Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jermo Reese, May 18, 2019

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Memories of his grandfather, Frank Wilson

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Partial Transcript: Good afternoon, I'm Yvonne Giles and we are here to talk to a gentleman who has, uh, introduced himself to the industry in a different format than his ancestors which we will be talking about.

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese shares memories of his grandfather, Frank Wilson, and his career at Jonabell Farms.

Keywords: Breaking yearlings; Exercise riders; Family; Francis "Frank" Wilson; Frankie's Corner; Frankie’s Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade; Grandfathers; Horse whisperers; Injuries; Jonabell Farm (Lexington, Ky.); Keeneland (Lexington, Ky.); Plaque; Recognition; Ringman; Sales ring; Yearling sales

Subjects: Horse farms; Horse farms--Laborers; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horses--Care; Occupations; Wounds and injuries

GPS: Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
Map Coordinates: 38.014127, -84.598397
GPS: Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Lexington, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.048399, -84.605870
00:06:06 - Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade

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Partial Transcript: So you started working with him when you were how old?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese recounts how he began working with horses and how what he learned from his grandfather inspired him to teach kids about horses.

Keywords: 2015; Children; Discernment; Grandmothers; Grooming; Health; Learned; Legacy; Logos; Mucking stalls; Opportunity; Riding; Safety; Teaching kids

Subjects: Horse farms; Horse farms--Laborers; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horsemanship; Horses--Care

00:12:15 - From photography to a nonprofit

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Partial Transcript: Now I know your journey has been not easy with this because we've talked about how you got started.

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese relates the story of how he came back into the horse industry after his career in photography.

Keywords: Griffith Park (Los Angeles, Calif.); Missed horses; Non-profit organizations; Relocation; Riding; Stress outlet; Training

Subjects: Horse farms; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horsemanship; Los Angeles (Calif.); Photography

GPS: Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California
Map Coordinates: 34.136696, -118.294071
GPS: Los Angeles, California
Map Coordinates: 34.052026, -118.257971
00:16:28 - Launching Frankie’s Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade

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Partial Transcript: So when I moved back--like I say, when I moved back to Lexington, I think probably within the first two weeks I started that program in 2015.

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese tells how he began the program in 2015 and talks about Max, the horse the children learn with.

Keywords: Blessed; Children; Diversity; Equestrian; I'm a Cool Reflection (Quarter horse); I'm a Cool Skip (Quarter horse); Kids; Launch; Programs; Scholarships; Schools; Stepped out on faith; Support; Treatment

Subjects: Horse farms; Horse farms--Laborers; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horsemanship; Horses--Care

00:20:32 - Horses as therapy

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Partial Transcript: Well, when we talked a year ago I think you told me you had, um, 10 students?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese explains how even individuals who cannot use their lower limbs can still ride a horse.

Keywords: Challenges; Disabilities; Enrollment; Frankie’s Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade; Gifted; Grandmothers; Interest; Mama Sue the horse; Music; Riding; Scholarships; Sports; Students

Subjects: Horse farms; Horse farms--Laborers; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horsemanship; Horses--Care

00:25:07 - Closing thoughts

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Partial Transcript: Well you've done such a wonderful job.

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese speaks about the opportunity to provide an open door to the kids of the community.

Keywords: Achievement; Affinity; Breeding season; Career options; Frankie’s Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade; Goals; Grant meeting; Launched; Liability; Programs; Role models; Stabled; Students

Subjects: Horse farms; Horse farms--Laborers; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horsemanship; Horses--Care