Staff Biography 


Fred McEwan

Fenwick Farm is owned and operated by the brother and sister team of Fred and Wilhelmina McEwan. Their involvement with horses began at a very young age in Pony Club, then moved on to show horses.  Fred and Wilhelmina attribute their appreciation for unwavering discipline to their parents... Maryellen, who encouraged their love of horses and the Colonel, their father, whose career in the US Marine Corps included the siege of Khe Sanh. 

As a teenager Wilhelmina successfully competed on the Texas circuit winning many championships in hunter,  jumper  and equitation divisions under the coaching of Col. John W. Russell. She enjoyed a successful show jumping career with Pierre Jolicoeur, Frances Rowe,  Rodney Jenkins and Jimmy Day. By the mid 1970’s Wilhelmina was competing on the Grand Prix circuit in the United Sates and Canada, while spending one summer in Germany with Hans Winkler.  She was a member of the 1976 Canadian Equestrian Team at Spruce Meadows and competed in the Inaugural American Invitational in Tampa, Fla. aboard Mr. Dennis.

Wilhelmina McEwan

During the summers Fred was trying his hand in the thoroughbred industry with jobs at SamSon Farm in Canada, E. Barry Ryan’s Normandy Farm and Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky. He spent time at the track with trainers Mike Bell and Peter Howe and he worked the sales with  Lanes End Farm and  Mill Ridge Farm . By the 1980’s Fred and Wilhelmina had turned their attention to the training center completely. As Director of Racing for Spendthrift Farm, home to Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed, Wilhelmina had the opportunity to work closely with some of the top trainers in the world, including D. Wayne Lukas who trained Kentucky Oaks winner Lucky Lucky Lucky for her father-in-law, Leslie Combs.  In 1984 she was closely involved with the inaugural Breeder's Cup at Hollywood Park . In 1987 Wilhelmina obtained her trainer’s license and successfully campaigned in New York and Florida having her first winner at Calder Race Course..  Her greatest accomplishment as a trainer was breeding and training Clark Cottage, a G1 stakes filly in New York..

Wilhelmina is a member of  TOBAKTA,  USEF, and a board member of  NTRA/ HorsePac and  SCTOBA.  She has written a chapter on the Thoroughbred Industry for Marlene Jupiter’s best seller, “Savvy Investing for Women”.   Wilhelmina and Fred have started a new company, Fenwick Equestrian, LLC which specializes in the manufacturing of equine products using high performance functional fabrics.  Wilhelmina was a recepient of the 2004 Business Advisory Council's  Businesswoman of the Year award for South Carolina.