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Blackburn Green Barns

John Blackburn

Heronwood Farm

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John Blackburn to Speak at The Hill School in Middleburg, VA

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Blackburn Architects
Release Date: 2014-04-03

Educational Event Sponsored by the Middleburg Go Green Committee

Wellington, FL – April 3, 2014 – Award-winning equestrian architect John Blackburn, will speak on the topic of building green and sustainable barns at The Hill School in Middleburg, VA on Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Middleburg Go Green Committee.

“We are a committee of the town of Middleburg and we represent environmental issues for the town,” said Jilann Brunett, who serves on the committee. ”John is fairly well known here with his work at Heronwood. He was a logical participant. He is co-sharing the stage with Ann Alba who has a solar company.”

Long before sustainability in architecture became fashionable and a daily conversation, Blackburn used natural, local and recycled materials in conjunction with the natural climate to create optimal living environments for horses.

Most barns are typically static structures requiring artificial wind through the use of fans and artificial lighting often using overburdened electricity,” said Blackburn. “Our equestrian facilities are designed as highly efficient ‘machines.’ Architectural elements naturally foster ventilation and light. The resulting structure becomes an environment that promotes the health and safety of horses through a confluence of science and design.”

Blackburn’s book, Healthy Stables by Design will be available for purchase at Second Chapter Books in Middlleburg, VA during and after the event.

For more information about the event contact Second Chapter Books at:

About Healthy Stables By Design by John Blackburn with Beth Herman
Healthy Stables by Design is a museum-quality coffee table book that illustrates Blackburn’s approach to equestrian architecture through dramatic photography and compelling writing.

It introduces the concepts of aerodynamic ventilation, strategic natural light and passive solar heating and cooling into significant horse barn designs ranging from exquisite to functional.

All author profits from the sale of Healthy Stables by Design have and will continue to be donated to various equine charities including Hooved Animal Humane Society, PATH International’s Wounded Warrior Project, Reins Therapeutic Riding Program, The Equine Rescue League and many more. Blackburn completed a total of 18 events in two months and raised over $7,000 for various horse charities.

About John Blackburn

John Blackburn serves as the President and Senior Principal of Blackburn Architects, a Washington, D.C., firm. He has 35 years of expertise in architecture and 30 years of work focusing specifically on equestrian architecture with more than 160 horse farm designs to his credit. His award-winning work is widely known for its beauty, functionality and sustainability.

Blackburn has built facilities for racing, polo, dressage, hunters and jumpers and Quarter Horses in a variety of climates and evolving site conditions and he has been featured in dozens of equestrian, architecture and luxury lifestyle publications

Click here to learn more about Blackburn Architects.

For more about Healthy Stables by Design, by John Blackburn click here.

Click here to order Healthy Stables by Design by John Blackburn with Beth Herman. All author proceeds donated to equine charities.



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