Chester Bar Farm is one of the premier horse retirement
homes and turn-out facilities in the United States.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
our horse retirement facility is located eight miles
outside of Sparta, North Carolina, just off of the beautiful
Blue Ridge Parkway.
Chester Bar Farm's horse retirement program has been
taking care of retired horses since 1972 and our family
has been raising, training and caring for horses of
all walks of life for five generations.
Boasting over 600 acres of pastures with lush natural
Bluegrass, White Dutch Clover and Timothy grass, our
pastures have magnificent trees, flowing fresh water
creeks and ponds, just what your retired horse will
to see pictures of some of our retired horses.
Click here to read an article about one of our retirees, "Western Prospect", a very expensive two-year old racehorse turned extraordinary show hunter.
We have taken great care to maintain a natural and
safe environment for your horse retirement needs. All
our retired horses are pampered in beautiful surroundings
with exceptional care, love and professionalism from
our facility manager, caretakers and veterinarians.
We consider your retired horses to be part of our family
and treat them as our own.
Here's what just one of our satisfied customers has
Choice of Champions
When you have a horse that has been a member
of your family, as my mare has been since she was 6,
retiring these precious horses becomes a very serious
thing. There was no question in my mind where my girl
was going, the only place for her was Chester Bar Farm.
This was one of the hardest things for me to do, but
my mare deserved the very best.
As soon as she arrived, Edie was received by the farm
manager Roger Maines. This mild mannered man puts you
at ease right from the first phone call. "We have your
horse, she arrived safely and is in our barn. She has
been drinking water and is munching on hay. Her eye
is a little puffy but dont worry I will treat it and
wash her fly mask. We will keep you posted". My mare
arrived with with an irritated eye and had just recovered
from an ulcer. My vet bills were in excess of $1,000
and now she is out of my care. I would have panicked
but Roger calmed me and somehow I just knew it would
be okay. Not only did they have this cleared up in a
week but I was kept informed of all progress!
My biggest concerned was her integrating into the retirement herd.
This is a horse that went to colic surgery from separation
anxiety. So you can just imagine I was a bit concerned!
She arrived, was placed into a barn, observed and then
gently integrated into the retirement pasture without a hitch.
This is a mare who wouldn't last longer than 2 hours
in turn out and would be running the fence line hysterical
to get back into her stall. The property is more than
lovely, the retirement horses have whatever they need to be well
maintained and if there is anything questionable they
bring in the vet without hesitation. It really is horse retirement
Horse retirement without stress and worry is what Chester
Bar Farm offers you and your horse. Within a short
period of time I was told my girl had a boyfriend...
a big lovely 17 hand ex-jumper. I have pictures of her
in the pasture and I call and talk to Roger just to
hear the latest update. What more could a horse owner want?
Last but not least, Mimi Gracida, the owner of Chester
Bar Farm, has been involved with horses her entire life
and, like myself, they are her passion. I am privileged
to know her personally and that's why I entrusted my
lovely mare to her. I knew she would care for her as
if she were her own.
Thanks, Mimi, Roger and Chester Bar Farm for peace of
mind and a wonderful retirement home for my horse who just turned
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