Middlefield FarmAfter searching for a farm for ten years, Middlefield Farm became available through public auction and the property was purchased in June 1995. It is 156 acres beautifully situated and surrounded by other farms, hence the name Middlefield Farm.
The farm dates back to the early 1800ís with the previous owners completing a full deed search and obtaining most of the originals deeds to the property.
Middlefield at the time of purchase was not actively farmed and much work was done just in the first initial 3-5 years rejuvenating the 100 acres of tillable land. There were no buildings or fencing to house cattle or horses and that was another project that was completed.
Currently at Middlefield, there is an 11stall barn with attached dry paddocks, a 120í x 66í outdoor arena with a 45í round pen for training. There is a lot of open land for trail riding with good terrain for conditioning work.
In addition to the horse operation, there is a commercial cow calf operation always ranging from 12 to 15 head of beef cows with the crops mostly grown of small grain and hay. Over the past couple years more emphasis has been placed in the production of hay.
Expansion plans are currently in the works for an indoor arena with additional stalls and more paddocks with run-in sheds to have the capability to ride and train year round regardless of the weather and to have the ability to bring in outside boarders and activities for the Paso enthusiasts.
Both Keith and Lisa grew up on working farms primarily with crops and cattle with Lisaís family always having horses for pleasure riding. After Lisa had to retire her Paso gelding at age 30, a search went under way for a replacement.
Lisaís desire to work with young animals resulted in the purchase of a yearling Paso Fino colt named Bravo. Working with this young horse and rekindling the desire to show, sparked another purchase, this time a mare. After visiting Alfredo and Mary Rizo-Patronís farm, La Gema de United was purchased and from there the program has been developing with Mary Rizo-Patron at La Amistad in Ohio training for Middlefield.
Keith, in working with the horses and showing the farmís offspring, has become very interested and knowledgeable with the bloodlines. In 2007, their mare Afrodita was his first time showing a horse under saddle with lots of success.
Together Keith and Lisa have developed the current breeding program for Middlefield Farm. Much time and research has gone into the various bloodlines of the mares that have been purchased for the program. The bloodlines of the mares include Capuchino, Classico, Chucano, Nevado, Pleyebo, Profeta, and Retorno.
Middlefield is located approximately one hour north of Baltimore, MD and about a half hour south of Frederick, MD and visitors are always welcomed by appointment.
Middlefield Farmís mission is to produce top quality Paso Finos horses for the Amateur Owner to ride.
With careful selection to the choice of gait, disposition, confirmation and bloodlines, Middlefield Farm is producing horses that can be competitive in the ring and excellent on the trail.