• Kel-Chris Farm

The Kel-Chris Farm, owned by the Chocolas, spans approximately 100 acres in Harbor Springs, Michigan, 10 miles from the Lake Michigan coast. The existing farm includes several important historic buildings on the gently rolling site, which have been restored and adapted to serve new functions on this modern farm.

The farm has been planned and designed to serve as a broodmare/ foaling operation. In addition, some of the Chocolas’ cutting/show horses will be headquartered at the Michigan farm during the Summer season. 

The new 14-stall barn is directly attached to the historic residence via a large covered breezeway and porch. The barn includes 12-14'x14' stalls; 2-14'x 24' foaling stalls; office and lounge with windows into the foaling stalls; a large vet area with stocks and stainless steel equipment; wash and grooming area; feed room; tack room; utility room with commercial washer and drier; storage room; and bathroom. A grain silo is used for bulk feed storage, and each stall is serviced by an automatic grain delivery system to minimize labor and waste. The interior finishes in this barn include stained concrete and paving brick aisles, large post and beam structural system, open view stall doors, historic light fixtures, vaulted ceiling with a pine finish, and other high-quality finishes and equipment. 

An 80'x 80' indoor ring is attached to the new barn via a covered walkway and also utilizes identical finishes. A “Cutter-Critter” artificial training cow is mounted on a ceiling track at the east end of the arena and operable windows surround the entire arena. All new structures were designed to complement the historic structures; however, the finest modern materials and equipment were utilized to maximize safety and efficiency while minimizing maintenance.

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Project Facts
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
Size: 100 Acres
Services: Master Planning Services
Market: Equine, Historic Preservation