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Kerry Thomas is a pioneer of equine athletic psychological research and Herd Dynamics. He created emotional conformation profiling, which measure’s the mental and emotional capacities of the equine. Emotional Conformation is the study of Emotional Intelligence; measuring the psychological athlete for Trainability, Behavioral Genetic Traits, Aptitude are key. There's a difference between being athletic and being an athlete; Herd Dynamics matter.
Thomas’ theories on herd dynamics and equine communication have applications in all equine disciplines. His first book Horse Profiling: The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes released in April 25th, 2012, continues to grow in international favor and popularity. Kerry continues to advance his research as can be noted by his ongoing blog writing, and a second book is planned for the future.
Thomas made the breakthrough discovery that it was mental/emotional makeup of the horse, and not the physical, that governed the dynamics of the herd. With an understanding that this was the foundation of the equine reality, no matter the breed of horse or career choices we as people make for them, an entire new world became visible.
Focusing on this research, Thomas began to identify ways in which horses could be mentally conditioned toward a given goal. He has spent more than 18 years streamlining his unique system of evaluations and developing herd dynamic analysis. In 2008 he officially took the leap of faith and created THT Bloodstock. Kerry’s pioneering work in herd dynamics has brought THT Bloodstock international attention, with clients in both hemispheres.
Teaming up with now THT Director of Equine Services & partner, Pete Denk, THT's international popularity continues to grow from sales to trouble-shooting underachievers, where profiling “who the horse is” in all of their unique character traits and tendencies helps clients at sales as well as assessing underachievers.
Thomas’ work in the field of equine behavioral genetics has pioneering applications in all the sport horse industries, but Thoroughbred Racing embraces the most of his efforts owing to his intensive study of Herd Dynamics & Behavioral Genetic Sequencing. Exciting new efforts are currently being made into the study of how emotional stress affects physical performance.
Considered by many the “Money Ball” approach for horse racing, Kerry moves forward with the belief that “the economics of behavior, simply makes sense.”
A few High-Lights:
*Kerry was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal Friday, May 1st 2015
*Kerry is often contacted for quotes and Derby thoughts by the LA Times etc..
*Kerry is a board member of Quest Therapeutic Services in West Chester Pa.
*Kerry help found the Octorara HS Equestrian Sports team
*Co-Founder of Triple R Gold equine supplement
*Kerry writes a column for Past The Wire; 'Kerry's Corner'
Pete Denk graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in communications and is an award-winning journalist. He worked for Thoroughbred Times from 2005 to 2011 and was the Auctions Editor for his final three years at the Lexington Publication. In addition to heading up THT's Bloodstock Division, Pete produces many of THT's reports including the annual Kentucky Derby Analysis.
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Eric Reed is a lifetime horseman from a family of horsemen. His father Herbert trained for over 40 years, apprenticing under the guidance of Mack Miller. Eric has trained since 1983 and has grown up with horses his entire life. In 1986 Native Drummer provided Eric his first stakes win in the Forego Stakes at Latonia. He continues his success at tracks across the country. Highlights from his career as a trainer include winning the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs with Rich Strike in 2022, the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland with Satan’s Quick Chick in 2009 and coming within a neck of beating Zenyatta with the filly, Rinterval in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) in 2010.
Eric’s love for the horse is second to none, and he takes a special interest in yearlings and two-year-old horses, having developed many good young horses over the years. He had a goal of opening a place like Mercury and thanks to hard work and great clients it has become a dream come true. In developing the facility, Eric was able to pull from his experience over the years and give Mercury all the tools to be a first-class equine center for all horses. He wanted the facility to offer full services not only to his owners but to other trainers needing specialized services and sales consignors needing yearling sales prep.
Tim grew up attending races at Ellis Park in his youth and has been a dedicated horseman since 1995 when he began his internship at Taylor Made Farm. After graduating this program he became the assistant trainer for Robert Holthus. While Tim worked for Mr. Holthus, he was in charge of many nice allowance and stakes caliber horses such as The Happy Hopper, Ruby Surprise, Leslie's Lady and Kings Command. The Happy Hopper won the Indian Summer at Keeneland and the Safely Kept at Arlington and Ruby Surprise captured the Grade II Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill. Those are just a few of his stakes victories while working at The Holthus Stable.
In 2002, Tim accepted the assistant trainer position with Cole Norman in order to gain more exposure to the claiming part of racing. In 2002, the Norman Stable saddled 266 winners and were ranked third overall for wins in that year and in 2003 they were ranked third again, this time with 290 winners. After two years with Norman, Tim returned to Kentucky to start his own training career.
Since then Tim has been wildly successful being a multiple Graded Stakes winning trainer with his horses winning over $14 million in purses. Some of his notable horses are G1 Winner Bullards Alley and G2 Winner Bucchero.
Tim has seen all aspects of the racing world. His philosophy has always been that the horses come first. "If you take care of them; they'll take care of you."