Jim & Susan Hill
Jim and Susan Hill of Calgary, Alberta, were partners in Margaux Farm before buying out the previous owners in 2014. Since then, they have committed substantial resources toward turning the operation into a showplace facility. Given the fact that they entered the world of horses just over a decade ago, the Hills have made a huge splash, enjoying success with numerous graded stakes winners, including Grand Arch, Solid Appeal, Tizahit, Sharp Sensation, Go Blue or Go Home and Daddy is a Legend.
"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." -Jim Hill
Born in Fareham, England, Richard graduated from the Worcester College of Agriculture with a degree in Equine Studies and then set out to gain experience in every aspect of the thoroughbred industry. He started with breeding, foaling and yearling prep at Whitsbury Manor Stud and then moved on to groom and ride out for Toby Balding. He followed that up with a position in Chantilly, France, as assistant trainer to Jonathan Pease before accepting an invitation from Cot Campbell to break yearlings for Dogwood Stables. After a four year stint training in Brazil, Richard returned to the U.S as an assistant trainer to Steve DiMauro Sr., before training privately for Art Preston’s LOR Stable, where he experienced considerable success. In 2002, Richard joined WinStar Farm as their head trainer and spent 17 years overseeing the training of many G1 winners, including Triple Crown winner Justify, Songbird, Honor Code, Super Saver, Forever Unbridled and Uncle Mo. In his spare time, Richard enjoys hiking with his wife Silvana and son Gabriel. He also enjoys tennis, soccer, rugby and is a passionate horse racing fan.
Broodmare & Yearling Manager
Jon grew up showing Arabians in Olympia, Washington. He first came to Kentucky as a KEMI intern at Shawnee Farm in 2009 and in the spring of 2010, he graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Animal Science. After graduation, he then returned to Kentucky and began working at Margaux Farm, where he has appreciated all of the opportunities that the farm has provided. Outside of work he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his dogs Griffey and Wilson.
Dermot originates from Co. Wicklow in Ireland, where he grew up riding and working with showjumping and hunt horses. While studying Equine Business at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, he worked for Horse Park 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 graduation he completed the Irish National Stud Breeding Course where he graduated with Honors. He then travelled to the United States, and after two years as an assistant trainer at Margaux Farm, Dermot accepted the head trainer position in October of 2015.
Sales & Marketing
Originally from North York, Ontario, Amanda grew up on a small thoroughbred breeding operation and has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from the University of Guelph. Amanda has been involved in all aspects of racing, having been the owner/operator of a full service thoroughbred farm north of Toronto for 5 years before moving to Australia in 2014. While there, she gained valuable international experience and worked sales for Swettenham Stud and Kitchwin Hills, among others. Upon her return to Canada, Amanda accepted a position with Adena Springs North where she sold stallion seasons and handled all contracts and bookings. She assumed her current role with Margaux Farm in April 2017.
As a life-long Lexington resident, Joe has always had a keen interest in Thoroughbreds. When 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 went to work for several notable farms in Lexington, including Three Chimneys, Shadwell, and the former Bluestone Farms. Joe has been employed at Margaux Farm since March of 2013 and was previously the equine administrator before advancing to his current position. In his spare time Joe is an avid horse racing and football fan.
Caroline is originally from Westminster, Maryland where she grew up riding and showing horses. She continued competing on her college equestrian team at University of Maryland, where she graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Animal Sciences – Pre-Veterinary. She promptly moved to Kentucky for the KEMI program and interned at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud. Upon graduation in December 2016, she continued working for Coolmore at both Ashford Stud and Coolmore Australia where she gained valuable on-farm experience. Later, she moved into Ashford’s office working in Stallion Administration before accepting her present position at Margaux Farm in November 2018.
Growing up outside of Ottawa, Canada, Jessica started eventing when she was young. While attending the University of Ottawa, she competed on the varsity equestrian team and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science with Honors in Human Kinetics and a Bachelor of Education. Jessica taught at the high school level for five years before deciding to pursue a career working with thoroughbreds. Since 2013, she has had the opportunity to work with some of the top trainers in the industry, including Mark Casse, Brendan Walsh, Richard Budge and D. Wayne Lukas, and over the years, galloped some very talented runners including: Take Charge Brandi, Classic Empire, Will Take Charge, and Justify.
Sara grew up near Dallas, Texas where she first was introduced to Thoroughbred racehorses on her parent’s breeding farm. At six years old she became involved in polo and went on to work for professional polo players. As she got older, she found she particularly enjoyed working with green babies. During high school, Sara worked for a small animal veterinarian before attending St. Lawrence University in 2008. Sara first started working on the racetrack for Mike Maker in 2013 before moving on to work and ride for Wayne Catalano for four years. She then rode for Eddie Kenneally for one winter before assuming her position at Margaux Farm.