Monday, August 19, 2019

Photo Tour of Southwind!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words...

We'll let these photos, taken by the very talented Scott Stinnett, speak for themselves!
If you are looking for an all-inclusive boarding operation that has all the amenities without the large barn feeling in Montgomery County Maryland, come out to Southwind Farm today!

Learn more at:!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Six Cool-Down Strategies for Your Horse

"Summer's heat and humidity can be much more than just uncomfortable. They can be deadly. Horses lose their lives every year to heat stroke. Countless others struggle through anything from weakness to colic as a result of inadequate care in hot weather. Don't let this happen to your horse (!" Click on the article from our friends at Horse & Rider to learn about some cool down strategies for your horse to help finish out these last few weeks of summer and hot weather!

To learn about Southwind's facilities (including a shaded indoor arena and trails!) for boarders of all shapes and sizes visit:!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Rider Safety in the Heat

Shew, it's been hot and humid recently! While summer rages on, our horses still need to get ridden when safely possible. And although we focus a lot of times on our four-legged friends, it's important not to overlook our own bodies as riders in this summer heat.

Thanks to our friends at the CDC here is a great chart to help you spot the early signs of heat-related illnesses and what to do if it happens to you or someone you know. Remember to always stay hydrated and work your horse only as much as you both can handle.

We're so thankful to have an indoor arena which at least provides a bit of shade and a cross breeze when there's one available, but staying safe and keeping hydrated is still important! Learn more about our other amenities at:!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Safety First WhenTrailering This Summer!

With summer in full-swing and abundant competitions, clinics and schooling opportunities almost every weekend, it's important to maintain trailer safety when you are hauling horses.

Trailering in the summer requires some different precautions compared to other seasons such as spring or fall, so we are sharing this quick article from Equus magazine for all of our friends as a reminder!

"The inside of a horse trailer can easily become 20 degrees warmer than the air temperature outside. Horses working to keep their balance in such conditions can quickly become stressed, fatigued and dangerously overheated. As you travel this summer, take precautions to ensure your horses stay cool on the road.

  • Open trailer windows and vents. But make sure that doing so does not encourage a horse to assume an inappropriate position while you are moving.
  • Do not put sheets or coolers on traveling horses, even to "keep them clean." They'll overheat and arrive sweat-stained anyway.
  • Skip heavy quilts and bandages on legs and go with lighter-weight shipping boots. If all the horses in the trailer are experienced travelers, you may want to ship with just bell boots on to protect coronary bands.
  • If you have to stop en route, park in a shady spot if possible. Offer the horses water before you set out again.

Once you've arrived at your destination, unload and offer more water as soon as you can do so safely (" To read the original article, click here! 

To learn about our top-quality care of all breeds, ages and sizes of horses here at Southwind Farm visit: today!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

REMINDER: Annual Yard Sale THIS SATURDAY! 7/27

Good morning everyone!

Just a quick reminder that this Saturday, July 27th is our Annual Southwind Yard Sale from 8:00am to 2:00pm. It looks like the weather is going to cool off a bit and be lovely! This yard sale is a multi-vendor sale with everything from soup to nails, tack, tools, back to school stuff, household items, antiques, and even some furniture!! You won't want to miss this!

For those who want to participate its' not too late! The cost is $10 for as big a spot as you need for a table or two. (Sorry, no plastic tarps allowed as they kill the grass.) 

Email Sheri Thornley at: for more info/questions.  We hope to see you this Saturday!

Yard sale address: 11415 Bethesda Church Rd, Damascus, MD 20872

Monday, July 15, 2019

Meet Heidi Martin, Assistant Barn Manager!

Meet Heidi Martin! Southwind’s Assistant Barn Manager!

Today we want to introduce you to Heidi Martin, who joined Southwind Farm in April. You’ll see Heidi here during the week, assisting Sheri with managing our barn full of horses.

Heidi has degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education and began her riding career at the age of eight. She got her first horse at age 12 and evented him through Novice level, eventually getting to the Preliminary level with her next mount. Heidi has been a working student for Sally O’ Connor and after earning her degrees she decided to pursue her passion for horses as the barn manager at Waredaca Farm. After successfully managing Waredaca for a few years, she left to start a family.

Heidi’s experience in barn management and as a horse owner has given her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge caring for horses. She has taught horseback riding for over 30 years is a Level 4 Certified Horsemanship Association instructor, in addition to being First Aid and CPR certified.

We are so thrilled to have Heidi here at Southwind as she has contributed so much in her short time already! If you haven’t met Heidi yet, be sure to say hi next time you see her!

Learn more about Southwind Farm here: 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Save-the-Date: Southwind Annual Yard Sale, July 27th!

We are really excited to announce the date for our annual Southwind Farm Yard Sale! This year the event will be held on Saturday, July 27th.  Come out to the farm and for a variety of items for sale, horse and non-horse related. You can also reserve a table for yourself or have a table set up if you can't attend. More details to come later but for now mark your calendars!

Contact Sheri Thornley ( for more information or to reserve a space!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Wishing Everyone a Happy 4th of July!

We just wanted to take a minute to wish all of our fantastic boarders and their friends and families a Happy 4h of July this week!
We hope that everyone stays safe and gets to enjoy some extra time with their horse(s)!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Southwind Website Has Been Updated!

