Ridgewood Stables was established in 2009 as a boarding and foaling facility, providing Illinois Thoroughbred breeders and owners with exceptional quality care for their equine.
The company is owned and managed by Holly and John Mathis. Holly has been professionally trained in the Thoroughbred industry. She has a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from Southern Illinois University, specialized in Thoroughbred reproduction and care. In addition to being formally educated in equine science and management, she has also worked for others within the Thoroughbred industry. As a child she enjoyed horseback riding and has been a horse owner most of her life. While working at Lone Cedar Farm, a racehorse breeding and training facility, she decided she wanted her own business. The construction of Ridgewood Stables began soon after.
John has also been involved with horses most of his life, from helping his Grandpa take care of racehorses as a young boy, to participating in rodeos during high school and college, and now the breeding and foaling operation. His mother’s family raised and raced Thoroughbreds throughout the US. “I was very fortunate to have been introduced to the excitement of the Thoroughbred industry at a young age,”said John.
At the farm, Ridgewood specializes in providing highly individualized services to the thoroughbred industry. These services include a variety of options for broodmares, youngsters requiring daily attention and handling, and post-operative rehabilitative service for recovering horses.
Throughout the process of establishing Ridgewood Stables’ boarding operation John and Holly came across several friends and family interested in owning racehorses. Intrigued by the concept of partnership racing and an ever growing passion for the sport, they soon found themselves meeting with trainers, bloodstock agents, and attorneys. In the summer of 2010 all the details were worked out and they were ready to set up their first horseracing partnership. Partnership #1 turned out to be a great success, from winning at the allowance level at Churchill Downs, to racing in Miami, and a nice financial gain overall! From there they have continued to purchase several more horses, both two-year-olds in training and yearlings. Their current star, Jagati, took 2nd in the Sapling Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park last year and looks to be a promising stakes class three-year-old.
Ridgewood Stables has built it’s current reputation, in both the boarding operation and the racing partnerships, by providing clients and partners with an uncompromising level of quality. “We believe in hard work, we will always go the extra mile to make sure things get done right,” says John. They employ only the industries leading professionals as jockeys, trainers, and vets both at the farm and on the track.
Ridgewood’s reputation is quickly growing. They currently manage bloodstock for some of the industry's leading owners along with racing partnerships for partners located across the nation and around the globe.