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Dark Hollow Farm

Contact Details: 
General Manager
David Hayden
16123 Dark Hollow Road
Upperco, MD 21155
United States
Email Address: 
(410) 239-7075
(410) 239-8220

Consignment Services

Sales Prep
Boarding Facility

Types of Sales

Mares, Weanlings
Racing Age
Mixed Stock
About Us: 

Do what you love, and success will follow!

That is the spirit in which David and JoAnn Hayden established Dark Hollow Farm more than 30 years ago, and the results have far exceeded anything they originally imagined.

Nestled on 155 acres in the rolling hillsides of northern Baltimore County, Maryland, Dark Hollow Farm Thoroughbred breeding operation got off the ground, quite literally, in the mid-1980s with the arrival of a modest claiming mare aptly named SAFELY HOME, who produced three outstanding stakes performers, including Eclipse Award-winning sprint champion SAFELY KEPT ($2,194,206).

Dark Hollow has since launched numerous additional stakes winners and auction sales stars, yet it remains true to David and JoAnn's goal, as a close-knit operation in which the owners, along with farm manager John Foster, attend to much of the hands-on care and decision-making. Once strictly a private farm, Dark Hollow now also provides year-round broodmare care and auction sales services for a select group of clientele.

"To say that we treat these horses as our own is a fair and accurate statement," says David Hayden.

"And that is really saying a lot, because JoAnn is out there all the time, keeping tabs on them as if they were cialis female our children."

The fact that all of David Hayden's business ventures are centralized at Dark Hollow helps greatly in this regard. Hayden has made his career in the advertising business, as the founder and sole proprietor of David Hayden Advertising, Inc., a firm whose major clients include prominent farms in Maryland and Kentucky as well as Pennsylvania Day At the Races. The advertising firm's offices are situated atop the main barn–giving Hayden a vantage point that he utilizes to the fullest.

JoAnn Hayden, every bit as knowledgeable and enthusiastic as her husband, retired from 32 years of service as a teacher in the Baltimore County schools to take an even greater role in the day-to-day operation of Dark Hollow. Thanks in large part to JoAnn's efforts, Dark Hollow expanded. In addition to the Haydens' home property (65 acres), and 20 acres under lease, Dark Hollow now encompasses a nearby 70-acre site, named Safely Home, that is has been developed into a state of the art facility to house primarily weanlings and yearlings.

"Breeding and owning horses has been a fabulous experience for us," says David Hayden. "JoAnn and I are always delighted to share the fun and excitement with other people."

Annual Sales Attending or Attended: 
Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale - February
Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Mixed & Horses of Racing Age - October
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Mixed Sale
Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Yearling Sale
Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August Yearling Sale
Fasig-Tipton New York Preferred August Yearling Sale
Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale - September
Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Member of Consignors & Commercial Breeders Association