(Edited press release)
John Phillips, owner of Darby Dan Farm near Lexington, announced that industry veteran Kip Elser of Kirkwood Stables will be joining the team as interim sales director.
“Kip is a well known, highly respected, and experienced horseman who has purchased, prepped, and consigned thousands of horses throughout his distinguished career,” said Phillips. “We are thrilled to be formally associated with Kip."
Elser will fulfill his duties for Darby Dan in addition to overseeing Kirkwood Stable’s ongoing yearling breaking and 2-year-old pinhooking and sales ventures.
“I have worked with Darby Dan in various capacities for nearly two decades,” said Elser, “This is a comfortable fit for me and a great opportunity to be closely involved with one of the legacy farms of the Bluegrass. Darby Dan has a great team in place, and I look forward to being a part of it.”
Darby Dan also announced that Nate Heiple has been promoted to the position of farm manager (Darby Dan main division) from his past role of assistant farm and broodmare manager. Heiple is a graduate of Stetson University in Florida and has been working at Darby Dan since 2004. Previous farm manager and co-managing partner T. Wayne Sweezey departed Darby Dan June 30 to pursue other interests.