Laura Young  / Manager, General Manager, CVT, C/O

Laura has been working with Southwind farms now for over 27 years. She takes great pride in the strides she has taken to run the facility at Maximum efficiency with Minimal overhead. She has been living on the farm for over 20 years. Being a manager of a facility this size takes much dedication, patience and love of the farm. She and her husband Chris were married in the main barn June 29, 2008. They have a beautiful 12 year old son, who already participates in farm activities. She has attended many courses over the years from premier colleges and continues to stay on top of any state of the art breeding procedures, nutritional information, or overall management changes this world has to offer. She is trained in ultra sounding mares, collecting stallions, semen evaluation, frozen semen handling techniques, acupuncture and mare synchronization for Embryo transfer. She has also attended courses in California, UC Davis for embryo transfer.  She works very closely with the industry’s leading veterinarians’ to assure the horses are getting the best of care. She is a graduate of Penn foster A.S., LVT, CVT.  When she is not managing the facility she loves spending time with her family, deer hunting, and recreational activities like hiking, Snowmobiling and ATVing.  She also likes to raise Labrador retrievers.

Christopher Pazdan / Grounds Manager / Farmer,

Chris joined our Southwind Team in 2006. After dating Laura for some time we found a place for him here at Southwind. Now he works very closely with his wife Laura to help run the facility. He revamped the way we look at hay, straw and the overall maintenance of the facility. Up until his joining, Southwind was buying in 100% of its hay and straw from other supplies. Chris being a farmer all his life suggested we start making our own hay and straw for the facility. He started out slowly proving that we could handle it and it was cost efficient. In 2012 Southwind brought in over 20,000 bales, we will be total self-sufficient with Hay and straw. Chris is very talented and mechanically inclined, having the old school backing of “fix it yourself” has helped Southwind tremendously, and we do 99% of our own repairs on Equipment.  Chris farms 500 acres locally off premise, Hay straw, wheat, and soybeans.  When he is not making hay or installing a new clutch in one of our tractors he enjoys spending time with his family. Snowmobiling, atving, auctions and collecting die cast 1/16 tractors “his collection consists of over 1000 tractors and implements!”

Jessica Tinoco-Cassel  Assistant Farm Manager B.S Equine Breeding Management

Jessica (Jess) joined the Southwind Family in 2018 with her husband.  She has been working in the Standardbred industry for over 10 years.  Although she was not raised on a farm, she was destined to end up with Standardbreds being from Goshen NY.  Jess’s Grandfather built a development called the Hambletonian Park not far from the Historic Goshen track.  Growing up, when she wasn’t playing various sports or helping her family with side jobs, she would be found at the barn or attending different pony club functions.  These activities help frame Jess’s Foundation for hard work, perseverance and team work.  Jess received a bachelor’s degree in Equine science and management with specialization in breeding from Morrisville State College.  She has also completed Equine breeding Shorts courses at Texas A&M, and looks forward to furthering her knowledge and experience in the Equine Breeding industry.  When Jess is not busy at work she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, hunting/fishing and riding her horses.

Hugo Tinoco-Hernandez  Assistant Stallion Manager and Barn supervisor

Hugo joined the Southwind team in the Spring of 2018.  Being from Mexico, he has worked on a farm and with livestock all his life.  For over 10 years Hugo has enjoyed all aspects of the breeding industry.  From working with the mares and foals, prepping yearling, caring for the stallions and assisting in stallion collections.  Hugo has become a great asset to our Southwind team.  His knowledge and dedication of the Standardbred industry is impressive. In Hugo’s spare time he enjoys family outings like going to parks and the Beach.

Emma Young / Office Manager,

Emma has been the office manager for Southwind now for  20 years. She handles most of the incoming calls during our very busy breeding season. She also creates all the booking documents for Muscle Hill, and other stallions we manage, keeps records and billing under wraps. During the breeding season she also provides clients with semen delivery. She has loved horses all her life and owns a small farm in Columbus. When she is not helping Southwind in the office she is a Taxidermist, specializing in big game animals. She has been a Taxidermist for 40 years and is well known throughout NJ and PA for her artistic mounts. When she is not working she enjoys, spending time with her daughter Laura and her grandson CJ, deer hunting, and riding her horses.

