William Stamps Farish III
Family and early life
- Wife: Sarah Sharp, a stepdaughter of Bayard Sharp
- Son: William Stamps Farish IV
- Daughters: Mary Farish Johnston, Laura Farish Chadwick, Hillary Farish Stratton
Lane's End Farm
A breeder of thoroughbred racehorses, in 1979 Farish bought the 240 acres that had been Bosque Bonita Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. Over the years it would be expanded to 1,800-acre (7.3 km2) and renamed Lane's End Farm. A leading breeder of horses that compete around the world, Lane's End Farm hosted Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Lexington. He also owns a home in the horse community of Wellington, Florida.
Lane's End has a secondary 400-acre (1.6 km2) operation near Hempstead, Texas. Farish's operations have bred and/or raced over 225 horses that became stakes winners, both individually and with partners. In 1972, his horse Bee Bee Bee won the Preakness Stakes and his filly Casual Look won a British Classic, the 2003 Epsom Oaks. In 1992 and again in 1999, he received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder.
The United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian commented on his low profile during the period leading up to the Iraq War. Her Majesty's former Ambassador to Washington, Christopher Meyer, said that "as ambassador [Farish] proved as agreeable as he was invisible." (Christopher Meyer, D.C. Confidential, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2005)
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