Ketcham Farm at Cream Ridge announces appointment of new Head Trainer

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Press Release – 8/28/08

Ketcham Farm at Cream Ridge in Allentown, New Jersey is pleased to announce that Ken Whelihan has joined them as Head Trainer.  Ken, recently of Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut, is a grand prix veteran and a well respected hunter rider and equitation trainer. Throughout his career, Ken has trained and worked with world record holders Anthony D'Ambrosio and Barney Ward and Olympians Peter Leone, Anne Kursinski and George Morris, among others. Ken has also been a popular USEF judge for over sixteen years. He said he was drawn to the Allentown farm by the warmth and integrity of its staff and by the beauty and horse friendly nature of the facility.

Ken is joined by his wife, Vicki, who balances a small animal veterinary career with her equine activities in the amateur owner jumpers. Over the past several years Vicki and Ken have shared the enjoyment of producing the top hunter Tanglewood and showing the winning Amateur jumper On Star. Vicki rode Tanglewood to success in Florida, Devon and Indoors, and Ken rode Tanglewood to Regular Working hunter zone horse-of-the-year honors for two consecutive years. 

Ketcham Farm at Cream Ridge is a 43 acre facility located in central New Jersey.  A long-time Standardbred farm, Ketcham has been transformed into a premier show barn, with the addition of a new 7 acre grand prix field, new 120x240 indoor, new 150x240 outdoor, and a newly recreated state-of-the-art 32 stall barn.  The Ketcham facility includes 10 grass paddocks stretching over 20 acres, a Kraft hot walker, HorseGym 2000 treadmill and ½ mile professional track – providing a full range of exercise disciplines and options.  In 2009 the farm’s 15-meter equine therapy pool is scheduled to be reopened as part of a new equine therapy facility.

Ketcham provides boarding and training, competitions and clinics for those wishing to be introduced to the sport and for those wishing to improve their results at any level.  Ken indicated that Ketcham is soon to announce additional staff appointments and teaming arrangements with several other show barns on the east coast.