Robert N. Clay, owner of Three Chimneys Farm in the heart of Kentucky’s thoroughbred industry, takes land conservation seriously. Not only is Mr. Clay a founder of Bluegrass Tomorrow and the Bluegrass Conservancy, two groups dedicated to conserving land in central Kentucky, but he is also personally involved. By placing portions of his Three Chimneys Farm under easement, that dedication is obvious to anyone who knows him.
Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm began in the early 1970’s with 100 acres of land and a dream. Today, it is home to Kentucky Derby winners Smarty Jones and Big Brown, and leading sires Dynaformer, Sky Mesa, and Exchange Rate. The farm is spread across 2,300 acres and operates as a full service thoroughbred farm, with several broodmare divisions, a yearling and sales prep division, a fully functioning vet lab, and more. The farm also has a bloodstock and sales office that handles both private sales transactions on behalf of clients and consigns at the major thoroughbred auctions around the U.S. and Europe.
Three Chimneys also stands as an excellent example of sustainability and best management practices for the equine industry by creatively dealing with muck management, recycling projects, stream restoration and the establishment of a tree nursery. With his commitment to ensuring the future of horse industry by conserving the land on which it thrives, Mr. Clay was an obvious choice for this year’s award.
The goal of the Anson W. Taylor, Jr. Award for Leadership in Equine Land Conservation is to recognize leaders who actively engage in land preservation and access for horses and/or set an inspirational example for others to do the same. Rather than present the Anson W. Taylor Jr. Award for Leadership in Equine Land Conservation annually, ELCR has chosen only present the award when a truly inspirational example, like Robert Clay, arises.
Former award recipients include New Englander Denny Emerson (1999) an eventer and columnist for Chronicle of the Horse who advocated for equine land conservation; Ann Lang of California (2002), a trail rider and tireless proponent of equine trail access; Kentucky-based U.S. Pony Clubs (2007), the youth organization responsible for the founding of ELCR; and Eve Prime Fout (2008), a Virginia foxhunter and strident land conservation advocate, awarded posthumously.
The award will be presented to Mr. Clay at the Bluegrass Tomorrow Vision Awards Breakfast on October 29th, 2010.
About the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR): The Equine Land Conservation Resource is the only national not-for-profit organization advancing the conservation of land for horse-related activity. ELCR serves as an information resource and clearinghouse for land and horse owners on issues related to equine land conservation, land use planning, land stewardship/best management practices, trails, liability and equine economic development. If you want to know more about ELCR, visit our website at www.elcr.org<http://www.elcr.org> or call (859) 455-8383.