Ralph Nester: Leaving the Little River for a dairy farm in Virginia, ’54

After moving from the farm on the Little River to a small community named Belsprings, dad worked at a defense plant, Hercule Power Plant near Radfords,  Virginia. When the war was over, there wasn’t much work , so we moved to Merrimac, a coal mining town.  We hauled coal up the mountain in a little red wagon that had spilled off … More Ralph Nester: Leaving the Little River for a dairy farm in Virginia, ’54

Ralph Nester:’56, Move from Belsprings to Rockville, MD. A night at the Carnival…

We moved to a farm near Rockville, MD, (1956) a suburb of Washington, D.C. , where I started playing baseball. I rode my bike to practice and pitched for the school in Damascus, Maryland. There was a carnival in Damascus. The country/western stars came to Damascus to buy clothes at Count’s Western Wear.  My brothers and … More Ralph Nester:’56, Move from Belsprings to Rockville, MD. A night at the Carnival…

Ralph Nester: Dr. William Wright, DVM; Kelso and the du Ponts

I watched every move that the experienced horse people made and listened intently while I worked at Penowa Farm in the sixties.  I watched yearlings being broken and trained, we trained a few on the farm and also had recuperating race horses on our facility.  There were some very knowledgeable horsemen there, especially two English gentleman, … More Ralph Nester: Dr. William Wright, DVM; Kelso and the du Ponts

Ralph Nester: Saratoga Sales, Bluebloods of Racing and Joe Namath

Yearling stories are one of the most pleasant memories of my life on Penowa Farms, and there were many.  I was getting this particular yearling ready for the Saratoga Sales in August of 1964.  It was my first experience with that.  He was a dark grey out of Native Dancer and he resembled his sire a … More Ralph Nester: Saratoga Sales, Bluebloods of Racing and Joe Namath

Ralph Nester: A Dad, A Medicine Man, A Miracle Worker!

Dr. Wright talked Mr. Sasso into building a laboratory on the farm so we could be more efficient.   We had an office/ lab combination built.   We had lots of medications and plenty of Dr. Wright’s liniments and sweats and homemade formulas.   One of them was this green internal formula we gave to the foals; I don’t … More Ralph Nester: A Dad, A Medicine Man, A Miracle Worker!