Jeffrey Tucker: Owner

Jeffrey is a longtime New York Thoroughbred owner and breeder who operates Stone Bridge Farm in Schuylerville, New York. Among the horses he has raced is Grade 1 winning Acey Deucey, champion New York Bred Sprinter and 3-year old filly of 2005. He has been a leading advocate for equine welfare through his affiliation with Equine Advocates and the Safe Home Rescue Sanctuary in Chatham, New York. He has served as a board member of Equine Advocates, The Henry Street Settlement, The Alzheimer's Association of New York City, and Empire Racing Associates.

Heidi Fischer:
General Manager

Heidi grew up in Connecticut. With a passion for horses she showed hunter, jumpers for Michael Check at Mason Hill Farm in Newtown, CT. Thereafter she became associated with Better Days Farm working under the mentorship of Sue Vitro. For the next 15 years Heidi worked closely with Sue, the last 10 years at Stone Bridge. Heidi became Farm Manager in 2015 following Sue’s untimely death. She believes in a very hands on, active management of the training, layup and broodmare activities. With 100+ horses resident at the farm, and 30+ employees, Heidi’s days are long and busy. When she is not working Heidi pursues her love of agility training with her 4 dogs. She resides on the farm at the Clark Road location.

Rick Thomas: Resident Trainer

A hands on horseman, Rick grew up in Virginia, beginning his career as a groom at Blue Ridge Farm. He soon moved on to Paul Mellon's Rokeby Farm, working his way up from groom to Assistant Trainer for Hall of Fame Trainer Mac Miller. During his years in the business, Rick has trained and raced horses for Rokeby, Buckland Farm, Billy Badgett Stables, and others including his own. In addition he has been a Farm Trainer and Manager in Virginia and was manager of a central Kentucky farm before moving to New York and beginning work at Stone Bridge Farm in 2013.

Now settled in Greenwich, NY, Rick's years of experience, attention to detail, and love of the thoroughbred, make him a valued member of the Stone Bridge Team.


Nancy Oglesby : Bookkeeper

After growing up with horses Nancy was drawn to the racetrack and the opportunity to ride all day and get paid for it. Her first job, in 1968, was ponying horses at the Fairgrounds in New Orleans for Hall of Fame trainer Jack VanBerg. Her association with the racetrack led her to employment with the Phipps Stable, under trainer John W Russell, at which time she also assumed the position of stable secretary and bookkeeper. Other trainers began to ask for help with their bookkeeping and that was the beginning of Bottomline Bookkeeping. Currently, in addition to working for Stone Bridge Farm, Nancy provides bookkeeping services for a number of trainers in various states. “Seeing Stone Bridge Farm evolve has been one of the most rewarding ventures in my 30+ years of bookkeeping for trainers and farms.”

Ron Mattia: Facilities Manager

Ron Mattia has been with the farm since 2003. He maintains the facilities, land and equipment for the 3 parcels comprising Stone Bridge Farm. Ron, a State University of New York at Cortland graduate, has  a BA degree in Sculpture and Design.  His sculptures have been exhibited up and down the East Coast. Prior to his tenure at Stone Bridge, he spent 8 years as a project manager for a successful landscape and horticulture business. Ron has been an integral part of  the design and maintenance of Stone Bridge Farm. One of his sculptures can be seen at the training center. Ron and his family reside in the Saratoga area.


245 Purinton Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831 :: OFFICE 518-695-3010
Jeffrey Tucker - Owner :: Heidi Fischer - Farm Manager :: Rick Thomas - Resident Trainer :: Ron Mattia - Facilities Manager

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