"My wife and I enjoy racing at Keeneland very much but also prefer to have our horses freshening during the winter. Margaux Farm allows us to do both. We can keep our horses in Kentucky enjoying winter turnout in groups in large paddocks but also we can start their conditioning for the spring meet with daily exercise on our synthetic gallop and synthetic straightaway. We believe it is important to attract third party clients to our program because it verifies that we are on the right track in providing quality horse care."
Deborah Mastrangelo – Controller
Debbie’s career in accounting started with a CPA firm in Lexington. After leaving public accounting, she worked for a few years at Spendthrift Farm. Prior to coming to Margaux Farm, she was controller for an industrial distributor in Lexington. Debbie joined the staff at Margaux Farm in January 2009.
During the warm weather, you will see her gardening in her yard or playing golf. A good book is a must when the weather keeps her inside.
She currently resides in Lexington with her husband Bill, and golden retriever, Belle.
Linda Tassler – Executive Assistant
Linda Tassler has been with Margaux Farm since 2006. Despite having a fine arts degree, her career path has taken her in different directions. Prior to Margaux, Linda and her husband owned and operated two retail children’s stores in Lexington for 17 years.
Linda has also worked as an account executive for the Keeneland Magazine and as an account executive with WTVQ TV station.
Today Linda enjoys working in the peaceful setting of a horse farm. She also loves relaxing on her mini farm in the rural Woodford County metropolis of Nonesuch. There she enjoys gardening and working with her Australian shepherd, Maggie. Also in her spare time Linda creates her art work. In addition to gifts for family and friends, she sells hand painted Christmas ornaments and custom dog floor mats.
"With all that I have done, I enjoy working at Margaux the best. It’s never a dull moment," Linda stated.
Jon Carpenter – Boarding and Operations
Jonathan grew up showing Arabians in Olympia, WA. He came to Kentucky as a KEMI intern at Shawnee Farm in 2009. In the spring of 2010 he graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Animal Science. After college, he began working at Margaux Farm, and has appreciated all of the opportunities that the farm has provided. Outside of work he enjoys playing golf, spending time with his yellow lab Griffey, and watching college basketball, Go Zags!
Rebecca Grabert – Sales and Marketing
Originally from Indiana, Rebecca graduated from Midway College with a degree in Equine Business. During her time at Midway she interned with Three Chimneys and worked for Mark Toothaker and Tommy Eastham at Legacy Bloodstock, gaining valuable experience in sales, pedigree research, and bloodstock analysis. She completed the Irish National Stud Breeding Course in 2012, and traveled to Australia afterword to gain further international experience in the thoroughbred industry. Rebecca worked at Eliza Park International, and also participated in the major Australian yearling sales. Returning to the U.S. in 2013, Rebecca worked at WinStar Farm in the broodmare and yearling divisions. She advanced to their bloodstock division before assuming her current position with Margaux Farm in July 2014.
Joe Wiseman – Equine Administrator
Joe Wiseman has been employed at Margaux Farm since March of 2013. As a life-long Lexington resident, he has always had a keen interest in Thoroughbreds.
Joe graduated from Transylvania University in 2007 with a degree in business management and finance. His goal was to use his education to pursue a career in some aspect of the horse industry. With that in mind he has worked at several horse farms including Three Chimneys, Shadwell, and Bluestone Farms.
In his spare time Joe is an avid horse racing and football fan.
Michael Hardy – General Manager
Growing up on a small stud farm in County Down, Northern Ireland, Michael comes from a background of stud management and has spent his life working on the farm. He attended the University of Limerick, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science and Business Management. Michael achieved top marks when completing the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course after university, receiving the gold medal for his accomplishments. In 2010 Michael gained a place on the prestigious Darley Flying Start program, allowing him to travel all over the world learning management training in all aspects of the thoroughbred industry. He graduated in 2012 and after a brief spell with Goffs Bloodstock Sales in Ireland, Michael took on the role of Farm Manager at Margaux Farm.
Kevin Noltemeyer – Farm Trainer
Kevin grew up in Louisville, Kentucky about 10 minutes from Churchill Downs where he fell in love with racing at a young age. He attended Churchill Downs meets on the weekends and never missed an Oaks or Derby. After graduating from high school, he began following his love for horse racing and transitioned from front side to the backside. While in college at Indiana University Southeast for Business and Finance, Kevin walked hots and groomed in the morning for Paul McGee while attending classes in the afternoons. After working for Paul, Kevin was given the opportunity to move to New York and work for Todd Pletcher at Saratoga. Following the Saratoga meet, Kevin worked for Dallas Stewart at Churchill Downs. When Dallas moved his string to Louisiana, Kevin pulled his trainer’s license and began a string of his own for a year before heading to southern California where he worked for Barry Abrams and Eoin Harty. In 2010 Kevin moved back to Kentucky and joined the yearling division at Lane’s End before accepting his role as Farm Trainer at Margaux. Kevin has been with Margaux Farm for the past three years.
Sam Logsdon – Assistant Trainer
Originally from Lexington, KY Sam grew up on a thoroughbred breeding, racing and research farm, where his father was the farm manager and private trainer. He evented horses at a young age and transitioned to racehorses as a track rider while in high school. In 2004 Sam took a job at KESMARC, where he assisted in rehabilitation and training horses of all ages and breeds. He went on to become an assistant trainer to his father, and eventually an assistant for Matthew Jacobson. In 2010 Sam got his trainers license and started a small breaking and training operation in southern Fayette county. In 2013 he decided to gain some international experience and traveled to the southern hemisphere to work for one of New Zealand's premier breaking and pre-training operations. Following his six months abroad, in July of 2013, after meeting the staff and touring the facility, Sam accepted a position at Margaux Farm.
Dermot Littlefield – Farm Trainer
Dermot originates from Co.Wicklow In Ireland and joined the Margaux Team in September 2013. Dermot grew up riding and working with Showjumping and Hunting horses in his native Ireland. From an early age he enjoyed working both with horses and on the farm operating machinery and growing feed and bedding for the animals he worked with. While studying Equine Business at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, he worked for Horsepark Stud learning the skills of sales prep, breaking yearlings, conditioning two-year-olds for the two-year-old sales and the art of pre-training. After graduating with an Honors in Equine Business, he was accepted into the world renowned Irish National Stud Breeding Course where he graduated again with Honors. After two years as assistant trainer at Margaux Farm, Dermot accepted the head trainer position in November 2015.
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