WOODWIND FARM & JUMPS is owned and operated by Charles "Chuck" Kinney. A lifelong horseman, Chuck has been involved with horses since his youth. He attended Red Raider Camp as a child, then later became the facility manager and a riding instructor.
Chuck attended Michigan State University and received a bachelor's degree in zoology, with a minor in agriculture. While in Michigan, Chuck spent many years working with Gabor Foltenyi.
Chuck later began working with Bertalan de Nemethy at the American Invitational, where he also worked with Steve Stephens, Richard Jeffrey and Eugene Mische over the years. In the early 1960's Chuck became involved with the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic horse show, held annually at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field. He has been involved with this show every year since. In the late 1990's Chuck became a co-chairman of the Chagrin Valley PHA (Professional Horsemen's Association) Horse Show, Inc., the non-profit organization that runs the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic. In addition to his duties as co-chairman, Chuck oversees the polo field grounds set-up for the Classic and numerous other events.
In 1970 Chuck designed and began building Woodwind Farm on 135 acres on Music Street. Woodwind Farm opened in February of 1972. In addition to boarding, Woodwind Farm expanded to building jumps and supplying them to horse shows, at one time, 70 shows a year including The National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. In addition to providing the jumps, he worked as ring crew and footing supervisor from the mid-1980's until The National Horse Show left Madison Square Garden.
In addition to the American Invitational, the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic, and The National Horse Show, Chuck has been involved with the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Washington International Horse Show, the Middleburg Classic, the Pan American Games in Indianapolis, the World Cup in Tampa, and many other local shows including the Lake Erie College and Pennsylvania State University horse shows.
Today Chuck continues to manage Woodwind Farm and to work with horse shows providing jumps, designing courses and providing his expertise.