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The Team

Arthur B. Hancock III: Owner

Born into one of the most respected families in horse racing, Arthur Hancock is the grandson of the founder of Claiborne Farm, and his father, Arthur B. "Bull" Hancock Jr., grew the farm to international status. Arthur honed his skills on the family farm, and after graduating from Vanderbilt University, he worked for Hall of Fame trainer Eddie Neloy, before taking ownership of Stone Farm. Here, he has has been involved in breeding, raising, and racing a number of Champions and Classic winners. Also an accomplished musician, Arthur is a devotee of Bluegrass music and has written songs which have been recorded by such artists as Willie Nelson and Ray Price. He and wife Staci have six children and five grandchildren.

Staci Hancock: Owner

Raised in Louisville, KY, Staci has been involved with horses since childhood. She got her first pony at five and spent much of her youth on horseback or in her barn. Staci graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in General Studies, with an emphasis on Equine Marketing. Over the past 40+ years, Staci and husband Arthur have built Stone Farm and share a love of the horses and the land. They are the parents of six children and have five grandchildren.

Lynn Hancock: Vice President

The youngest of the six Hancock children, Lynn grew up on Stone Farm. She graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in Art & Art History and pursued a career in interior design before turning her attention back to horses. Lynn worked for Boomer Bloodstock from 2015 through 2017, representing the company in the US and in Australia. She started working full-time at Stone Farm in July of 2017. Lynn serves on the board of the Thoroughbred Club of America, and is the Treasurer for the Consignors & Commercial Breeders Association (CBA).

Chris Schurman: Accounting

A native of Rawson, OH, Chris graduated with BBA in Accounting and Computer Programming from the University of Toledo. She joined the Stone Farm team in January of 2016 and has more than 35 years of experience in accounting. With her husband Scott, Chris relocated to Georgetown, KY in 2005 and is mother to daughter Sydney and son Connor.

Rebecca Evans: Equine Administration/Billing

A life-long horse lover, Rebecca came to Stone Farm in June of 2019. She grew up in Front Royal, VA riding dressage and event horses, and also worked as an assistant barn manager at a hunter/jumper farm in Berryville, VA. Rebecca is a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and a certified bookkeeper. She lives with her husband Jesse, and their family includes horses, a dog, a cat, goats, and chickens.

Joseph Littrell: Manager

Bourbon County born and raised, Joe began working with horses as a groom on his family-owned Viking Stud. In 2000, he took over as Broodmare Manager, ultimately becoming Viking’s Farm Manager. Joe came to Stone Farm in 2010 as Assistant Broodmare Manager and was named Broodmare Manager in 2012. He became the Farm Manager in 2021. He and his wife Lisa have three children, Rick, Maddox, and Brooklynn.

Ray Rawlins: Broodmare Manager

A native of Paris, KY, Ray is a graduate of Bourbon County High School. His vast experience in the industry includes 6 years as Assistant Farm Manager, and 24 years as Farm Manager at a Central Kentucky thoroughbred operation, with duties ranging from breeding, foaling, sales prep and more. He joined the team at Stone Farm in 2017, and was made Assistant Broodmare Manager in 2018. He lives in Bourbon County with his wife of 26 years Lorrene, and is father to two daughters, Katlyn and Alexa.

Jerry Hobbs: Agriculture and Maintenance Manager

Jerry grew up in Booneville, KY, in Owsley County on the south fork of the Kentucky River. He started at Stone Farm in 1999 and worked as Broodmare Manager for seven years. For nearly a decade, Jerry has been the farm’s Argriculture and Maintenance Manager. A certified auto repair technician, Jerry is well known for his skills as a mechanic. In addition, to keeping farm vehicles and equipment up and running, he has been known to use his skills on lawn mowers and the occassional clock. Jerry’s son, Jacob, also works at the farm, and he and wife Joanna have a grandson, Coleton.

Jacob Hobbs: Assistant Maintenance Manager

Born and raised in Paris, KY, and a graduate of Bourbon County High School, Jacob is the third generation of his family to work at Stone Farm. Both his father and grandfather have worked at the farm, and Jacob literally grew up on the property. He spent five years working in maintenance at another area farm, but came back “home” in 2018. He enjoys spending time with his family, and he and wife Sabrina are proud parents to son Coleton.

Alex Hancock: Public Relations

As the fourth child of Stone Farm owners Staci and Arthur Hancock, Alex has been connected to horses as long as she can remember. After graduating from the University of the South, Alex worked as an intern for Keeneland, then for the International Racing Bureau in France. Full time at Stone Farm since 2013, Alex has worked sales consignments, as Administrative Assistant, and as Equine Manager. She is married to horseman Jak Knelman, and they live in Lexington with their daughters Elizabeth, Della and Adler.