Windward Farms was founded as a Belgian Breeding program.  Jacob H. Ruhl, and Donald E. &
Janice L. Ruhl started the farm in the late 1970's and began to look for high quality stock to serve
as the foundation of their herd.  They stood the noted stallion, Penn State Congolaise, a son of the
great Congolaise, who spent time as herd sire at Orndorff's Belgians in Waynesburg, PA.
~Below is a brief history of our farm with pictures of some of our past horses.~
Photos (Clockwise from bottom left): 1. Penn
State Congolaise at the PA Farm Show.  2.
Penn State Congolaise with the late Donald
Ruhl on the lead.  3. Three Penn State
Congolaise daughters.
Photos (Clockwise from bottom left): 1. Patrick's
Princess, the dam of Windward's Torin. 2.
Percheron Broodmares and foals out on
pasture. 3. Stephanie and Noelle, half sisters
by Maverick and the first Percheron mares at
Windward Farms.
In the late 80's we incorporated a Percheron breeding program into our
farm.  It was started with mares like the ones below.
Left: Windward's Torin, a home-bred popular
sire in the Percheron breed.  Torin was sired
by the well known Blackhome Duke, and
out of Patrick's Princess.  He was well ahead
of his time and proved himself capable of
throwing hitchy, marketable foals with
length of neck and modernness.
Past herd sires of Windward Farms.
Photos (from top): 1. Windward's Barnabas as a
yearling at the K.I.L.E.  He was a son of
Chief's Commander and out of Northridge
Acres Belle, a half sister to our other herd
sire, Northridge Acres La Rex. 2. Barney
competing in the ladies cart class at K.I.L.E.
with Janice Ruhl on the lines.
Photos (from top): 1. Our former herd sire,
Northridge Acres La Rex, a Chief's
Commander son, pictured shortly before we
sold him. 2. Rex being shown at the K.I.L.E.
Don passed away in June of 1997.  The horses were all sold
except for a team of home raised geldings who were by Rex.  
Although Don has been gone for over 10 years, it is his legacy of
honesty and friendship that continues to influence our program
here at Windward Farms.  
In early 2002 we began looking for quality breeding stock to restart our breeding operation.  Over the
past 10 years, we have been fortunate to acquire and breed some of the best horses who have ever
lived on our farm.  With 30 years of breeding draft horses in our farm's history we feel fortunate to be
able to look back to such a proud past and plan for an even better future.

We welcome your inquiries about of top quality breeding stock and invite you to come and visit the farm
to see the horses and the scenery.  We are located near several landmarks in Pennsylvania Dutch Amish
Country in the heart of historic Lancaster County.  
Above: Nearby is scenic Chiques' Rock,
overlooking the Susquehanna River and the
historic Wrightsville Bridge.
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Windward Farms- Registered Draft Horses & AKC Boxers
Reuben & Alexandra Dourte
51411 Creglow Rd.
Marcellus, MI 49067
H. 269.646.0080  C. 717.799.0483
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