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Sheik Island Farm Photo by Kimberly Wilson and Sam Root

Sheik Island Farm Photos by Kimberly Wilson and Sam Root

Sheik Island Farm photo by Kimberly Wilson and Sam Root

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Blackburn Architects Designed Sheik Island Farm Featured in Tampa Bay Times

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Blackburn Architects
Release Date: 2014-05-21

Wellington, FL – May 21, 2014 – Sheik Island Farm was built by Blackburn Architects in 1997 for Kimberly Wilson and her father Patrick Michaels, both passionate equestrians. John Blackburn who leads the award-winning equestrian architectural firm is the author of Healthy Stables by Design. He incorporated his signature aerodynamic ventilation and hurricane proof features into the high-end equestrian facility.

Tampa Bay Times staff writer Lisa Buie wrote the feature on the Dade City property, which is currently on the market.

Click here to read the article.

Blackburn designs projects from coast to coast. Each location presents its unique set of geographical and weather challenges and diverse range building codes and regulations.

Blackburn is currently at work on 19 equestrian projects in 14 different states. The projects range from master planning to complete design and construction. Project construction costs of Blackburn current projects range anywhere from $500,000 to $10 million.

About Healthy Stables By Design by John Blackburn with Beth HermanHealthy 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. In 2013, 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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