John & Catherine Jacob - Crosswind Farm

Meet a Farmer – Catherine & John Jacob, Crosswind Farm

Crosswind Farm is a former dairy and grain farm in Okeana, Ohio with its origin in 1840. In 1974 John (Jay) bought 40+ acres of land west of Okeana and two miles east of the Indiana border. As the years progressed we have added land to total 76 acres. Many years of neglect created need for a lot of clearing brush and scrub trees before Jay was able to have ample pasture for his Thoroughbred broodmares. By the 1980s there was an average of 10-15 foals born a year. These foals were then prepped to be sold as yearlings at the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton Sales in Lexington, Ky.and the Ohio Sales in Columbus for racing. 

The love and passion for horses has been in our system all our lives. Except for 2 years, we lived where our horses were. Jay rode and drove Shetland stud ponies through Mt. Airy Forest as a child and later continued riding till he finished college. He also helped organize 4-H and gymkhana shows in greater Cincinnati area. His horsemanship and discipline for rules worked well for him as a polo umpire till 2001. I had a pony as a child who thought he was the boss! Then I graduated to my mother’s retired hunt horse that I rode over the country side of Clermont County. My parents had a 200 acre farm that raised thoroughbred race horses. I learned to break 2 year olds for the track, jump and train their old race horses to go in the hunt field and hunter show ring.

After college I continued showing hunters till 1989. I had been asked to judge Harvest Home Hunter Show where Jay & I met. He was one of the organizers and my ringmaster. That was the beginning of our lives together at Crosswind Farm. At this time I started to work my horses in another discipline-dressage (the physical development of the harmony of horse and rider through a progressive training and obedience). I have my Bronze Metal and have taken one horse through third level and two through second level. Together, Jay and I have foaled over 100-150 foals in the last 20+ years. We have taken the mares to be bred in Lexington, Kentucky. We did all this while maintaining full-time jobs as an estimator and a radiation therapist.

Through out the month of March I will show you the daily routine of Crosswind Farm as a brood mare foaling facility. We no longer foal 15 mares but I will try to give you a glimpse into the beauty of having a mare foal. Please join me on this unique trip.

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