William Stamps Farish III
- Wife: Sarah Sharp, a stepdaughter of Bayard Sharp
- Son: William Stamps Farish IV
- Daughters: Mary Farish Johnston, Laura Farish Chadwick, Hillary Farish Stratton
A breeder of thoroughbred racehorses, in 1979 Farish bought the 240 acres that had been Bosque Bonita Farm near Lexington, Kentucky.2 Over the years it would be expanded to 1,800-acre (7.3 km2) and renamed Lane's End Farm. A leading breeder of horses that compete around the world, Lane's End Farm hosted Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Lexington. He also owns a home in the horse community of Wellington, Florida.
Lane's End has a secondary 400-acre (1.6 km2) operation near Hempstead, Texas. Farish's operations have bred and/or raced over 225 horses that became stakes winners, both individually and with partners. In 1972, his horse Bee Bee Bee won the Preakness Stakes and his filly Casual Look won a British Classic, the 2003 Epsom Oaks. In 1992 and again in 1999, he received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder.
The United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian commented on his low profile during the period leading up to the Iraq War . The former UK ambassador to Washington, Christopher Meyer, said that "as ambassador [Farish] proved as agreeable as he was invisible." (D.C. Confidential, Christopher Meyer, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2005)
|U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Robert H. Tuttle
- Casual Look (horse)
- Official portrait of William Farish by David Griffiths
- Lane's End Farm
- Bowen, Edward L. Legacies of the Turf: A Century of Great Thoroughbred Breeders (2003) Eclipse Press ISBN 978-1-58150-102-5