With the Kentucky Derby rounding the corner, many of us will be picking out outrageous hats and mixing up tasty mint juleps for Derby Day.
But the thrill of equestrian excellence doesn’t need to be limited to a single day—you can buy a place where you can enjoy the company of horses year-round.
Of course, having a horse or two around the house also requires lots of room for paddocks, stalls, haybarns, grazing areas, and plenty of secure fencing. Not to worry, we’ve scoped out some of the finest horse farms for sale around the country.
In fact, the pandemic seemed to spur interest in these properties, which offer room to roam whether on horseback or simply to stretch out in the privacy of your own property.
“Horse farms, like other vacation-home properties, have benefited from work-home flexibility and the sudden opportunity for people to reassess their lifestyles,” says Krissy Blake, of Sotheby’s International Realty-Greenwich Brokerage. “People want greener, larger spaces, combined with privacy. They are adjusting their lifestyle and reassessing what they value.”
While these 10 properties we’ve found offer top-notch equestrian facilities, they also provide plenty of other perks—from pools, to tennis courts, to wine cellars, and vineyards. Some pretty nice homes for the humans are included, too.
“Equestrian properties in the city have surfaced lately, because many of the ranch owners have moved to more rural areas where they have more space, and many work remotely in the current climate,” says Simon Beardmore, of Sotheby’s International Realty-Brentwood Brokerage.
Perhaps some horse farm owners are ready to gallop away, now that interest in these properties has increased.
“Equestrian properties and the like seem to be popping up more readily since the beginning of the pandemic,” says Sonya Winterhalder Hollander, with Sotheby’s International Realty-Wine Country Brokerage, “mainly due to families wanting more room to run. With the work-from-home movement, those who do have horses and farm animals are available to care for their equines on their own and no longer need the security of a boarding facility.”
Owning a steed is not for the faint of heart or small of wallet. But just as it’s highly entertaining to watch a horse race, it’s equally fun to dream of living in one of these gorgeous equestrian estates. So saddle up and say “Hay!” to these 10 fine equine properties.
Equine elements: This world-class equine facility is located just 60 miles from New York City, sits on 87 acres, and offers luxury amenities for 43 horses. Other features include guesthouses, staff apartments, and Olympic-caliber barns.
The picturesque property also comes with a main house built in 2009, complete with terraces and balconies, surrounded by gardens with a koi pond, plus a four-bedroom guesthouse and a farmhouse. An owner can throw events in a party barn and enjoy recreational pursuits with a saltwater pool, plus a resurfaced tennis court.
Equine elements: Oldfield Farm encompasses 18.39 carefully groomed acres, and has a 15,000-square-foot villa on lush grounds, with superior horse facilities, a barn, and stables.
Recently renovated, the nine-bedroom mansion built in 1990 features formal rooms, an eat-in gourmet kitchen, and a family room where French doors open to terraces, loggias, gardens, a pool, and tennis court.
Equine elements: Sitting on 9.15 acres, this artfully done estate is close to Sonoma Plaza, restaurants, and wineries, and just 45 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The 6,458-square-foot main house offers four bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, and parklike grounds with a pool and outdoor kitchen. The horsey home includes a 16-stall equestrian stable, lounge, tack room, bath, arena, and storage buildings. If you just like the property and don’t want horses, the listing notes that the equestrian features can be removed or repurposed.
Equine elements: Ballena Vista Farm bills itself as “the finest equestrian property on the West Coast.” The 170-acre estate features a 38-stall stable, training track, eight-stall stallion barn, and “everything needed to raise, train and breed thoroughbreds.”
If you’re not a horse, you can enjoy the two-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot main house with a pool out back. The grounds also feature a guest casita, lawns, and 28 acres of grape-producing vineyards.
Equine elements: The Palladian-style villa on 3.7 gated acres features 21,000 square feet, seven bedrooms, and 14 bathrooms.
The property encompasses a main house, a three-bedroom guesthouse, an entertaining pavilion, and pool. The triple-height, arched beam-truss ceilings in the six-stall barn and tack room, which were custom-designed in 2017, are jaw-dropping.
Equine elements: Ideal for equestrians, this Hamptons estate incorporates a vast 10 parcels, and is located just minutes from East Hampton Village.
On more than 21.76 acres, the spread comes with a charming horse stables, paddocks, and riding fields. In addition, find an 11-bedroom main residence, a fully equipped poolhouse, a caretaker’s gatehouse, pool, and tennis court.
Equine elements: The 24-acre property sits within proximity to Philadelphia and New York City and features a riding facility described as “an equestrian’s dream.”
There’s a custom-built, indoor riding arena, and numerous walking and riding trails on an adjoining preserve. A main farmhouse residence that dates to 1742 was recently renovated.
The grounds include a pond, arboretum, organic vegetable garden, and orchard. Other details include a tennis court, a guest cottage, and caretaker’s home.
Equine elements: At the heart of this 20-acre farm estate is a horse facility with a total of 12 horse stalls, with a large indoor arena, outfitted with a full wall of dressage mirrors, viewing room, as well as a luxurious tack room with kitchen and bath facilities.
The original home from 1870 has been expanded into a 6,800-square-foot layout. Highlights of the grounds are a heated pool, tennis court, and wooded trails.
Equine elements: Owned by the late horse breeder Gerry Dilger, who died in 2020, Dromoland Farm has produced two Kentucky Derby winners since its founding in 1994.
Sitting on a massive parcel of 192 acres, the property offers 68 stalls.
Other amenities include a four-bedroom manager’s house, two employee houses, a farm office, maintenance shed, haybarn, and a 4,200-square-foot main house.
Equine elements: Butler Farm, known for its world-class Arabian horse facilities, includes a 64-stall, state-of-the-art barn.
The property comes with an 11,218-square-foot main residence, which sits on a massive, 350-acre parcel. The facility comprises a breeding operation, a training center, offices, and living quarters above the main barn.
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