Married in 1980, Joan and Bob Workman have been in a licensed horse business since his military retirement from the US Army Chemical Corps in July 1997. They relocated to Kentucky from Leavenworth, Kansas after numerous assignments in Washington state, North Carolina, Kansas, to Germany with combat assignments in Saudi Arabia and Haiti. Bob has an MBA (Finance) and has taught adult education classes as well as 8 years operating Junior Army ROTC programs in the high school setting. He presently is retiring after 40 years of government service - including 16 years supporting the stockpile maintenance and eventual destruction efforts of Chemical Warfare munitions at the Bluegrass Army Depot in Madison County, Kentucky. Joan also has an MBA and oversees the Richmond Housing Authority as Executive Director following several years as the Finance Officer managing a variety of funding sources and expenditures. Her talents cross a variety of business, professional, government, public and socio-economic entities in this very unique leadership and diplomatic role.
Our exceptional son Thomas followed his stand-out work with Pat Parelli and Richard Winters with a two year resident studies along side Doma Vaquero world champion horseman, actor, author, and friend of Mr. Tom Dorrance - John Saint Ryan of California. Thomas is a true buckaroo, having then worked directly with master horseman and stockman Mr. Dave Stoddart on the "huge," open range Crooked Creek Ranch in Oregon. He then supported the private corporate interest of a 60,000 acre cattle operation in southern California.
Our brilliant son Dr. Scott completed his decade long, strenuous journey through a fully funded PhD Program - at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering for Computer Vision. Since his UK freshman year, Scott has thrived in full scholarship studies, world travel, research and extensive publishing in the academic world. Eagerly sought after, Scott works for a thriving defense contractor and continues his work in this challenging field as a Research Scientist.
From 1997 thru 2004, Deer Run Stables LLC was successfully owned and operated to provide the Lexington, Winchester, and Richmond Kentucky communities with public trail rides, riding lessons, boarding facilities, and group functions throughout the year. Practicing Natural Horsemanship brought personal and professional development opportunities for our family, customers, and over 45 horses involved in the business.
We treasured the relationship with Eastern Kentucky University for giving us the privilege of conducting group lessons, and with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce for recognizing us Small Business of the Year.
This experience provided an excellent position to directly interact with tremendous horsemen from around the world in a variety of disciplines and locations.
We were rewarded immensely with the opportunity to benefit from a better time in the Parelli organization; the University level of studies in horsemanship initially made available in this relationship; the exposure to Corporate management in their 10 million dollar annual business; and the stunning marketing efforts for an array of Parelli products, productions, and education camps.