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Sheik Island Farm

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Blackburn Designed Sheik Island Farm Offered For Sale

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Blackburn Architects
Release Date: 2014-06-27

Wellington, FL – June 27, 2014 – Located in the heart of Florida horse country in Dade City between Orlando, Ocala, and Tampa, Sheik Island Farm is a world-class equestrian estate located near major equestrian competition venues. The property now offered for sale, was built by Blackburn Architects in 1997 for a family of 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, 350-acre equestrian facility.

Sheik Island Farm was designed as a training and show facility for hunters, jumpers and polo  and includes a luxury barn and two homes. Special features of this equestrian complex designed to prevent injury to horse and rider include rounded corners, an oversized stall and an observation area to facilitate husbandry.

The property is nestled at the bottom of LeHeup Hill, one of the highest elevations in Florida, and borders two lakes, Lake Pasadena and Lake Buddy. The farm was designed for tropical weather with deep overhangs and continuous ridge venting. Plus, the barns are situated into an existing stand of live oaks and on the edge of an old orange grove, offering shade on hot days.

The property includes both a 10-stall barn, originally for polo ponies, and a 16-stall barn, built for hunters and jumpers. There is an outdoor arena and a stick and ball field. Other amenities include tack rooms, restrooms, separate vented storage rooms, riders’ lounge, locker room, a machine shop and spacious office with reception. The barns are surrounded by paddocks and turnout of various sizes.

For more information about this property, contact Kimberly Wilson of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, (813) 810-0042.

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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