drone video by Aaron Re
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Charlie Williams, the 2017 Caretaker of the Year Award winner, with Muscle Hill.
Charlie Williams is 2017 Caretaker of the Year
January 26, 2018
Harrisburg, PA --- Charlie Williams, the stallion manager at Southwind Farms in New Jersey, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Caretaker of the Year Award by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.
Williams, 68, has worked at Southwind Farms for nearly three decades. Williams was born in Georgia and began working with horses as a young man in Florida. He spent the early part of his career with Thoroughbreds, as an exercise rider and caretaker, before a knee injury forced him to give up riding.
While sidelined because of his injury, Williams answered an advertisement for a part-time job at Southwind Farms. His horsemanship and attention to detail eventually led him to his current position at the farm, where he has cared for some of the sport’s top stallions, beginning with Valley Victory and Artsplace right through to today with Muscle Hill.
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Resolve's book full and closed
November 29, 2017
Southwind Farms and Tara Hills Stud have announced that the book for world champion Resolve 4,1:50.4 ($2,621,086), the richest son of champion sire Muscle Hill, in North America, is full and closed.
"We are delighted that breeders throughout Canada and the United States have supported our new stallion." "The response to him has been overwhelming and we look forward to the 2018 breeding season", said David Heffering of Tara Hills.
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The Black Book
Muscle Hill offspring top HB opener at $320,000
Nov. 6 2017 Harrisburg
A total of 43 yearlings brought six-figure prices in the opening session, with the topper Hip 112, a Muscle Hill colt out of Sheer Glide, selling to Mario Mazza for $320,000. Consigned by Peninsula Farm for John Floren's Coyote Wynd Farms, the colt named Sheer Muscle is the first foal of his dam, a daughter of Yankee Glide who took a mark of 1:54. And as the opening session was winding down, Hip 162, a Muscle Hill full sister to Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Ice Attraction, consigned by Preferred Equine for David P. Reid and Stephen Dey III, was purchased with a $320,000 bid by Ontario horseman Clark Beelby, who signed the ticket for Florens.
WHAT THE HILL wins BREEDERS CROWN 3YOCT
Oct. 28 2017 Hoosier Park
What The Hill dominated his division foes again as he won the $527,500 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot at Hoosier Park Saturday night in 1:52.3. David Miller drove the winner.
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MUSCLE HILL FILLIES DOMINATE BREEDERS CROWN
Ariana G crushes in Breeders Crown 3YOFT
Oct. 27 Hoosier Park
As co-owner Marvin Katz made his way to the winner's circle for another celebration with Ariana G, the word he used to best describe the 3-year-old female trotter was "fantastic." He could have chosen others, including dominant.
Ariana G won Friday night's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters by 5¼ lengths over Ice Attraction in 1:54.3 over a sloppy track at Hoosier Park.
Manchego romps in Breeders Crown 2YOFT
Oct. 27 Hoosier Park
Manchego became the first undefeated 2-year-old female trotter to win a Breeders Crown, capturing Friday night's $600,000 final by 4¼ lengths over Seviyorum in 1:54.4 over a sloppy track at Hoosier Park. Phaetosive finished third.
Mike Lizzi Photo
RESOLVE TO STAND AT TARA HILLS STUD
World Champion RESOLVE 4,1:50.4 ($2,614,574) (Muscle Hill – Anikawiesahalee- Credit Winner),
the fastest and richest son of champion sire Muscle Hill in North America, will be retired to stud
at the conclusion of the racing season and stand at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ontario, under the
management of Southwind Farms.
Owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, who acquired him in a private transaction
at the beginning of his three year old season, RESOLVE achieved international success under the
tutelage of trainer Ake Svanstadt.
His 18 victories include the International Trot at Yonkers in a World Record 2:23.4h, the Maple Leaf Trot
at Mohawk, The Cashman Memorial, Cutler Memorial (twice) TVG elim and Final at The Meadowlands.
He took his mark of 1:50.4 winning the Vincennes Trot also at The Meadowlands. He competed in the
Elitlopp twice, finishing second to Nuncio in 2016 and third to Timoko and Propulsion in 2017.
Bred in Ontario by Edward Wilson of Seagrave and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, RESOLVE was
a $115,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale graduate.
Frozen semen will be available in Sweden through PONESIA AB/Sievert Ingvarsson.
