Craighead Farm

Breeding, raising and producing top hunters and jumpers.

 

About Craighead Farm

Craighead Farm of Novelty, Ohio has bred many champions over the years. When asked about the history behind Craighead Farm, owner Billie Steffee has this to say:

“I have owned horses sine the 70’s. I started with ponies, pony club and pony hunters going up all the way to grand prix riders and jumpers, and international jumpers. The breeding operation started with the purchase of All The Gold from Jessamy Rouson, Keswick, VA in 1987. All The Gold was both a performance stallion as well as a breeding stallion until his retirement from the show ring in 1994.”

“We have also done dressage over the years, not just hunters and jumpers. But both children, Sarah and David, liked showing the hunters and jumpers best. Sarah always appreciated that dressage training in the medal competitions, especially in the work offs. Many All The Gold offspring have done well in the dressage ring with high level awards. A few have gone into eventing. Of course there are lots of jumpers but mostly hunters. He still is one of the few stallions to have winner in the IJF and IHF competitions. Sometimes in the same year! All The Gold was brought to this country as a jumping stallion but did the regular hunters because he jumped in that old, wonderful traditional hunter style… and did it so beautifully.”

"I have been on this farm, Craighead Farm of Novelty, Ohio, since 1988. All The Gold has been here since 1992. As well I have a farm in Lexington, KY. After Hours Farm is located in the Kentucky Horse Park."

“I support many organizations: IHF, IJF, USET, KY Horse Park and the KY Horse Park Foundation, American Gold Cup and the Rider’s Club. In the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show we sponsor the Welcome Stake, Sportsmanship Award, Hunter Derby and The Grand Prix. The Chagrin Valley PHA is where grand prix jumping first began in this hemisphere (1965) as well as The America Gold Cup. I am a Chagrin Valley Hunt Club member and on it’s stables Board of Directors. I was a member of The Miss Independent Group sponsoring Laura Kraut and Miss Independent throughout her international career. She and the USA came in 2cnd at the Aachen World Equestrian Games in 2006. Following an injury, Miss Independent is now a broodmare.”

“Outside the horse world, I am the president of the Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund of the Cleveland Foundation, a life trustee of the Cleveland Metro Park Zoological Society and a life trustee (or champion) of Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. I am mother of David Steffee, Steffee Surfaces (owner), and mother in law to Laura, amateur jumper rider (and an occasional hunter rider!!!!!) and grandmother to Abby, Sydney and Dawson. We also here at Craighead Farm, raise Bichons and Standard Poodles.”

“The main focus of the Steffee Family Fund, at this time, is to diminish the impact of gangs and gang violence in the city of Cleveland, which is a far cry from the world of horse shows and show horses.”

“I hope Craighead Farm can continue to exist for a long, long time! It is a really beautiful place and All The Gold is it’s king. A part of the property will be designated a preserve. We continue to have lots of babies and broodmares.”

“After Hours Farm in KY was a significant part of the World Equestrian Games in September 2010. We are located right there in the midst of things, with the endurance riders starting an finishing in the yard.”

“The whole horse experience is one we all enjoy so much. It is so good for kids to have something else in their lives other than themselves. I hope this horse world we love can exist in this world of such troubling economic times. But, All The Gold babies are very affordable and are trained to be just the best family members.”

“Now, about All The Gold. He is 29! Happy, healthy and continues to be the gentleman he has always been. As Sarah Steffee always said of him.. “He puts wings on your dreams!”. He retired from breeding in Dec. 2007. But, he continues to be grand, gorgeous and oh so elegant. I am glad his fan club is growing. He deserves it! He was one of the first, if not the first ever, branded horses to win in the hunter ring. Now look around! Can you find a TB? Certainly, not many. His offspring have been fun to watch as their careers have developed. My breeding customers were the best! I am so glad they still keep in touch. A stallion’s worth is only as good as his get. My owners showed their Gold babies so well, which is why we were so high in the USEF ranks for so long.”

Craighead Farm is located in Novelty, Ohio: 35 miles East of Cleveland (airport Cleveland Hopkins) and 1 ½ hours west of the Pittsburgh International Airport; very easy by car.