Founded in 1828, today Waterwild Farm®,LLC, offers a variety of finestock, livestock, and general agricultural products.

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Contact Us

By email

By telephone: 859-321-2498

By mail:      2580 Waterwild Lane
                    Lexington, Kentucky 40511
In person:   2580 Waterwild Lane
                    Lexington, Kentucky
                        (KY 353 8.5 miles north of KY 4)
GPS Locater: 2544 Waterwild Lane, Lexington, KY 40511

                       Scroll down for Driving Instructions.

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Enclosed Arena: This 210’x96’ structure contains 12 stalls, a wash stall with hot and cold water, tack room, and feed storage. Available for instruction, training, clinics, and small shows.

For information, call 859-321-2498.

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Overlooking scenic Goose Creek — tributary to the fabled Elkhorn Creek system that waters Central Kentucky — the 17-stall Hill Barn and 12-stall Enclosed Arena offer amenities found only at the best facilities.

Fitted out in black cherry cut and milled on the property, the Hill Barn features two wash stalls with hot and cold water plus a comfortable lounge with kitchen and laundry room/lavatory.

The 210'x72' Arena offeres a wash stall with hot and cold water, heated tack room, and feed storage area. Surrounding paddocks provide pasture turnout.

We are happy to discuss specifics with you. Contact us.


Owners are required to provide immunization and de-worming history, as well as sign a boarding contract and pay the first month's board upon arrival of the horse.

Immunization and de-worming protocols, as established by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, are stictly enforced. Owners my have their own practitioners provide these services, but documentation will be required. If not completed by a specific date, services will be perfomed by the farm vet and customers will be billed accordingly.

Barn Rules

  • No smoking in any barn.
  • Children may not play in the barns or arena, but are welcome to play in open outdoor spaces or in the Lounge.
  • Horses must be under control at all times.
  • No borrowing! If you need it, ask us.
  • Gates must be securely fastened at all times.
  • We love dogs. We have dogs. We keep ours restrained. Please do not bring your dog to the barn.
  • Helmets must be worn whenever mounted.
  • Trunks in front of stalls are allowed, but must meet our minimum standards.
  • Owners may not change stall or pasture space without consultation.

Additional Services Available

  • Lesson Program
  • Show Prep
  • Exercise Options
  • Professional Training


We have two professional trainers available. Andrea Cannon is a multi-discipline instructor and trainer (although her favorite personal discipline is eventing). Dani Ritter specializes in dressage instruction and training. Contact us.

Specialty Mare Care & Foaling

A more intimate setting is found at the quaint Valley Stable. More than 100 years old, the Stable provides seven stalls for mares at foaling time. Four paddocks of varying sizes offer pasture turnout. Contact us.

Goose Creek Stablesis the Equine Division of Waterwild Farm®, LLC

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Waterwild Farm's General Agriculture Division features a herd of Black Angus cattle on 100 acres committed to cow/calf, backgrounding, and grass-finished beef cattle products, available through Whole Foods, Blue Grass Stockyards, and Marksbury distribution, among others.
General Agriculture
Other general agricultural products are lead by 50 acres of alfalfa hay, which won consecutive Blue Ribbons at the Fayette County Fair (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013). Another 50 acres are committed to mixed grass hay. The alfalfa hay products is mostly committed to buyers in Georgia, while the grass hay product is sold locally.
Two hundred acres are committed to row crops, including corn and soybeans. These products are currently contracted to Purdue Foods.
Twenty acres of burley tobacco are under contract.

Driving Instructions

From Lexington: Travel Russell Cave Road (KY 353) north 8.5 scenic miles from New Circle Road (KY 4). Look for our gray stone gate and the Waterwild Lane street sign on the left just past Northwind Drive.

From Cincinnati and points North: Travel I-75 South to Georgetown Exit 126 (U.S. 62). Travel south to U.S. 460, and turn left towards Paris 8.2 miles to the four-way stop at Centerville, then right on KY 353 (Russell Cave Road) 3.5 miles. Look for our gray stone gate and the Waterwild Lane street sign on the right just past Mantews Lane.

