New blog gives insight into Diamond Creek Farm
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“I started it out for a selfish reason more than anything else,” Bowden said. “I started it just to keep track of my own thoughts about the farm. You always forget stories; this was a way to keep track of things. But I enjoy reading (other harness racing blogs) and based on the comments they get, quite a few other people enjoy them. So, I thought it would be fun to let people see the sport from a completely different side. You don’t get insight into the breeding farms very often. I’ve had great response so far. It’s nice.”
Bowden and his father, Chris, started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005. The facility has 65 broodmares and his expecting 54 foals this year.
“If the blog attracts new fans, that would be a bonus,” Bowden said. “If it doesn’t, hopefully it provides good reading. Being here on the farm, I feel secluded a lot of the time.”
While growing up, Bowden watched his father, who is involved in commercial real estate, race a small stable of harness horses in his native Maine. During his college years at the University of Southern Maine , from which he graduated with a biology degree, Bowden spent a couple summers working at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania .
“The first summer I was there, I kind of knew this is what I wanted to do. Obviously, not at that magnitude, but something similar,” Bowden said. “After I graduated, I packed my truck up and drove to Kentucky. I was going to either pick any old farm and start at the bottom and work my way up, or go to horseshoeing school. I ended up choosing horseshoeing.
“I wanted to be around the horses constantly and learn a trade I had no idea about. I didn’t work with my hands growing up; this gave me the opportunity to challenge myself a little bit.”
Bowden worked as a farrier and managed a Saddlebred farm in southern Kentucky for two years before starting Diamond Creek.