About Heritage Hill Farm

Dey Family

Heritage Hill Farm, spanning 500 acres in western Monmouth County, is one of the founding farms of the New Jersey Sire Stakes program. The Heritage Hill – HH – name was given to nearly 100 horses, including the world champion filly HH Shadow who was second in the 1986 Cane Pace and retired with 17 victories and nearly $280,000 in earnings. Heritage Hill stood 1972 Pacing Horse of the Year Isle of Wight, whose offspring dominated the New Jersey Sire Stakes in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The farm no longer stands any stallions – the last was Jaguar Spur -- but the Deys breed and foal nearly 100 mares a year.


A thousand horses have represented the Dey breeding program, most bred in the name of the senior Deys, Stephen Perrine Dey and his wife, Elizabeth S. [Liz] Dey, whose father, Charles I. Smith, was a founder of the New Jersey Sire Stakes program. In recent years, Heritage Hill raised Forensic Z Tam, who has banked nearly $1 million, and his half-brother Blue Rock, who in 2009, won three of four New Jersey Sire Stakes starts as a two-year-old and earned $109,985.


The family includes a trio of prominent equine veterinarians – Dr. Stephen P. Dey II and his sons, Dr. Stephen P. Dey III and Dr. Greg Dey.