When World Champion and Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill retired from racing at the end of the 2009 harness racing season, Southwind Farms and Muscle Hill Syndicate Manager, Mike Klau, had a plan. That plan was to turn the champion racehorse into an International Stallion. Shareholders in the Syndicate hail from six different countries in Europe and Frozen Semen was made available to both Europe and the Southern Hemisphere.
Now, five years after implementation, that plan has come into fruition. This weekend Muscle Hill progeny will compete in major events all over the world. Glenferrie Burn, a two year Muscle Hill filly, will race in the Australian Breeders Crown Final at Melton on Sunday, after winning her elimination. Three year old colts Emmett Brown and Sloopy Joe race in the E3 colt final in Sweden on Saturday and Sparkling Kronos, a three year old filly competes in the E3 filly final on the same day.
In North America, his numerous stakes winners are headed by Hambletonian winner Trixton and World Champion and Merrie Annabelle winner Mission Brief. He has sired a leading 14 three year olds with records of 1:55 or faster. Total earnings this year for his crop of two and three year olds have topped the $2 million mark.
At the end of the recently concluded breeding season, Muscle Hill, who again bred a full book of 140 mares, and had 127 of those mares declared in foal. “He has always been a fertile horse and that has enabled us to freeze his semen and ship it around the world.” Said Klau.
For the upcoming season (2015) his semen will again be available worldwide, with the Southern Hemisphere being handled by Stallions Australasia (Peter O’Rourke – David Shammall) and Europe being handled by Offspring AB (Anders Lindfors).
2014 saw the stallion moved to Marion Farms in New Hope, Pa. to take advantage of the rich Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program. Foals of 2015 will be eligible for that program.
Booking Applications for the 2015 season will be available shortly on the Southwind Farms website