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Touring the Bluegrass - Willowbank Farm

On Friday April 18, Saddle Horse Report toured Willowbank Farm in Simpsonville, Kentucky to promote the new breeders’ tools at

Willowbank stands some of the biggest names in the Saddlebred breeding business under the watchful eye of Joan Lurie. The list includes Ocean's Roar, by Adriatic; Callaway's Main Man, a Caramac son out of a Stonewall's Main Event mare; Samur, a cross of Roseridge Heir and a Worthy Son mare; Finally Attached, by Attache and out of a Grape Tree's Fox mare; Thundergun, the heir apparent to his sire, Attache's Thunderbolt out of a CH Captive Spirit dam; and Seaforth's Billion Heir, the Supreme Heir heir. Billion Heir is out of CH Rejoice, making his bottom line one of the most storied in recent Saddlebred history.

And then there are the two "celebrity stallions" of the past few years, Sir William Robert and Undulata's Nutcracker. Both possess limitless athletic talent and beauty and are throwing those attributes consistently to their offspring. Sir William Robert is by CH Santana's Charm and out of Rebel Empress, by CH Heir To Champagne. Undulata's Nutcracker is by CH Caramac and out of Christmas In New York ERB by The New York Times.

Here are a few of the pictures from a beautiful day at Willowbank.

The scene at the entrance to Willowbank Farm.

Mares and foals enjoy the sun in a picturesque setting.

Rosey, an Australian Rose-Breasted Cockatoo and the unofficial mascot of Willowbank Farm.

The final resting place of Supreme Heir, one of the most influential stallions in Saddlebred history.

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