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Erin Birkenhauer /Chief Operating Officer

Erin Birkenhauer
Chief Operating Officer

Prior to coming on board full time in July 2010, I worked part-time under the late, great Congie DeVito. He’s the person who really got my career started and taught me the ropes. 

My main responsibility with WPT is to keep Partners informed about members of their stable on a regular basis through our website, e-mail updates, videos, etc. I also serve as WPT’s racing manager and am a member of the WPT buying team at the sales. I grew up following my dad around the sales and backside. 

I married Daniel Birkenhauer on June 14, 2014. We met at the University of Kentucky as undergrads. Daniel graduated from UK’s Dental School in May 2014 and we now live on a small farm just outside Bowling Green, KY.

We have two children: Blake Patrick and McKenna Lane. 


  • Graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Animal Science.

Interesting Facts:

  • I spent some time in Ireland during college studying horses and Irish racing.
  • After college, I took a two-week European vacation with a friend and attended the Royal Ascot meeting — what an experience. Saw Goldikova’s win and was only a few feet from the Queen.
  • I’ve owned eight off-the-track horses and participated in the sport of 3-day-eventing since middle school, competing through the CCI* level. I currently have three former West Point horses — Seminary Ridge (who hit the board once for maiden 25k), Fulfill (who hit the board once for maiden 30), and grade one winner Twilight Eclipse. 
  • I was the 2nd highest placed amateur in eventing at the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover aboard a former West Point horse named Private Show.
  • My brother Ryan was a professional soccer player.
  • We have four dogs — three Borzois (Russian wolfhounds) and a beagle/sheltie mix who was homeless and showed up at my husband’s dental office.

My parents started this partnership group 25 years ago, and I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments. We went from only having a few claimers to building one of the top stables in the country.

Horse racing, riding horses, hiking, running, cooking, handicapping, traveling, hunting, clay shooting, concerts, taking my dogs to the dog park.

Retired grade one winner Twilight Eclipse and I at the 2017 Real Rider Cup:

My son Blake with our two retired West Point horses who live at home: