I have been a lover of horses my entire life. The other day I was enjoying reading one of my favorite blogs, The Enchanted Home, where she featured a beautiful home that was referred to as The Polo House, that was equestrian inspired. Reading the post, and seeing the photos hit me with a flow of nostalgia.
I had the privilege over the years of fulfilling my own dream of building a small horse farm, raising some foals and showing, mostly National Show Horses. I have had horses my entire adult life. I miss being around them on a daily basis. I had a few that were my heart horses and not a day goes by that I do not think of them. I still get my horse magazines and newsletters, and The Vinery was listed “For Sale” in a Dressage Daily Newsletter. I have a particular fondness for this farm. One reason was I visited it twice on tours, and another because they stood at stud a couple of horses that I was particularly fond of. I used to travel to Chicago on business from NC and on those times I drove, I always left a day early so I could overnight in Kentucky and try an get enough of a horse dose that I was able to get through tedious business meetings.
Vinery Farms near Lexington is a premier Thoroughbred breeding establishment. This farm is part of a breeding and training operation owned by German Tom Simon. He plans on continuing his overseas Australian operations but wants to sell this, another farm in Florida, and the leased operations in NY as a package to someone as dedicated as he is, willing to keep it together. He is selling because “his children do not have an interest in the horse business….it is my passion not theirs”. Why couldn’t I have been his daughter????? The Lexington operation is 440 acres, and the one in Florida is 230 acres, with more than a mile of road frontage on the Lexington farm. The Lexington property has many outbuildings, including 11 barns. Smaller managers houses dot the property as well. It is a beautiful property. It makes me very sad to see these barns empty of horses and life, as well as the jobs that will vanish without a buyer. I was unable to find interior house photos, sorry. The main house consists of 5245 sq. ft., and was extensively remodeled, so I would have enjoyed seeing photos. Farms are sadly part of a vanishing American landscape,and horse or otherwise, I felt it worth sharing despite no interior house shots. Oh yes, it all can be yours for $13,970,000…….
And what would a horse farm be without the horses? Here are two stallions that stand at stud for Vinery Farms.
And since we are talking horses, I have to share a photo of my beloved Tyler. What fun we had together over the years, both at home playing tag in the
The Annual Run for the Roses, The Kentucky Derby will soon be upon us, and perhaps by then there might be a new owner of beautiful Vinery Farms. Thanks for stopping by. charisse