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Announcing The Opening Of DesMar Stables

Mark Turner is pleased to announce the opening of DesMar Stables. Located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Mark Turner is the owner and trainer of DesMar Stables. Mark Turner has been training American Saddlebreds and Roadsters for 26 years with DeLovely.

“Raymond and Lillian Shively have been like my parents. I’ve worked for them for 28 years and that makes it hard to leave,” said Turner. “But they were very supportive of whatever I decided to do. They are behind me 100%.”

“Raymond and Lillian raised Todd Miles and I like their own. Todd has been my mentor. Ultimately how I run my business will be a reflection of everything I’ve learned from Todd. I will run it like he taught me to. I hope my future success will be a testament to Todd.”

Mark has already had a very successful career. Most recently, at this year’s American Royal, Mark claimed the Open Roadster to Wagon title with Ice Man for Betty Tucker. Mark has also had much success with roadsters such as Thunder Up, Last Call, Raising The Bar, and Power Ranger.

Also, this fall Mark debuted World’s Grand Champion CH The Daily Lottery, under the ownership of Raymond and Lillian Shively, at the Mid-America Mane Event Horse Show winning the Five-Gaited Jackpot Stake. Since that time, Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes has purchased The Daily Lottery and Mark is preparing him for competition with Eleanor in junior exhibitor five-gaited competition.

Other outstanding American Saddlebreds Mark has assisted in training include I’m Radiating Too, The Chick Magnet, Princess Mara, Heir Comes The Man, Brookhill’s King Of Kool, New Yorker’s Special Gift, Simbara’s Audacity, Lemon Shake Up, Blackboard, Whimsicality, Undulata’s Perfect Gift, Undulata’s Just Perfect, Watermark’s Kiss For Luck, The King’s Watchman and many more.

Caitlin Cooper will be the assistant at the new operation. “Caitlin is great. She’s organized and she has the very best interests of my business at heart. She’ll be caring for horses and doing the administrative end, probably a little bit of everything,” said Turner. “Steve Chancellor taught me that you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with.”

“The American Saddlebred community has really reached out to me in the last two weeks. It’s been overwhelming,” said Turner. “I hope one day I’m in a position to be able to do for other people, what people are doing for me today. We may all go at it in the ring, but outside the ring, we are there for each other.”

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