Three Chimneys Farm has promoted Rebecca Nicholson to Director of Stallion Nominations, where she will head up stallion marketing & nomination sales and other bloodstock activity at the farm. An astute horsewoman, she has helped many Three Chimneys customers and fellow breeders with valuable insights that have proven to be helpful when it comes to mating decisions and bloodstock selection. She has held various positions in the horse business in both the US and abroad, and having worked closely with Vice Chairman Doug Cauthen the past several years has broadened her role at Three Chimneys.
Additionally, seasoned veteran horseman Tom Hamm, Director of Stallion Nominations since 2018, will assume the role of Chief Commercial Officer. He will continue to assist with stallion nominations and will broaden his focus on bloodstock evaluations and acquisitions, as well as identifying new opportunities such as partnerships and joint ventures which have been a hallmark at Three Chimneys.
Veronica Reed, who has been assistant stallion Manager at Three Chimneys, has been promoted to assume the title of Stallion Manager, and she will be assisted throughout the 2023 breeding season by Sandy Hatfield, who will continue to play a key role at the Three Chimneys stallion barn.
As Three Chimneys stallion manager, Sandy has welcomed thousands of breeders and fans from around the world. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Kentucky Farm Manager of the Year Award. She always takes the time, with immense pride, in educating the public about our industry, and showing off the stallions under her care. She has managed several Kentucky Derby winners, a Triple Crown winner, as well as many other champions, and has overseen the incredible beginning of the breeding career of Horse of the Year Gun Runner. Sandy is an important and valued member of the Three Chimneys team, and will continue to be through 2023 and hopefully beyond, but we understand her desire to slow down, especially in the off season.
“I see a lot of myself in Veronica,” said Hatfield. “She is extremely capable and is an excellent horsewoman. Veronica’s tenure at Three Chimneys has afforded her many opportunities, including several trips abroad with shuttle stallions to Argentina and Australia, both places where women are not found working in the stallion divisions. Reed added “I am excited to take on this new responsibility and am so pleased to have the support and mentorship of Sandy as I’ve had for several years here at Three Chimneys – this is a dream opportunity for me.”
“Three Chimneys takes pride in the farm’s heritage of inclusion which extends back over two decades with the hiring of Sandy Hatfield in a time when you did not come across many female managers in our industry. That’s one of the many reasons it’s a pleasure to promote Rebecca and Veronica to their new roles” noted Goncalo Torrealba