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.
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"....as 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: www.southwindfarminc.com