Posted: November 13, 2006
Farm - A Family Steeped in American Breeding Tradition
Watermark Farm’s mission is simple. “All we’re trying to do is breed the best quality adult amateur friendly and safe horses as possible.” The Rawles admit that they breed for temperament first and then movement. “If a horse isn’t cooperative and tolerant enough to be handled and trained then it really isn’t right for us or our customers.” Anne likes to call this breeding for “the interior qualities”. Ellie feels incredibly lucky to be in this business every day and is grateful that her family can make a business of what they love. She confides the biggest secret to their success is understanding U.S. horse sport, mostly geared to women, and offering everything on the farm for sale.
Today, the farm stands four stallions actively with eight mares currently in foal. At any given time, there may be up to 40 horses on the farm, a few that are over 26 years of age. “They are all in good health and earned a spot on this farm for the rest of their lives,” according to youngest daughter and assistant farm manger Ellie Rawle.
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