Situated on an incredibly picturesque landscape on the eastern side of Erdenheim Farm, our Thoroughbred horse breeding operation includes a beautiful rolling landscape and the newly renovated stables built by Erdenheim Farm’s previous owners, the Welch Stallion Barn and the Widener Training Barn. The addition of a yearling barn in 2020 continues the equine architectural traditions of the past.
Erdenheim has been home to a long list of champion race horses that have competed in events such as the Kentucky Derby and the Epsom Derby. It began with Flora Temple’s purchase in 1864, a standardbred bay mare with a bobbed tail that many believe is the “bob-tailed nag” in the popular tune, “Camptown Races”. In 1869, a thoroughbred named Leamington joined the stable and went on to be a successful sire whose progeny included Iroquois, the first American-bred thoroughbred to win the prestigious Epsom Derby in England, and Aristides, who won the first Kentucky Derby in 1875, and went on to place second at the Belmont Stakes in that year. A statue of Aristides graces the track at Churchill Downs. Both Iroquois and Aristides were out of Maggie BB a famous broodmare, who together with Leamington and Flora Temple, are buried at Erdenheim. Also at rest at Erdenheim is Jaipur, George Widener’s most famous horse who won the Belmont and the Travers Stakes.
Erdenheim Farm Thoroughbreds has a strong commitment to the welfare of the horse and the advancement of the breed as a whole. This will be a pivotal factor in the policy of the farm, both with the animals based there and with the horses in training. The choice of trainers, veterinarians and matings for the mares will all reflect a drug free, non-medication policy and a general concern for equine welfare.