Tom Simon's Vinery Sales has formed a partnership with Ro Parra's Millennium Farms near Lexington.
The expanded sales division for the two companies will be managed by Derek MacKenzie, director of public sales at Vinery Sales.
The partnership will combine the current sales division at Millennium Farms with Vinery's existing customer base. Vinery Sales will be active at all bloodstock auctions in Kentucky, New York, and the Mid-Atlantic region, according to a release.
Since its launch in 2011, Vinery Sales has grown into a significant consignor at major United States sales.
MacKenzie will join the veteran team at Millennium Farms, including farm manager Bobby Miller, business manager Jay Ted Neel, stallions and boarding manager Brian Lyle, assistant farm manager Jose Rodarte, and office manager Kerrie Cahill. MacKenzie, a native of Canada, worked at the Irish National Stud and Windfields Farm before becoming farm manager at Green Gates Farm in Lexington; he joined the staff at Vinery in 2008.
Simon's broodmares and their offspring will move to Millennium Farms. Simon will continue to operate Vinery New York at Sugar Maple Farm, with a strong working relationship between his New York operation and Millennium Farms' Kentucky operation.
"The opportunity to partner with Vinery Sales is a significant step designed to increase our presence at all major sales, and we look forward to selling horses for Vinery and its clients," Neel said in the release. "We are also thrilled to add Derek MacKenzie to our team at Millennium Farms, and we look forward to helping Vinery Sales continue to provide superior customer service."
"I am excited to begin my new role at Millennium Farms, and look forward to building on the consignment business we started at Vinery Sales," MacKenzie said. "The team and facilities at Millennium Farms are top-notch. I look forward to focusing on our customers' needs."