Our Bourbon Connection

 
 
 The home on Sun Valley Farm was originally referred to as Sweet Lawn, when built in 1831.

The home on Sun Valley Farm was originally referred to as Sweet Lawn, when built in 1831.

 

Sweet Lawn

The Samuel Pepper homestead on Sun Valley Farm was built in 1831.  The son of pioneer master distiller, Elijah Pepper, who constructed his distillery just across the lane on the banks of Glenn's Creek.  Today, this extremely proud bourbon tradition, is carefully preserved by the Woodford Reserve Distillery.

Samuel and his wife raised five children on their ancestral home named "Sweet Lawn", spending their entire lives tending their family, livestock and crops.  They are buried in a garden graveyard on the farm.

 
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Foaling Barn at Sun Valley Farm.

Home to 2018 foals by leading sires Bernardini, Distorted Humor, Frosted, Hard Spun, Honor Code, Nyquist, Quality Road, Street Sense, Super Saver and Will Take Charge.

 

Sun Valley

History

Barry, Jan and young son Brett, moved to Sun Valley Farm in 1997, purchasing a tract of the famed Brookside Farm, developed by aviator Allen Paulson.  One of the world's leading Thoroughbred breeders, Allen Paulson developed a powerhouse stable and breeding farm, spanning more than 1600 acres, while raising fourteen individual Eclipse Champions.   

Sun Valley Farm is best known for developing a private sales broodmare agency, that has successfully owned and sold the dams of over 200 stakes horses worldwide.  These mares have found their way to every corner of the world to serve as a foundation for many successful breeders, and many of those same families are part of the Sun Valley story, even today.  

Many of today's foals will be offered at public auction, through the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, while others will be retained for our own racing stable. 

 
 
  Mares grazing in the evening sun, including the dam of 2017 classics contender, Petrov.

Mares grazing in the evening sun, including the dam of 2017 classics contender, Petrov.