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Kentucky, Farish, Horses and Foals

Glenye Cain tells us about the strange realm of Kentucky horses: "Regarding the Farish family's move to Kentucky, I believe it was, in fact, the horse business that drew William Farish III to Kentucky. He has been involved in central Kentucky's commercial Thoroughbred breeding industry since at least 1979, when he bought the first parcel of land that would eventually become his Lane's End Farm. The farm now covers about 2,000 acres and has one of the most powerful stallion rosters and Thoroughbred sales operations in the world.

If you think that's small potatoes, well, it probably is when compared to the oil or defense industries. But here's one fact for some context on the Thoroughbred business, which is bigger than a lot of people would expect. In 2000, Lane's End's best auction season to date, the farm sold $58 million in yearlings, the largest sector of their sales income, other than stud fees. As for stud fees, the farm currently stands 17 stallions in Kentucky (they also have a smaller farm called Huisache near Hempstead, Texas); their stud fees (essentially, the price you pay per mating, assuming your mare gets pregnant and has a foal) range from $5,000 to $300,000.

Last year, their top-priced stallion alone, $300,000 A. P. Indy, sired 80 foals (a small total these days, when 100 to 120 foals are more usual for major studs) for total possible income of $24 million for a single season. (Incidentally, the vast money that circulates around stallions is on display at the moment over 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones, whose breeding rights are currently the subject of a bidding war here in Lexington, Ky. The total valuation for those rights is between $35 million and $45 million, based on current offers on the table for a 50-percent interest in the horse)

Farish is married to Sarah Sharp Farish, the daughter of the late Bayard Sharp, a Delaware Republican, nephew of Pierre S. Du Pont, and Thoroughbred owner and breeder".

RH: Powerful stallions? 120 foals? Obviously a mare liberation movement is necessary. However, we should not be shocked. Humans get paid for similar services these days. I believe the going price is less, humans being less vaiuable than horses, except on France, where horse meat is cheap. I has it once in France. It was rather sweet-

We posted a report by Glenye Cain on horse-breeding in Kentucky. From the Buffalo area, Bert Westbrook says: "Glenye has made me curious. I live in horse country, so I should know the answer to these questions. First, what is the stud fee actually paid for -- a mounting, an impregnation, or a birth (of a healthy foal)? And at 120 foals/yr, the stallion is breeding every three days -- is there a loss in fertility? What is the maximum number of foals a stallion can sire? And is this all being done the old fashioned way, or are we talking about artificial insemination, as with bulls?" RH: My only contribution to this arcane discussion is that "to sire"(related to Sir, since knights in the old days mounted a horse) is used only for quadrupeds. It is not for the birds. We are ex-quadrupeds, so do we ex-sire before we expire?

Randy Black tells us that making a horse is easier than making a car.and earns easy money, which making a car does not: "A prize stud can breed three times a day, not every three days. The price for a roll in the hay with a prize winner range upward from a few thousand dollars to $100,000 and more, if a pregnancy results.

I have watched the process at Ashford Stud Farms, Versailles, Kentucky, south of Cincinnati. Breeding barns costing millions of dollars at the “farms” have the latest in high tech, closed circuit television, laboratories, vets, handlers and so forth. On breeding days, the semi-trucks, full of breeding “ladies” back up to the loading docks by the dozens. The parking lots are full. Everything is closely monitored down to the minute. A stud farm may have hundreds of stallions on their inventory to choose from. Vets and trainers and medical labs are the best available. The horse that I was there to “interview” a few years back was Louis Quatorze, a winner of the Preakness.

I just checked up on Quatorze. In 2003, he earned $1.6 million plus, for his $6,000 per pop fee. He didn’t work every day, probably less than 100. You do the numbers. Quatorze has been sold since my story and is a lower tiered stud these days. In the old days…..

Source for Quatorze and other horses of is ilk: http://breeding.bloodhorse.com/sirelists/national03/third_crop.asp

An interesting fact: More than 3,500 yearlings were sold last year that resulted from stud fees above $50,000. Speaking of the Fairish family….

<< On the high end of the breeding market, Empire Maker and Mineshaft highlight a strong crop of first-time sires. Mineshaft, a 5-year-old son by A.P. Indy who stands at William S. Farish's Lane's End farm near Versailles, won the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year last month.

Mineshaft has a limited book of about 80 mares this breeding season for insurance reasons, said Lane's End farm manager Michael Cline. "It's been very well-received," he said. (No kidding!!)

Empire Maker, the Belmont Stakes winner as a 3-year-old last year, finished his career with nearly $2 million in earnings in just eight starts. He is standing his first year at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farm in Lexington.

The son of the late 1991 Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled has a full book of 110 mares, which includes 40 horses who have won or produced winners of Grade I races, said Garrett O'Rourke, Juddmonte's farm manager. >>

Source: http://www.courier-journal.com/business/news2004/02/15/biz-front-stud15-9734.html

Khalid Abdullah must be a Muslim and therefore applauds his horses' polygamy. What about the poor women breeding in his homeland? No money in them. I assume there is similar horseplay in Argentina, Mexico, etc-, It all seems very pointless to me. In the old days of cavalry charges, horse speed was important, but today it is as useless and as pointless as the speedy races of humans. I assume that there are horse racing rules concerning steroids, which are unnecessary in any useful occupation.


