Whysper Wynd Farm is owned and managed by Justine and Marc
Howell of Chester County, Pennsylvania. While Marc married
into the business, Justine is the third generation of Thoroughbred
Justine grew up on an active Thoroughbred breeding and racing
farm. Both of her parents are former professional jockeys turned
trainers and her dad holds the distinction of retiring all time
leading rider at the former Erie Downs. At the age of 10 Justine
began breaking horses with her mother and by the age of 13 she
broke her first young Thoroughbred on her own.
Aside from her parents, Justine has found guidance and inspiration
in the United States Pony Club. From age 7 Justine was an active
USPC member gaining advanced riding experience, knowledge in
horsemanship, competition, and leadership. During that time she
also led 5 consecutive teams to compete on the national level,
became an accomplished event rider, achieved her C2 rating, and
spent time riding with David O'Brien in NC. Justine also
developed and ran her own busy lesson and training program,
helping young students achieve success both within Pony Club
and the show ring.
Marc and Justine have an active Thoroughbred breeding program.
All of their mares are carefully selected and are sent to many
different locations to be bred. As a breeder, Justine is a firm
believer in the responsibility that owners have to their racing
athletes and works hard to assist trainers and owners in the
retraining and placement of their horses.
Justine is also a founding partner in an equine genetics firm called
ThoroughGen (thoroughgen.com) that focuses on the
polymorphisms in DNA that contribute to a successful racehorse.
Currently ThoroughGen has several genes available for testing,
including ones that can help Thoroughbred breeders take a more
responsible and effective approach to breeding. In addition
ThoroughGen offers tests that are good across all breeds and can
predict temperament / trainability. These tests give unique insight
into what makes up a specific horse and is not information that
can be found within a pedigree or nicking score.
In their spare time (which is admittedly limited) the Howells enjoy
taking their daughters to horse shows.
|Elizabeta taking champion at Ludwig's Corner in Jr Beginner!
|Josie taking champion at Pickering Hunt!