The stud fee for the 2018 breeding season will be $7500CD. For inquiries please contact either
Tara Hills Stud or Southwind Farms.
Oct. 15 - London, Ontario - Mohawk Seelster tops second London session at $220,000
Mohawk Seelster fetched the highest price of the second session of the London Selected Yearling Sale as the inaugural two-day sale concluded in London, Ont. on Sunday (October 15).
Mohawk Seelster sold for $220,000 to Millar Farms of Stouffville, Ont. A son of Sportswriter - Macapelo Rose, Mohawk Seelster is a half-brother to speedy pacing mare Mayhem Seelster p, 2, 1:53s, 3, 1:51.3s -'16 ($392,395).
Jim Gillies photo
Oct. 6 2017 - Southwind Bugz steals the show for $335,000 at Lexington Selected Sale
Hip No. 368, Southwind Bugz, a son of Muscle Hill-Missymae Bluestone, is now owned by Kenneth Jacobs. Consigned by Preferred Equine Inc. and raised by Southwind Farms, the bay colt entered the arena with a regal air as the bidding ensued around him.
USTA/Mark Hall photos
USTA/Mark Hall photos
Oct. 5 2017 Beautiful Sin at $480,000 becomes new sales-topper at Lexington Selected Sale
Lexington, KY --- As only 20 more of her colleagues prepared to enter the ring for the second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Wednesday (Oct. 4), the majority of the crowd had already availed themselves of the exit while firmly gripping their catalogues. Those that remained were obviously paying attention to the price Beautiful Sin was demanding, but all conversation ceased once the toteboard hit $300,000.
From there on in, all the observers held their breath while waiting to discover the sum the daughter of Muscle Hill-Sina would command. The answer supplied was $480,000 and when the next hip number flashed on the screen, those in attendance collectively released their breath while clapping in honor of the new sales-topper.
Oct. 4 2017 - Walner Retired, Being Syndicated
On Wednesday morning (October 4), while at her stable on the Red Mile backstretch, Toscano and Walner's owner, Ken Jacobs, confirmed the colt is officially retired from racing and that there was a deal "in principle" for Walner to stand at stud at Southwind Farm in New Jersey next year.
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August 28, 2017 - Muscle Hill Daughter in Australasian Breeders Crown Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton Race 9 YABBY DAM RACING BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 19 (3YO TROTTING FILLIES Dance Craze, A brilliantly bred Muscle Hill filly from the top racemare La Coocaracha, was far too good for the opposition today at Tabcorp Park Melton in this breeders Crown division. A Yabby Dam Farm bred, trained and owned filly Dance Craze won the Yabby Dam Farm sponsored race with ease. Her record is 10 starts, seven wins for $94,260 in earnings to date.
US-bred Propulsion sets 1:49.3 Swedish mark
Propulsion, a 6-year-old stallion by Muscle Hill-Danae, bred by Rikki Caldwell of Cane Run Farm and Bluestone Farms, set a Swedish record of 1:49.3 when he won the Hugo Aberg Memorial on Tuesday night at the five-eighths mile Jagersro track in Malmo, Sweden. Daniel Reden trains Propulsion for Bengt Agerup's Stall Zet.
Muscle Hill colt tops Swedish sale at $365,000
The annual yearling sale of horseman Lufti Kolgjini was held Monday night in Sweden and a colt by Muscle Hill set a new Swedish record when he was sold for 3 million Swedish krona. That is approximately $365,000.
The colt, named Nagamori Hill, is a half brother to the accomplished Lavec Kronos and Raja Mirchi. Lennart Agren's SRF Stable, known in the US for purchasing yearlings and racing such notables as Obrigado, bred the colt. The buyer was Anders Strom's Courant AB, also well known in the US for both buying yearlings and racing horses, among them Cruzado dela Noche and Tamla Celeber S.
Vivacious Allie sets PASS mark; Sire Sweep for Muscle Hill Fillies
July 11 - The Meadows
A handful for Aaron Merriman for much of the mile, Vivacious Allie got her act together in the Lightning Lane and broke her maiden in a stakes-record 1:55 in Tuesday’s $167,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows.
The event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over four divisions, with Manchego, Front Circle and Special Hill taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a stakes double with Manchego and Special Hill. The four winning fillies provided a sire’s sweep for their dad, Muscle Hill.
