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John Blackburn's Healthy Stables


John Blackburn’s Healthy Stables By Design Available Now for Preorder

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Blackburn Architects http://blackburnarch.com/
Release Date: 2013-08-21

Wellington, FL- August 21, 2013- Healthy Stables by Design, a museum-quality coffee table book by award-winning equestrian architect John Blackburn, illustrates his approach to equestrian architecture through dramatic photography and compelling writing. Not only would the book be a valuable addition to your library, but Blackburn will donate all author profits from its sale to equine charities.

Healthy Stables by Design by John Blackburn will be available for purchase on September 16 however, you may preorder the book now to secure your copy. Click here to preorder.

Blackburn’s book introduces the concepts of aerodynamic ventilation, strategic natural light and passive solar heating and cooling into significant horse barn designs ranging from exquisite to functional. These concepts are fundamental to Blackburn’s approach to sheltering horses by creating the healthiest and safest environment possible.

Most barns are typically static structures requiring artificial wind through the use of fans and artificial lighting often using overburdened electricity,” said Blackburn. “Our equestrian facilities are designed as highly efficient ‘machines.’ Architectural elements naturally foster ventilation and light. The resulting structure becomes an environment that promotes the health and safety of horses through a confluence of science and design.”

Long before sustainability in architecture became fashionable and a daily conversation, Blackburn used natural, local and recycled materials in conjunction with the natural climate to create optimal living environments for equines.  

Kevin Plank, the Founder and CEO of Under Armour, contacted Blackburn after he purchased Sagamore Farm, the former home to Alfred G. Vanderbilt and legendary race horses such as Native Dancer, Discovery and Bed O’Roses.

“I was impressed with his passion and reputation for designing horse farms that promote the health and safety of horses, but also meet a level of design standards that convey an appreciation for quality and a reverence for the land,” wrote Plank in the foreword of Healthy Stables by Design.

About John Blackburn
John Blackburn serves as the President and Senior Principal of Blackburn Architects, a Washington, D.C. firm. He has 35 years of expertise in architecture and 30 years of work focusing specifically on equestrian architecture with more than 160 horse farm designs to his credit. His award-winning work is widely known for its beauty, functionality and sustainability.

Blackburn has built facilities for racing, polo, hunters and jumpers and Quarter horses in a variety of climates and evolving site conditions.     

In addition to being featured in dozens of equestrian, architecture and luxury lifestyle publications, Blackburn’s work was featured in the issue of Equestrian Quarterly in the article, Let There Be Light, about current trends in equestrian architecture. He shared his thoughts on the importance of ventilation and natural light.

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To see the Equestrian Quarterly article, click here