Cloud Nine Farm is a full service hunter/jumper barn. We have been in business since May 2006. Stephanie "Stevie" McCarron Wigley is the owner/trainer and has been a professional since 1998 all throughout the U.S.
Cloud Nine Farm is run out of an 18 acre farm which is located in Midway. We have an 18 stall barn with large matted stalls. There is both an indoor and outdoor arena with excellent footing. The indoor has natural mortar sand and outdoor was renovated in June 2017 with all weather Polytrak footing that originally came from Keeneland race course. There are large and small paddocks that can accommodate any horses needs. The barn has a rubber matted aisle way and is equipped with a heated tack room, feed room, kitchen with washer/dryer, bathroom and a wash stall with hot and cold water. The farm is just 10 miles to downtown Lexington and University of KY and 20 minutes from the KY Horse Park. We take pride in our clients enjoying themselves and striving to be the best they can be and for all our horses to be happy, healthy and to compete at the best of their ability.
HERE IS A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT OWNER/TRAINER STEVIE:
Stevie grew up in California as the daughter of famous Hall of Fame jockey, Chris McCarron. It was not uncommon for Stevie and her sisters to be at the race tracks every weekend routing on her dad. Her favorite part was going to the backside to visit the horses. Her dad Chris, quickly realized her love for the horses and encouraged her to get a pony. That was a safer path than that of a jockey! :) She started showing seriously in the pony hunters from age 8 to 14 and then moved to horses. She then showed in the Junior Jumpers and Equitation her last few years as a junior and competed at the finals in both equitation and on the Junior Jumper Zone 10 team in Harrisburg, Washington and Madison Square Garden. Stevie placed 8th in the Maclay finals in 1997 and won the silver on the Zone 10 team as well at Harrisburg.
In 1998, Stevie continued with her trainer Karen Healey and started working professionally for her in the industry. Stevie worked for Karen for one year in Simi Valley, Ca. and then moved to Woodside, Ca. to work for Butch and Lu Thomas of Willow Tree Farm. Stevie worked for the Thomas family for 3 1/2 years and helped run a jumper barn of 40 horses that consisted of teaching, riding and showing.
In 2002, Stevie started working privately for Barbara Ellison of Wild Turkey Farm in Woodside, Ca. and got the opportunity to show several lovely horses and one Grand Prix horse in which she competed in a few World Cup qualifiers and won her first Grand Prix at the Country Classic Horse Show in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Then in 2003, Stevie decided to move east and started working for 5 Time Olympian, Anne Kursinski at her farm Market Street, in Frenchtown, NJ. Stevie was the full time assistant at the farm as well as on the road and spent time teaching, assisting Anne with her horses, riding and learning how to run the whole farm. Stevie worked for Anne for 1 1/2 years. After working for an assortment of great horsemen, Stevie felt she had the experience and knowledge to run her own farm.
In 2005, Stevie decided to move to Kentucky and start her own business and the rest is history!