9 January 2012 … “Welcome!” to Maine Chance Farms ……

With the start of a new year MAINE CHANCE FARMS also enters the world of blogging in an effort to keep our international client-base and other interested parties up-to-date with what is happening on the farm

It is our intention to post several times a week – with details of what is going on at the farm – and with our runners. Extensive use of fresh photographs will form a part of the ‘diary’ exercise.

We look forward to receiving comments on our postings and please feel free to copy a link to our blog to anybody you feel may be interested.

Maine Chance Farms entrance - Monday 9 January 2012

Today we are going to start by giving a brief ‘tour’ of the farm – and, from tomorrow, and for the next few weeks we will be focussing on our consignment of 27 Select yearlings bound for the Cape Premier Yearlings Sales at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 26th and 27th January.

Maine Chance Farms .... driveway to an oasis in a dry land!

The farm is adjacent to the Breede River so pastures, trees, and gardens, etc. never have to suffer in the harsh semi-desert climate of the ‘Klein Karroo’.

Maine Chance Farms .... can this really be Africa???!

The stallion quarters – three units which can each house two stallions – are beautifully positioned, and, over the years, have housed some of South Africa’s greatest stallions!

Maine Chance Farms' stallion yard - currently home to four G1 winners!

Our premier stallion is our German ‘homebred’ (by Gestüt Fährhof) SILVANO (GER) – Horse of the Year in Germany in 2001, when carrying the famous Jacobs yellow and black silks, and now a sire of Champions in both Germany and South Africa.’

SILVANO's name-plate outside his stall door

The stallions were back in their boxes when we took these photographs yesterday – but, later in the week we’ll get some new photos of them taken, and upload them here.

Maine Chance Farms .... Another view of one of the stallion units.

A walk,  or a drive, down one of the tree-lined lanes will take us to some of the mares’ and foals’ paddocks, etc ….

Maine Chance Farms - mares and foals - January 9, 2012

This next group of mares and foals preferring the shade of the trees to the open pasture …

Maince Chance Farms - mares and foals relaxing in the cool shade of the trees.

The yearling fillies were, as is usual, much more interested in what was going on …..

Maince Chance Farms ... inquisitive yearling fillies - 9 January 2012

Heading back up towards the office and stable block – photo opportunities in every direction!

Maine Chance Farms - January 9th, 2012

The Maine Chance Farms' office - which forms the lowest point of the 'middle leg' of the letter 'M' in which the stable block is designed and built.

Over the next few days we will be starting to post information about our draft for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale at the end of the month.

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About mainechancefarms

Maine Chance Farms is one of South Africa's premier stud farms and is perennially amongst the top breeders at season's end. Established in the late 1960's by Godfrey Gird, the farm passed into the ownership of Graham Beck (subsequently also the owner of Gainesway Farm in Ky) in the 70's. Keeping up with the international connection, Andreas Jacobs from Germany purchased Maine Chance Farms in 2002. He also has the famed Gestüt Fährhof and Newsells Park Stud, in England, in his 'stable' of stud farms. The stud stands world-class stallions such as SILVANO (GER) and BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA), who were recently joined by LATERAL(GB) Champion German 3YO, and Champion Miler in 2006; as well as QUERARI (GER), the joint top-rated older horse in Germany in 2010.
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