“The beauty of this land made us breathless. We put a lot of thought into Lane’s End and I did a lot of planning before we began developing the farm”
The first 240 acres of what would become Lane’s End was purchased in 1979. A portion of the property was formerly Bosque Bonita Farm (“Beautiful Woods”) a Thoroughbred farm owned by Abe Buford, a general for the Confederacy. Bosque Bonita was later owned by leading horseman John H. Morris. MANNIE GRAY, the dam of the great DOMINO, was raised at Bosque Bonita and LEAMINGTON, sire of the first Kentucky Derby winner ARISTIDES, stood at stud there. In 1875, the year before the Battle of the Big Horn, General George Custer came to Bosque Bonita to buy calvary remounts. The Farish home, once known as Pleasant Lawn, was built in 1829. Visitors to the farm have included former President George Bush, his son President George W. Bush, as well as Her Majesty the Queen.
In 1985 Lane’s End opened its stallion division with a new, 20-stall barn. Just five years later we built an entirely new stallion complex, consisting of three eight-stall barns, a breeding shed and stallion courtyard. In January of 1990 the complex was completed and the stallions were relocated to this part of the property fronting on Midway Road. Since then more property on Old Frankfort Pike was purchased and it is known as our Fort Blackburn Division. In 2004 more acreage on Midway Road was purchased and that has been renovated and a new foaling barn was built there.