We thank John Gehl for this bio of the Comanche Indian leader Quanah Parker (1845-1911), who resisted the invasion of tribal lands by white buffalo hunters and settlers in southeast Texas. Although never fully defeated by opposing forces of the U. S. Army, Parker ultimately recognized the futility of continuing his resistance and accepted settlement on the reservation at Fort Sill in 1875. Once on the reservation, he counseled his people to adapt to the white man's control without surrendering their Comanche customs and heritage. He spent the next three decades encouraging his people to acquire education and to farm the land. He also urged them to increase their income by leasing pastureland to white ranchers. Long before the idea was popular, he saw that each of them obtained full U.S. citizenship. As for himself, he became a successful businessman and celebrated spokesman for Indian rights. From 1886 to 1898, he served as an appointive judge on the Court of Indian Affairs. When Theodore Roosevelt was elected president, he invited Parker to ride in his inauguration parade. Quanah, Texas, was named for him.

Quanah Parker was born near what is now Lubbock, Texas. He was the son of Peta Nocona, chief of the fierce Kwahadi band in Texas, and Cynthia Ann Parker, a white woman captured by the Comanches as a child. Quanah
added his mother's surname to his own. The name Quanah comes from the Comanche kwaina, meaning fragrant. The Kwahadis were bitter enemies of the buffalo hunters who had appropriated their best land on the Texas frontier. In 1867, to stop Comanche attacks on settlers and travelers, the U.S. government assigned the Indians to reservations. Parker and his Kwahadi band refused to cooperate and continued their raids until a costly encounter at Adobe Walls, Texas, in 1874. The following year Parker finally recognized the futility of continued resistance and accepted life on the reservation.

Unlike many other Indians living on the reservation, Parker had little trouble making the transition. Pleased with his cooperative attitude, federal agents appointed him chief of all the Comanche bands, a move that was not universally popular, but accepted by the essentially leaderless Indian bands. As chief, Parker worked hard to do right by both his tribesmen and their "pale-faced friends." He supported assimilation into the white man's culture, but he did not reject his Indian heritage. To the dismay of federal agents, he refused to give up polygamy and continued his religious use of peyote. At the same time, he promoted the construction of homesites, the planting of crops, and the establishment of a Comanche police force.

Parker died in 1911 and today lies buried beside his mother at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Bill Neeley, one of his biographers, has written: "Not only did Quanah pass within the span of a single lifetime from a Stone Age
warrior to a statesman in the age of the Industrial Revolution, but he accepted the challenge and responsibility of leading the whole Comanche tribe on the difficult road toward their new existence."

[See http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0471160768
/newsscancom/ref=nosim for Bill Neely's biography of Quanah Parker --

RH. There are a number of Texan WAISers. Their opinion would be interesting.

Glenye Cain wrote: "The current Ambassador to the Court of St. James is Will Farish III, a close friend of the Bush family and, it would seem, of Queen Elizabeth II as well, because she has stayed with the Farishes when visiting Lexington. I have not met her, but I know Will Farish reasonably well. His grandfather, William Stamps Farish, was a founder of Humble Oil, now Exxon", I flippantly said that a humble oil company was an oxymoron. Randy Black rebukes me: "Humble Oil, later Exxon, was named after the oil field, not a person or a description of anyone connected to the famous firm". To which I counter: why was the oil field called Humble? Randy then gives us the bio of William Stamps Farish (1881-1942). This pioneer in East Texas oil field development, was born in Mayersville, Mississippi, on February 23, 1881, the grandnephew of Jefferson Davis and son of William Stamps and Katherine (Power) Farish. He attended school at St. Thomas Hall, an Episcopal preparatory school at Holly Springs, Mississippi. After receiving a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1900, he practiced law for three months at Clarksdale, Mississippi, before moving to Beaumont, Texas, when oil was discovered at the Spindletop oilfield. He became supervisor of wells for Texas Oil Fields, Limited, an English syndicate. The next year he organized the Brown-Farish Oil Company, which did contract drilling and traded in oil. The firm became bankrupt at Brown's death, but Farish succeeded in borrowing money to pay creditors. By 1904 Farish and Robert Lee Blaffer had formed a partnership to do contract drilling and lease trading. The next year Blaffer and Farish moved to Houston to be nearer the Humble field. In 1915 Farish became president of the Gulf Coast Producers Association and subsequently was named president of the Texas-Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. In March 1917 he and others organized the Humble Oil and Refining Company (later Exxon Company, U.S.A.qv). Farish served as vice president for five years and in 1922 became president. In 1933 he became chairman of the board of Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, which held substantial stock interest in Humble, and in 1937 he became president of Standard. He was one of the founders of the American Petroleum Institute and served as its president in 1926. At the beginning of World War II Farish was a member of the National Petroleum Industry War Council. He was married to Libbie Randon Rice in Houston on June 1, 1911; they had a son and a daughter. Farish died on November 29, 1942, in Millbrook, New York, while visiting friends; he was buried in Houston.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Dallas Morning News, November 30, 1942. Henrietta M. Larson and Kenneth Wiggins Porter, History of Humble Oil and Refining Company (New York: Harper, 1959). Who's Who in America, 1934-35.

RH: Strange link between Kentucky and Texas. Was it horses that attracted the Farish family to Kentucky?

RAndy Black explains the origin of the name of the Humble Company, now named Exxon: " I am glad to offer the origin of the name, the Humble oil field: Just before the Civil War, a wandering fisherman named Pleasant Smith Humble brought his family into the area. They settled on the banks of the San Jacinto River and operated a ferry near the present U.S. 59 crossing. (This is near Houston.) A flood drove his family away from the river in search of higher ground. Soon a small community began forming in the area. That crossroads community was named for settler Pleasant Smith Humble (1835?-1912), who lived here before 1889, hewing his timber into railroad ties, mining gravel from his land, keeping store, and serving as justice of the peace".

Source: http://www.humblearea.com/history/


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