Mike Klau, Syndicate Manager

Mike has been consulting with Southwind now for 28 years. He officially joined our team 10 years ago and works out of our corporate headquarters on Long Island. He has been associated with the Standardbred horse industry most of his life. He has been affiliated with Lana Lobell Farm, Old Glory Horse Sales, Pine Hollow Stud Farm, Finder-Guida Enterprises, North American Standardbred Sales Co., Dreamaire Stud and Northwood Bloodstock.  Mike is the Syndicate Manager for Muscle Hill, Sportswriter and Resolve.  Mike consults with the farm on a daily basis regarding farm activities. He is a Graduate of City College of New York. He has two sons and enjoys living in the city

Colleen Knudson Vet Tech, office administrations

Colleen Joined our team in 2019, she is currently obtaining her CVT through Penn Foster, she is a certified fear free handler, is highly active with the SPCA and different shelters throughout NJ.  She was very active in the show horse industry through the 90’s and early 2000’s were she participated in breeding and showing.  She currently assists in all the health care of the horses on the farm and helps in the office during our busier times like breeding season.  Originally from Washington, growing up consisted of hard work and dedication to her family farm.  Colleen likes to hike with her dogs and partner Heidi through up stake NY and along the Delaware River.  She likes to Trout and bass fish along the Canal and North Jersey, she also plays rugby when she has spare time.

John Lopez, CVT  Manor College Student, Assistant Technician

John has been living on Southwind since he was a young boy, he works with his family to insure the horses are cared for Daily.  Currently John is attending his freshman year at Manor College to obtain his Veterinary Technicians License.  John, enjoys spending time outside with his dog Cookie and working on his truck.

Steve Williams, onsite Mechanic Assistant Farmer, and grounds Assistant Supervisor

Steve Grew up around Standardbreds as his Father Was the Legendary farm Manager Steve Williams Sr. at Whitebirch farm and his mother is the owner manager of Birch Creek sports horses and Standardbreds.  Steve Joined the Southwind Team in the spring of 2018 and has been a great asset to our team. Steve Graduated Universal Tech Institute for Diesel Mechanic in 2017.  He is very involved with the FFA and his local Volunteer fire department.  Steve does most of the Shipping of Southwind horses and assists in the farming part of our operation.

Norberto Lopez, Stallion Manager, Farm Supervisor

Norberto has been with us at Southwind for 23 years. He is a native of Mexico who works with his, brothers at Southwind.  Norberto has always been assisting with Handling the stallions and caring for them.  He loves the Stallions and cares for them like his children.  During foaling season Norberto will assist in delivering the foals and caring for the mares.  He oversees all Activities on the farm. His wife and two sons live here on the farm and have been part of Southwinds family for many years.  In his spare time he likes to go to the beach, relax and spend time with his family.

Felix Lopez,

Felix has been working with Southwind for 23 years. Working with the rest of his family here he helps provides great care for the horses. Felix is a resident on the farm with his wife Maisie and his son Andrew.  During foaling season Felix is our night foaling attendant. He works to insure each and every foal is delivered safely.  During the yearling season he is given the toughest yearlings to groom, he has great patience for the task and enjoys it. Other tasks include, day to day care, such as cleaning stalls and turning out horses. Depending of the time of year, he mows the lawn, paint, trims trees, etc.

Alejandro Lopez,

Alejandro has been working at Southwind for 20 years, working alongside his family.  Alejandro is our main premisis care taker, he spends most of his time in the fields with the mares and foals, and around the farm; feeds and provides clean water on daily basis to our mares. He fixes fences, gates and does small maintenance jobs throughout the year. He maintains our lawns, and does leaf and snow removal when needed. Alejandro currently he lives on the Farm with his wife, son and daughter.

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Heather Gross,

Heather has been with Southwind Farms since 2009.  She provides excellent care to the horses and takes pride in caring for the New York facility.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Equine Science from SUNY Cobleskill.  Since graduation Heather has continued her education with CE courses from Texas A&M, Rutgers University and various wet labs.  She is trained in ultra sounding mares, stallion collection, and semen evaluation.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her Fiancé and their two dogs, camping and riding her horses.

Bobbie Davis

Bobbie has been with Southwind over 9 years now. She helps keep the facility looking its best.  When she is not tending to the horses, she can be found mowing lawns, helping with hay, or snow removal.  In her free time, she enjoys watching tractor and truck pulls with her daughter Isabelle.

Randy Grabo

Randy has been with Southwind for 4 years.  Recently he has stepped into the mechanic roll on the farm.  He maintains all of the farm equipment, harvests hay and maintains the pastures.  In the winter he helps remove snow.  When he is not working, he enjoys hunting.

Kendra  Campbell

Kendra worked at Southwind Farms NY for 5 1/2 years before moving to PA. She spent time working in the breeding aspects of the farm, taking care of mares and foals, and yearling sales prep. While she was away from the farm she spent time in the medical field working as an anesthesia tech and CRCST. She is excited to come back to the farm and work in the breeding program again. Kendra has taken classes from Colorado State in mare and stallion management as well as handling cooled and frozen semen; She is also trained in Ultrasounding mares. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, riding and showing her horse, cycling, hunting, and working on the family organic dairy/beef farm.

 

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Directions to Farm

 

Farm Manager: Laura Young

29 Burd Rd. Pennington, NJ  08534

 

  Phone: (609) 737-9067  Fax: (609) 737-2481