Bridlewood Farm - Elite Hanoverian Stallions and STates Premium Mares
Barbara Schmidt, DVM
11698 U.S. Hwy. 42
Union, KY 41091
859-485-4567 fax


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Barbara Schmidt, DVM & Frederick Abblett
Owners of Bridlewood Farm. Dr. Schmidt and her husband have owned Bridlewood Farm since 1990.

Dr. Barbara Schmidt is a 1984 graduate of Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Her equine ambulatory practice serves the tri-state area of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Dr. Schmidt has been a continuous member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA), and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). In 2009 she was elected Chair of the House Advisory Committee of the AVMA House Of Delegates and is the HAC/HOD representative to the AVMA Executive Board. In 2008 she served as one of two elected Kentucky Delegates in the AVMA House of Delegates. In 2007, Dr. Schmidt was elected to serve on the distinguished House Advisory Committee in the AVMA House of Delegates as the Equine Practice Representative. She was the first woman and first Kentucky representative elected to serve in this capacity. Dr. Schmidt was the KVMA President from 2001-02 and continues to serve on their Executive Board. From 1998- 2005 Dr. Schmidt was appointed to serve on the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners. In 2008 she was named Kentucky Veterinarian of the Year by the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association. In 2015 she was again honored by the KVMA with the Distinguished Service Award. Dr Schmidt is currently serving in her fifth year as Treasurer on the AVMA Board of Directors.

A Life Member of the American Hanoverian Society, Dr. Schmidt has been elected to serve on the AHS Board of Directors continuously since 1990. She has actively served on several AHS Committees, and hosted AHS Hanoverian Inspections at Bridlewood Farm for many years. She organized AHS annual membership meetings in Lexington, Ky., and was elected to serve as the AHS Board of Director's Secretary for over a dozen years. Dr Schmidt currently serves as the AHS's Executive Vice President on their Board of Directors.

In 1990, Dr. Barbara Schmidt and her husband, Frederick Abblett, purchased Bridlewood Farm in Union, Kentucky to serve as a base for her equine veterinary practice and as a home for their successful Hanoverian breeding operation. Bridlewood Farm provides stallion services, mare care and foaling, as well as recuperative care. It is also an approved USDA Approved Quarantine/Importation Facility.

Frederick Abblett graduated with a Masters in Business from Purdue University in 1984 following his Mechanical Engineering Degree. Mr. Abblett has a family background with horses and enjoys working on the farm in addition to his banking career at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati. Both Dr. Schmidt and her husband have been active members of the American Hanoverian Society since 1988. Dr. Schmidt has served on many committees within the AHS, chaired the Breeding Technology Committee and has been elected to serve on the AHS Board of Directors continuously since 1990.
Photo: Nan Rawlins,
In late 2010, Dr. Schmidt was named as the AVMA treasurer by the Executive Board. "My interest for the position of AVMA treasurer stems from my desire to be of the utmost service to our membership and our Association," Dr. Schmidt said. "I am interested in effectively articulating the AVMA's vision as it relates t our financial decisions and helping to develop strategies that will address future expectations of our association."

Office Manager. Dee does an amazing job with managing all of the countless details involved with the breeding operation and the equine veterinary practice. Dee is certainly well admired and repected by our many clients for the exemplary service she provides. She has also been involved with breeding, raising and showing Arabian horses for over 20 years.
Barn Manager. Emily (far right) is pictured here with Dr. Schmidt and Lorelei B, our mare Decapria's 2007 filly by Lauries Crusador xx. Emily has a lifelong interest in horses and is especially fond of handling the broodmares and foals. She also assists in handling at inspections and breed shows and handles our stallions. Emily always offers a friendly, experienced helping hand with our clents and their horses.

We mourn the passing of Carrie who lost her battle to pancreatic cancer in August, 2104. Carrie was a registered dental hygenist as her main career but she enjoyed working on Fridays at Bridlewood Farm as our veterinary office receptionist. Carrie and her husband were avid trail riders with their beautiful pinto walking horse mares Dixie and Rose. Carrie is pictured with our 2011 colt by Fabuleux out of SPS Donna De Nira. We offer our sincerest condolences to Carrie's family.
Veterinary Assistant. Last but certainly not least, Cathrin has been with Bridlewood Farm for several years. She is originally from Hanover, Germany. Cathrin handles the broodmares during breeding and is an invaluable asset in assisiting Dr. Schmidt with the daily equine veterinary/breeding responsibilities. She enjoys dressage with her Thorougbred gelding.
Office Receptionist/CPA. Monica has worked with Dr. Schmidt since establishing her equine veterinary practice in 1988 and certainly has a very beneficial, long standing relationship with our clients and their horses. Monica enjoys trail riding and showing her Tennessee Walking Horses.
Jackie is a sucessful dressage competitor currently showing at fouth level with her Trakehner mare. We are pleased to have Jackie exercise our stallions, and for the excellent mare and foal handling (former runner!) she provides at the annual AHS Hanoverian Inspections.
Meet our middle management and welcoming staff, shown here inspecting the mobile veterinary unit...

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