|1965 - Stonegate Standardbred Farms was founded.
As years passed the farm grew both in physical appearance and in the number of breeding stock owned. At its peak, Stonegate comprised four integrated farms totaling more than 900 acres. We stood four stallions and typically bred between 500-600 mares each season. We were privileged to stand at stud the incomparable Cam Fella as well as the outstanding sires Landslide, Albert Albert and Happy Motoring and several others, all of who were owned by strong syndicates. At its peak, the farm owned over 75 mares and breeding shares in many of the sports leading sires.
Now, as with all things, Lauren and I have realized that downsizing on our terms is a favorable option. Consequently, we're selling at Harrisburg a number of mares, several 2011 weanlings and several stallion shares.
Racing has always played a major role in our game plan, most recently by the presence of Classic Lane and Indulge Me but we cannot forget Albert Albert, Western Azure, Ruffed Up, Supremeness, Nuclear Siren and many, many more.
As I write this letter it is the Little Brown Jug Day (Sept.22nd) and Lauren and I can't help but sadly recall that in the 1981 Jug, Landslide, a $290,000 yearling purchase and undefeated in his racing career went off as the 3 to 5 favorite. He had just been syndicated for $3.6 million so the world was bright. Then the unthinkable happened - Landslide was involved in a 3 horse accident and so ended our day at the jug. As with all things in life we have experienced ups and downs but the journey to this point has been exciting and rewarding and has given us the opportunity to meet and make friends with many wonderful people.
And, of course, we're grateful for the many people who have purchased yearlings from our consignments. We always look forward to seeing our friends at Harrisburg and having you view our latest consignment of 15 yearlings.
We cannot end this message without acknowledging that our success was the result of the outstanding racing results by our friend, trainer and driver of 42 years, Ed Lohmeyer and our long-time close friend veterinarian Dr. John Kenney, who oversaw our breeding program was responsible for our overall conception rate for many years of over 90%. Our farm staff, too many to mention also played an important role in our success.
And last, but not least, our children and their families have always and still are very supportive of our deep commitment to the harness world - that is not going to change.
Lauren and Bob
500 West Hill Rd., Glen Gardner, NJ 08826
Phone (908) 638-8195 / Fax (908) 638-5914