Northview Stallion Station opened its doors in 1989, under the proprietorship of Richard Golden and Tom Bowman and the late Allaire du Pont. A whirlwind of activity preceded that initial season, all of the planning and assembling of the new farm having come about after Windfields Farm’s Maryland Division abruptly ceased operation the previous August. Windfields, the renowned establishment where NORTHERN DANCER held court until 1987, had encompassed several thousand acresin the Chesapeake City area, and offered a vast array of premier stallions. Its closing cast a pall throughout Maryland and beyond. Thus Northview’s founders took on an urgent mission: Ensuring that the Chesapeake City, MD, area would continue as a center of world-class Thoroughbred breeding.
The new commercial enterprise took its name from its first location. In its earliest years, Northview Stallion Station occupied a 116-acre farm previously operated as Windfield’s Northview Annex, on the northern end of the Windfield’s property. Northview’s first roster of stallions consisted of three popular Windfield’s veterans CAVEAT, SMARTEN and TWO PUNCH, plus Grade 1 winner WAQUOIT, fresh from a $1.9-million racing career. Success came immediately, and most gratifyingly, with Northview’s initial four stallions achieving a higher than 90 percent conception rate in 1989, a year in which SMARTEN’s offspring boosted him to the very top of the Mid-Atlantic region’s sire ranks.
In 1991, Northview moved to its present site, taking over the barns and paddocks that had served as headquarters for the Windfields Stallion Division. From then on, there was no looking back. Northview stallions annually service well over 600 mares.
Northview’s stature was further secured when major winner PRIVATE TERMS launched his stud career here and was represented by Grade 1-winning millionaires in his first two crops (foals of 1991 and 1992). PRIVATE TERMS’ immediate success led Northview to expand into Kentucky. Acquisition of promising stallion prospects has been a continuous process, as well as a key factor in Northview’s success. Reflecting Northview’s careful selection procedures are the superb bloodlines and racing records found in its current band of stallions.
Since Northview opened its doors in 1989, Northview stallions have topped the Maryland sires lists 16 times (through 2011) and NOT FOR LOVE has been named the state’s Stallion of the Year for nine of the past 10 years.