In the November 9, 2013 issue of The Blood-Horse, Endeavor Farm was included in a World-Class Care feature. The section on Endeavor Farm is below and the entire PDF Report can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
“From watching as a young boy the great Mr. Prospector being foaled at Spendthrift Farm, to managing multiple other Thoroughbred operations throughout his career, Terry Nickell‘s vast experience in the industry has finally led to the foundation of his own farm.
“(The horse industry) is the only thing in life that’s been my focus. I don’t know anything else, and I honestly don’t want to, ” said Nickel, 54, who with Mark Tsagalakis, recently bought the former Richland Hills/Wafare Farm property near Midway, KY and renamed it Endeavor Farm.
The 160-acre property, which is under the operation of M&T Equine Ventures, offers boarding and sales preparation for all United States Thoroughbred sales. It also stand the stallion Greeley’s Conquest, a multiple stakes-winning son of Mr. Greeley.
Nickell, 54, managed Wafare/Richland Hills for 21 years prior to starting Endeavor, while Tsagalakis, 50, has been training on the Southern California circuit for more than 20 years and has a stable of a half-dozen homebreds.
Endeavor currently boards around 75 mares, half of which are owned by Tsagalakis and his family, and one of which is owned under the Endeavor banner.
The farm boasts two guest suites for traveling clients; four barns, two of which are being refurbished; and a total of 70 stalls.
With a goal of obtaining just 10-15 new clients, Nickell plans to keep Endeavor a boutique service operation. He noted one of Endeavor’s best features is its dedicated employees, some of whom have been working on the property for more than 20 years.
Another strong point is the farm’s ability to get mares in foal. “Our in-foal percentage over the last four to five years (as Richland Hills) has been around 95%,” he said. “This year we only missed one mare out of 70, which we’re very proud of.”
The Richland Hills/Wafare property has been represented by several prominent horses over the years. The farm was instrumental in launching the stud career of the late influential sire Dynaformer and stood other such graded stakes-winning sires as Purim and Sightseeing. Richland Hills/Wafre additionally raised Hall of Fame steeplechaser McDynamo, campaigned grade I winner Richter Scale in partnership, and formerly boarded the multiple New Mexico champion racemare Peppers Pride.
Nickell, whose father, Harry Schmidt, managed Spendthrift Farm from 1952-1976, considers himself lucky that he grew up in the industry, as it has afforded him the opportunity to launch Endeavor.
“Being a second-generation horseman, my father has instilled in me a great love of the equine species,” said Nickell. “The opportunity to meet a diverse group of people that have now become clients has been wonderful.”