Patty Lavelle

Patty Lavelle
Owner, Manager, Founder of Windhorse Thoroughbreds, LLC & Co-Owner of Cotton Hill Farm
Patty first became involved with thoroughbreds in 2006 when she started visiting and helping out at her friend’s breeding farm, Gallagher’s Stud, LLC, in Columbia County, New York. Patty purchased her first two mares in 2006 and the rest is history. In 2009, along with her husband John of more than 40 years, Patty established Cotton Hill Farm, where together they continue to develop and upgrade their farm.
As a breeder for a very short time, Patty is proud to have bred stakes winners Sentimental Lass, Mischief Maker, Chasing Bubbles, stakes-placed colts Jaw Crusher and Gridley Here and many winners from the small number of horses bred so far. Patty believes that “the horse always comes first” and this guides all her decisions. Patty is thrilled to be offering custom partnerships with two racing partnerships already producing stakes winners. With recent farm expansion, Windhorse’s number of offerings at both public auctions and private partnerships will greatly increase as will the chances of continued success.
Patty feels one of her greatest accomplishments is the great team she is building at the farm to care for the horses. Everyone works hard, but all know how to have fun. The team works together and also spends time together off the farm. Patty believes in exposing staff to all aspects of the thoroughbred industry and not just routine farm chores. The staff attend seminars, stallion shows, sales, fundraisers, and, of course, love going to races. Each and every staff member is part of the Windhorse family and that makes for a great place to work and live. Patty looks forward to watching what this team will accomplish in the future as they breed and raise beautiful race horses together here in scenic Middleburgh, New York.

John H. Lavelle

John H. Lavelle
Co-Owner of Cotton Hill Farm and founding partner of Lavelle & Finn, LLP, Attorneys at Law
John is thrilled to finally have something to do on weekends. When not mowing the lawns and pastures, preparing farm and racehorse partnership tax returns, and managing farm finances, John spends his free time hiking Cotton Hill Farm with his three dogs and thinking about collecting firewood. In between such adventures, he thinks about other farm projects with endless cash needs and flexible deadlines. But mostly, he just stays out of the way and admires what Patty and the Windhorse Team have accomplished in such a short time.

Samantha Crabill

Samantha Crabill
For the past five years, Samantha has been working with people with developmental disabilities. However, her passion for horses led her back to Windhorse in August 2017. She previously worked on the farm while in college. Sam has loved horses her whole life, and started working with American Quarter Horses when she was 12 years old. Samantha also has worked with reining horses, warmbloods, and thoroughbreds. She has attended many clinics, rehabbed horses, raised her own dairy cows, and earned a NYS FFA degree in Diversified Livestock Production. Sam has two mares of her own, Misty and Sassy. Her plans for her future are to continue to be a part of the thoroughbred racing industry. We are thrilled to have Sam back with us at Cotton Hill Farm.

Kirsten Marz

Kirsten Marz
Kirsten joined the Windhorse team in 2014 and brings a knowledge and dedication to her job from a lifelong interest in horses. An avid rider since childhood, she has had various jobs in the equine industry, from mare and foal care and breeding duties to schooling and re-purposing ex-racehorses. She is also certified in equine sports massage therapy, and has worked on numerous horses at the Saratoga race meet. Kirsten recently entered the NY-Bred breeding program. Her broodmare by champion sire, Kittens Joy, produced a filly by D’Funnybone in 2016. This year her mare produced a colt by Travers Stakes winner Alpha. In her spare time, Kirsten is enjoying riding and re-training Windhorse’s first racehorse, Skull Splitter, aka Karakorum Budman, whom she adopted this past spring. In addition to pleasure riding, Kirsten plans to compete with “Skully” at the local level.

John H. Lavelle

Emily Bryant
Emily’s fascination with horses began at a very young age. By the time she was seven, she had begun to take riding lessons, and from that point on horses became her lifelong passion. Emily attended Morrisville State College for Equine Science and Management with a focus in breaking and training. It was there that she discovered her love for starting and training young horses. After attending college, Emily continued to pursue a career in the equine industry. This included moving to areas where she could advance and obtain more knowledge and experience as a horseman. Recently, she decided to make the move back home to Schoharie where her family currently resides. Emily was thrilled to find a facility like Windhorse, which has allowed her to continue to work with horses so close to home. With much of her previous focus on training young horses and riding in various disciplines, she looks forward to expanding her knowledge of the thoroughbred industry as part of the Windhorse team. Emily joined the Windhorse family in June 2018. We are so happy to have Emily at Cotton Hill Farm.

Krista Ryder

Krista Ryder
Krista joined Windhorse in the spring of 2017. She is a senior at Middleburgh High School. Along with plans to graduate early from high school, Krista is taking college courses, with a goal to one day become a plastic surgeon. Krista has been riding and caring for horses for the past eight years, and has her own Quarter Horse mare. She rides English and Western, and competes in local shows She is an amazing young girl and wonderful with our horses, as well as our other animals, especially our dogs, who adore her. We are happy to have such a dedicated young woman as part of our Windhorse team.

Melissa Grimm

Melissa Grimm
Melissa fell in love with horses at a young age, after breaking and training her first horse, Beauty. Having found her natural talent with horses, Melissa worked at a large thoroughbred breeding farm for 14 years, where she learned all aspects of a breeding operation. Melissa is a successful breeder in her own right, with the first colt she bred and sold becoming a winner. She currently has a yearling she bred in training at Finger Lakes, and is expecting a foal by Majestic City out of her Thunder Gulch broodmare in 2018. After joining the Windhorse team in 2013, Melissa quickly showed her abilities with horses and started heading up the sales prep program. Her first Windhorse graduate sold at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga as the highest priced filly, sired by Freud, and just $3,000 under the highest priced Freud-sired colt. Along with her years of experience, Melissa brings with her a willingness to go above and beyond expectations for the Windhorse team.
Windhorse Staff