In creating GoldMark Farm, T. Paul Bulmahn set out to provide the optimal training environment for elite equine athletes. He developed and transformed the land with Spanish style architecture with barns crowned with red-tile roofs and cupolas. He hired Todd Quast, a trainer noted for the successful training and rehabilitation of graded stakes winners. Together they designed barns to remain cool even at peak Florida temperatures. They also installed Safetrack, a synthetic wax covered sand base footing which adorns the entire training complex including the three-quarter mile, fifty-foot-wide race track in order to maintain a safe dry dust-free walking and training surface at all times.
The Farm spans 2,600 acres. Strategically located are six barns totaling 160 stalls and a separate therapy barn, four enclosed and covered hot walkers, two enclosed and covered round pens, twenty wash racks equipped with hot and cold water, a six furlong training track, twenty-seven individual paddocks, and ten large pastures. GoldMark is committed to providing unparalleled individualized training and rehabilitation services. These regimens involve the use of therapeutic devices such as the ECB Cold Salt Water Spa, EquiVibe Vibration plates, the Centurion Transpirator, the Centurion Electromagnetic Pulse blanket and foot plate, and the Niagra Massager.
The result? A sophisticated, world-class facility with a reputation for providing superior care and incomparable training services.
Offering the Best Environment and Climate for horses…
At GoldMark Farm wildlife abounds from whooping cranes and gaggles of wild turkeys to white-tailed deer which are frequently seen as the sun breaks forth in the mornings or descends at dusk. The setting for GoldMark Farm is stunning and, of course, the horses are magnificent.
GoldMark Farm is nestled in north-central Florida’s gently rolling hills and in the shade of ancient oak trees. Ocala provides an excellent environment and climate for thoroughbred horses with grass that is green, lush and rich with nutrients fed by the Florida sunshine. The geology of Marion County is a limestone foundation called the Ocala Ridge which is similar to that limestone formation which underlies Kentucky horse country. The water in the area is noted for its clear, cool spring water streaming from aquifers.
The GoldMark name represents Gold – the highest level of achievement awarded at the Olympics and Mark in honor of Bill Samuels, Maker's Mark Distillery CEO Emeritus, a respected friend who provided inspiration for GoldMark Farm.
Equine introduction to young Paul Bulmahn consisted of draft horses--Percherons, Belgians and Shires--which were used to plow the land of his neighbors. The Bulmahn family share-cropped a garden with their neighbors and after planting, hoeing or weeding was accomplished, young Paul chose to spend time with the horses. A bookworm by nature, he devoured everything in the children’s library having to do with horses. The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley was particularly instrumental in inspiring visions of racehorses pounding down the stretch to the finish line.
Later in life as part of an Inc.500 program in Louisville, where the oil and gas development company T. Paul Bulmahn founded was being honored for being the 5th fastest-growing company in America, he took a tour of the Maker's Mark distillery and won a grand prize drawing to attend the 2002 Kentucky Derby. While enjoying the hospitality of Maker's Mark CEO Bill Samuels and the excitement of watching the gate-to-wire-winner War Emblem, Paul Bulmahn determined to buy land and satisfy his lifetime dream to build a farm suitable for magnificent thoroughbreds.
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