and experience you get is unmatched anywhere else.”

“I Knew I Had The Horse …”

A passionate horsewoman, Amber didn’t ride until she was 24. “The Makeover was really my push to learn more disciplines and push my comfort zone,” she said. And what made her decide to give the Makeover a try? “I knew I had the horse,” she explains. Awesome, (by Silent Name out of Just Awesome by Siphon) was bred, raised and raced by Amber.

Amber bought Just Awesome at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale when she was in foal to Silence is Awesome.  Awesome, a 4-year-old, 15.1-hh bay mare, had nine starts and one win, and earned $4,100 in her racing career before retiring. “She was claimed, but I bought her back after the racing season was completed. I just knew there was something special about this horse—she truly is a fighter.”

Though Makeover competitors could begin riding their horses on December 1 of 2018, Amber didn’t put Awesome into work until January of 2019. “She was a harder keeper that just needed some additional downtime,” she explains of the delay. “I don’t think we really focused [on a specific discipline] until March, when I sought additional help from Kent Williamson, a working cow horse professional.”

Amber knew she wanted to compete in the Ranch Work as it’s something she’s slowly gotten into while living in ranch country. For a second discipline, she pondered running barrels, but eventually set her sights on Competitive Trail as she felt it complimented Ranch Work the best. “With only nine months of training, I think it was the better choice!” she says.

Once her discipline decisions were made, Amber shifted from discipline-specific preparation to pure foundation preparation, focusing on putting quality basics on Awesome. “Kent [Williamson] taught me what basics I was lacking,” she explains of the shift in focus. “Once I, as well as Awesome, had the foundation down, we started the cow work and really having fun!”

A Versatile Mare

Awesome has shown more versatility than any horse Amber has ever restarted. Before coming to the Makeover, the duo, with just 7 months of training, competed in the Alberta Ranch Horse Versatility Association (ARHVA) competitions as well as at the Cochrane Lions Ranch Rodeo, where they were overall champion in Ranch Rodeo, winning Sorting, Penning and Doctoring as a team. The ARHVA competitions include ranch trail, ranch ride, reining, conformation, cutting and cow work; Amber and Awesome finished second overall and won the Ranch Ride, Ranch Reining and Cow Work.

So, what makes Awesome so broke? She has a very strong horsemanship foundation, Amber explains, which is what makes her so versatile. “She’s extremely cowy and is the most broke horse of all of our family horses,” she says, thanks in part to the training Amber and Awesome received from Kent.

More than anything though, Amber credits the bond created between rider and horse throughout the Makeover process as the reason the mare is so broke—and trusting. “It was unbelievable. It’s something I will cherish forever,” she says.

So what’s up next for the indominable duo? Awesome if for sale, but Amber is quick to point out that she’ll cry if the mare sells, not if she doesn’t! “I plan to continue to train and compete in the Alberta Reach Horse Versatility as well as at ranch rodeos. I also hope to try some barrels and sortings—and one day working cow horse!”

A KEMI Connection

Did KEMI prepare Amber for a competition like the Makeover? “It definitely did!” Amber says. KEMI taught me “the overall care required of a horse–let alone a Thoroughbred! The feeding, grooming, showing and handling I learned [thru KEMI}–it all helped, and still does, with every horse I have. The Makeover was an opportunity of a lifetime. Just like KEMI!”