From Louisville and points West: Travel I-64 East, then I-75 North to Kentucky Horse Park Exit 118 (Iron Works Pike, KY 1973). Travel east 4.9 miles to the second four-way stop, then left on KY 353 (Russell Cave Road) for 5 miles. Look for our gray stone gate and the Waterwild Lane street sign on the left just past Northwind Drive.

From Knoxville and points South: Travel I-75 North to Lexington Exit 113 (Paris/U.S. 27 & U.S. 68). Travel north on U.S. 27/68 3.1 miles to KY 1973 (Iron Works Pike) and turn left. At the first stop sign, turn right on KY 353 (Russell Cave Road) for 5 miles. Look for our gray stone gate and the Waterwild Lane street sign on the left just past Northwind Drive.

From Huntington and points East: Travel I-64 West to Lexington Exit 113 (Paris/U.S. 27 & U.S. 68). Travel north on U.S. 27/68 3.1 miles to KY 1973 (Iron Works Pike) and turn left. At the first stop sign, turn right on KY 353 (Russell Cave Road) for 5 miles. Look for our gray stone gate and the Waterwild Lane street sign on the left just past Northwind Drive.


Since 1828, Waterwild Farm® has pursued its goal of husbanding prime Kentucky land to produce prime finestock, livestock, and general agricultural products.
Under the able hand of Denton Offutt — employer of Abraham Lincoln at the storied New Salem, Illinois, general store — the farm enjoyed early prominence with the Kentucky Saddler (now the American Saddlebred). Recognized as America’s first “horse whisperer”, Offutt published his technique of “gentling” — not breaking — the horse by “whispering in the ear of the animal.” Offutt parlayed his talent to sell bloodstock into Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.
After the farm was acquired by Alexander Carrick in 1883, Thoroughbreds were introduced to the property. Named Waterwild by Dr. Robert Lee Carrick, the farm triumphed with stakes winners Running Water, Branch Water, and Palm Branch. Upon the death of Spence Summers Carrick in 1978, the breeding tradition came to a temporary halt. Tobacco was king, however, under the owner-management of Cora Spence Carrick.
In 1993, James and Madelyn Millard embarked on restoring the 1830 plantation home. The restoration of the equine program started with daughter Miss Caroline Carrick Millard’s Welsh Mountain Pony, Midnight, and continued into showing Saddlebreds with Ghostbuster. In 2002, Cora Carrick purchased Tip Top’s Sonata and embarked on an ambitious rebuilding program to convert a former tobacco barn as the centerpiece of the equine facility. In 2007, son Sean and his wife Jennifer made the bold decision to revitalize the general agriculture operations.
Thanks to the Purchase of Development Rights initiative of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, Waterwild has regained its status as a source of well-trained horses and excellent riders for the region and nation, purebred cattle, and top-rated general agricultural products. To find out more about the most successful farmland preservation progam in the United States, click here.

Contact Us

By email: Madelyn Millard, Manager

By telephone: 859-321-2498
By mail: Post Office Box 12012
Lexington, Kentucky 40579

In person: 2580 Waterwild Lane
Lexington, Kentucky

(KY 353 8.5 miles north of KY 4)

Links to related sites

American Saddlebred Network

Saddlebred Information Source

Member, Kentucky Horse Council

Tip Top's Sonata
By Catalyst, out of Santana's Sonata, Tip Top's Sonata is a full sister to George Amos. Great-grandsires CH Superior Odds and Supreme Sultan, and great-great grandsire CH Yorktown.

Owned by Waterwild Farm
®, LLC, Tip Top's Sonata showed in the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Division 2002-2004 with Miss Caroline Carrick Millard, daughter of James and Madelyn Millard.

Accomplishments: 2004 Third Place World's Championship Horse Show, 2004 Champion American Classic Horse Show, 2004 National Top 15, 2003 ASHA National Champion, 2003 ASHA Kentucky Top Point Award.

Tip Top's Sonatais serving as the foundation mare for Waterwild Farm®, LLC. She has two fillies: Sylvan Springs by Sir William Robert (2009) in training under Melissa Johnston at Mallard Farm, Oxford, Ky., and Sonata Springs by Thunder Rolls (2013).

Inquiries are welcome: 859-321-2498.

Photo: Lexington Junior League Horse Show, copyright © 2002 Howard Schatzberg, Inc.

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