Fox Run Farm is located in Paris, Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World. We are conveniently located near Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park, home of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. We have been active in hunter ponies for many years, dating back to the 1970’s. Hugh and Cindy Bellis-Jones developed this 50-acre farm with the help of their children Hunter, Christopher and Heather.
For over 30 years our mission has been to rescue ponies from horse traders and stockyards and train them to their potential. From these humble beginnings we have found ponies which end up nationally rated. Sold ponies go on to careers from Pony Club to the ‘A’ Hunter Circuit. Our ponies are defined by their conformation, temperament and movement. Fox Run Ponies are useful performance ponies. Between 60 and 100 ponies have passed through the farm annually.
In 2007, we started to change our farm focus. In the past couple of years we have bred several nice Hanoverian foals, with the emphasis on jumping. We spend daily time with our foals and hope to start them on a journey of success in their future careers.
We continue to be part of the pony world as well, standing the nationally ranked black Welsh stallion, Nistar Blazing Kansas, as well as offering several of his foals for sale each year. Kansas has been shown successfully in hand and in both 2009 and 2010 he was the Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America's (WPCSA) Section A All Breeds Champion with the United States Dressage Federation.
Miniature Donkeys entered our lives in 2008. We now have a select herd of small jennets in a rainbow of colors. Our junior herd sire is Country Music’s Tony Booth, a son of Country Music’s George Jones and full brother to National Champion, Country Music’s Merle Haggart.
Originally from Wales, Hugh started his career with Thoroughbred horses in Newmarket, England in 1974. In 1976 he immigrated to the United States and was employed for 18 years by Spendthrift Farm as the Director of Research. In 1995 he transferred his focus from Thoroughbreds to Hanoverians and has been the Executive Director of the American Hanoverian Society since that time. The Society’s central office is strategically located at the National Horse Center, which is based at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Cindy was raised on a horse farm and spent her life riding, training and instructing through college. She has managed both a hunter farm and a Thoroughbred farm. She obtained her Thoroughbred trainer’s license in 1978 and taught the Kentucky Equine Education Program for several years at the Kentucky Horse Park. Since 1988 she has been a science teacher at Harrison County Middle School. She enjoys showing her greyhounds as well as her ponies and horses.