A HISTORY OF THOROUGHBRED EXCELLENCE

Kentucky's horse racing heritage goes back centuries, but the state's foundation of Thoroughbred success began ages before. Thanks to the abundance of native limestone, the Bluegrass is one the best places in the world to raise Thoroughbreds, and within this region, perhaps no finer land exists than Blackburn Farm.

Near the end of the Revolutionary War, Virginian George Blackburn moved his family to Kentucky. They settled on several hundred acres of lush and gently rolling grasslands, situated in what would become northern Woodford County. Blackburn named his new home Equira Farm.

The Thoroughbreds the Blackburn family raised over the next two centuries became legends of the American turf. Boston, commonly considered the finest racehorse of the 19th century, stood as a stallion at Equira and sired Lexington. A great racehorse in his own right, Lexington would go on to become arguably the most successful stallion in history. Pulitzer Prize winning Author Geraldine Brooks based her novel Horse on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington

Throughout the years, other great Thoroughbreds – American Eclipse, Blackburn's Whip, Grey Eagle, Grey Medoc and Buzzard Superior – graced Equira's lush pastures and left their influential mark on the breed and racing history.

In 1990, the Barnett family purchased the land that had been home to Equira Farm. They named their new venture Blackburn Farm as a lasting tribute to the family that had exercised stewardship for so long over one of Kentucky's most important Thoroughbred operations. And since that time, the Blackburn tradition of excellence has continued. To see our notable Graduates, click HERE