Called the Nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital soon after the turn of the century, Middleburg, Virginia is the home of Centennial Farms and certainly some of the finest horse country found anywhere in the world.
Centennial Farms is located on 65 acres near the Middleburg training center, which was founded in 1956 by the acclaimed horseman and philanthropist Paul Mellon.
The Mellon influence can be felt throughout the area and that carries over to the training center. The distance poles lining the track are still adorned with the grey and gold of his famed Rokeby Stables.
Rokeby Stables remains one of the only thoroughbred owners to have won Classic races on both sides of the Atlantic. European legend Mill Reef captured the Epsom Derby, the Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe, and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in 1971 before Sea Hero subsequently won the 1993 Kentucky Derby.
When visiting the farm in Middleburg, our investors often choose to stay at the famed Red Fox Inn, billed as the oldest original inn in America. The Red Fox was a gathering point for Confederate Colonel John Mosby during the Civil War. A century later, President John F. Kennedy’s press secretary Pierre Salinger used the Jeb Stuart Room at the Red Fox for press conferences. Another investor favorite is the 340 acre four star Salamander Resort and Spa set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of downtown Middleburg.
The horse is certainly a part of life in Middleburg. The town hosts the annual Middleburg Gold Cup, one of the most prestigious steeplechase events held in North America and the streets of the picturesque town are filled with antique shops and art galleries dedicated to the sporting life.
We would love for you to join us in Middleburg when we showcase our young horses at the farm. Our investors are of course invited to visit the farm and many of our owners’ most enjoyable memories are from time spent in this wonderful setting with the horses.
Considering the history, picturesque landscape and past success we have had breaking and developing our young horses here, why would one even consider anyplace else?