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Danielle Austin /Owner Concierge

Danielle Austin
Owner Concierge

Background – I grew up in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and have been fortunate in being surrounded by horses from an early age. Growing up exchanging working hours around the barn for riding lessons led me to pursue molding my passion into a profession. In attending Delaware Valley University, I had the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the Standardbred industry, going full circle from the breeding shed to the sales ring. Upon graduation in 2013 with a B.S. in Equine Science, I accepted a position at Hanover Shoe Farms as the head veterinary technician, and it was there that I learned of the Kentucky Equine Management Internship. Relocating to Kentucky for the internship was supposed to be a six-month term – which evolved into a greater trajectory than I could have planned for, and I have been living on a farm just outside of Lexington ever since.

Industry Experience – Likely my all-time favorite experience in any horse industry has been foaling mares and getting to work with those babies. This is what drew me to Kentucky, and I still look forward to each foaling season! I spent valuable time with WinStar Farm in both the broodmare and yearling divisions, but soon after bringing my first crop of yearlings to the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales, I found myself gravitating toward that segment of the industry. I accepted a role with Brookdale Sales, prepping horses on the farm and helping to organize and prepare the consignment (the best of both worlds!), before moving on to Lane’s End Farm. Over six years with Lane’s End, I had the privilege to work with a phenomenal team, transitioning from sales and being involved in all aspects of developing the consignment, to bloodstock – working with David Ingordo to represent clients in every facet of the industry. In coordinating bloodstock, racing, and sales operations, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to facilitate a concierge-level client experience and look forward to expanding upon this in my role with West Point Thoroughbreds.

Interests – The very first horse I’ve ever owned, Number One, became my riding horse after a fun racing career for me and my husband. I enjoy traveling, photography, and am a coffee fanatic. I’ve stayed active with the KEMI program, helping to grow the mentorship initiative and alumni association. I love any reason to be outdoors, which has contributed to accidentally becoming a part-time cow and sheep farmer. My favorite place (other than the barn) is the beach, and I have enjoyed getting out to explore the Bluegrass and taking my dogs hiking.