No one can say different that Ohio is a “hot bed” state when it comes to harness racing.
With new tracks opening up this past year and later this season, old tracks refurbished by racinos with purses on the rise for overnight horses, Ohio Sire Stakes races and the Ohio Fair Circuit, stallions and broodmare flocking into the state, it cannot be denied that Ohio is the place to be for the future.
Anyone looking to jump right into the mixture and is seeking a perfectly located farm and a beautiful home in Xenia, Ohio, then you need to call Tony Davidson ASAP.
Tony has a 15-acre horse farm beautifully located in Xenia, which is just 18 miles from the new Dayton Raceway, 29 miles from the new Miami Valley Raceway and 59 miles from Scioto Downs. And the farm is all ready to move right in.
“It is really in a perfect location,” Tony said. “And being that it is so new, it is ready to move into tomorrow.”
The farm is located on 15 acres, which are completely fenced in (2 miles of fencing). Some of the great features include:
- Four barns - 1 indoor arena (73’ wide by 240’ long) ideal for breaking yearlings and exercising horses during the winter; 1 barn 112’ by 50’ with three garage bays, room for 1,500 bales of hay and farm tractor and machinery; .
- 20 stalls, all with automatic waterers and heavy duty mats.
- Plenty of room to build a strip track
- Efficiency apartment with kitchen and bath
- Utility Room with washer and dryer
- Six wood-fenced paddocks, all with water access.
- Property is approved for two home sites.
“The ideas are endless for this location,” says Tony, who is the owner of the property and not a real estate broker. “It is even approved to build a ¾ acre pond along with two separate homes. And with 20 stalls and the paddocks, it could be an ideal breeding facility or small training farm.”
The house that is now included in the deal is also fabulous. It is just minutes away from the farm and is four bedrooms, 3 full baths, 3,400 square feet of living space, located on 4.69 acres of ground. To view the house click here.
There is more to the story then just the fact that the farm and house are for sale.
“My late wife Josie and I purchased the land for the farm in 2005,” Tony explained. “We wanted to make a place for our two horses. We started with a small barn and a lean-to for the horses. We had no power and we used a generator to provide water for the horses. Together we built the wood fence and handled every board and hammered every nail ourselves. During this time Josie was riding with a fox hunt group and loved the excitement. She also had tons of horse friends. She would spend her Fridays at the Green County Fairgrounds exercising the harness race horses for one of her friends, and on race nights she would be in the winner’s circle with the champion she helped train. When she wasn’t working with the Standardbreds she would ride the hunt and work on her dressage training.
“Then our lives changed dramatically,” Tony said. “Josie was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. We did everything possible but the cancer got the best of her. She did the things she loved, riding and caring for horses, until a month before she passed away. So now I have a horse farm and 4 horses and no reason to have them.
“After a while I realized it was time to get on with the rest of my life,” Tony explained, “I remarried and we could not be happier. We love our animals and will always care for them, but we have no need for a facility of this magnitude. In addition to all of this, my parents are getting older and we need to move closer to help care for them; they live north of Knoxville, Tennessee. We have been looking for a small farm close to Knoxville for months. My lovely new wife and I are planning to retire later this year and need to move on with our lives and with our horses.”
To view an online brochure about the farm with plenty of photographs, go to http://media.harnesslink.mycms.co.nz/files/file/73837/Foxridge-FarmFlyer.pdf or you can call Tony Davidson at (937) 307-2289 and schedule an appointment to see it in person.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com