Jan 26

Latest News from Overcreek Farm

• Country Cousin closes from last to finish second in Temple Gwathmey Stakes.

• Sporty wins 2013 debut at Dogwood Classic.

• Country Cousin finishes second in the Imperial Cup at Aiken.

Over Creek Farm

Middleburg, VA


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Tod Marks

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.

The Jockey

England native, Carl Rafter, serves as contract rider for Over Creek Farm. Rafter lives in Millwood, Virginia which provides easy access to school horses at Over Creek. Born in 1977, Rafter won his first race at Leicester (England) in 1999 and won his first race in America in 2005. Rafter won 13 races from just 55 mounts in 2010 to place third in the jockey standings. He guided Dynantonia and Country Cousin to stakes wins for Over Creek Farm.