Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Three Chimney's Horse Farm
Three Chimney's Farm is a Thoroughbred horse breeding farm in Kentucky. If you know anything about Kentucky, you knew a visit like this was coming! Horses and bourbon are a Big Deal here y'all.
We got to visit and have the president give us a tour. (Pic from Patterson Flicker page.)
Now there is a lot about breeding horses I never thought I wanted to know, but it's a very lucrative part of the Kentucky economy. They have breed a U.S. Triple Crown Winner (Seattle Slew) and other various winners (Smarty Jones, Chris Evert, Big Brown, if horse names mean anything to you!)
It started off as a family farm that hosted other peoples horses during breeding and racing season and then slowly expanded. They now own and breed their own stock as well as host others. The cost of breeding is super expensive to someone who doesn't know anything about horses. Stud fees range from $3,000 to $35,000 for this season!
$35,000 just for the DNA of a horse!!! It doesn't have any proof of any excellence or anything! You can look at their virtual stallion brochure for 2013 here: http://www.threechimneys.com/brochure/#/1/.
Also, breeding is much more complicated than I had originally thought due to horses mating season. Some horses are even shipped Down Under to breed in the off season from North America!
This lucky guy was getting a bath right as we left:
See you around the globe!