Historic Runnymede Farm has long been a jewel of the East Coast equine community. The home of 45 stake-winning thoroughbred race horses—including Kentucky Derby winner “Dancer’s Image”—Runnymede has infused the seacoast with an air of sporting excitement and pastoral beauty since 1923.
The farm’s colorful owner, Peter Fuller—son of Massachusetts Governor Alvan T. Fuller—became a horse-racing legend during his lifetime, famous for his remarkable winning racing record. A champion boxer, Peter Fuller once sparred with Mohammad Ali and several other well known fighters. The story of his horse winning the 1968 Derby is an intriguing tale…one of great personal struggle, back room politics, and national controversy.
In the years following Peter Fuller’s passing, an effort to preserve the farm’s important history took shape, and two local families have now partnered to refurbish and restore the property. With their commitment to the project, a renaissance has begun at Historic Runnymede Farm. A full-scale restoration is underway at the old barn with great care being taken to retain the original wood, fixtures, and ambience. Peter Fuller’s trophy room remains unchanged, looking exactly as it did the day that Peter Fuller won the Derby.
Today, Historic Runnymede Farm is proud to continue the farm’s long tradition of equestrian excellence, honoring the farm’s legacy as well as helping to energize the seacoast community’s long held passion for horses.