In 1946 just after World War II, Charles B. Lyman, a retired General, started what is now Maui Meadow Farm. The farm has always stood stallions throughout the years and had the first syndicated stallion in Pennsylvania, Bold Effort, son of Bold Ruler and Roman Steps, a leading show horse stallion.
Maui Meadow Farm is centrally located in the Mid Atlantic region and is convenient to all major race tracks as well as only ten minutes away from New Bolton Center, making it an ideal recovery and rehabilitation facility. Maui Meadow Farm offers boarding of any horse, full breaking and training, breeding and foaling as well rehabilitation, post surgical care and lay-up rest. The farm features an indoor walking machine, a 3/8 mile track and for an alternative training method, swimming programs in our year-round 60′ by 34′ heated swimming pool.
Charles B. Lyman, III is a a third generation horseman whose knowledge has been passed down through generations of family trade and is most experienced in pinpointing lameness issues in horses and working with veterinarians on rehabilitation as well as swim regiments to heal horses. Charlie works diligently throughout the breeding season delivering foals safely as well as naturally under his constant monitored care. In addition to his breeding expertise, Charlie has successfully rehabilitated and healed horses back into their careers through either swimming or monitored stall rest. Charlie also specializes in the breaking and training of youngsters for the race track and personally monitoring horses who have been off from an injury and are starting physical work back on Maui Meadow’s 3/8 mile track. A master at creating individual swim regiment programs, Charlie keeps close tabs on every horse that enters the facility, including daily records.
Nina Lyman is the farm’s Director of Second Career Training, which is a perfect fit for her experience. While most little girls had ponies to ride, Nina chose to bravely ride large Thoroughbreds at a young age. Training Thoroughbreds comes naturally to Nina, and she specializes in green or problem horses. She uses her skills and knowledge of training horses for the track to help horses transition off the track and train for new careers in their top form. Nina has shown in hunters, cross country and jumpers and takes on all horses from needing breaking to freshening as well as horses re-training for new careers after they retire for racing. Nina also presents these horses to show and compete for potential clients as well as providing sale programs for client horses.
Several years after becoming a Turning for Home Partner Farm, Nina and Charlie launched TRRAC – Thoroughbred Retirement, Rehabilitation and Careers. TRRAC places retired thoroughbreds in new, approved homes while offering proper downtime, retirement, retraining and if need be, rehabilitation. TRRAC horses are evaluated for soundness, mentality and suitability in new careers while being trained as well as shown in events such as paper chasing, fox hunting, hunters, dressage, eventing, jumpers and pleasure riding.