William Haggin Perry
|William Haggin Perry|
December 5, 1910|
New York City, New York
|Died||November 12, 1993
|Residence||Waterford Farm, Oakwood, Virginia|
|Education||St. George's School,
|Occupation||Racehorse owner & breeder|
|Board member of||Breeders' Cup Ltd.|
|Children||William Haggin Perry, Jr.|
|Parent(s)||Henry Pierrepont Perry & Edith Lounsbery|
|Relatives||Richard Pierrepont Perry (sibling), James Ben Ali Haggin,
|Awards||Virginia Thoroughbred Association Hall of Fame (1994)|
William Haggin Perry (December 5, 1910 - November 12, 1993) was a prominent owner and breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses. He was the son of Henry Pierrepont Perry, a Wall Street Stockbroker, and Edith Lounsbery, the daughter of Richard P. Lounsbery and Edith Hunter Haggin who in turn was the daughter of one of America's most prominent horsemen, James Ben Ali Haggin.
Although born in New York City, William Perry spent a good deal of his childhood at Rancho Del Paso, the huge Haggin family ranch in Sacramento County, California. The family owned a summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island and young William Perry studied there at St. George's School before going on to Yale University.
William Perry and his wife Nicole made their home at Waterford Farm, a 144-acre equestrian estate in Buchanan County, Virginia about four miles from the village of Middleburg. According to Armfield, Miller & Ripley Fine Properties, LLC, real estate agents who sold the property, The Chronicle of the Horse publication called Waterford Farm "one of the ten most important thoroughbred facilities in the United States during the late 1970s and early 80s." 
In 1960, through his Gamely Corporation William Perry entered into an annual foal sharing partnership with Arthur Hancock of Claiborne Farm. Perry raced many top runners including 1979 Belmont Stakes winner Coastal. His early success in racing came with the filly Alanesian who in turn produced Boldnesian and Princessnesian. Perry's first Champion was Lamb Chop in 1963, followed by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Gamely in 1967, and Revidere in 1976.
- Richard Lounsbery Foundation
- Washington Times, November 19, 1993
- Armfield, Miller & Ripley Fine Properties, LLC
- Lakeland Ledger (Florida), June 10, 1979
- Miami Herald - November 15, 1993: PROMINENT OWNER PERRY, 85, DIES
- The New York Times obituary for William Haggin Perry
- Virginia Thoroughbred Association Hall of Fame