Tom Simon's Vinery Sales will now partner with Ro Parra's Millennium Farms. The expanded sales division will be managed by Derek MacKenzie, the director of public sales at Vinery Sales. It will combine the current sales division at Millennium Farms with Vinery's existing customer base.
Vinery Sales will be active at all bloodstock auctions in Kentucky, New York and the Mid-Atlantic. Since being launched in 2011, Vinery Sales has grown quickly into a significant consignor at major U.S. sales.
MacKenzie will join the veteran team at Millennium Farms, including farm manager Bobby Miller, business manager Jay Ted Neel , stallions and boarding manager Brian Lyle, assistant farm manager Jose Rodarte and office manager Kerrie Cahill. MacKenzie, a native of Canada, worked at the Irish National Stud and Windfields Farm before becoming farm manager at Green Gates Farm in Lexington. He joined the staff at Vinery in 2008.
Simon's broodmares and their offspring will move to Millennium Farms. Simon will continue to operate Vinery New York at Sugar Maple Farm, with a strong working relationship between his New York operation and Millennium Farms' Kentucky operation.
“The opportunity to partner with Vinery Sales is a significant step designed to increase our presence at all major sales, and we look forward to selling horses for Vinery and its clients,” Neel said. “We are also thrilled to add Derek MacKenzie to our team at Millennium Farms, and we look forward to helping Vinery Sales continue to provide superior customer service.”
“I am excited to begin my new role at Millennium Farms, and look forward to building on the consignment business we started at Vinery Sales,” MacKenzie said. “The team and facilities at Millennium Farms are top notch. I look forward to focusing on our customers' needs.”
Millennium Farms is a full-service Thoroughbred operation specializing in stallions, boarding and sales consignments located on Paris Pike in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, visit www.millenniumfarms.com.
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