Trippcrest Farm

We are Dwight (Pete) Tripp and Jane Gray.

Pete spent most of his working life raising & milking outstanding Holsteins, running a farm auction business, serving his town as selectman for 30 years, served 8 years on the Federal Farm Credit Board, 1 year as Chairman, and raising 3 daughters. After those accomplishments he set out to see if he could raise Percheron horses of the same notable quality as his Holsteins had been. He began raising Percherons in the 1970s.

Jane started her work life as the owner of a fabric shop for 3 years while her daughter and two sons were young. After selling the fabric business, she went back to college to complete a BS degree in accounting. When she couldn’t find a job working for another accountant, she started her own accounting practice, receiving her CPA license in 1984. She has continued to offer tax return & payroll preparation services since then.

In addition she runs a retail forestry supply business from her office and on the internet. At the time she & Pete got together, she was raising top quality Belgians and winning ribbons with them around the Northeast.

Trippcrest Farm

At the time Pete & Jane joined forces, Pete had just started using a young MG’s Prince son- LD’s Prince Pat- as a herd sire on the Percherons. Offspring of that stallion crossed with a Prince Did mare-Prince’s Faith Bonnie- really put the Trippcrest Percherons at the top of the confirmation classes. Two mares from that combination-Trippcrest Pat’s Sugar Babe and Trippcrest Pat’s Bobbi- have been in most all the Trippcrest hitch classes and have consistently qualified as All American nominees based on their performance in confirmation classes. Other horses have been added over the years but Babe & Bobbi always seemed to find a place in the hitch.

The hitch has grown to two six mare hitches-the northern one which performs at many of the New England and particularly Maine fairs and the southern hitch which performs at national draft horse comeptitions. 2010 was an exceptional year of hitching with both mare hitches with the southern hitch winning the Supreme Six Mare HItch at the World Percheron Congress in Des Moines, IA and the 4up of mares at the same show, along with Rooks Golden Diamond winning the brood mare class and the northern hitch winning the Percheron 6up at Topsfield Fair. What a year of winning!

In addition to remaining very competitive in hitching, breeding world class horses is a goal at Trippcrest Farm. Artificial breeding has allowed Trippcrest mares to be bred to stallions including Pleasant View King, Skyview Count On It, Eyebright Fury, BP Prestige and Crawford Farms Hunter, Blue Ribbon Farms Hercules, Ironwood Beauregard, Lola’s Cracker Jack.

Get in touch!

P.O. Box 535
Harrison, Maine 04040

PHONE 207-754-6397




Taylor Memorial Trophyfor the team at Skowhegan Fair was won in 2014 by ER'S Dixie Sue and Ropp's Daisy 

At the 2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, the All Breeds Mare Pair Class was won by Ropp's rose ann and Baldwin Farms Camile. They remain undefeated for 3 years in the pair of mares class. Pete was alive to see them undefeated in the first year of this run.

Trippcrest mare 6 won the All Breeds Mare 6 Horse Hitch Class at the 2014 Royal. A red ribbon in Canada is first place. (Blue ribbon in Canada is 2nd!)

Reserve Supreme World Champion 6 Mare Hitch
at the 2014 World Percheron Congress which incidentally this time was hosted at the Big E in West Springfield MA.