Thoroughbred Training Center - About Us
John McCashin, a third generation professional horseman, moved to Tanglewood Park in nearby Forsyth County in October 1964 to open the Tanglewood Training Center, relocating from New Jersey and the US Modern Pentathlon facility in Texas. The TTC logo was developed along with the dove gray, hunter green, and royal blue barn colors.
In April 1971, John moved TTC to Hanes Ranch in Clemmons, NC. TTC evolved into Thoroughbred Training Center. Hanes Ranch was sold soon thereafter to become a housing development, and TTC moved in August of 1973 to the current Davie County location. TTC consisted of 121 acres of a rundown cattle farm with a few pole barns. The little gray house at the front of the farm had no windows and was used to store hay.
John rolled up his sleeves and went to work… miles of fencing, barns, a riding arena, an indoor arena. Through mutual friends and a stroke of luck, Beth applied for employment as farm manager in 1981. Beth had graduated from Gardner Webb College in 1974 majoring in Biology and Math. Having been raised the daughter of an Extension Agent who worked for Ohio State University, Beth longed to return to farm life. As magic happens, Beth and John were married in 1984. Sean, currently serving as TTC Farm Manager was born in 1985. Mary, a college sophomore majoring in Music Production Business, was born in 1988. John & Beth feel VERY blessed with their children.
Since graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Agricultural Economics in 2009, Sean has returned to the family business in the role of Farm Manager. As John & Beth step back and let Sean handle the day to day operations of the farm, TTC is still run as a family business. We are fortunate to have such a good working relationship to ensure the success of TTC for many years in the future.
Diversification has been THE winner for TTC. Today TTC is a three part facility that revolves around boarding horses, Tack Shop sales, and hosting 24 one day horse shows per year.
What began in 1973 as 121 acres has grown to 200 acres of owned land and 14 acres of leased land. The number of horses fluctuates from 28-40 head. TTC produces all of the hay and sells surplus hay that has been cured for horses. Paddocks, pastures and hay field soils are analyzed once a year. Lime and fertilizer applications follow soil test results.
TTC strives to stand above the rest when it comes to offering the best horse facility in the area. This has been true since John opened the doors in 1973 and will continue into the future.
The McCashin philosophy - "count your blessings, grow a healthy family, a healthy farm, and a healthy mind… the rest will fall into place."