Maple Valley Farm LLC came into being because of a wonderful man named Ralph Thomas. He owned and operated Longfield Farm in Uvilla, WV. In his many years in business he hired important people - his manager Jacob (Bink) Binkley who work for him for 16 years and Anna M. Binkley who helped him foal for 13 years and B.Neal Marshall (5 years) a wonderful horseman who comes from a long line of excellent horsemen.
These people formed a wonderful working relationship, but as the story goes Ralph retired at age 80 and sold his farm.
There is a but in all of this ---- Even from Nevada Ralph still dabbled in the horse industry. One day calling Anna and Bink asking them to foal some of his mares...Well some horses turned into more once the word got out that we were back in the foaling business. Bink who works at Charles Town Races and owns his own business Majestic View Farm ( a hay and grain farm) did not have time. Ralph called and said go get Neal. Anna and Neal became partners ....Maple Valley Farm LLC had it's beginning...
Jacqueline Binkley took on the duties as our foal manager. Jacqueline has been around the mares and the foaling business all her life. As soon as she could push Ralph's chair up to the window of the stall and watch - she did. She has been a great asset over the years helping us with the mares and the foaling. Jacqueline owns a real estate and wedding photography business. She got married at The Barns at Maple Valley Farm LLC in the fall of 2016. She will also be helping us market our new business.
In 2009 we were informed that a stallion named Mikimoto's Mojo was available. I sent all of his papers to Ralph in Nevada. He called a couple of days later to strongly suggest we purchase Miki. As an incentive Ralph and his partner Terri would breed their mare Front of Class to Mikimoto's Mojo.
Ralph knowledge of the horse industry, his guiding hand and his drive to keep us educated and up to date with new information about pedigrees, mares and foals was invaluable...
Mojo's Pristina owned by Maple Valley Farm LLC is Mikimoto's Mojo's first winner. Cuppa Mocha Mojo owned by Terri Catlett is Mikimoto's Mojo's first stakes winner. Mojo's Golden Hawk owned by Maple Valley Farm LLC is Mikimoto's Mojo's first turf winner. He won the Longines International Gentlemen's Race.
September 25,2013 Mojo's Pristina broke her maiden after her second start in a maiden special weight race as a two year old. As a three year old raced on the turf for the first time at Laurel Park and placed.
Our story takes another turn...On Jan. 21, 2014 at the age of 90 Ralph Thomas passed away before he could watch the filly Cuppa Mocha Mojo run.
October 8, 2014 the filly named Cuppa Mocha made her debut breaking her maiden by 12 lengths. By the time she was entered in the 18th running of the WV Cavada Breeders Classics she had won 5 out of 7 races... As Cuppa Mocha Mojo crossed the finish line first the night of October 10, 2015, again we were reminded of the man who brought us all together.
May 17, 2016 Bink and I foaled our last foal and we begin a new journey...We will continue to breed mares to Mikimoto's Mojo but we will only foal our own mares. As we walk this our new journey we are very thankful to all of our clients who took a chance and bred to Mikimoto's Mojo. We are also thankful to the many people who play a part in the developement of these beautiful race horses... Stay tuned for our next adventure !!!
Maple Valley Farm LLC 's Story
Mikimoto's Mojo and Neal
Anna and Bink
Bink and Ralph