The Saratoga County Horse Farm Tour will take place Saturday, August 19th. The Saratoga County Horse Farm Tour is a FREE self-driven tour that is open to the public. The tour is designed to provide community access to selected horse farms within Saratoga County. Take advantage of this special opportunity to visit our participating horse farms during their Open House hours of 12-4pm. Attached you can find a brochure for the event.
This year our featured farms are:
Birsh Family Farm - 2404 State Highway 67 (Amsterdam Rd) Galway, NY 12010 - The Birsh family bought this stunning farm in 2005 from a retiring dairy farmer. The 90 acre property was the home of the Arnold Family's significant dairy herd for over 125 years. The Birsh family, with the assistance of veteran horseman Michael Tobin, rebuilt the farm to focus upon the breeding and racing of thoroughbred horses. The 190 year old house and 100 year old barn were rebuilt and expanded to accommodate more family and a medium band of thoroughbred bloodstock. With the help of Mr. Tobin, the family focused
upon breeding and racing the farm's offspring. Over the past 12 years on the farm, the family has bred a number of successful race horses. The most successful was Tencendur, a contender in the 2015 Kentucky Derby.
Stormy View Stables - 423 Schauber Road Ballston Lake, NY, 12019 - www.BonAccordLusitanos.com - Located on the corner of Hubbs Road and Schauber Road in Ballston Lake, Stormy View Stables 7 acre farm is home to Bon Accord Lusitanos. Stormy View Stables features a 15 stall barn, a stallion barn, indoor arena, and outdoor schooling area. The farm has chickens to reduce ticks and three Great Pyrenees watch dogs from the Northeast Pyrenees Rescue. Visitors will discover many creative innovations that save time and money, such as the special devices that make filling hay nets quick and easy. Lusitanos, frequently referred to as "sons of the wind" are revered for their bravery, intelligence, athleticism and kindness. The farm’s senior stallion is Quilate VO and their foundation mare is Isolda de Rierette. Stormy View is affiliated with The Association for the Promotion of the Art of Horsemanship in America.
Sand Hill Farm - 5286 Bliss Road Ballston Spa, NY, 12020 - http://sandhillfarms.webs.com/ - Sand Hill Farm of Ballston Spa, NY, is owned and managed by Merilyn and Philip Baker. Located on 34 acres of beautiful rolling pastures, the farm boasts manicured lawns and scenic ponds, and is nestled in the peaceful countryside in the town of Galway. This neat and clean barn is home to a charming assortment of friendly and curious equines - including Thoroughbreds, Morgan horses, miniature mules and donkeys as well as a few ponies and a variety of cherished "guests". Sand Hill Farm offers year round horse boarding, leasing and lessons in both English and Western riding.
Old Friends at Cabin Creek - 483 Sand Hill Road Greenfield Center, NY 12833 - http://www.oldfriendsatcabincreek.com/ - Old Friends at Cabin Creek Farm: The Bobby Frankel Division is a Thoroughbred retirement farm, owned and operated by JoAnn and Mark Pepper in Greenfield Center, NY. The farm
received its first retiree in November 30, 2009 and currently has 15 retired thoroughbreds. Old Friends at Cabin Creek prides themselves on providing the public the opportunity to meet these once celebrated athletes and offering the horses a place to live out their lives in a comfortable setting. Their mission is also to raise public awareness to the needs of equines, specifically retired or at-risk Thoroughbreds. Old Friends is a non-profit organization established by Michael Blowen, based out of Georgetown, Kentucky.
Avanti Stables - 454 Locust Grove Rd, Greenfield Center, NY 12833 - http://www.avantistable.com/ - Avanti Stables in Greenfield Center has been owned and operated by Dawn & Mario Martinez since 2010. With a lifetime passion for horses, Avanti Stables has grown into a substantial
Thoroughbred breeding and racing operation. With a start in racing through claiming horses, Avanti has opted to breed and raise their own home-bred offspring. Concentrating on the NY Racing Programs, all offspring are born and raised in NY. Broodmares are sent to Kentucky and bred to champion stallions like Kitten’s Joy, Uncle Mo, Scat Daddy and Union Rags, and then return and give birth here. In this way, they feel the possibilities to race and sell are limitless. The farm also homes personal riding horses including an Arabian, a Morgan, a Paint and a Quarter Horse.
For more information or to print a map, please visit http://ccesaratoga.org/agriculture/cce-equine/horse-farm-tour.
We hope you will join us for the tour. See you then!
Carter R. Older
Extension Community Educator – 4-H/Livestock/CCE Equine
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County
P: 518-885-8995 x2206
50 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020