Pedro Venegas, stallion assistant manager at Gainesway Farm, has been promoted as the new stallion manager, effective immediately.
Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Pedro has been working in the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky since 1989, where he specializes in stallion care and breeding.
“I am excited about the level of care our Stallions will receive under Pedro's direction,” said Antony Beck, president of Gainesway Farm. “Pedro has been a valued member of our team for almost a decade. He has worked closely with Carl Buckler Sr. as Tapit's groom and as stallion assistant manager. Pedro's work ethic and passion for our stallions is second to none. When Carl announced his retirement, Pedro was the obvious choice to continue to uphold our expectations for our stallion roster.”
Pedro began his career with polo ponies at Las Anitas Polo Club in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico where he met Guillermo (Memo) Gracida. He was then invited to travel to Lexington, Ky. to work with Mr. Guy Wildenstein's Les Diables Bleus polo team for the 1989 U.S. Open. On that trip, Pedro met Bruce Hundley and soon after began working at Saxony Farm. Pedro built his resume within the industry working with broodmares, yearlings and stallions. He later held the role of general manager of Saxony Farm from 2004 to 2010.
In 2010, Pedro took a position at Gainesway Farm as a stallion groom. Pedro's utmost care, commitment and integrity is evident within his work. His leadership skills and work ethic allowed him to quickly work his way up from stallion groom to stallion assistant manager at Gainesway. With the recent retirement of Carl Buckler Sr., Gainesway is pleased to further promote Pedro Venegas to stallion manager.
Gainesway encompasses 1,500 acres of the finest Bluegrass land in Kentucky. The property includes the former Greentree Stud and Whitney Farm – some of the most productive ground in Thoroughbred history – echoing countless Thoroughbred champions of the past while providing ample space to produce future champions. With eyes always on the future, Gainesway maintains clear roots in its history.
“Carl Buckler Sr. embodied the Gainesway vision. He truly understood the meaning and importance behind power, passion, and performance,” said Beck. “Carl built a relationship with each Gainesway stallion. His time and devotion to Gainesway will forever be appreciated.”
Venegas echoed Beck's comments.
“Carl taught me quite a lot about the breeding shed,” he said. “He knew exactly how to treat each stallion. Some are quiet in temperament; others have strong personalities. I like challenges and am looking forward to using the lessons I learned from Carl to continue to build upon the Gainesway legacy.”
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