Walker Hancock the head man at Claiborne, not only understands and appreciates the Claiborne tradition, but he is the right age to lead the iconic breeding and racing operation into a future that is filled with new ideas, new concepts and new challenges. Walker continues a family tradition and passion for “Doing the usual unusually well.” World-renowned Kentucky Thoroughbred farm Claiborne has origins in Virginia. The move to Kentucky came with the next generation when Capt. Hancock’s son Arthur B. Hancock established a second farm on his wife’s property. Walker Hancock, 27, became the fourth generation to assume control of the historic farm, taking over in 2014 as Claiborne’s president from his father, Seth. Hancock joked that he began his on-the-job training at age 4, eventually working with the farm’s yearling sale prep operation, racing stable, and as the resident veterinary technician during breeding season before taking on larger roles.