Hunterton Farm, owned by Steve and Cindy Stewart, began in 1981 on an 80-acre, leased family farm in Lexington, KY. The farm moved operations to Paris, KY in 1996 and since has grown to over 900 acres on land that consisted of the famed Stoner Creek Stud and historic Woodlawn Farm.
That kind of growth doesn't happen overnight. It comes from a solid business plan, hard work, and a constant focus on the farm's main goal: Breeding and raising exceptional racehorses.
Hunterton—named, by the way, after Steve Stewart's middle name, Hunter—is unique in the fact that it is the largest Standardbred farm in the world that does not stand stallions. That offers the farm the freedom to focus 100% on breeding each mare to the best stallion choice possible.
Those breeding choices, combined with Hunterton's proven ability in raising what would become many of the sport's greatest racehorses, led to tremendous demand for the farm's services…and eventually the creation of Hunterton Sales Agency.
The agency is the sales outlet for yearlings bred and raised by the farm for itself, its partners, and its clients. And Hunterton never forgets that it is those exceptional clients who are responsible for giving the farm and sales agency every chance to be successful!
Hunterton now breeds over 200 mares each year and sells approximately 150 yearlings each fall at the auctions in Lexington, KY, Sudbury, OH, and Harrisburg, PA. The success Hunterton's horses have enjoyed on the racetrack has translated to the sales ring, as Hunterton Sales Agency has become one of harness racing's leading yearling consignors year after year.
2016 was a banner year for Hunterton at the Lexington and Harrisburg Sales. Tactical Landing - Muscle Hill - Southwind Serena was the sale topper of the Lexington Sale selling for $800,000. Come See The Show - Somebeachsomewhere - Put On A Show was the second hight priced yearling selling at the sale for $550,000. Trotting fillies, Ciao Dolce - Credit Winner - Pizza Dolce sold for $300,000 and Redeeming Grace - Cantab Hall - Graceful Touch, sold for $285,000.
Hunterton has sold the Lexington sale topper or co-sale topper for seven of the last eight years. In 2014, the Kadabra-Pizza Dolce filly sold by Hunterton was the co-sale topper at $400,000. Hunterton holds the record for selling the highest priced yearling pacing colt of all time, with Hitting The Cycle bringing $450,000 in 2011.
In 2015 at in Lexington his fall, Hunterton Sales Agency sold the highest-priced pacing filly at auction, the Art Major-sired Evelin AM, for $275,000; a Muscle Hill colt appropriately named Notable—he’s out of a sister to Trixton—for $220,000; and the pacing-bred colt Major Account, a brother to major stakes winners Authorize and Act Now, for $200,000.
Hunterton takes great pride in selling clients' horses for top dollar, and perhaps even greater satisfaction when those who purchase Hunterton-sold horses win the sport's major stakes events.
Also in 2016, Hunterton Farm in partnership with John Bootsman and Boko Stables purchased D'One the 5 yr. old daughter of Donato Hanover. She retires with earnings of $1.3 million with 20 wins in 38 tries. D'One spend 2017 in Holland where she’ll be bred to Ready Cash. She’ll then come back to Hunterton where she was foaled and the plan is to bred her to Muscle Hill.
We invite you to browse through our website to review the 2016 yearlings we sold, and to see our "Honor Roll" of stakes stars of the current season. And if we can be of any assistance to you, please don't hesitate to call.