Farm Manager of the Year Dinner Dance
The 2013 Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club Dinner Dance was a great event to cap off a year full of fun and charitable festivities. This year the event was held on September 27th at The Red Mile Round Barn. Bayou Bluegrass Catering, Stems Florist and Bur Oak Garden Services & Design provided a quaint and classy setting that highlighted Kentucky’s beautiful fall weather. As guests arrived they were treated by local vendors to various Kentucky Proud hors d’oeuvres and spirits. With the addition of the recently installed Harness Racing Museum, guests were able to enjoy these local wines, beer and spirits while gaining insight to the history of the Red Mile and Harness Racing.
The KTFMC welcomed several returning vendors including Arabella Winery and their always delicious South African wines. Black Barn Winery offered selections of their oak barrel aged wines. Alltech returned as well, providing guests with samples of their popular Kentucky Ale and Town Branch Bourbon. Howard’s Creek provided a plate of their spicy beer cheese to accompany the predinner spirits. West 6th Brewing joined in the festivities for the time, allowing guests to sample their IPA and Amber brews and Jim Beam Distillery joined in with their Knob Creek line of bourbon.
Once again, guests enjoyed a delicious meal from Angie and Matt Falcone’s Bayou Bluegrass Catering. Angie and Matt outdo themselves each year at the Annual Dinner Dance and this year was no exception! Crab cakes and Prime Rib highlighted the menu with seasonal sides and desserts.
Following dinner, KTFMC President Curt Ramsey welcomed guests and members and highlighted the criteria for the Farm Manager of the Year: Excellence in Farm Management and Service to the Club and the community. The 2013 winner, Alfred J. Nuckols Jr., was introduced by his longtime friend Michael Blowen. Michael was very heartfelt in his introduction, having known and worked with Alfred for many years through Old Friends Retirement Farm. Michael praised Alfred’s accomplishments while thanking him for his contributions to the industry. Alfred has been with his family’s Hurstland Farm since 1983 and took over as owner in 1995. Through the years he has been involved with the breeding and racing of multiple graded stakes winners with his family, including Gimmeakissee and Heart of Destiny, just to name a few. Alfred has also served as a Past President of the KTFMC, a Director of the Thoroughbred Club of America, and is also a member of the Kentucky Bar Association. Alfred thanked the Club for the wonderful honor and expressed his thanks to all that helped him along the way.
Following Alfred’s remarks, 1980s cover band, “Better Off Dead” took to the stage and played hits from multiple decades. They kept members and guests on the dance floor for the rest of the evening. Guests were also entertained by the Red Mile harness races taking place under the lights.