Winchester Farm began in June 2002, when Dr. Naoya Yoshida, DVM and his wife Marie Yoshida-Debeusscher purchased a 150-acre farm on Winchester Road adjacent to historic Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. Dr. and Mrs. Yoshida's goal was to establish a high quality Thoroughbred breeding and boarding farm where their international clientele would have access to the top Thoroughbred stallions in the industry. They also planned to expand their American client base by offering various services such as mating consultations, breeding and boarding services, sales preparation, business partnerships, and global stallion and racehorse management services.
Dr. and Mrs. Yoshida have maintained strong relationships with their international clients because they maintain the highest level of integrity in their business dealings, so much so that their business here in the US has grown rapidly just from client referrals. In fact, in just two short years, Winchester Farm had outgrown the property in Paris and Dr. and Mrs. Yoshida purchased a new farm in Lexington, Kentucky. The new 270-acre farm, purchased in December, 2004 is the historic Indian Hill Farm previously owned by top Thoroughbred breeder and sales consignor Lee Eaton, and its history is closely tied to the very beginnings of Lexington.
The farm was originally owned by Charles C. Moore (1789-1860), his wife Maryanne H. Moore and their children, Alice Warren Moore, Mary Moore Brent, and Jennie Moore Cantrill, who settled on the property sometime in the early 1800's and were likely the farm's original owners. These family members, including Jennie's husband, James E. Cantrill, and Mary's husband, Major Thomas Y Brent of the 5th regular Kentucky Cavalry, CSA, are buried on the farm in a small stone-fenced cemetery in one of the horse paddocks close to what is now the main house. Of particular interest is that Mary Moore's husband, Major Thomas Y Brent "fell mortally wounded at the Battle of Green River Bridge" on July 4, 1863. Major Brent was one of 24 officers who fell in that battle under the command of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, against the Union troops of Colonel O.H. Moore of the 25th Michigan Infantry.
The farm stayed in the Moore family, once being divided by Mary Moore Brent to her two only children, Margaret Brent Atkins and Mary Brent Dabney. It is unclear from Fayette County records how large the farm originally owned by Charles C. Moore was, but the two parcels owned by Mrs. Dabney and her sister Mrs. Atkinks were roughly 71 and 79 acres each. Eventually, through marriages and land purchases, the farm grew to be about 270 acres when it was eventually sold by Edward and Betty Moore to Lee Eaton in 1964. Known then as the Wellington Moore Farm (for Edward Moore's father), Lee Eaton renamed the farm Indian Hill Farm, for the Adena Indian mound located next to the property along a bend of the North Elkhorn Creek.
Under Lee Eaton's ownership the farm produced many prominent Thoroughbred horses. Comely Nell, the foundation mare Eaton purchased from Calumet Farm, and who was never raced because she was completely blind in one eye, is buried on the farm. Comely Nell was bred by Lee Eaton to Irish Castle, and in 1973 foaled a colt that was raised by Eaton at the farm and later sold at the Fasig-Tipton Summer Sale. The colt, Bold Forbes, would go on to win the 1976 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Eaton bred Comely Nell again to Irish Castle producing Priceless Fame, who would become the dam of Grade 1 winners Dunbeath and Saratoga Six. Eaton also purchased as a foundation mare Courtly Dee, 1983 Broodmare of the Year and the dam of stakes winners Native Courier, Ali Oop, Princess Oola, and the stallion Twining. It was through Courtly Dee, now considered a Thoroughbred matriarch, that the farm produced the Grade 1 stakes winners Azzaam, Green Desert, and Market Booster. The farm also produced the champion racehorse and sire Woodman. Eaton eventually sold Indian Hill Farm to Reiley McDonald and his partners in 1999. McDonald maintained the Indian Hill Farm as the broodmare division of Eaton Farms, while also running the yearling preparation center on Newtown Pike. In 2004, Reiley McDonald and his partners decided to concentrate on the sales division of Eaton Farms, Inc. and sold the 270-acre broodmare division to Dr. and Mrs. Naoya Yoshida.
Dr. and Mrs. Yoshida were thrilled to acquire the historic property and look forward to seeing it continue its record of producing top quality winners and dams. In an effort to protect both the history and the natural beauty of the farm, the Yoshidas enlisted the property in the PDR program (Purchase of Development Rights Program) supported by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, giving up their right to divide their new farm into 40-acre parcels. The PDR program now has over 22,444 acres under conservation easement and Dr. and Mrs. Yoshida hope that more horse farm owners will join in the effort to protect the rural legacy and beauty of the Bluegrass area.