Tom and Nancy Clark, Farm Owners
Tom was raised on a farm and has been around Thoroughbreds his entire life. He purchased his first racehorse in 1984 and has been actively involved in the industry ever since. Nancy earned her degree in Animal Science at the University of California at Davis. After graduating, she managed an Appaloosa and Thoroughbred breeding farm in the 1980's, which is now Victory Rose Thoroughbreds.
Since purchasing the farm in April of 2000, the Clarks have transformed Rancho San Miguel into one of the leading stallion stations in California and the nation, investing in new pastures, barns, equipment, and housing for employees. These additions have allowed them to hire the most highly trained and skilled horsemen. As knowledgeable horse people and clients themselves, Tom and Nancy understand the importance of providing the best possible care.
Clay Murdock, General Manager
Clay, originally from Idaho, started out as a jockey in his native state, and has spent his entire life in the industry, acquiring extensive knowledge through his years of experience which he shares with clients and staff alike. He has been at Rancho San Miguel since 1987 and built and managed the training facility in his early days at the Ranch. As the farm changed its focus to breeding, he was promoted to General Manager. Clay is now responsible for all activities conducted on the farm, in addition to building and maintaining relationships with all our clients.
Dr. Joseph "Jake" Lynch D.V.M, Resident Veterinarian
Dr. Lynch received his veterinary degree from Washington State University, then completed a year internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. After several years in private practice near Seattle, Washington, he joined the Rancho San Miguel resident staff in 2003. Dr. Lynch continues his education by attending seminars and classes to keep himself, and the staff, up-to-date on reproduction and general veterinary care.
Amanda Poore, Assistant Manager and Head of Marketing
Amanda graduated from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo in 2004 with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science, and started at Rancho San Miguel in 2004 as an intern. She came on board full time in 2005 and now oversees the breeding records and keeps track of health records for the horses on the farm. In addition, Amanda works side-by-side with Dr. Lynch and also helps with foal handling.
Kasia Tomaszewicz, Equine Nutrition Instructor and Yearling Manager
Originally from Poland, Kasia came to the States in 1999. In Poland, Kasia studied chemistry and nutrition, and in America she has worked at several different horse farms, including Taylor Made Farm and Flag Is Up Farms. At Rancho San Miguel she specializes in developing nutrition programs for horses based on their nutritional needs and condition using the principles of chemistry relating to the processing/digestion of foods in addition to ground training, foal handling and sales preparation.
Mary Ann Waiton, Farm Secretary and Office Manager
As the newest member of Rancho San Miguel, Mary Ann came on board the beginning of March 2008. She grew up in Colorado and moved with her family to California's Central Coast in 1981. While attending Cuesta College and Cal Poly State University, Mary Ann studied computer accounting and office management software. She is now responsible for accounts payable/receivable along with all administrative duties associated with the farm, including Jockey Club and California-bred registrations, Breeders' Cup nominations and sales entries.
Jorge Cruz, Broodmare Manager
Jorge has been with Rancho San Miguel since 1995 and has worked his way up from a groom to the farm's Broodmare Manager. He lives on the farm and assists in all foaling procedures. Jorge also keeps track of pasture rotations and monitors the daily health of the horses.