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Highwayman, son of Golding’s Norah 21st and Ashott-Barton Millenium-falcon, Highway man is passing on to his progeny the best of pure English Devon genetics. He is co-owned with Nancy and Bill Walker.

Highwayman, son of Golding’s Norah 21st and Ashott-Barton Millenium-falcon, Highway man is passing on to his progeny the best of pure English Devon genetics. He is co-owned with Nancy and Bill Walker.

If you want to see God smile…tell him your plans.

Always a favorite saying around Thistle Hill Farm, the power of never taking anything for granted was demonstrated repeatedly this past year, and we only now feel like we are crawling back to a new normal.

Wooz Matthews Schoumacher, matriarch of Thistle Hill Farm and long time registrar for the North American Devon Association, passed away after a one and a half year journey with lung cancer. Four weeks later, her husband David developed crushing chest pain and was discovered to have an aortic dissection. Careflighted to UVA, he survived a seven hour open heart surgery only to be in the ICU for 5 weeks and a prolonged recovery. Four days later, one of our houses on the farm burned down in an electrical fire. Our beloved dog Emmy passed away shortly after that; son-in-law Curt’s 99 year old mother subsequently had a stroke, then broke her hip….it just seemed like one thing after another was testing our resilience.

It’s hard to imagine a family enduring more…but we survived, and now we’re back! While we have a new set of caretakers, our commitment to the basics has never flagged. As Wooz and David have consistently demonstrated over the last fifteen years, we remain determined to protect the purity of the Devon breed by offering only the finest bulls and cows, with truly exceptional bloodlines, conformation, and ease of handling.

You owe it to yourself, and to your herd, to come out and visit us!

See the new Thistlehill Farm team

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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