Looking for some new family fun at month’s end? How about this suggestion? Join in the free, self-guided tour of Jefferson County’s finest thoroughbred farms and stallions on Sunday, January 27, 2013 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Twelve horse farms will be open for inspection. The West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeder’s Association is the event sponsor . All the farms are all remarkably close together in the Eastern Panhandle county.
The farms included in the tour are Beau Ridge Farm, Blue Spruce Farm and Sterling Farm, both in Kearneysville; One Sparrow Farm, Taylor Mountain Farm, Avonwood Farm, and O’Sullivan Farm in Charles Town; Shotwell Farm in Summit Point; Mare’s Nest Farm and Maple Valley Farm, in Shenandoah Junction; and Matilda Bay Farm in Shepherdstown.
This is a great opportunity to introduce your children to the world of race horses, an industry that flourishes in Jefferson County due to major horse racing facility at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
A study by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research and commissioned by the WVTBA and the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association was released in March 2012. It showed "the thoroughbred horse racing industry has a $191.1 million economic impact on Jefferson County, accounting for 1,450 jobs, $36.3 million in employee compensation and $1.9 million in assorted state taxes.”
Free brochures and a map of the location of the farms are available by calling 304-728-6868.
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