The Seeley family of Orange County, New York was probably the first of the numerous families in the county to sense the importance of broodmare families and to start systematically building them up. It began around the year 1800 and culminated in 1849, when trotting progenitor Hambletonian was foaled on the farm of Jonas Seeley in Sugar Loaf, New York. Six months later Seeley sold the suckling foal and his dam to his hired hand, William M. Rysdyk, for $125. This was the beginning of a new era in the trotting world.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals