Jenkins Fenstermaker PLLC’s Equine Legal Team is passionate about all things equestrian and eager to serve the equine industry in West Virginia (WV), Pennsylvania (PA), and Ohio (OH). In support of that mission, this page provides information regarding the basics of breeding as well as a directory of horse breeders in WV, PA, and OH.
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC is providing this listing of equine industry professionals as a courtesy; any equine industry professional can request to be listed here and the firm in no way endorses any of the following business, professionals, or their services. To have your equine business listed in our Resources clearinghouse, please contact Allison Farrell by phone at (304) 521-6120 or by email.
What You Need to Know about Horse Breeders in WV, PA, and OH
Working with a reputable horse breeder is critical—whether you are in the market to buy a horse or breed a horse of your own. The process of breeding horses requires specialized skills and knowledge, oversight by an equine veterinary provider, and specific accommodations for the animals. Before working with a horse breeder, we recommend thorough research and evaluation of the breeder’s credentials, facilities, and processes.
What Do Horse Breeders Do?
Horse breeders manage and oversee the equine reproduction process. Several breeding methods are used in the industry. Some horses are pasture bred, but live cover breeding is more common. Artificial insemination (AI) is also used by some farms, though this process is not allowed by some equine associations and registries. For example, The Jockey Club oversees Thoroughbred registration in the United States and does not allow AI.
Breeders typically focus on a select breed or breeds of interest, producing horses for show, racing, and general riding or pleasure purposes. Successful horse breeding involves a variety of activities and responsibilities, from providing care for stock horses to fostering successful foaling.
Horse Breeders Associations
National and local associations and organizations oversee various aspects of horse breeding and registries. These organizations can be helpful when evaluating a breeder’s reputation and quality. National organizations include the United States Sport Horse Breeders Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, to name just a few.
Locally, the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association maintains a registry of horses and provides resources to horse breeders, owners, and businesses in the racing industry.
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association serves Thoroughbred horse breeders in PA and manages the Pennsylvania Breeders Fund. Meanwhile, the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania provides resources for and lobbies on behalf of breeders of Standardbred horses in the state.
The list of equine associations is extensive and includes organizations that are specific to certain breeds, localities, and interests. When evaluating and choosing a breeder, you can often look to the associations that are most active and influential in your geographic area for your breeds and activities of interest for guidance.
Listings of Horse Breeders in WV, PA, and OH
Horse Breeders in WV
K n M Quarter Horses, 713 Mooresville Road, Core, WV 26541
O’Sullivan Farms, 1504 Earle Road, Charles Town, WV 25414
THANKS-A-LOT Farm, 1583 North River Road, Augusta, WV 26704
Shining Meadows Clydesdales, 45 North Fork Road, Washington, WV 26181
Stewarts Creek Stables, Highway 33 East, Glenville, WV 26351
Horse Breeders in PA
Arrowwood Farm, 536 Bushey School Road, York Springs, PA 17372
Castle Rock Farm, 206 Northbrook Road, West Chester, PA 19382
Horse Breeders in OH
Abby Stables, 2990 State Route 93, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Hickory Lane Horse Farm, 14346 Township Road 205, Findlay, OH 45840
An Attorney for Your Equine Legal Needs
Careful selection of a reputable horse breeder can prevent many problems for buyers. For breeders, proactively managing liability and other legal matters can help prevent disputes. However, legal issues do arise from time to time.
From purchase and sale agreements to disputes related to equine breeding contracts, and much more, equine attorney Allison J. Farrell and the Equine Legal Team of Jenkins Fenstermaker PLLC’s Clarksburg, WV office are ready to help buyers and horse breeders in WV and surrounding areas with all of their equine legal needs. Contact the team by calling (304) 521-6120 or completing this online contact form today.
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC is providing this listing of equine industry professionals as a courtesy; any equine industry professional can request to be listed here and the firm in no way endorses any of the following business, professionals, or their services. To have your equine business listed in our Resources clearinghouse, please contact [email protected].