We are really excited to let everyone know that the Southwind Farm website (visit it here!) has been recently updated. Although our high quality standard of care hasn't changed it was time our website got a little face lift! With new photos of the farm, clear & concise information and boarding information you will find everything you need. We are also going to update this blog weekly with lots of great information so be sure to follow us here and on Facebook!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Now Accepting Boarders!!

Are you looking for a new place to board where you are not just another number? What about access to an indoor arena, outdoor arena, cross-country jumps and area for hacking? Here at Southwind Farm we welcome boarders of all ages and disciplines.

We are a larger barn with a "small barn feel" where everyone is treated like a part of the family. We are currently accepting boarders (both mares & geldings) to our farm of all ages, breeds and disciplines! If you want to learn more, feel free to contact Sheri at: (301) 253-9417 or and set up a time to come out and see the farm.

Or, visit us online at: 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

More About Southwind Farm: Part 2!

We asked Sheri what are some of the highlights of the farm that make it special:

"The things I brag on the farm about are the routine and the atmosphere.  We have a routine here that keeps the horses happy and content. The same things happen at the same time every day. Not only do the horses thrive on it, but so do the people.

If you ask anyone that comes here how fast their horse settled in, they will tell you they were shocked about how quickly they settled in. I recently has someone that was quite worried about how their high-strung horse would settle in. We just treated the horse like any other, put her in the routine, and now she's settled and thriving!!

I take a lot of pride in not only the physical well being of our horses, but also their emotional and mental well being more than anything else. Another thing I am proud about is the atmosphere here at the farm. Southwind is is super non-drama, no judging, and everyone is part of the family. Even though we are a bigger facility, we have a small barn feel where everyone feels welcome."

More about Jorge, Longtime Southwind Staff Member
Jorge has been with Sheri and Southwind since the beginning and he knows the farm better than anyone! He keeps the farm beautiful in the summer as he is an amazing landscaper. He also takes huge pride in his work and if something doesn't get done to his standard, he makes sure it gets fixed. He recognizes problems with the horses and has even noticed a few emergencies before anyone else, making sure the horses got the attention they needed right away. He knows all the details of the farm-- he even knows how many poops every horse does in a day, how much they drink on a normal basis, etc. Southwind would not be the same without him!

Learn more about Sheri & Southwind Farm (now accepting boarders!) at:

Friday, May 31, 2019

More About Sheri, Southwind Farm's Owner! Part 1

Good morning!!

Since our blog is back in action we wanted to give more background on Southwind Farm's owner, Sheri Thornley, for those who are new to the blog or the farm.

On how Sheri got into horses and Came to Southwind:
Sheri has been riding since she was a kid, and officially started her horse "career" in 1983 when she worked at the Greenspring Valley Hounds riding various hunt horses. In 1986 she landed her first barn manager job at Camelot Farm in Monkton, Maryland.   After leaving that position and deciding to work the "9-to-5 life" Sheri transitioned into Washington, D.C. for a few years working for a Union PAC. Shortly after she bought her horse Fred and after boarding him all over, she finally ended up at Windy Hollow Farm in 1996. Fast forward to 2004, Sheri ended up buying the farm and re-naming it Southwind!

On Sheri's Riding Career:

Fred wasn't Sheri's first event horse but he was her "main man" for many years.  Sheri was fortunate enough to have had him from 5-years-old until he died at  age 35 last year (2018).  Fred was such a wonderful horse who loved his job and evented all the way until he was age 23!  Sheri then got her current event horse, Toga, in 2003 when he was 3-year-old. At first she tried to sell him a couple times (a really cool story in itself- for another day!) and then without any luck ended up eventing him through the Intermediate level and then CCI** 2-star level. The year they competed in Intermediate at the American Eventing Championships the pair finished 9th and have returned at Training level finishing in the Top 8 several times since. Sheri describes Toga as her "one hit wonder horse" he is still rocking at Training level. Sheri has had other horses as well over the years and shared her love of riding with her daughter Addie.

Learn more about Sheri & Southwind Farm (now accepting boarders!) at:

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Blog is Back!!

Hi everyone!!

The blog hiatus is over and we are excited to announce that we will be posting weekly blogs again! Why may you ask? Because we have had several people express interest in learning more about our farm, our boarders, our instructors and other boarding/lesson opportunities. Instead of sending out emails we thought the blog would be the best way to communicate all of the great info Southwind Farm has to share!

So what is up this week? Southwind info 101. Read below to learn more!

Southwind Farm is owned and operated by Sheri Thornley, event rider and manager of boarding stables for over 25 years. Southwind offers outstanding care for your horse no matter the breed, age or discipline!  Our experienced staff all live on the property and help maintain a routine that keeps our horses happy and healthy.  Not only do we have the facilities you need to train your competition horse, there are also miles of trails for conditioning and pleasure.  All types of riding are welcome, as are your own blacksmith and veterinarian.  We have always emphasized a relaxed atmosphere that is essential to every horse’s well-being regardless of discipline. Unlike other farms, boarders here have unique access to over eight different trainers! We also welcome your trainer too!

Southwind Farm is a larger facility with a "small barn feeling." Boarders visit at various times throughout the day so it never feels too crowded but always feels welcoming.

Our location in Damascus, Montgomery County, MD provides easy access to I-270 and I-70.  We are also conveniently located to southern Frederick county and Howard County.

Learn more at!