Mary Lea Jeffers Farm traces its roots back to Mary Lea's dad, Leslie Miles, who returned to his love affair with horses
after retiring from a successful career in dairy, cattle and grain farming. Entering the business in 1970, Mary Lea and
Albert Jeffers launched Mary Lea Jeffers Farm in 1985.
The farm consists of 400 beautiful rolling acres of pasture, woods and ponds in the heartland of Illinois. Although
Flat Rock isn't found on many maps (at least outside of Crawford County), we wouldn't call ourselves rustic. We are
firmly in the 21st century with state-of-the-art foaling and a stallion barn with a fully equipped lab.
We have been dubbed "The Little Farm that Produces Winners - Consistently" and that suits us just fine. We breed for
heart and speed, and we believe every yearling that leaves our farm can be a winner. We don't need to be a big operation
to do that. We have the time to be attentive to every single horse, which may account for our unusually high success
rate of 81% conception for our broodmares. Of course, we've been in this location for 40 years -- maybe it's something
in the water.
We produce and bale our own blend of alfalfa and grass hay here on the farm, and the grain we feed is custom-mixed for
us at the mill just across the road. It includes some of our own home-grown corn. Good nutrition grows strong bones
and muscles on our yearlings.
During just one week this summer, we had horses we bred, raised and sold racing in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida,
Illinois, California and Canada. With an annual crop of about 20 yearlings, even we were amazed at how many of our 2-year-olds,
3-year-olds and older horses were on the track. We know the industry averages.
Here in our little corner of the world, we don't need economies of scale to be successful. We're happy just to be
producing winners, one horse at a time. Consistently!