Uihlein, August

Inducted 2011

In the late 1880’s the northwest was rapidly becoming noted for its high bred trotting stock. Mammoth breeding establishments were springing up in every state, and they demanded and secured the richest-bred animals in the land. Wisconsin was rapidly advancing in this line, and new organizations of great magnitude were being formed.


One of the most important among these great establishments was the stud recently started by August Uihlein of Milwaukee, Wis. The 654 acre farm was located at Truesdell, Wis, a short distance south of Milwaukee, and there on the farm were many choice mares representing the most famous lines of blood. At the Kellog sale, held in New York August Uihlein along with Frederick Pabst, of Milwaukee, purchased the world-renowned young horse Alcazar for $25,800. At the Old Glory Sale during the autumn of 1907 Mr. Uihlein purchased The Harvester, who went on to be a world champion, the like of who the racing industry had never seen.

August Uihelin believed that a breeding establishment operated in Wisconsin could equal any in the country if the right foundation were built on. In the early 1900’s Mr. Uihlein, a millionaire brewer of the Schlitz brewery, raised more trotting bred horses than any other man in the world, having from 500-800 head at the farm in Truesdell.

Although the farm in Truesdell was the main farm in the operation, the Uihleins had other farms in Wisconsin and at one time had close to 2,000 horses. There was a farm in Menomonie Falls with 200 fenced acres, and another 9 miles from the Schlitz
brewery in Milwaukee, but so that horses might be conveniently near him at his place of business, he had built on the roof of one of his large breweries a stable to which they were lifted by an elevator

A great story about August Uihlein was told by a friend of his, Charley Dean, after he had dinner with August and his wife. Mrs. Uihlein had listened for some hours to her husband’s description and recital of the breeding of some of his choice trotters, whereupon she spoke up and complimented him on his extensive knowledge of bloodlines and remarkable memory for the names of dams, grandams, etc, etc. “I believe”, said she “that you know the names of the dams of nearly all the horses you own.” With conscious pride Mr. Uihein stated that he believed he did. “And you know the names of their grandams too,” said Mrs. Uihlein. “I do,” returned her husband with evident pleasure. “August,” then she said suddenly, “can you tell me the first name of your grandmother?” This stumped him and after a moment of shy hesitation he admitted that he could not.

While August Uihlein’s connection with the American trotter, both as a breeder and an owner, covered a long period of years, he was an unfamiliar figure to many race goers, for despite the fact that he was a man of large wealth, had achieved success in
business, his modesty kept him in the background as much as possible and although The Harvester made him famous as a horseman, he permitted others connected with him to shine in the reflected glory of his stallion and his remarkable  achievements.

August Uihlein died in 1911 while on a trip to Germany.

Nominated by Diane Kleinsteiber

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