In a press release dated Sept. 26, Louis Merryman has announced Anchor & Hope Farm will stand stallions starting in the 2018 season in Port Deposit, Md. Merryman previously was a partner in Heritage Stallions Inc. Imagining and Bourbon Courage, who entered stud at Heritage Stallions in 2016 and had first foals arrive this year, will move to Anchor & Hope starting in 2018. A final roster will be announced later in the year.
Dr. Tom Bowman and Dr. Brooke Bowman will continue their operation in Chesapeake City, Md., standing Street Magician and Despite the Odds, and recently announced Editorial, a half-brother to Uncle Mo who will stand for a partnership between Climax Stallions LLC and Tom Bowman.
It was noted in the release that the breeding industry in Maryland was recently restructured to include a boost in breeders’ awards. Since the inception of the new program, there has been a sharp increase in number of mares bred and resulting live foals. Both Merryman’s Anchor & Hope and the Bowmans’ Roland Farm experienced an uptick in boarding and foaling. All partners agreed being able to focus their full attentions at their respective farms would contribute to the momentum Maryland is currently experiencing.
“We’ve seen a boom to the Maryland industry that is exciting, and the growth is happening at a steady rate. After countless discussions it was decided separating into two entities would best serve our clients. There was no viable option for expansion. All of our resources are now devoted to Anchor & Hope as a full service operation. We look forward to continuing to work with The Bowmans to promote Maryland breeding and racing,” said Merryman.
“We outgrew the current Heritage property quicker than any of us could have predicted” added Dr. Tom Bowman. “We agreed this would ultimately provide the best decision for our clients and our industry.”
Anchor & Hope farm is currently undergoing renovations to be able to offer foaling, layups and sales preparation services in addition to standing stallions.