|It's not every day that you find a
realtor familiar with selling homes and equestrian properties.
But, then again, it's not every day that you meet people like
those at Wetherbee Farm Real Estate. Not only do they know how
to sell or find an equestrian property, but they also understand
and appreciate the needs and requirements that clients in the
equine industry present. Knowing that you are buying or selling
a property using a real estate broker who understands what your
many equestrian requirements are, is one of the many positive
aspects of working with Wetherbee Farm Real Estate.
Over the years they have sold and found hundreds of
properties throughout New England. Those include everything from
the private residence on a few acres with a two-stall barn to
the multi-million dollar breeding and training facilities
ranging from 10 acres to 500 acres in the northeast.
As any horse owner knows, learning about horses does not
happen overnight, and Wetherbee Farm Real Estate realtors Gladys
Fox and Linda Hampson are a testament to that. Gladys
has been a horse owner since the 1950's and knows what type of
environment is necessary to keep a horse safe, healthy and
happy. Her personal pursuits as the owner and operator of
Wetherbee Farm, a 17th century homestead in Massachusetts
purchased by her in 1986, have solidified her knowledge and
accessibility as not only a real estate broker but a horse owner
Wetherbee Farm started out as a boarding barn and then moved
into a lesson barn, which in turn facilitated the development of
Fitness by Riding®. This program
caters to the beginner, casual rider who is also looking to
exercise. What better way to get motivated to get in shape than
to combine it with something you've always wanted to do? Thanks
to Nancy Tombeno who implements the scheduling process to best
fit the riders' needs.
This also rings true with the advent of the men's classes.
Gladys chuckles as she reminisces, "The classes started
when I approached some of my husband's friends about taking up
riding. They were enthusiastic but I'm not sure how he [my
husband] initially felt. They've been riding now for the past
year and a half, and we're finding that more and more men are
getting involved." Claudia Lauze is the instructor for the men's
classes and provides enough challenges to maintain their
enthusiasm and improvement. With basic balance seat being
taught, these men are then ready to explore any area of riding
that piques their interest or simply enjoy the occasional trail
ride with a horse crazy wife or daughter.
In order to keep up with changes in the industry and address
the needs of their clientele, Wetherbee Farm has added advanced
level riding classes with instructors knowledgeable in hunters,
jumpers, dressage and combined training. As grandchildren begin
to enter the picture, new programs to encompass their needs are
sure to be on the horizon and vaulting is on the top of that
While the riding lessons and boarding are mainstays of the
farm, the current focus is on raising and training the foals
that have resulted from their breeding
program. Seven years ago, Wetherbee got involved in the
breeding aspect of the industry and took on the challenge of
breeding sport horses, currently standing both a registered
Holsteiner stallion and a double-registered Paint/Pinto
While many breeding facilities concentrate on getting horses
sold before they are going under saddle, Wetherbee is focused on
selling the finished horse between the ages of five and seven
years old when they know what discipline the horse will be most
suited to compete in.
Currently there are approximately 25 youngsters at the farm,
as they average between 8 and 10 foals each year. Horses of a
wide variety are available as different breeds and bloodlines
are represented in the program to create an athletic individual
with a great disposition. "The youngsters are showing some
real promise," comments Gladys.
One advantage of selling 4 - 6 year olds rather than
weanlings is that they have time to grow up in a herd and be
supervised by Wetherbee's talented staff which results in the
new owner's complete knowledge of the horses' histories which
many horse owners never receive from others. Rondi Keaney is in
charge of the breeding, foaling, nutrition, and health care.
Claudia Lauze does the handling, round penning, long lining and
three-year-old backing. At 3 to 5 the horses begin their
consistent training schedule under Rondi and Claudia assisted by
Corrinne Lauze (Claudia's daughter) and Carly Fisher. Brett
Gaby, DVM of Essex Equine, oversees the foaling and the young
horses' medical needs. Neo Ruiz performs the trimming and
shoeing from weanlings to competitive horses.
This method seems to be working as some of our first foals
are now competing in combined training and doing well with Suzie
Gornall and Anne Geoghegan. Tricia Shotwell and Tricia O'Connor
have taken some into the hunter ring and have done very well
there. Additionally, Claudia Lauze has also competed some of
Wetherbee's horses in pleasure driving with winning results.
Experienced equestrienne and real estate professional, Linda
Hampson, rounds out the Wetherbee team and offers a lot in
both areas. As a youngster, Linda was introduced to Morgans and
although she has experienced other breeds, she has found herself
gradually coming full circle back to Morgans. She is now
breeding sport Morgans of Government lines with a focus on
dressage and jumpers as well as endurance riding. Like many of
us, Linda got involved again when presented with an opportunity
too good to turn down.
Just like the equine industry, real estate rides its own
waves of highs and lows and Gladys has seen them all in her many
years as a realtor. Current trends include the increasing
popularity of equestrian communities -- developments of varying
acreage in which homes are sited to take advantage of communal
arenas, polo fields, barns, pastures and paddocks, and extensive
trails systems. "The option of having a full facility where
different age groups can live, have their horses at home or
nearby, and maintain the open space of the property to keep the
farms from disappearing is attractive," explains Linda.
This is especially true as the awareness of keeping land and
trails open and available increases and zoning becomes tougher.
And, for those who enjoy horses but don't necessarily want to
own one, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to feel
involved in the community. What could be better than looking out
your front window and seeing a bunch of people on horseback
heading to the trails? The number of people looking for an
equestrian property is also on the rise, as more people get
involved. Gladys is quick to comment, "It's not just one
discipline; they have all kinds of ideas. There are people
focusing on breeds and others on a certain discipline. That's
great because the more people we get involved the better the
industry will become."
Gladys is also quick to contribute much of their success from
word of mouth and the Internet. "The website is a big plus
these days. A number of years ago it wasn't in existence but now
almost anyone who is looking for an equestrian property is going
on line and using the site as a service," says Gladys.
"Word of mouth certainly helps and we don't always formally
list a property."
Always ready to take on a challenge, Wetherbee Farm enjoys
listening to the goals of buyers and sellers. Not only do Gladys
and Linda have the expertise in selling the facilities, but they
both have experience in the challenges of running them. While
realtors are plentiful, it's unique to find a realtor who knows
what she is talking about when it comes to equestrian
properties. Wetherbee Farm Real Estate, Gladys Fox and Linda
Hampson are the unique few.
For more information about services at Wetherbee Farm Real
Estate, contact Gladys Fox (Massachusetts office) at
888-635-0801 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Linda Hampson (New Hampshire office) at 888-674-6773 or email@example.com.
You may also visit them at www.wetherbeefarm.com