Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Sandy Hatfield, July 3, 2008

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Childhood with horses

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Partial Transcript: Okay, this is Kim Lady Smith and today is July third--

Segment Synopsis: Hatfield describes her childhood up until she went to college. Her parents divorced when she was young so she spent a lot of time going back and forth between them. It was during her childhood that she first started riding horses and developed an interest in working with horses.

Keywords: Dads; Fathers; Moms; Mothers

Subjects: Childhood; Derby (Horse race); Hatfield, Sandy, 1958-; Horse breeders -- Interviews; Horses; Quarter horse; Thoroughbred horse; Three Chimneys Farm (Ky.); Women in horse sports

00:05:34 - College

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Partial Transcript: So but I got--I was going to school in St, Stillwater at Oklahoma State and, uh, my sister worked for the, uh, the Vo-Tech Department...

Segment Synopsis: Hatfield started going to college in Oklahoma but got a scholarship to go to Murray State University. She originally wanted to be a veterinarian but later decided she wanted to be a stable manager.

Keywords: Graduated; Scholarships; Yearlings

Subjects: Auburn University; Crescent Farm (Ky.); Gainesway Thoroughbred Stallion Farm (Ky.); Hatfield, Sandy, 1958-; Hatfield, Sandy, 1958- --Interviews; Horses; Murray State University; Spendthrift Farm (Ky.); Universities and colleges.; Veterinarians; Women in horse sports

00:09:09 - Gainesway Farm

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Partial Transcript: There were a lot of women then.

Segment Synopsis: Hatfield describes what it was like working at Gainesway Farm, her first job. She worked with a lot of women who mentored her and taught her a lot about the horse business.

Keywords: Broodmares; Friends; Moves; Yearlings

Subjects: Gaines, John; Gainesway (Ky.); Horses; Quarter horse; Spendthrift Farm (Ky.); Women in horse sports

00:14:26 - Crescent Farm

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Partial Transcript: And moved, uh, schw--I was there, wasn't even quite a year and I moved to Crescent Farm, which was right across the street.

Segment Synopsis: After working at Gainesway, Hatfield moved to Crescent Farm. She had friends at Crescent farm and got the opportunity to work with mares and foals.

Keywords: Grooms; Mares; Stallions; Tease; Working; Yearlings

Subjects: Chandler, Toss Dunlap; Crescent Farm (Ky.); Hatfield, Sandy, 1958-; Hatfield, Sandy, 1958- --Interviews; Horses; Horses--Breeding; Spendthrift Farm (Ky.); Women in horse sports

00:19:18 - W. T. Young's farm

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Partial Transcript: Left there and went to, uh, W. T. Young's farm.

Segment Synopsis: From Crescent Farm, Hatfield went to work at Overbrook Farm. At the time, Overbrook Farm was known as W. T. Young Farm. In this segment, Hatfield describes her time here.

Keywords: Hispanics; Horsewoman; Mares; Women; Yearlings

Subjects: Hatfield, Sandy, 1958-; Hatfield, Sandy, 1958- --Interviews; Horses; Overbrook Farm (Ky.); Quarter horse; Quarter racing; Spendthrift Farm (Ky.); Thoroughbred horse; Women in horse sports; Young, William T.

00:27:38 - North Ridge Farm

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Partial Transcript: So you left after Mr. Cinnamon passed away?

Segment Synopsis: After a change of management, Hatfield went to work at North Ridge. While at North Ridge, Hatfield worked with yearlings. She describes her time working at North Ridge in this section.

Keywords: Barns; Horseman; Sales; Stallions; Yearlings

Subjects: Crescent Farm (Ky.); Hatfield, Sandy, 1958-; Hatfield, Sandy, 1958- --Interviews; Horses; Horses--Breeding; Keeneland (Ky.); North Ridge Farm (Minn.); Quarter horse; Teater, Earl, 1905-1972; Teater, Edward M., 1933-; Veterinarians; Women in horse sports

00:36:57 - Calumet Farm

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Partial Transcript: I left North Ridge to go to Calumet.

Segment Synopsis: At Calumet Farm, Hatfield was offered a manager's position and moved there after working at North Ridge. She describes what it was like working as a manager there as well as the changes she had to make as a manager. She also tells the story of how she ended up at Gainsborough in this section.

Keywords: Broodmares; Mares; Sales; Stallions; Walking; Yearlings

Subjects: Alydar (race horse); Calumet Farm; Calumet Farm (Ky.); Gainsborough Farms Inc. (Ky.); Hatfield, Sandy, 1958-; Hatfield, Sandy, 1958- --Interviews; Horses; North Ridge Farm (Minn.); Spendthrift Farm (Ky.); Women in horse sports

00:45:52 - Alydar (Race horse)

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about Alydar.

Segment Synopsis: Hatfield talks about Alydar's character and the difficulties she had working with the horse. She talks about Alydar's injury and dismisses some of the conspiracies surrounding Alydar's injury and death.

Keywords: Broken; Femurs; Injuries; Legs; Mares; Sweats

Subjects: Alydar (Race horse); Calumet Farm; Calumet Farm (Ky.); Hatfield, Sandy, 1958-; Hatfield, Sandy, 1958- --Interviews; Horses; Horses--Breeding; Horses--Care; Horses--Handling; Race horses; Women in horse sports

00:58:04 - Gainsborough Farm

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Partial Transcript: Now by that time were you still living there?

Segment Synopsis: In this final segment, Hatfield talks about her time at Gainsborough. She describes her work as a stallion manager, the working conditions at Gainsborough, and some of harder aspects of her job.

Keywords: Barns; Houses; Husbands; Managers; Mares; Stallions; Talking

Subjects: Calumet Farm; Calumet Farm (Ky.); Gainsborough Farms Inc. (Ky.); Hatfield, Sandy, 1958-; Hatfield, Sandy, 1958- --Interviews; Horses; Horses--Breeding; Women in horse sports