Columbiana Farm - Lexington

Sept. 14, 2019


Three girls standing with a horse
RTIP students Giselle Lugo, Kali Martin, and Elise Peters (left to right) with the mare Hinder.

On the Saturday of the RTIP Kentucky trip, we made a visit to Columbiana Farm to see our mare Hinder and her Street Boss filly. Hinder was one of two mares purchased for the RTIP Bloodstock Project. The students formed a committee and were involved in giving input in the selection of two mares from the Keeneland November 2018 sale.

While we were at Columbiana, we spoke to the farm manager Homer Rader about the plans for the filly in terms of time and location of her sale. The classes taught by the RTI Program, including sales prep and management of the racing animal, really translated well to this out-of-classroom experience. For example, in sales prep we learn about how to market yearlings and we work hands-on with the horses to get them prepped for sale. In the management class, we cover sales strategies and the auction process. The experience at Columbiana allowed us to see the information taught in class applied in the real world. Furthermore, we will have the opportunity to offer input into the decision-making process for the Street Boss filly regarding future sales.


Taylor Owens