Owner & Operator
Owner/Operator Collier Mathes began his quest for a career in farm management at age 15 when he began working with esteemed horseman, Jim Herbener. He would eventually go on to be assistant farm manager of Heatherland Farm in Lexington, Kentucky and a brief stint as Assisitant Stallion Manager of Adena Springs would lead him to Chesapeake Farm to manage under previous owner Drew Nardiello. After several years with the farm, Mathes was offered a position with the late Jess Jackson at Stonestreet Farm as yearling manager where he would help shape the careers of many successful youngsters in his three years there. Following his time at Stonestreet, Mathes also managed Southern Equine in Midway, Kentucky and Elm Tree Farm before returning to Chesapeake Farm in 2015. Nearing the end of 2016 Drew Nardiello was looking to take a step back from the responsibilities of running a large boarding business and on January 1, 2017 Collier purchased the business from Nardiello. Collier’s experience in preparing horses for sale is second to none and has been proven in success in the sales ring as well as the racetrack.
Office Manager Sandy Slade came to Chesapeake in the February of 1988. With over thirty years of experience, she has helped the farm grow into the operation that it has become and she continues to handle all aspects of the office duties.
“I am very fortunate to be part of this team. I do my best to assist our clients and our employees.”
Whether it is through her smiling face as it greets you at the door or her charming personality when she answers the phones, you always know that you are being cared for by the best with Sandy.
Catlyn moved to Lexington, KY in 2014 and began working for Chesapeake Farm as a part time office assistant while galloping for trainer Charlie Lopresti at Keeneland. By the end of 2014 Catlyn was hired as a bloodstock assistant at Equine Analysis Systems and had to give up her part time position at Chesapeake. In 2018 Catlyn accepted a position with Vinery Sales as a sales and bloodstock consultant and, because of their close relationship with Chesapeake Farm, Catlyn returned to help build the business and assist Chesapeake clients when not attending sales around the country.