Phoenixcrest Farm welcomes you to our web site; foremost among our goals is the breeding and raising of strong, healthy horses. We invite you to view our stallions Algermoneli, BT Swinger, Wise Swinger, Stonewalls Brigade, Chariot of Fire, and our broodmares No Excuses, Oh Sweet Mystery and Granddaughter.
Breeding and raising outstanding thoroughbred athletes since 1984
Phoenixcrest Farm is located in the historical Kentucky community of Lair, between Paris and Cynthiana, twelve miles from Lexington, Fayette County. Phoenixcrest Farm was established in 1984 as a family run, hands-on thoroughbred farm carrying on the bloodlines of Man O' War, Bold Ruler, Stage Door Johnny, J.O. Tobin, Dancer's Image, Native Dancer, Wajima, In Reality, Northern Dancer, Alydar, Nijinsky's Secret, and others. Their descendants who romp the paddocks of Phoenixcrest Farm are evidence of our devotion and care for the thoroughbred horse.
The farm has seen some of Kentucky's earliest history, as well as its earliest tragedies. Just a few hundred yards from where the farm sits today was the site of a bloody Revolutionary War massacre. In June, 1780, Ruddle's Station was attacked by a force of British and Indians under British Colonel Bird, sweeping into Kentucky from Detroit and wreaking havoc among the American settlements there. After a short fight the settlers surrendered. Eighteen pioneers were subsequently massacred by the Indians; Bird claimed he could not control them. The survivors were sent into captivity into Detroit and Canada, finally coming home when the War ended.
After the Revolutionary War the Lair brothers loaded their families and possessions on barges and sailed to the South Fork of the Licking River, thus claming their land grant that was issued to soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. Here they started a new life, building houses and plantations on the rich river bottomland beside the same river sailed by Simon Kenton and the Shawnee Indians from Ohio in days gone by.
The thunder of battle echoed over the farm once again during the War Between the States as famed Kentucky Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his cavalry brigade twice raided into Cynthiana. Along with the human toll, a number of horses were killed in those battles, and are numbered among the unsung heroes of the area.
Some of our mares enjoying the early fall mist
Phoenixcrest Farm in the Winner's Circle at Keeneland