KATRINA RIFE – ASSISTANT BARN MANAGER
Katrina has been a staple at Blacklick Bend for over 19 years, and her knowledge and dedication to the BBF horses is unsurpassed. Prior to working at BBF, Katrina worked in the Central Ohio equine industry for many years, managing and working on farms throughout the area. Along with her current role at BBF, she also takes care of the wonderful senior horses at Longhill Farm in New Albany. When not working, Katrina enjoys spending time with her daughter, giving extra TLC to our many BBF barn cats, reading, drawing and painting. Pictured here with a BBF horse that is particularly close to Katrina’s heart, Caveat.
JEN JASIEWICZ – HEAD GROOM
Jen has worked at BBF for over 6 years, filling many shoes. As Head Groom, Jen works tirelessly to keep our Team BBF show horses in top shape physically and looking their best. Traveling to shows and managing the horse care, along with exercise rides, Jen plays an integral part in the success of the Blacklick Bend show team. As does her trusty sidekick, Dingo the Dog! Who keeps the BBF staff in line and always smiling. When not at BBF, Jen manages a cattle farm, which includes Texas Longhorns, ducks and many more 4-legged friends. Pictured with BBF resident Smarty, an OTTB who Jen has worked personally to assist in training and riding, and who loves her dearly!
SARAH JOHNSON – ASSISTANT GROOM
Sarah Johnson makes up the other half of our incredible grooming team! Sarah is an accomplished rider, having brought her previous pony Zeus all the way along from slaughter truck rescue to award winning Hunter pony! During the 2020 show season, Sarah received nothing but blues as she showed her lease horse Tex Mex throughout OH and KY. When not riding competitively, Sarah assists in training the Blacklick Bend show horses and keeping them in top show condition. Her favorite part of her job is watching each horse that she works with transform into the best they can be, both physically, and mentally as each one’s personality grows.
SARAH FELTY – SOCIAL MEDIA AND SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR
Sarah has been riding for over 15 years and currently competes in the Hunters, along with her OTTB Billy. When not managing the farm’s social media and sponsorship opportunities, she can be found working as a project manager for clients throughout central Ohio. Sarah enjoys filling her Instagram feed with pictures of the farm, sushi nights with friends and spending time with Billy, who was recently named Champion of the 2ft Outreach Hunters for Zone 5 in 2020. Please contact Sarah for any partnership interests!
LAUREN CLINE – HORSE CARE STAFF
Lauren has worked at BBF for almost 4 years now, ensuring the many day to day tasks of caring for the horses and property are completed efficiently and to the highest degree of quality. Lauren’s favorite part of her job is not just the ability to work with the animals while enjoying the great outdoors, but also the hard work and various challenges she gets to tackle each day! When not focused on keeping the farm running, Lauren stays busying caring for her 10 rats, fish, frog and rescue pup Cally. She also enjoys exploring the country on exciting hiking trips with her family.
GRACE SKOWRON – HORSE CARE STAFF
Grace grew up with a love of horses and actually took lessons at BBF many years ago! But these days, she can be found trudging through rain, sleet and snow to take care of our many BBF residents, always with a smile on her face! Grace attends Otterbein University when not working at the farm and is majoring in Pre-Equine Veterinary Technology. With plans to attend vet school once graduated. In her free time, Grace enjoys spending time with her kitten, Rue, hanging out with her friends and doing anything outdoors!
MARIO GARCIA – HORSE AND BARN CARE STAFF
Mario is the BBF secret weapon! After moving to the U.S. from Mexico, Mario came to work at BBF and has been a part of our team for over 12 years. Mario has worked every type of shift at the farm and during the week, also keeps our stalls looking fresh and clean! His attention to detail, tireless motivation and gentle care of the horses keeps our farm running smoothly and efficiently. Outside of his work, Mario enjoys cooking authentic Mexican food, working on home projects and traveling home to Mexico to visit his family.
ANDREW BUECHEL – PROPERTY MANAGER
Andy has been managing the grounds and property at Blacklick Bend for over 20 years. His knowledge and expertise from running his New Albany based Landscaping Business, Planet Scapes, helps maintain the beautiful rolling pastures and stunning private property that BBF is famous for. When not working tirelessly to keep our farm in top shape, Andy enjoys spending time with his two kids, especially if a 4-wheeler is involved!
MARY KAY FANNIN – OFFICE STAFF
Mary Kay Fannin has been at BBF for 14 years and works hard to keep our books in tip top shape! Mary Kay worked in the oncology pharmaceutical industry planning corporate sales meetings, conventions and incentive trips for more than 30 years prior to coming to BBF. When not in the office, Mary Kay can be found spending time with her five-year-old cockapoo, Zippy, kayaking or hiking in the beautiful rivers and mountains of Tennessee!
VETERINARIAN – BELLA VISTA EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICES
FARRIER – PHIL LONGO
EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY – ERIC GROVER