Southwind Farms was founded in 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. Allen Skolnick. Mr. and Mrs. Skolnick bought three yearlings in partnership with several other racehorse enthusiasts. One of the three yearlings purchased was Royce P3,1:53.4 $424,000, who became their inspiration to stay in the business, and expand further into the standardbred industry. The other two yearlings which they purchased were fillies. After a few years the two fillies were retired from racing and became broodmares. Mr. and Mrs. Skolnick were boarding the mares at other breeding farms in the area, when they decided to purchase their own farm and build up their brood mare band.
In the foothills of New York's Catskill Mountains, in the picturesque Butternut Valley lies 390 acres of pasture lands and hay fields, which was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Skolnick in 1980. It became the home for the broodmares they owned at that time. It is now the home for Registered Polled Hereford show cattle, and beef cattle, Golden Guernsey goats, Jacob sheep and several other rare breeds of goats, sheep and birds. The NY facility continues to grow quality animals. The facility is located about 20 minutes from Cooperstown Baseball hall of fame. Currently they are also known as Quarry Hill rentals, they rent out the houses on the facility to groups of baseball enthusiasts through the summer months, and cater to weddings, vacationist and any other special event.
The increasing size of Southwinds broodmare band, and the dynamics of standardbred racing in New Jersey, caused Mr. and Mrs. Skolnick to look for another farm in central New Jersey. The location between four major race tracks and several other large Standardbred breeding farms in the area was very influential. The story is they had a map on their kitchen table and they drew circle from the Meadowlands, Freehold raceway, Garden state Park Raceway and choose they town in the center of the circle, which was Pennington. They came upon a 235 acre dairy farm located near the Village of Pennington. It was purchased in 1986, and is now known for its park like setting, brilliant statues and breath taking scenic views. Over the course of 33 years the farm has been transformed into one of the most prestigious Standardbred horse breeding farms in America. This facility serves as a home for Southwinds mares and a nursery for Southwinds foals from the time they are born until they are sold as yearlings.
Southwinds broodmare band now numbers 40 and includes the most prominent bloodlines in the industry. Divided equally between trotters and pacers, Southwinds mares have produced outstanding athletes on the racing scene, such as World Champion Southwind Tempo p,3,1:49.3f ($874,554), Meadowlands Pace winner Southwind Lynx p,3,1:48.3 ($1,414,476), Breeders Crown champions Mystical Maddy p,4,1:50 ($1,436,325) and Southwind Serena 3,1:55.2 ($385,088), Hambletonian Oaks winner Southwind Allaire 3,1:54 ($697,513), North American Cup winner Total Truth p,4,1:48.3 ($1,878,307) only to name a few.
Southwind strives to genetically and nutritionally improve the breed with each upcoming crop of foals. Standarbred horses are raised to be athletes and are required to perform strenuously. Therefore it is our aim and purpose to program them from the time they are foals to bear up under severe competitive challenges. Constantly monitoring increased scientifically designed health, nutrition and breeding management, we utilize all state of the art knowledge that is available to help us produce outstanding individuals.
We also offer a state of the art, USDA permitted facility for a home base for freezing stallions on our off season.
Southwind Farms is very proud of its facilities and its horses. We welcome visits at any time convenient to you and are always available to answer any questions. Come Visit Us!!
Farm Manager: Laura Young
29 Burd Rd. Pennington, NJ 08534
Phone: (609) 737-9067 Fax: (609) 737-2481