Kip started out in horseracing as a steeplechase jockey. He transitioned into training and 2-year-old sales by taking advantage of the policy of the late Marion DuPont Scott of providing several stalls at her Springdale Race Course property for fledgling trainers. Kip and Kirkwood Stables have seen success in consigning and training young horses, preparing them for the race track and beyond. Highlights include 3 Kentucky Oaks winners - Gal in a Ruckus, Keeper Hill and Plum Pretty - Breeders Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup, Champion Sprinter Smoke Glacken, Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Soaring Softly and numerous graded-stakes winners in the US and abroad.
Previously, Kirkwood-consigned horses have topped sales at Calder, Barretts, Keeneland and Tattersalls including the then-record $4.5 million Fusaichi Samurai. Kip continues to be hands-on with all of the horses that come through the Kirkwood Stables barns. His experience and expertise continue to bring success to Kirkwood Stables, the horses and all of their connections.