PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – Denali Stud Farm is changing the stigma of horse racing by opening their gates to the public.
Denali Stud is the product of passion and affinity from a New Jersey man who fell in love with the horse culture. The farm began almost 30 years ago in 1990. The once 76-acre lease and has grown into a 750-acre stud farm.
The farm earned its name after the Denali National Park. Conrad Bandoroff explains that Denali is the Eskimo name for Mt. McKinley. When translated to English, Denali means, “the great one.” After hearing the meaning, Bandoroff’s father knew the name was a perfect fit. “Denali” is a reminder of what the farm is meant to be.
Denali Stud raises champion horses including crowd favorites, Animal Kingdom and Tapwrit who both have won notable races. Animal Kingdom won the 2011 Kentucky Derby and the Dubai World Cup. Tapwrit won the Belmont Stakes in New York. The farm produces more than champion horses as it is home to two recipients of the Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year award.
The family-owned farm is proud to open their gates to the public so that they can share stories and experiences with community members. The industry has a negative perception of being a “closed-door” sport and Denali Stud Farm is working to change that by giving the public a chance to experience horse country. The farm encourages visitors to come and to experience this labor of love.
To learn more about Denali Stud Farm, visit their website http://www.denalistud.com/