We took a road trip all the way to Montana to pick up two pinto warmblood mares to add to our breeding program. We are excited to expand our offering of Pinto Sport Horses in the future! We made new friends on this special trip and we are excited to bring these mares along under saddle in addition to getting them bred to Rue. Stay tuned about Jasnah and Qismah, The Montana Mares!
We are blessed and grateful to make it through foaling season this spring with healthy happy babies and moms. There are so many things to go wrong and we are lucky to have a fantastic group of friends who are experts that help us along the way. We welcomed two fillies and one colt this year. Now to watch them grow up!
Always hard to say goodbye but this time it was extra special that two SLSH babies ended up in the same home with Jesika in Long Island, New York. We had the privilege of being able to deliver Limerick and Sky to their new home and meet her. I couldn't ask for a better mom and life for these two boys. I will forever love them.
We kicked off 2022 with a clinic with Olympian rider Kyle Carter at Big Bear in Pine Mountain, Ga. We froze and the clinic was cut a day short due to inclement snowy weather but we had a great time with Kyle and his witty and comical teaching style. Kali (Oh Behave Baby) attended with Hannah Hollis aboard. Hannah got to experience cross country for the first time! Rue stepped up and definitely dialed in on his job jumping by more challenging questions and Novice/Training Level obstacles.
We could not have asked for better weather and better company the weekend of the Oct 16 for the Michael Pollard Clinic because Sammy attended with me on Willow. This was Sammy and Willow's first experience Cross Country and the fourth time for Rue and I. We learned so much and Mr Pollard is an excellent instructor. So. Much. Fun! We will be back.
Michael Pollard schooling Cerulean Nightlife in dressage.
We are lucky enough to have qualifying show for the Young Horse Show Series here in Georgia. We took Breeland, our two year old, to the show and Ben Barnes, who purchased our filly Remi, brought her as well. Both fillies were calm, obedient and insightful learning about the jump chute. Bree came in second place out of 10 entries and scored 9's on several techniques. Sadly, we will be unable to attend the Finals in Tryon in November but we will be back with three year olds for next year!
Rue and I had the privilege of working with Grand Prix rider, Tom Foley. Introduced to us by Ronda Stavisky, Tom helped us gain confidence in show jumping by introducing us to the liver pool and teaching us better turns and adjustability to the jump. Coincidently, Tom is from Ireland so he and Rue had that in common! We really enjoyed working with Tom and will hopefully be able to join him at shows in the future.
Lesson with Tom Foley
We spent the weekend at Big Bear, Pine Mountain, GA working with Olympian Kyle Carter in Show Jumping and on Cross Country. This was our third time to set foot on a Cross Country course and I am proud to say that I overcame my fear of banks thanks to Rue and Kyle's coaching. We had a fantastic time at this challenging and extensive clinic.
We are so happy for River that he found his forever home with Jackie Yates. He will grow up with Jackie's two retired geldings and then start his training for eventing in a few years. Jackie trains with Meg Morgan of Simply Southern Eventing.
Hannah Hollis has been riding and helping out at SLSH so she already felt part of the family. Riese is her Graduation present from her family. She will grow up while Hannah is in college and will be ready to show when she is graduates. Look for updates with Hannah with all the SLSH babies in the years to come.
We are so proud and flattered that Ronda Stavisky of Rising Star Farm has accepted Rue as one of her guest stallions and will represent him for 2021. Dr. Stavisky holds a PhD in Reproductive Biology from Emory University and currently stands some of the best jumping stallions in North America, if not the world. Their Olympic pedigree's and proven and impressive show records are awe inspiring. This December, Rue demonstrated his abilities and movement for Dr. Stavisky, both at liberty and through the jump chute at her farm in Silver Creek, GA. Rue will be standing at Rising Star this Spring and Dr .Stavisky will be handling all of his breeding contracts, collections, and shipments. We are beyond excited for this opportunity Rue has to offer his incredible pedigree, outstanding temperament and excellent conformation to more mares this upcoming year.
We did our first show at the impressive venue at Chatahoochee Hills in Fairburn, GA in September. Rue was third and fourth respectively in the show jumping phases. We also schooled Cross Country for the first time! I was so proud of Rue to be calm and cool at this very busy schooling show. There were many distractions, even loose horses, and Rue never batted an eye. He was so obedient and LOVED cross country. Now to get to work on my riding to get all of this together for 2021!
Sky was born June 11, 2020 and we were so surprised to find he had a blue eye. Genetically, his dam has an overo gene so even though we were hoping for a pinto, his markings are stunning. This colt is a full brother to Storeen.
A few weeks prior to Sky's arrival, we lost our beloved Rockett who has been part of our family for over 10 years. He was a Hanoverian cross that was an incredible jumper but his life was cut short by Cushings Disease and laminitis. Sky's big blaze reminds us of Rockett and his sky blue eye helped form his name. Sky is the limit for him for sure!
Krysten will be bringing Story along in upstate New York for eventing! We are so happy they have found each other and we are so grateful she is giving our boy a wonderful forever home. We wish them the best of luck in the future!
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