Foxwood Farm Alpacas - "Farming a Friendlier Way"

Foxwood Farm Alpacas - Madison County, KY

Richmond, Kentucky
- Heart of the Bluegrass -

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
   --Mohandas Gandhi

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Within the Bluegrass State of Kentucky lies a little farm in Madison County named Foxwood Farm. It is barely hidden away from the city of Richmond, located just south of Lexington off I-75.

On this farm resides a couple, still young at heart, named Greg and Eve Secrist.  Greg and I (Eve) are originally from Virginia; Greg is from the Roanoke area and I'm from the Cumberland Gap area.  We met during our first years of college at Radford University in southwest Virginia and in 1992 moved to Richmond, Kentucky for graduate studies at Eastern Kentucky University.  We both are science majors, with Greg's focus being in Geology and mine in Biology.  Greg currently works fulltime as a Project Geologist at Delta Environmental Consultants, Inc.  Greg is also a proud Kentucky Colonel and enjoys playing golf when he has time. In addition to alpaca farming, I volunteer for the Humane Society, Animal League for Life, of Madison County, Kentucky.

After 12 years of courtship, Greg and I finally tied the infamous "knot" in 1999.  Who knows why it took so long?  We don't, but we do know it sealed our path to eternal happiness....well that, and the farm helped too :)

In 2001 we purchased Foxwood Farm, which is comprised of 11 acres, an old tobacco barn, and a small house and started to dream about what it could be.  My whole life I had dreamed about having horses, possibly breeding and training Arabians.  So with the help of a few good friends, we went to work.  Many long hours and hard days were put into remodeling the barn and building fences. Thank you Barney and Richard for all the priceless help!

Excuse my blog, but my dream was painfully shattered when I started doing research about the horse industry.  What I found out was shocking.  I discovered that American horses are being slaughtered in enormous numbers so their meat can feed the palates of overseas diners in countries such as Italy, France, Belgium, and Japan.  Show horses, race horses, foals born as a “byproduct” of the Premarin© (PMU) industry (a female hormone replacement drug made from pregnant mare urine), wild horses, carriage horses, 4-H horses, and family horses all fall prey to this detestable industry. Many people think that only old or sick horses are sent to slaughter.  This is simply not true.  Young and very healthy horses are everyday victims of slaughter.  Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of horses are stolen every year for the horsemeat trade.  Thinking about selling your horse at auction?  Think again.  Meat buyers prowl auctions for good deals and then in turn sell the horses directly to the slaughter houses for profit.  In 2004, over 65,000 horses were inhumanely slaughtered in one of the two foreign-owned, U.S. based horse slaughtering facilities located in Texas.  A third plant, Cavel International in Illinois reopened on June 9th, 2004, so those figures will be even higher unless the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is passed.  

That being said, since we've been at Foxwood Farm, we have rescued three horses.  We finally got our beautiful Arabs, two of them: Golden Radiance and Sahlih's Mystral.  They came from a Canadian PMU breeder's farm that had to liquidate most of their stock after the PMU cutbacks.  They, like many, were destined for the slaughter house.  We found out about them on the internet, of all places.  We have gelded our gorgeous young boys and they are in training here at the farm.  Our third horse, a Thoroughbred cross named Goodluck Charm (aka Moosey), was an animal cruelty victim here in Madison County.  He was about 200 lbs underweight when we first acquired him.  Two months later, he looked like a horse again.  It is amazing what a little grass and love will do.  Greg and I quickly realized that as much as we would like to have a herd of 20 horses, we simply do not have the pasture space at this time (maybe one day!).  

Lack of space, but yet desiring to have a working farm, led us to alpacas.  Our parents have been breeding and raising alpacas in Tennessee at Windy Hill Alpacas since 1998, so we were familiar with alpacas and have seen firsthand what wonderful, unusual, genuinely sweet animals they are.  It didn't take much for us to realize that they really are the perfect alternative for someone with a small mini-farm.  They don't require a lot of acreage, they are very gentle on the land, and they produce a wonderful usable product.  Best of all, slaughter is not in the equation.  Seeing our retired parents successfully manage, shear, and breed a high quality herd of 40+ alpacas brought us to the realization that if they can do it, we can too!  So here we are, and we are loving it!

In addition to the horses and alpacas, we also do cat and dog rescue with around 30 and 6 respectively!   We are finally settling in and can now enjoy the fruits of our labor, which really has been a labor of love.

Greg and Eve

Eve and Baby Cham-Cham

Greg with Long Hair ?? !

Old Original Barn in 2001

Remodeled Barn in 2004

Eve with her Arabian Colts

Eve & Sahlih's Mystral

Our Beloved Gizmo, 1990-2007


Member of AOBA - Alpaca Owners And Breeders Association

Proud Member of the Humane Society, A.L.L. of Madison County, KY

Member of KAA - Kentucky Alpaca Association

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