Kirkwood Stables, yearlings to 2-year-olds, sales and prep
Heading to mile track at Kirkwood Stables

About Kip Elser & Kirkwood Stables

Kip Elser does what he loves to do for a living. He grew up around horses and has been closely involved in Thoroughbred racing for over 40 years. A former steeplechase rider, he expanded his resume to include horse breaking and training, sales preparation, and has enjoyed many years as a leading sales consignor while maintaining his operations at his training center in Camden, SC.

The Kirkwood program…

Kip Elser of Kirkwood Stables

As Kip often points out to those who ask about what makes Kirkwood different, "We're trying to build confidence and create a racehorse that's a willing participant, so the mental education is just as important as the physical." Kip maintains that every horse is different and requires individual attention to inspire that confidence. Horses are not machines that respond uniformly to mass-produced training regimens; rather, they are individuals who require patience, tailored programs, and knowledge, which comes with experience figuring out what makes the great ones tick.

Kip's successful 2-year-old sales program has been refined over many years and is designed to make the learning process smooth on both the horses and the people. It's a whole process; no one part of it is either a secret or the answer. He firmly believes you can't just go forward at any cost. The most important thing is to produce the product and the 'when' of producing it can't be the most important thing, otherwise you jeopardize the overall longevity of the product.

Kirkwood’s list of graded-stakes horses include:

  • Soaring Softly
  • Sharp Cat
  • Alphabet Soup
  • Memories of Silver
  • Smoke Glacken
  • Plum Pretty
  • Wonder Again
  • Keeper Hill
  • Winter Memories
  • Royal Anthem
  • Cetewayl
  • Gal in a Ruckus
  • Last Vice
  • Fist Fight
  • Best Minister
  • Danc ‘n Jake