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Horse Racing Fresh Faces: Kate Sheehan

By Natalie Voss

Despite the recent economic recession and resulting shrinking of the Thoroughbred industry, some members of Generation Y are choosing to launch careers in racing. Each week, we will ask these young professionals what issues they’re most concerned about, and how they think they could be solved.

Kate Sheehan has previously been the farm administrator for Dapple stud and now works in client relations for Willow Oak Farm at Elmendorf. She is also the bloodstock advisor for Emily Wygod, and works with Ciaran and Amy Dunne’s Wavertree Stable. Recently, Kate and her husband started a bloodstock company called Taghadoe Bloodstock.

PR: What got you hooked on racing, and why?

KS: I came about it in a little bit of a different way than most people. I’d never seen a horse race, didn’t know anything about it, and was going to take a year off after I graduated from Chapel Hill (University of North Carolina) before I went to law school, and came (to Kentucky) to interview for a job at the Horse Park at the United States Equestrian Federation and fell in love with it. I didn’t get that job but I had some family friends that had racehorses and they hooked me up with my first job out here at Dapple Stud. They took a real gamble on me, not knowing anything about it. I just fell in love with the sport. It just hooked me, and I didn’t go back to law school, which actually made my parents happy.

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