2/1/2014 Midwest/Canada: Steady Hand

  • February 11, 2014
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Mapleville Farms and Sherry McLean stay stable in changing times

by Lenny Shulman

In the mIdst of the instability that has befallen the Thoroughbred industry in Ontario over the past two years, at least one thing has remained constant. For 25 years Sherry McLean has been the glue holding together the historic property that is now Mapleville Farms in the hills of Caledon.

Started in the 1950s by George Gardiner, the farm, known until two years ago as Gardiner Farms, turned out champions such as St. Vincent and Ice Water and stars Two Violins and Carney’s Point in the 1960s and ’70s, and regularly topped all Canadian owners and breeders during its heyday. McLean signed on to Gardiner some 25 years ago and took over running the day-to-day operations of the thriving enterprise. Today Mapleville is a smaller concern, owned by Chinese/Canadian businessman Na Lui, but still benefits from the expertise, loyalty, and vast experience that McLean brings to every facet of Thoroughbred care.

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