Jim & Susan Hill
Jim and Susan Hill of Calgary, Alberta, were partners in Margaux Farm before buying out the previous owners in 2014. Since then, they have committed substantial resources toward turning the operation into a showplace facility. Given the fact that they entered the world of horses just over a decade ago, the Hills have made a huge splash, enjoying success with numerous graded stakes winners, including Grand Arch, Solid Appeal, Tizahit, Sharp Sensation, Go Blue or Go Home and Daddy is a Legend.
"My wife and I enjoy racing at Keeneland very much but also prefer to have our horses freshening during the winter. Margaux Farm allows us to do both. We can keep our horses in Kentucky enjoying winter turnout in groups in large paddocks but also we can start their conditioning for the spring meet with daily exercise on our synthetic gallop and synthetic straightaway." -Jim Hill
Raised on a small stud farm in Co. Down, in Northern Ireland, Michael comes from a background of stud management and has spent his life working on the farm. He attended the University of Limerick, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science and Business Management. Michael achieved top marks when completing the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course after university, receiving the gold medal for his accomplishments. In 2010, Michael was accepted into the prestigious Darley Flying Start program and graduated in 2012. After a brief spell with Goffs Bloodstock Sales in Ireland following the Flying Start, Michael moved to Kentucky and took on the role of Farm Manager at Margaux Farm.
Broodmare & Yearling Manager
Jon grew up showing Arabians in Olympia, Washington. He first came to Kentucky as a KEMI intern at Shawnee Farm in 2009 and in the spring of 2010, he graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Animal Science. After graduation, he then returned to Kentucky and began working at Margaux Farm, where he has appreciated all of the opportunities that the farm has provided. Outside of work he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his dogs Griffey and Wilson.
Dermot originates from Co. Wicklow in Ireland, where he grew up riding and working with showjumping and hunt horses. While studying Equine Business at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, he worked for Horse Park Stud learning the skills of sales prep, breaking yearlings, conditioning two-year-olds for the two-year-old sales and the art of pre-training. After graduation he completed the Irish National Stud Breeding Course where he graduated with Honors. He then travelled to the United States, and after two years as an assistant trainer at Margaux Farm, Dermot accepted the head trainer position in October of 2015.
Sales & Marketing
Originally from North York, Ontario, Amanda grew up on a small thoroughbred breeding operation and has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from the University of Guelph. Amanda has been involved in all aspects of racing, having been the owner/operator of a full service thoroughbred farm north of Toronto for 5 years before moving to Australia in 2014. While there, she gained valuable international experience and worked sales for Swettenham Stud and Kitchwin Hills, among others. Upon her return to Canada, Amanda accepted a position with Adena Springs North where she sold stallion seasons and handled all contracts and bookings. She assumed her current role with Margaux Farm in April 2017.
As a life-long Lexington resident, Joe has always had a keen interest in Thoroughbreds. When Joe graduated from Transylvania University in 2007 with a degree in business management and finance, his goal was to use his education to pursue a career in some aspect of the horse industry. With that in mind he went to work for several notable farms in Lexington, including Three Chimneys, Shadwell, and the former Bluestone Farms. Joe has been employed at Margaux Farm since March of 2013 and was previously the equine administrator before advancing to his current position. In his spare time Joe is an avid horse racing and football fan.
Natasia was born in a small town in Denmark and also lived in the Bahamas prior to moving to Lexington in 2010 when she decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Kentucky. In 2016, Natasia was employed by the Jockey Club as a Quality Control Coordinator for Equibase. While there, she was responsible for compiling racing data as well as website maintenance and promotions. She joined the Margaux team in July 2017. In her spare time, Natasia enjoys photography and spending time at the barn with her off track Thoroughbred.
Melissa grew up in the Southeastern town of Muskego, Wisconsin, working on horse farms and showing horses. She rode on the University of Kentucky’s equestrian team before graduating from the North American Racing Academy in 2016 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. She spent several years working at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as a surgical barn technician, and also worked at Keeneland as a barn foreman for trainer Kenny McPeek before joining the team at Margaux in July of 2017. In her spare time she is working towards completing a certificate with the AAEVT to become a certified Equine Veterinary Technician and enjoys horseback riding and photography hikes with her blue heeler Cali.