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Team Cedar Meadow inspects a yearling at the fall sale. Pictured from left to right: Glenn Brok (Owner, Diamond B Stable), Mike Sedlacek (NY Trainer), Paul Giardina (Cedar Meadow President) and Becky Merkel (Owner, Diamond B Stable).

Kathleen Tobin Giardina passed away on February 9, 2019 after a battle with cancer. She was the Vice President of Cedar Meadow, Inc. and its guiding light along with Paul Giardina. This was the eulogy delivered at her Memorial Service. Delivered by Pastor Denise Allen.

Kathleen was the Vice President of Cedar Meadow, Inc.. She was a New York State licensed professional engineer [Chemical Engineer] and had undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering from the City University of New York and in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She was employed by Verizon, as the Manager of Corporate Environmental Policy and Compliance, and won the Chairman's award for developing a process for the successful removal of lead from scrap telephone cables thus rendering them not to be a hazardous waste. Kathy and her husband Paul have two children.

Fred Johnston On June 22, 2002 Fred Johnston, Cedar Meadow's treasurer, shareholder, and most importantly, our good friend died after a battle with cancer. Fred was a friend first, and a partner second. Without his friendship Cedar Meadow may never have seen the light of day, and certainly without him we probably would never have gotten where we are today. Fred was a very generous guy. There are several small businesses, I can count at least four, that got their start because of Fred, because he lent his friendship, his financial expertise, and his own capital. More...

Cedar Meadow team members Paul Giardina (Cedar Meadow President) and Kathy Tobin Giardina (Cedar Meadow Vice President).

Cedar Meadow Thoroughbred Horse Racing and BreedingCedar Meadow, Inc., (CMI) is a private New York State incorporated Subchapter S Corporation owned by Paul and Kathy Giardina. It was started in 1990 with the purpose of making investments in thoroughbred racehorses both in the area of breeding and racing. A brief biographical sketch of each of the principals follows below.

Paul Giardina is the President of Cedar Meadow Inc., (CMI) and is 60 years old. He has been involved as an owner in thoroughbred racing since he was 21, while working on his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. He started racing at smaller tracks such as the Detroit Race Course, Raceway Park [Toledo], Green Mountain [Vermont], and Scarborough Downs [Maine]. By 1972 he improved his stock so that he could race at better tracks, primarily the Maryland and New Jersey circuits with his first win at such tracks coming at Pimlico with Sebulea. By 1975 Paul was active as a successful owner at New York Racing Association tracks [Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga] winning his first race at Aqueduct with Hed Miss. From 1979 through 1984 Mr. Giardina was out of horse racing because of employment with a State government agency which considered thoroughbred horse ownership a conflict of interest. In the 1980's Mr. Giardina purchased a small 7 acre farm in East Hampton which is now Cedar Meadow. In 1989, Mr. Giardina and his wife, Kathy, joined with Fred Johnston and incorporated Cedar Meadow. They began campaigning in New York and had early success with Pacem in Kristie who won the Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct and was placed in the inaugural running of the OBS Championship Stakes. They also campaigned Breezethruthetrees who was placed in the Villager Stakes, Country Way who ran in the Sam F. Davis Handicap as well as other fine horses including: Feel Eternity, Jettaway Jus, Reveille Rock, Ivy Express, Muddy Walters, In A Split Second, In a Nutshell, Wooden Niggles, Conductor's Song, Pidgin English, Desert Stranger, Devilishly Lucky, Notthehippopatamus, and Public Defendant. Mr. Giardina has won over 100 races an owner, and Cedar Meadow, Inc. is closing in on a similar milestone. Paul received an undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1971 from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in Environmental Medicine from the New York University School of Environmental Medicine. He has a 36 year career as a manager in radiation protection and environmental management with Con Edison, Ebasco Services, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He currently serves as the Chief of the Radiation and Indoor Air Branch of the EPA's Region 2 Office in New York City.

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