There is a story behind every horse farm. The story behind the Elmcrest Equestrian Center began with a man who bought a single thoroughbred in the 1960s and ended twenty-five years later with almost three hundred acres of prairie fields and 26 horses – brood mares and their offspring, racing stock and two stallions. Elmcrest Farm was sold when my father died and I had to hand over the keys to new owners. It was hard to walk away, but the smell of horses and sweet hay always brought me home again.
I was raised in the world of thoroughbred horses, which means stake races, the track, bloodlines and breeding. One didn’t ride these horses, but watched their development and training as athletes from the time they born to the time they ran their first race or were sold. It was a business and the quality of the barn, health of the horses, their successes, and satisfaction of the clients were critical to your credibility and good name.
Walking through the Elmcrest Equestrian Center in 2016, I can again breathe in the smell of horses and hay every day. It is, however, a different kind of horse farm from my childhood. There is an indoor arena, a dressage ring, and a sand ring where hunter/jumper horses and their riders will train. Fifteen paddocks will let the horses rest and socialize. The broad trails in the woods are perfect for that casual ride where horse and rider can enjoy their surroundings together.
Because I also now ride, I know that whatever the objective, whether riding for personal well-being, learning or refining skills, or pursuing a competitive goal, a fundamental part of this barn must be to nurture the rider and the horse. What will make and maintain the good name of the Elmcrest Equestrian Center will be our well-managed barn, good herd management and healthy horses and the personal and/or professional achievements of both riders and their horses.
I look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can.
What will make and maintain the good name of the Elmcrest Equestrian Center will be our well-managed barn, good herd management and healthy horses and the personal and/or professional achievements of both riders and their horses.