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Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association Thoroughbred Report Discusses HnR Plans

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Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association Thoroughbred Report Discusses HnR Plans

Pictured Sulis 2013 Filly by Harlan’s Holiday bred by HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC

Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association Thoroughbred Report

New Sires Added To Already Strong Offerings In PA

With the start of breeding season not that far off, area farms are setting up their stallion rosters, adding exciting new prospects and intriguing matchups. No fewer than five new stallions have been announced as standing their first Pennsylvania seasons in 2014.

Looking ahead at Pin Oak Lane after Rockport Harbor

Rockport Harbor died during the 40th anniversary of Pin Oak Lane Farm. The timing was devastating, but there's no good time to lose your best stallion in four decades of trying to prosper in the difficult business of breeding and raising horses. Dr. William Solomon, the veterinarian who started Pin Oak Lane in New Freedom in 1973, finally had his big horse.
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Flashy Bull a valuable addition to Penn Ridge -- Nobody's going to tell you - not if they're honest anyway - that breeding and racing horses are easy ways of making money. But Tom Reigle, stallion manager at Penn Ridge Farms near Harrisburg, thinks he knows a way of increasing your chances. Breed your mare to Flashy Bull.

PA-bred sales weanling part of Nothhaft plan

Entrepreneur Hank Nothhaft has made a career of taking start up companies and growing them. The business excites him, and the Pennsylvania native who now lives in California has turned his attention to another passion, the horse breeding industry.

Californian Hank Nothhaft: success with PA-bred weanling filly at Keeneland sale

Entrepreneur Hank Nothhaft has made a career of taking start up companies and growing them. The business excites him, and the Pennsylvania native who now lives in California has turned his attention to another passion, the horse breeding industry. A longtime racing fan, Nothhaft has used business plans and analyses, and a collaboration with Carl McEntee of Northview, to return to Pennsylvania. His broodmare band is growing. . . his first Pennsylvania breds will be 2 year olds in 2014. . . and he was the breeder and seller of the top priced Pennsylvania bred weanling at this year's Keene land November Breeding Stock sale. Nothhaft's Harlan's Holiday filly, bred in the name of HnR Nothhaft Horserac ing LLC, sold for $250,000 to Big Steps Training. She is the first foal out of the Maria's Mon mare Sulis, whom Nothhaft

and McEntee selected from the previous year's Keeneland November sale, with Nothhaft paying $105,000. One business goal is to sell weanlings to cover the purchase price of the mare - goal accomplished.
Hank Notthaft
The Harlan's Holiday filly is only the second weanling Nothhaft has offered for sale, but the breeder has made an enormous financial commitment to the Pennsylvania breeding industry. He cur

rently has 13 broodmares, all boarded at Northview PA in Peach Bottom, and is shopping for or planning on leasing more. He plunged into the breeding business with both feet when he bought Silver Train to stand in the state in 2012. The first Pennsylvania sired foals by the Breeders' Cup Sprint G1 winner are now weanlings. Nothhaft has supported the stallion with his own mares and has five offspring from the first Pennsylvania sired crop. And he plans to breed as many as 10 mares to the stallion in 2014. But Nothhaft notes that political activity in the state over the past year, which raised concerns for the breeding industry, may cause him to reconsider his business plan. "Breeding numbers dropped with the negative uncertainty," he said, but added: "I'm going to continue to expand as long as Pennsylvania remains stable."

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