For over thirty years, Mark Tsagalakis has worked and participated in the Thoroughbred industry. The last twenty-two years as an owner, breeder and trainer.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Mark learned his craft working for and with Veteran Trainer and Farm Manager Jack Evenson and Trainer Lou Carno.
Soon after taking out his trainer’s license, Mark met, learned and worked alongside his mentor, Trainer Steve Whitby, an excellent horseman with a tremendous wealth of knowledge in the Thoroughbred business. Steve worked for and learned under Mr. Louis Feustel, Trainer of the mighty Man O’ War.
Mark resides in California with his wife and daughter.
Terry is a second generation horseman, having his father, the late Harry Schmidt as his mentor. Terry grew up at Spendthrift Farm where his father was manager from 1952 -1976. It was during this time that Spendthrift was home to many turf legends, Nashua, Swaps, Raise A Native, Majestic Prince, Never Bend and many others. Also during this time, Terry witnessed the birth of Mr. Prospector. It was a foregone conclusion that Terry would follow his father into the Thoroughbred business.
Terry started working weekends and summers at Spendthrift and after college became the Broodmare Foreman at Bwamazon Farm. Later he became Yearling Manager and then Farm Manager at Chuck Schmidt’s Sunrise Farm. After Schmidt’s death, Terry became Stallion Manager at Nathan Fox’s Wafare Farm. Later he became Farm Manager for Wafare/Richland Hills and served in that capacity nearly twenty years.
It was during this time that Terry met Mark Tsagalakis, who was a client of Wafare Farm. Over the past fifteen years the Farm Manager/Client relationship grew into a friendship, which became the partnership, M & T Equine Ventures LLC (Endeavor Farm).
Terry is a resident of Georgetown, Kentucky along with his wife Caroline and their children.
KEITH HAAG – FARM MANAGER
Originally a native of Louisville, Kentucky, Keith moved to Lexington in 2004 to attend the University of Kentucky. His first experience in the Thoroughbred industry occurred during this time when he started working at Maine Chance Farm, a breeding and research farm owned by the University. While an undergrad student, Keith also completed internships at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as an embryo transfer intern and also for the USDA as an overseas agricultural intern in the Republic of Georgia. Upon graduating from UK in 2009 with a B.S. in Animal Sciences, he worked for a breeding season as a veterinary technician for Dr. Mike Beyer in central Kentucky. Keith moved to Carbondale, Illinois in 2010 to begin a Master’s program in Equine Reproductive Physiology under Dr. Eduardo Gastal at Southern Illinois University. After successfully defending his thesis on equine preantral follicle dynamics, Keith received his M.S. in 2012 and moved back to Versailles, Kentucky, where he began working as Broodmare Manager at Richland Hills and has been with the farm since.
JIM LANCASTER – MAINTENANCE MANAGER
Jim Lancaster was born in Scott County, KY, and was raised in the small community of Oxford, right outside of Georgetown. He grew up farming a little bit of everything on his family farm, but most of their work was concentrated in raising tobacco.
Jim got his first job working with horses at age 13, and has mostly worked with horses in some capacity ever since. In 1999 he started working hay for the Green family. It was during this time that Jim met Terry while helping to supply hay and bedding for Wafare Farm. He started working for the farm in 2002 and has been here ever since.
Although Jim’s main focus is maintenance, he’s a horseman as well and assists with horse care on the farm. Whenever you drive through the farm and think about how perfectly mowed and how beautifully striped the fields are, that’s thanks to Jim’s work. Thanks for helping keep the place looking so nice!
Jim lives on the farm with his wife, Carolyn. In his free time he enjoys fishing, gardening, spending time with his 5 grandchildren, and cheering on his beloved Kentucky Wildcats (and sometimes not-so-beloved Cincinnati Reds!).
LAURA HAAG – SALES COORDINATOR
Laura is from Bardstown, Kentucky and has lived in the Lexington area since 2006 when she started attending the University of Kentucky. She graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in equine production. She then immediately began her graduate work studying equine nutrition under world renowned equine nutritionist Dr. Laurie Lawrence. While a student at UK, Laura worked at the University’s equine breeding and research operation, Maine Chance Farm. In addition, she completed internships through Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm as assistant sales coordinator and through Rood & Riddle working with reproduction specialist Dr. Pete Sheerin for a breeding season. She was also a part time tech for equine veterinarian Dr. Mike Beyer throughout college. After finishing school, Laura started working full time for Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm under farm veterinarian Dr. Jeremy Whitman. She worked in many capacities for Hill ‘n’ Dale for 4 ½ years and gained lots of valuable experience working in a largescale commercial environment.