Hunter Harrison, railway executive and horse farm owner, dies at age 73

Ridgefield resident Hunter Harrison, who owned Double H Farm and was CEO of CSX Corp., died at the age of 73 at his home in Wellington, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 16.

Harrison, who was the former CEO of Illinois Central Railroad, Canadian National Railway, and Canadian Pacific Railway, bought the former McKeon farm property on Ridgebury Road in 2005 with his wife, Jeannie.   

The couple quickly launched a massive renovation process on the property, and turned it into Double H Farm — a company that raises and trains horses for show jumping. The business was headquartered in both Wellington, where Harrison held another estate, and Ridgefield at 11 Old Stagecoach Road.

Prior to owning the 87-acre property in Ridgefield, Harrison lived in Burr Ridge, Il.

“We own and raise Grand Prix horses,” Harrison told The Press in 2005 after purchasing the property for $12 million. “We don’t plan to do anything differently but operate a horse farm there.”

“We do what’s called show jumping,” Harrison said. “That’s where the horses — predominantly, now, warmbloods, but warmbloods and thoroughbreds — they jump a series of fences.”