LEXINGTON, Ky. — Hallie Hardy has been named executive director of Horse Country, Inc., replacing Anne Sabatino Hardy who has led the nonprofit since its founding in 2015.
Departing executive director, Sabatino Hardy agreed. “I have appreciated the opportunity to be a part of this effort and am grateful for the relationships and shared accomplishments – I can’t wait to see what’s next,” said Hardy. “Hallie brings a unique set of skills and experiences that make her ideal to lead the organization. Having worked for Horse Country member locations she’s seen firsthand the impact experiences have on fan development. Her relationships, vision and passion for the mission will inspire the next phase.”
Hallie Hardy, a native of Frankfort, Kentucky and who is unrelated to the former executive director, brings to Horse Country a wealth of experience ranging from tour intern to client relations and marketing, to nomination sales. Throughout her career, she has focused on broadening her overall knowledge of the Thoroughbred industry and sharpening her long-term desire to market and promote it.
As an undergraduate in the University of Kentucky’s Equine Program, she held an internship at WinStar Farm, leading its public and private tours. Following graduation, she joined America’s Best Racing (ABR) as one of six brand ambassadors who traveled the country to promote the sport’s biggest race days. After ABR, Hardy was accepted to the Irish National Stud Breeding Course and then Godolphin Flying Start.
Since completing Flying Start, Hardy has worked for trainer Graham Motion and again at WinStar Farm. She most recently worked for Godolphin as part of the nomination sales and marketing teams, as well as assisting with several charitable initiatives and Godolphin’s tour experience.
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