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Oct. 24 2016 Southwind Farms Drone Video #2
Videographer Aaron Re who does all of the Southwind Farms yearling videos has another stunning drone video of Southwind Farms from the skies. While videoing our yearlings for the Harrisburg Sale Aaron put together the 1 minute 30 seconds long video.
Muscle Hill yearling sells for $800,000
Hip 70 Tuesday’s opening session of the Lexington Select Yearling Sale saw harness racing bloodstock agent Martinez Equine put up a final bid of $800,000 for a Muscle Hill colt out of the Varenne mare Southwind Serena. It was lot 70 in the Lexington Selected Sale and his name is Tactical Landing.
The colt was sold by Hunterton Sales Agency.
Mike Lizzi photo
USTA/Mark Hall photos
Muscle Hill's Dominate Trotting Statistics
Marion Marauder was a 1:51.4 winner in the Hambletonian.
All The Time in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks.
Muscle Hill wins BIG at the Big M
Champion trotting sire Muscle Hill had a red-letter day on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands last Saturday.
The winner of the Hambo in 2009, Muscle Hill sired the winners of seven big trotting classics including the $1-million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks.
Muscle Hill produced the winners of both $70,000 Hambo eliminations in Marion Marauder (1:51.6) and Bar Hopping (1:51.8) with Marion Marauder returning to win the Final in 1:51.8 beating Southwind Frank (by Muscle Hill) by a nose.
Marion Marauder, who is out of a Donerail mare, is now the richest trotter in North America this year with $729,905. He is the second Hambo winner sired by Muscle Hill, the other being Trixton who took out the 2014 edition.
All The Time, last year’s Breeders Crown champion, added the Hambletonian Oaks to her list of major race successes, scoring in 1:52.2.
Muscle Hill sired the winners of both two-year-old classics on the Hambo undercard.
What The Hill (ex Angus Hall mare) captured the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial in 1:54.8, while Ariana G won the $306,500 Jim Doherty Memorial in a season’s record 1:53.2. Ariana G, out of a mare by Cantab Hall, is the richest two-year-old trotter in America with a $215,587 bankroll.
To cap off a brilliant day Resolve, a five-year-old entire son of Muscle Hill, hoisted a season’s record 1:50.4 in winning the $273,600 John Cashman Memorial. The performance follows his close second in the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden two starts earlier.
Barry Skolnick CEO
As President of BLS Asset Managment (formerly Solgar Vitamin & Herb company), Barry has been involved with the family business since 1979, spearheading a subsidiary in Real Estate- investing, acquiring and developing in residential, commercial and industrial real estate and now a privately-held family office, investing in a variety of diverse investment opportunities.
Barry is Trustee of the Skolnick Family Charitable Trust. He has a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Oneonta. He is currently single with two grown sons. Barry also enjoys racing and is a founding member of the Monticello Motor Club. He enjoys sports and actively participates in tennis, yoga and working out at the gym.
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Internships Available at Southwind Farms
Southwind farms is now opening it's doors to students that would like to participate in our internship programs. We are a large scale, equine reproduction facility that can offer a lot of hands on experience in the reproduction and farm management fields. .... read more.
August 25 2010
Farm Manager Laura Young is profiled in Hoof Beats Way of Life, written by Nicole Kraft.
Aug. 8 2009
Southwind Farms owner, and Muscle Hill co-owner Allen Skolnick raises the Hambletonian trophy with Southwind Farm manager Laura Young.
Muscle Hill - wins Hambletonian
With an absolutely dominant world record 1:50.1 performance in today’s $1,520,333 Hambletonian Final, Muscle Hill made the dreams of many come true.
The win, his fifth in a row this year and 13th of 14 lifetime, puts Muscle Hill’s ’09 earnings at $1,015,241. Lifetime he now has $1.8 million banked for owners Jerry Silva, the TLP Stable, Southwind Farm and Muscle Hill Racing.
“It’s something we’ve waited for a long, long time and something that we’ll cherish for a long time. I can’t give enough credit to the whole team that made this possible. It’s been quite a ride all season long, the horse has been perfect,” said co-owner Allen Skolnick of Southwind.
August 2006 Feature article in The Harness Edge
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Farm Manager: Laura Young
29 Burd Rd. Pennington, NJ 08534
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