Rose Court Farms was re-established
as a business entity in August of 1998 between father and
son. Many years and a lot of sweat later the facility has
quietly built a reputation for having a safe, worry-free
environment to keep horses. Rose Court Farms was orginally
purchased in 1905 as a tea farm by Swedish emigrants, Otto
and Enda Hoffman (pictured at right) who named the farm
Rose Court. It did not take them long to discover that the
land would not sustain a tea plantation, at which point
most of the acreage was allowed to return to forest. About
20 acres was still farmed or used for pasture until the
early 60's, when the grandchild (Earl Browning) of those
Swedish emigrants started a small horse operation. Earl's
nephew, Robert Browning (pictured above) is the 4th generation
stewards of the family land and business. The Hoffmans
are Robert Brownings great grandparents.
Farms was restarted from the foundation built by Earl Browning (pictured
at right with his Stallion, Bachelor's of Music). When I (Rob Browning)
started there were a couple of rather tired looking buildings and
a lot of barbed wire fencing. Now, I can say with some pride, that
I have removed all of the barbed wire and replaced it with three
rail wooden fencing, completely overhauled the old barn. We have
built several run-in sheds and storage buildings, added arena lights
for night riding, built a 70' round pen and have added two large
pastures and a new 10 stall barn to accommodate the farm.
At Rose Court Farms, I pride myself on quality horse care, I feel
that happy horses make for happy boarders. This is reflected through
our low turn over rate. Most who board here only leave when they
can start caring for thier horse on thier own property.
Earl Browning opened one of the very first tack shops in South Carolina.
In addition to running a successful tack shop, Earl bred and broke
horses, sold feed and made leather goods. He helped establish the
South Carolina Chapter of the Pinto Horse Association and allowed
horse shows on the property until his death in July of 1996. Earl's
first love was his horses. He was widely regarded for his immense
knowledge of the horse.