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Our Story

Dutchess Views Farm has been a full-service Thoroughbred horse breeding and boarding farm since 1998.  Dutchess Views Farm is owned and managed by Michael Lischin and Anya Sheckley.

Growing up near Belmont Racetrack and working on the backstretch, Michael developed a strong interest and love of horses and horseracing.  After finishing NYU Law School and becoming an attorney, Michael began working for the worlds leading horse auction company, Fasig-Tipton, in 1978.  He lived in Midway, Kentucky for 15 years, and eventually, he moved back to New York to fulfill his desire to live and work on his own farm and take advantage of the exceptional NYBred Program.

Anya spent much of her childhood in upstate New York where her love of horses as a teenager had her working at riding stables in exchange for lessons. Anya went on to develop an "accidental" career in finance in New York City and enjoyed thoroughbred racing and pedigree research as a hobby.

After the tragic events of 9/11/2001, Anya knew she wanted to pursue her love and interest in horses as more than a hobby. Anya joined the farm in 2003, first as Office Manager and later as General Manager. In addition to managing the farm with Michael, Anya has developed Hammertown Insurance Agency which has become one of the most successful equine mortality insurance agencies in the Northeast.

Anya and Michael are husband and wife and live on Dutchess Views Farm with their son.

After over 20 years of active horse farm life, Anya and Michael have begun steps to transition to the next phase of their lives. In 2017, Dutchess Views Farm partnered with Irish Hill Century Farm in Saratoga Springs, NY to merge their stallion operations. In this partnership, much of the physical care of the horses for foaling and breeding is done at our partner farm in Saratoga. The administrative care, marketing, billing, etc are done by Anya and Michael at Dutchess Views. A core group of clients and horses remain at Dutchess Views Farm, traveling to Saratoga or Kentucky as needed for breeding during the year. Depending on the season there are broodmares, foals, yearlings, racehorses, and our beloved retired horses residing on the farm.

Now we are pleased to open our farm to guests; people that will enjoy the landscape, the animals, and the peace here as much as we do!

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