Pratensé Farms was started in 1964 with the marriage of Sarah Lockwood to Paul Briney. Pratensé is Greek for green meadows. Sarah (known to all as Sally) was an English Lit major and had always liked the word and its meaning.
Paul and Sally bought the 40 acres of land near Chatham, Illinois. At the time the acreage was a hay field. The land was surrounded by two horse farms, Windridge, which belongs to the Chapin family, and Foxtail Farm belonging to the Denby Family. The property served as a weekend getaway for the young family, with the barns being built before the house.
1964 was an exciting year for this new farm. Sally won the Amateur 5 Gaited World Championship on Sensational Princess. Sensational Princess was the youngest mare to win the stake at 4 years old. In 1965, Paul and Sally were blessed with a daughter, Paula. In 1967, their son Robert (Rob) was born.
Pratensé Farms has produced many champions such as Pratensé Mr J.G., Cinnabar PF, Mistress Mary, and Jim-N-Win just to name a few. In 1987, Sally won another 5 Gaited World Championship. This time aboard Bubbling Brown Sugar. Bubbling Brown Sugar was the only horse to go undefeated the whole year of competition.
Rob had a successful show career as a young rider. He showed Mr J.G. and was undefeated in the 13 and under show pleasure classes. However, his greatest riding accomplishments came with a 5 Gaited horse by the name of News Release. Huey and Rob won all over the Midwest under the leadership of Linda Freseth. Then college came along. Rob is married to his beautiful wife, Betsy. Together they have two children, Lauren and Gage.
Paula started riding at the tender age of 4. This was no surprise considering both Paul and Sally were both avid equestrians. Their love and knowledge of horses quickly rubbed off on Paula. Paula is currently the manager and trainer of Pratensé Farms.