Grace and promiseJun 29, 2023 01:23PM ● By Tricia Hoadley
Text by Richard L. Gaw
The images in this essay serve as a pictorial homage to the rambling beauty of Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, but there are words as well to accompany the story of what happens here.
The seemingly endless latticework of fencing that tames the wide and free pastures where horses gallop.
The earthy tones of colors that sprout in the form of wildflowers from the meadow grass.
The sunlight reflecting against the muscled legs of a stallion, signifying strength and agility and promise.
The choreography of horses enjoying the freedom of play, and their affectionate nuzzling against the early morning light.
The quiet and dignified attentiveness of a staff dedicated to the health and safety of every horse they touch.
From the time Northview Stallion Station first began in 1989 under the proprietorship of Richard Golden, Tom Bowman and Allaire du Pont, it has become known as one of the premiere breeders of thoroughbreds not only in Cecil County, the Mid-Atlantic region and the United States, but in the entire world. Over the past few decades, Northview stallions have topped the Maryland sire lists 25 times, and its horses have earned the title of Maryland Stallion of the year 19 out of the last 20 years.
In its earliest years, Northview Stallion Station occupied a 116-acre farm previously operated as Windfields’ Northview Annex, on the northern end of the Windfields’ property. Success began early and has never slowed down; Northview’s initial four stallions achieved a higher than 90 percent conception rate in 1989, which allowed Northview to quickly secure its place as one of the most successful thoroughbred breeding farms in the Mid-Atlantic region. Since it moved to its present site in 1991, Northview stallions annually sire between 400 and 600 mares – a true reflection of Northview’s careful selection procedures that have produced generations of thoroughbred racing success.
Northview Stallion Station is located at 55 Northern Dancer Drive in Chesapeake City. To learn more about the facility, visit www.northviewstallions.com, contact 410-885-2855, or email or e-mail [email protected].