But Lukas has thrived by establishing and supervising far-flung divisions of his stable. "I think the absolute key to doing this is quality control," he said. "You cannot ever see a deviation of quality from one division to the other. The barns are the same. The feeding program is the same. There are a lot of young assistants in this business who think they have a better way of doing things, but the people who last in this operation are ones who have blind faith--and a high intensity level.
"This is what makes it easy to ship horses around the country. Most horses, when they ship, have to adjust. There's never an adjustment necessary in our divisions. It's the McDonald's principle. We'll give you a franchise, and that franchise is going to be the same wherever you go."