“My grandfather installed in me that there was no such thing as luck. He said, ‘luck is where hard work meets opportunity.’  I have worked hard to bring the farm along since its infancy and to be trusted now with many of the sport’s young stars, I couldn’t be more humbled.” -Adam Bowden, Owner/President

Diamond Creek Farm began as a vision to create a breeding operation that focuses on influential bloodlines and producing only quality horses for the sale ring and the racetrack. True to our vision, Diamond Creek Farm has firmly established itself by producing champions and standing high-caliber, sought-after stallions.

At Diamond Creek, we strive to provide each breeder with exceptional service, and we are here to guide you through every step of the breeding process.  With the excellent lineup of studs in our stallion barn and loyal support from you, the breeder, Diamond Creek continues to be “A Cut Above.”

Our Team

Adam Bowden Adam Bowden - Owner/President
859.707.5987

Adam Bowden established Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 at the age of 24. He was exposed to horse racing growing up in Maine by his father and grandfather who owned a few race horses when Adam was young, giving him the bug for the sport. That bug never went away.

Shortly after college graduation Adam headed south to pursue a career in the horse industry. He began with internships and attending horseshoeing school and worked as a farrier before getting the courage to go out on his own. The business began in Kentucky in the fall of 2005 with 25 broodmares.  In 2012, Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania was added.   From there, Diamond Creek grew to 10 stallions in 3 states, along with an active sales consignment business.   Adam also branched into the Thoroughbred world, and is now enjoying success with his small breeding operation.  In 2022, at the Keeneland Mixed Sales, he had sale toppers selling broodmares, Fame and Fortune and Susies Baby.

Adam resides in Kentucky with his wife, Lindsay and their three children Finley, Grace, and Roman. He stays active by competing in triathlons including Ironmans (his fastest mile time is 4:20) and enjoys going on ski and beach trips with his family.

Shaun Laungani - Vice President
859.797.3430

Shaun is a homebred of Lexington, Kentucky. He was bitten by the horse racing bug in his teens when he got exposed to Keeneland Race Course. After college, he worked in business with a few different firms consulting to a variety of industries. He joined Diamond Creek in 2018 after an introduction to harness racing by Adam who convinced him to purchase a small stake in a 3 year old colt, Downbytheseaside. Shaun brings a passion for the sport and breed through his work with our management team and our clients/partners. His areas of focus include – bloodstock portfolio management, sales representation, and stallion season sales. Shaun, his wife Kelly, and young son Marshall live in Lexington and value their time with family and friends. Shaun, Kelly and Marshall love their life as a part of Diamond Creek’s growth and are looking forward to growing their family.

Gina Dailey Gina Dailey - Director of Operations
859.340.6185

Gina Dailey is originally from Long Island, New York.  She started at Diamond Creek in 2010 as a foaling intern to complete her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Morrisville.  Over the years she worked her way up to Director of Operations, overseeing all the farms in both Kentucky and Pennsylvania.   Gina and her daughter, Faith, have a shared love of horses.  In their free time you’ll find both of them at their farm, which houses the retired Diamond Creek broodmare herd, or messing around with their riding horses, Pepper and retired HHYF Trottingbred, Trixie.

Caroline Vazquez Caroline Vazquez - Director of Marketing and Stallion Syndicates

Caroline grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, where she rode hunter/jumpers.  After graduating from Penn State in 2011, she took an internship (like so many at Diamond Creek) as a foaling intern in Kentucky.  After the internship, she moved back to Pennsylvania to work at the farm there.  Over the years at Diamond Creek, Caroline has worked in many roles.  Currently, she is responsible for the advertising and social media accounts, as well as managing the stallion syndicates.  The best part of the job, for her, is getting to meet so many different people across the world, whether it be through events like the Open House or Diamond Creek’s new racing syndicate, Crossover Racing, or when she was able to work in New Zealand for some foaling seasons.  Caroline is the current Vice President of HHYF and is on the board of Pacing For The Cure and the VDM Committee.

