Thoroughbred “Golden Country”
Originally from Padua, Italy, Giulia fell in love with the rolling fields of Kentucky in 2008. She vowed she would one day make them her home, and she finally moved to Lexington, KY at the end of 2011. She now lives with her husband Joe and their Labrador mix Lily.
Raised among her family’s German and Irish warmbloods, Giulia didn’t have the chance to handle a racehorse until her first employment opportunity in Kentucky, an internship at KESMARC (Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center). She was struck by the power and beauty of these animals, and she became especially attached to a feisty dark bay colt by the name of “Krypton”. Giulia promised him that one day she would put her skills to the service of retired Thoroughbreds, and her position at New Vocations finally allows her to make good on that promise.
In May 2014, Giulia acquired off-track 2005 chestnut gelding “Golden Country”. Now known as Leonidas, “Golden Country” is a multiple stakes winner with 35 starts under his belt and $340,645 in earnings. Although he retired with no apparent injuries, Leonidas contracted EPM in June 2014 and was left with a somewhat depressed immune system as a result. “He’s like a high maintenance Hollywood star and I am his personal assistant.”says Giulia. “But his brain is rock solid and he is such a great horse, I absolutely adore the cranky brat.”
Giulia is a graduate of University of Padua with a degree in Communications and also a graduate of IULM University of Milan with a master’s degree in Television, Cinema and Multimedia Production. Her childhood dream was to become an equine vet, and Leonidas makes sure she stays in touch with the medicine side of equine care she has always been so passionate about.