Silver Springs Farm, located on Brentsville Rd. near Paris, Ky. was recently purchased by Steve and Shelley Johnson of Midway, Ky.
The well-known Thoroughbred nursery has operated as Silver Springs since it was developed in 1985 by noted horseman Randy Roberts for the late John and Marie Costelloe of Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Silver Springs consists of 298 acres farmlandin the historic Cooper's Run Rural Historic District, and it was named for the large natural limestone spring that supplies water for all livestock on the farm.
It was under the Roberts/Costelloe management program that such horses as graded stakes winner and leading sire Elusive Quality
, French group I winner and sire Elusive City
, and multiple European group winner and sire Rossini
were bred and raised on Silver Springs.
The Johnsons have integrated the 298-acre Silver Springs Farm (Cooper's Run Division) into a 125-acre tract they are currently operating under the Brentsville Division name. The two divisions will be operated together as Silver Springs Stud.
"Because of the commitment our family has made to Silver Springs Stud and the mission we have of keeping our horse volume low, and the raising of our babies in large, open fields, we believe this boutique-style of management will be in the best interests of not only the horses, but also in the best interests of their owners," Steve Johnson said.