Caroline has a dog, Nori, who comes to the office every day.  They are learning agility together, with hopes to compete at some point.  She also has a 28 year old Quarter Horse, Duffy Hollow, who is living his semi-retired horse dream in Kentucky.

Emily Pursell Emily Pursell - Pennsylvania Farm Manager

Emily grew up in Tiffin, OH where she began to grow her interest in the equine industry from a young age through competitive horseback riding. Starting at Diamond Creek as an intern in 2018, Emily now finds herself managing the breeding shed and mares of Diamond Creek PA. Her favorite part of her everyday routine is getting to work with the stallions and learning all about their personalities and quirks.  Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with her Quarter Horse Paint cross, Charles.

Kelly Clifford Kelly Clifford - Foaling Manager

Kelly grew up in Maine, where she always had a strong love for horses.  Once she found harness racing, she was hooked on the sport and on the Standardbred breed. Kelly started at Diamond Creek in 2014 as a foaling season intern, staying with the farm for 2.5 years, helping with yearling prep and all aspects of the farm.  She then went back to the racetrack for a few years, alternating between New York and Florida.   Kelly started back at Diamond Creek this year as the Foaling Manager.   Kelly lives in Lexington with her cat, Cookie and two retired Standardbreds, Liberation and For Now. In her spare time, you can usually find her at a racetrack!

Mikala Cecola Mikala Cecola - Kentucky Farm Manager

Mikala is from Barrington, Illinois, where she always knew she wanted to work with horses. After she graduated college, she applied for a year long internship with Diamond Creek Farm.  At Diamond Creek, she worked during both the yearling prep and sale season in Kentucky, and then part of the foaling and breeding season in Pennsylvania. Mikala has been at Diamond Creek for four years and now manages the Kentucky Farm. Her favorite part of the job is rehabilitating the horses using our class IV laser.

Sam Herrington Sam Herrington - Office Manager
717.638.7100

Sam’s love for horses began at a young age and has become a lifelong passion. In 2017, she earned a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Equine Science from Penn State. While at Penn State, she was heavily involved in their equine program. She started at Diamond Creek during the 2019 breeding season as an Administrative Assistant. In her current role as Office Manager, she helps manage the day-to-day operations in the office, as well as, provide client support for breeding and sales. One of her favorite parts of her job is seeing owners/breeders share pictures of their foals that she helped facilitate the bookings and semen orders for. When Sam is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Colby, horse, Chance, and two dogs, Nelly and Flicka.

Lisa Gilmour Lisa Gilmour - Accounting
717.638.7100

After primarily growing up on Long Island, Lisa went to school in Providence, RI.  Upon graduation she moved to Lexington, KY to work for Castleton Farm.  That move led her to the accounting department of Lexington Trots Breeders Associations (dba The Red Mile/Tattersalls Sales).  After a decade in the Standardbred Industry she found herself doing accounting in a variety of industries.  In February of 2021, Lisa found her way back to her roots in the Standardbred industry when she joined Diamond Creek Farm.  In 2001, Lisa was blessed with a son, Levi.  They currently live in Lexington with their two farm cats, Thelma and Louise, and their white German Shepard, who is appropriately named Banshee.

Marcus Johansson Marcus Johansson - Racing Manager

Marcus is a native of Malilla, Sweden, where he grew up racing harness ponies.  After taking an interest in harness racing, Marcus moved to Allentown, New Jersey in 1997 in order to pursue a career as a driver and trainer in the United States.  Marcus joined the Diamond Creek team as racing manager in 2020.  In his current role, he oversees the growing Diamond Creek Racing stable by consulting with trainers, appraising young bloodstock and helping to decide the best course of action for the racehorses.  Marcus is an avid Rangers hockey fan, and enjoys his time outside of racing with his 2 kids, Ella and Marcus Jr.