Scott Calder is Sales & Marketing Manager at Ashford Stud, which is located in the heart of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass, and is Coolmore’s home in America. While now much larger in size, the initial Ashford consisted of 465 acres. That land was originally part of an important cattle farm owned by Col. Edmund H. Taylor Jr. who founded the Old Taylor Distilleries, Known as Hereford Farm, the property was developed around 1912 and operated as a cattle farm up until the late 1970s. At that time, Dr. Bill Lockridge began to transform the farm into a state of the art stud farm.
After 3 years of construction, Ashford opened its doors for the 1982 breeding season. The stallion roster was headlined by Storm Bird, who was trained by the legendary Vincent O’Brien and later included such stallions as Storm Cat, Thunder Gulch, Hennessy, Tale of the Cat, Woodman and and Giant’s Causeway. Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner American Pharoah is now joining the roster.