Wilisbrook Farm is a boarding and breeding facility located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, thirty miles west of Philadelphia. Founded in 1896 by Charles and Louisa Coxe, Willisbrook Farm remains today under the direction of their descendants. Across five generations our family has been committed to breeding and raising the finest quality American Saddlebred show horses and have numerous World and National Champions to our name.
Rachel Coxe Shoemaker is the manager of Willisbrook Farm and is the great-great granddaughter of Charles and Louisa Coxe. She is an accomplished horsewoman and avid competitor who started breeding her own show horses at the age of sixteen. Over the years Rachel has won several World Champion titles with her American Saddlebred show horses – winning her first World Championship at the age of eleven. Rachel is particularly fond of her mare, Our New Dawn who was one of the first horses she bred. Dawn is trained by Rachel and this past May they won the Single Carriage Horse Championship at the Devon Horse Show for the second year in a row after a very successful few days of competition. In 2014 Rachel and her World Champion American Saddlebred, Royal Scotsman, won the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Region 11 Year End Grand Championship – finishing 4th in the National Horse of the Year rankings. Rachel also serves on the Baldwin School’s Alumane Association Executive Board and the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Equine Welfare Committee which was awarded the USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award in 2015.
Other friendly faces that you will see around the farm include Rachel’s husband, Erich Barchi, as well as Tom Battis, Sarah Coxe Lange, William Shoemaker, and Gordon Shoemaker. They are the friends and family that complete the team here at Willisbrook and without them it just would not be the same!