Oct 22

Latest News from Overcreek Farm


  • Balance the Budget wins Imperial Cup at Aiken.
  • Based in Aiken for the winter, horses ready for spring campaign.
  • Balance the Budget wins at Shawan Downs.
  • Country Cousin wins over timber at Virginia Fall.
  • Sporty finishes third in Saratoga Novice Stakes.
  • Country Cousin wins Novice Timber Championship.
  • Cocodimama wins impressively at Middleburg Spring.


Over Creek Farm

Middleburg, VA


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About Over Creek Farm

The Trainer

Born in Idaho, Julie Gomena began riding horses in her home state of Oregon before moving to the East Coast to train with Olympic three-day event rider Bruce Davidson. Gomena settled in Middleburg, Va. in 1985 to further her career in three-day eventing. In that sport, she excelled as a trainer and rider, winning America’s biggest event, The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in 1994 with Treaty. Like all her event horses, Treaty came from the flat track, taking the Jay Trump route from Charles Town to champion. She retired from eventing and move into steeplechasing, competing as an amateur rider before concentrating on training. She won her first race with Mr. Fater in 2004. In 2010, Gomena won five races with her first six starters, including three stakes, to finish tied for ninth in the standings. Gomena winters in Aiken, South Carolina and spends the rest of her time at Over Creek Farm, 285 acres in the heart of Piedmont Hunt County.

Julie constantly looks for flat horses to develop into steeplechase horses. She found two of her best recruits, Country Cousin and Virginia Minstrel, from the flat track before transitioning them into stakes performers over jumps.

The Farm

Located on 285 acres in beautiful Middleburg, Virginia, Over Creek Farm specializes in training steeplechase horses, as well, as tutoring young horses, freshening older horses and a bustling fox hunting division. Julie and her husband Robert Bonnie have developed the farm into an all-purpose training center with miles of turf gallops, acres of turn-out paddocks, schooling fences, hacking trails and two all-weather rings. The farm is ideally located in the heart of Piedmont hunt country and is convenient to most steeplechase meets and flat tracks. Over Creek does its own shipping – meaning less cost to the owners.

The farm provides the perfect place for horses to move from the flat track to new disciplines – the next phases – of their careers. Recruits can concentrate on flat racing, steeplechasing, fox-hunting or be taught another career altogether. Gomena and her team have the knowledge, experience and contacts to help transition horses from one sport to another – whether it's flat racing to steeplechasing, or steeplechasing to fox hunting, or flat racing to eventing. Look around at the fields at Piedmont Hunt or the entries at the Virginia Horse Center or the participants at the Upperville Horse Show and they're bound to be Over Creek graduates participating.