Jill Gordon and Jacob West have announced the launch of Highgate Sales, a new sales company debuting in Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale in February.
Highgate Sales will offer consignments for sales of breeding, yearlings and race-aged horses with an emphasis on providing an individual service to each of its customers. In addition to its consignments, the operation will also offer expertise, private buying and selling and portfolio management services.
Gordon has extensive knowledge of the blood stock industry, working with some of the best farms and shipments in the country. She previously worked at Claiborne Farm as Sales and Customer Relations Manager for 3.5 years after three years with Warrendale Sales.
In her role at Claiborne, she oversaw all aspects of the public sale mailing as well as the recruiting of outside sales, dramatically increasing the mailing during this time. She also attended private sales and took care of communication with clients throughout the year.
“Jill has been a fantastic asset to the team during her tenure at Claiborne. His in-depth knowledge of the industry and his work ethic is second to none. I know she will be successful in this new venture and I wish her the best, ”said Claiborne Farm President Walker Hancock.
Gordon will help Claiborne Farm transition to the Keeneland Livestock Sale in January next month before starting his full-time role at Highgate Sales.
“I am very grateful and grateful for my time at Claiborne Farm,” Gordon said. “I have built a great relationship and have been surrounded by some of the best horses and families in the studbook. I look forward to partnering with Jacob and combining our skills to better serve our clients in this new chapter of my career under the Highgate banner. “
Gordon also works closely with the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association and was recently elected to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club Board of Directors.
Best-selling blood agent Jacob West began his racing career as a one-year groom at Taylor Made. before moving to a role with the operation as a buyer account manager. During this time, he managed investment portfolios including public and private acquisitions, breeding and race management. West also worked as Director of Blood Services for Three Chimneys Farm, where he managed the private and public sales acquisitions of the farm.
West has been Bloodstock’s Vice President for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners since 2017, when he also launched West Bloodstock. This year, West was named Goffs’ US agent.
“In forming this partnership with Jill Gordon, the primary focus will be on meeting the needs of our customers,” West said. “Jill brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the public auction space. We are looking forward to working together and launching Highgate Sales.
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