Visit Horse Country: Raising Star Racehorses at Saxony Farm

The Life
A Horse Country tour at Saxony Farm. (Courtesy of Saxony Farm)

“A Farm for All Reasons” is the motto of Saxony Farm outside of Lexington, and the family operation has done right by clients for nearly 50 years by focusing on individualized, comprehensive care for each horse it takes in. Broussard and Rosie Hundley currently manage Saxony, and carry on the tradition Bruce Hundley, Broussard’s father, began in 1970 when he founded the farm.

Saxony’s reputation for boarding broodmares, overseeing births, raising weanlings, breaking yearlings, and rehabilitating horses is renowned throughout the close-knit Central Kentucky Thoroughbred industry. They’ve been associated with some of racing’s biggest stars over the past half-century, including 1991 champion 2-year-old male Arazi, who Bruce Hundley sold as a weanling representing breeder Ralph Wilson, and 1990 champion 2-year-old Fly So Free, who Hundley co-bred and sold as a yearling.

Broussard Hundley, a former trainer, operated the farm with his father and has carried on after Bruce’s passing in 2009. He manages Saxony with his wife, Rosie, a native of England whose experience includes working for trainers in England, Ireland, and Australia and with Darby Dan Farm and Bluewater Sales after moving to Kentucky. Both Hundleys also have a background in polo, and the polo barn on the farm's grounds is a unique indoor/outdoor space for weddings, receptions, and other events. 

Tepin (Eclipse Sportswire)

This decade, Saxony’s star pupil is two-time champion turf female Tepin, a filly the Hundleys broke at the farm. Visitors to Saxony often ask about her upbringing during the one-hour walking tour, Broussard Hundley told BloodHorse in 2016.

“Because we are a nursery, we talk about the cycle on the farm from breeding to foaling to sales prep,” he said. “People want to hear about what the great horses we’ve been involved in are like, and we get fantastic questions. The number one question is, what happens to them after they race? We go through all of that. If they are not stallion or broodmare prospects, then they can become hunters, jumpers, eventers, polo ponies, trail horses, cow horses – all these different things Thoroughbreds can do.”

The walking tour of Saxony scheduled through Horse Country emphasizes the Broussard’s hands-on approach. Visitors can learn about how the foaling process works, how a young horse’s diet is selected, ways yearlings are exposed to saddles and riders for the first time, and options for rehabilitating racehorses before they return to competition.

Broussard told BloodHorse that offering tours with Horse Country has helped to market Saxony Farm and its services, but that is not why he is participating.

“There is value in raising the awareness about people who are passionate about horses and passionate about racing,” he said. “We don’t do it for the money, we do it because of the horse – it is who we are and what we do.

“Too often, it seems like the only side of the story being told about horse racing is the bad news, and we want to be out there telling our side of the story. We want to change people’s perception, help promote racing, and promote horses in general.”

To learn more about Horse Country tours of Saxony Farm, click here.

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