Phil Matthews has had an interest in horses his entire life. Growing up out west, he was introduced to working ranch horses first. After coming to Ocala to join Peterson and Smith in 1981, his passion for horses extended to breeding and racing Thoroughbreds, an endeavor that has “had him hooked” for thirty years.
Raising cattle has provided Phil with a great excuse to be horse back. “I feel I’ve got the just right mix in my life between my working cow horses and the Thoroughbreds.” Phil Matthews is a graduate of Colorado State University Veterinary College and is currently the director of the Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center.