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Interview with Joseph "Butch" Murrell, July 28, 2008

Part of Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project

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Title:
Interview with Joseph "Butch" Murrell, July 28, 2008
Creator:
Joseph "Butch" Murrell; interviewee. Kim Lady Smith; interviewer.
Format:
oral histories
Publication date:
2008
Date uploaded:
2012
Description:
Butch Murrell began his lifelong career as a groom on Thoroughbred farms when he was sixteen years old and was hired by Bluegrass Heights Farm in 1963. In this interview, he shares stories of working for King Ranch and later for E.V. Benjamin at Big Sink Farm for seventeen years. Murrell explains how he stayed with Big Sink Farm after it was purchased by Bert and Diana Firestone and then eventually purchased by Three Chimneys Farm. Murrell discusses working with veterinarian Dr. Ed Fallon and caring for yearlings by such stallions as Bold Ruler, Raise a Native and Secretariat. Murrell, an African American, reflects on how fewer blacks are now working on the Thoroughbred farms.
Language:
english
Publisher:
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
Repository:
University of Kentucky
Subject:
Murrell, Butch, 1943- -- Interviews, Thoroughbred horse--Grooming., African Americans in horse racing, Thoroughbred horse, Horse grooms -- Interviews, Benjamin, E. V., Fallon, Edward Hagyard, 1931-, Bold Ruler (Race horse), Raise a Native (Race horse), Secretariat (Race horse), Big Sink Farm (Ky.), King Ranch (Ky.)
Type:
sound
Source:
Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project
Metadata record:
http://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7kh12v4q4f/data/mets.xml
Rights:
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