Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jermo Reese, July 8, 2019

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
Transcript
Toggle Index/Transcript View Switch.
Index
Search this Index
X
00:00:01 - Beginnings in the horse industry

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Today is Monday the 8th of July, 2019. It is 10:05 a.m.

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese tells how he first began to work with horses with his grandfather, Frank Wilson. He also explains how his involvement was interrupted for a time.

Keywords: Cleaning; Family; Feeding; Grandfathers; Hay; Jonabell Farm (Lexington, Ky.); Memories; Mucking stalls; Riding; Sawdust; Watering

Subjects: Acton (Calif.); Families.; Horse farms; Horse farms--Laborers; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horses--Care; Keeneland (Lexington, Ky.); Los Angeles (Calif.); Work ethic.

GPS: Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.014127, -84.598397
GPS: Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Lexington, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.048399, -84.605870
GPS: Los Angeles, California
Map Coordinates: 34.052026, -118.257971
GPS: Acton, California
Map Coordinates: 34.469271, -118.193643
00:04:50 - Lessons learned, mentors, and creating opportunity

Play segment

Partial Transcript: What things have you learned in the horse industry that translate or apply to other aspects of your life, do you think?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese speaks of wisdom gained from working with horses and his mentors. He also discusses why he prefers the quarter horse for instructing children.

Keywords: Breaking yearlings; Circling; Community; Connections; Control; Don Jenkins, Sr.; Equipment; Expense; Grandfathers; Horse riding; Injuries; Max (Quarter horse); Mentors; Opportunity; Palomino Paint; Patience; Trail rides; Treatment

Subjects: Acton (Calif.); Arabian horse; Griffith Park (Los Angeles, Calif.); Horse farms; Horse farms--Laborers; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horses--Care; Nicholasville (Ky.); Quarter horse; Thoroughbred horse.

GPS: Nicholasville, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 37.880696, -84.572958
GPS: Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California
Map Coordinates: 34.136696, -118.294071
GPS: Acton, California
Map Coordinates: 34.469271, -118.193643
00:13:26 - His grandfather's career

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Um, talk a little bit about your, about your granddad. And his name was Frank Wilson--

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese shares stories of his grandfather's career in the industry including how, as a ringman during the horse sales, Mr. Wilson held both the first million-dollar horse and the first grey to win a Kentucky Derby.

Keywords: "Frankie's Corner"; Breaking yearlings; Brothers; Character; Exercise riders; Family; Frank Wilson; Graceful; Grooms; Jonabell Farm (Lexington, Ky.); News reports; Racehorse owners; Respect; Ringman; Stories; Tattersalls; Versatile

Subjects: Families.; Georgetown (Ky.); Horse farms; Horse farms--Laborers; Horse industry--Kentucky; Horse sales; Horses--Care; Traveling

00:24:08 - Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade

Play segment

Partial Transcript: In your previous interview, um, with Mrs. Giles, you told us about your non-profit youth equine program that you created in 2015?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese notes the rewards and challenges of running his nonprofit program, Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade.

Keywords: Blessing; Challenges; Exposure; Fayette County Public Schools (Lexington, Ky.); Help; Kentucky State University (Frankfort, Ky.); Non-profit organizations; Opportunity; Providing experience; Rewards; Spiritual discernment; Transportation

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

00:32:05 - Equine education as an alternative for children

Play segment

Partial Transcript: You know, yes, secondary education is the thing that I push for. But how many of our kids don't really want to go to school?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese details how equine sports are potentially beneficial for children, as well as life lessons the children in his program learn.

Keywords: Behavior; Benefits; Earning; Grades; Issues; Respect; Scholarships; Sports; Therapeutic value

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

00:38:53 - Advice and mentoring

Play segment

Partial Transcript: What advice would you give to people interested in getting involved with horses?

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese advises people to research and decide how they would like to become involved with horses. He talks about the many different aspects of the horse industry and mentoring.

Keywords: African American boys; African Americans; Boys of color; Breeding; Diversity inclusion; Horse health; Law; Life lessons; Medicine; Mentor to mentor; Mentoring; Mentors; Opportunities; Owners; Partnerships; Sales; Trainers; Transportation

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

00:46:53 - Interest in photography / Closing thoughts

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Now, I'm going to shift gears for just one second. But I understand from your interview with Mrs. Giles that you are an artist as well.

Segment Synopsis: Mr. Reese tells of his second love, photography, and how he hopes to leave a positive legacy.

Keywords: Equine; Expense; Focus; Help the children; Hobbies; Honesty; Humble; Interests; Kids; Legacy; Listen; Positive; Time

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