Get to Know Taylor Made’s Carly Moulden

The Life
Carly Moulden, assistant to the experience director at Taylor Made, with farm mascot Kentucky Chrome. (Photo courtesy of Carly Moulden)

Carly Moulden graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Strategic Communications and a minor in International Studies.

Moulden joined the Taylor Made team in fall 2017 as the assistant to the experience director. Day-to-day tasks include giving tours of the property to all visitors of the farm, booking and promoting events, merchandising and buying for the Taylor Made store, and updating social media accounts frequently to create an engaged community of followers.

What I like about Thoroughbred racing: What I like about the sport of Thoroughbred racing is that no matter your age, skill level, or knowledge of the industry/sport you can still become a fan. There is nothing like someone’s first time at a track. The atmosphere is absolutely electric.

Best advice to someone considering ownership: Start small by joining a race syndicate or investment program before diving completely in. This will help you to gain knowledge of the industry and how it works without putting all your chips down first. We have two opportunities at Taylor Made that are great for first-time owners or seasoned veterans alike – Bloodstock Investment and Medallion Racing!

Favorite place at the racetrack in which to watch a race: Right down on the rail. I want to be able to see every moment on the track and hear the horses as they run.  That is my favorite sound.

Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home? Coast to coast. This will allow for many different tracks to gain exposure that they otherwise may not get and allows more fans have a chance attend the BC when it’s in their neck of the woods!  

My top 3 favorite racetracks in order:

1) Keeneland

2) Saratoga

3) Churchill Downs

Best Race I’ve seen in person: When the longshot I’ll Have Another won the 2012 Kentucky Derby. I always try to put some money on the longshots when it comes to big races because you never know who is going to come out the winner. This time putting a little more money than normal down worked out in my favor!

Courtesy of Carly Moulden

Most influential person in my career/accomplishment I am most proud of: The most influential person in my career right now would have to be my boss, Laura Richard. Before working at Taylor Made, the only thing I could tell you about horses was that there was a head and a butt. I knew I really wanted to work in this industry but wasn’t quite sure how to get my foot in the door. That’s when Laura came into play. She needed an assistant for Taylor Made’s hospitality department. There were 125 applicants in this process and most of them were much more qualified within this industry, but Laura decided to take the chance on me. She has taught me so much and helped me to become successful within this industry! I am proud to work for such a great company like Taylor Made. 

My out-of-the-box idea for Thoroughbred racing: Working in the hospitality business allows me to meet people from all different places and backgrounds. Horse Country is moving in the right direction to make the sport of racing and the Thoroughbred industry as a whole more informative, welcoming, and understandable to all people who visit it. I’d like to see the industry as a whole embrace this change — to become open to all the possibilities and new people it could bring in. We have a chance to change these people into horse country enthusiasts and brand ambassadors for the industry, sport, and farms as a whole.

Other sports/teams I follow: University of Kentucky basketball

What book(s) I am reading or have recently read:

  • “Complete Guide to Breeding and Raising Racehorses,” by Joseph Lannon Taylor
  • “Girl, Wash Your Face,” by Rachel Hollis

Favorite magazines: BloodHorse, Cosmo

Hobbies away from Thoroughbred Racing:

  • Volunteering in the nursery at church.
  • Taking my dog, Booker, to the park (yes, he’s named after the Kentucky bourbon Booker’s).
  • Spending time with my family.
  • Is brunch a hobby?

Favorite TV shows I watch: I spend a majority of my time on Netflix and Hulu.  The two most recent shows I have watched and really liked were “You” and “Friends from College.”

Favorite foods:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mac ’n cheese
  • Stir-fry veggies

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere warm and with a beach! Even better if it is international!

Favorite Musician/Band: Dan + Shay

Favorite Actor: Jennifer Lawrence! She is from Louisville, Ky., just like me. Before she became a big actress, I worked for her parents and brother at their summer camp.

Top 10 websites I visit daily:

Best racetrack food can be found at: Keeneland — have you ever had their chili-cheese dogs? THE BEST! I have to get one pretty much every time I go to the track.

 My philosophy on life:

“Make them look” — when people don’t believe in you or an idea you have, work hard, execute it, and prove that it will be successful anyway.

“What other people think of me is none of my concern” — life is too short to worry about what other people are doing or thinking.  Be the best version of yourself .

Things I collect: This isn’t really a collection but I like to bring a little something home from every place I’ve traveled. Examples: rocks from Glacier Park, locally made necklace from Bahamas, etc.

Favorite charities:

Favorite authors: My favorite book is “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” so I like the author Mitch Albom.

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dogs … specifically my dog, Booker!

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: I like to go to UK basketball games, baseball games in the summer, and I have gone to a goat race once and that was a different experience!

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me:

1. Electric atmosphere

2. Powerful horses

3. Great fashion.

Favorite top 3 fashion brands you prefer to wear:

1. Trina Turk

2. La Roque

3. Draper James

Favorite month of the year: April! Not only because it is a race month but also my birthday month.

What apps are on your phone: Social-media apps (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat), Lightroom (photo editing), AnyRoad, Gmail, Weather Channel , Pinterest, Poshmark, Venmo, Uber, Hinge (single alert).

My biggest gambling score ever at the racetrack was: I don’t make high-dollar bets often. It hurts a lot less to lose a $2 bet than a $200 bet. 

What is your go-to or signature bet to make at the racetrack: Win, Place, Show

If you could pick walk-up music that would play whenever your horse(s) entered a winner’s circle after a win, what song would you pick: “Power,” by Kayne West

Favorite fall holiday cocktail: Apple Cider Mimosa with carmel around the rim of the glass

Favorite summertime cocktail: Lime Margaritas on the rocks, please! This is actually more like an all-year-round drink for me.

Favorite all-time racehorse: California Chrome, of course! I mean Taylor Made is the home of Chrome.

Favorite racehorse currently competing: Improbable! He is currently on the Kentucky Derby trail, plus he is one of our bloodstock graduates at Taylor Made.

Favorite international racing event: Although I’ve never been, I’d love to attend the Royal Ascot. The fashion looks is so refined and classy! I think it would be so different from experiencing a race in America.

Three ways to attract more fans to the sport:

1. Help people to understand the sport better.

2. Make lower-dollar racing partnerships for young professionals to get involved in. 

3. Get more influencers talking about the sport. Their reach is so large and to many different people.

My favorite appetizer: Anything fried or cheesy

Which athlete or entertainer should consider Thoroughbred ownership: I think influencers online are turning into the new celebrities with the big reach they have. Olivia Rink is a Lexington native who is now living in NYC.  She makes a special trip back each race season to go to Keeneland. Influencers could bring a whole new light to Thoroughbred racing and the industry as a whole.

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