Our vision and goals with our breeding journey are several.
*First and foremost, we aim to preserve the specific and noteworthy Irish gene pool of our stallions.
*Second, we aim to produce offspring that represent characteristics of the Irish Draught and/or traditional Irish Sport Horse: Intelligent, Willing, Athletic, and Durable.
*Third, we aim to produce offspring that are marketable to the novice and amateur. Offspring that are suitable for bonding, partnership and competition. Offspring, that through excellent conformation, physical wellness and kind behaviors, are safe, uncomplicated and predictable.
*Next, we aim for excellent equine husbandry such that the physical, mental and emotional health of our horses and progeny are optimally developed.
*Finally, we, as amateurs, aim to carefully research, study and select equine resources and professionals to educate and assist us in reaching our goals at the highest standards.
In 2001 and after having three beautiful daughters of my own, I was eager to return to my inherent passion for horses and riding.
I started by inquiring about riding lessons for my oldest daughter and encountered show jumping for the first time and was enthralled. I befriended a horseman and trainer named David Erlandson, who made it his mission to find my oldest daughter and I suitable mounts. Within months, David found not only a perfect horse for my eight year old daughter, but also found a perfect partner for me. This quickly grew to four horses for me of which three were stallions. It was happenstance. I was looking for a horse to ride and jump. At the same time, an Irish Sport Horse importer was dissolving its business and word of this was traveling through the horse community.
Through quick timing, I became the owner of three impressive Irish stallions: one sired by Cavalier Royale, one sired by Clover Hill and one sired by Rockrimmon Silver Diamond. Hence, by default and obligation to maintain the very special gene pool carried by my stallions, I entered the breeding industry as an amateur.
Throughout the years, I spent time riding and bonding with my horses at my own facility. In 2015, my husband and I started dedicating time studying equine breeding and sport horse pedigrees, especially Irish Draught and Irish Sport Horses. At that time, we focused on collection options, stallion training, semen management, and facility standards. We thoroughly researched and reviewed our resources, and in 2015 started collecting and freezing semen on our sixteen year old stallions. In 2016 we turned our focus on mares. We needed mares and this led us to hours upon hours at the computer. Since we were about to embark on a small breeding operation, we knew we had to carefully select only a few mares. We studied hundreds of mares, pedigrees and read many articles and we came to a decision to travel to Ireland. We traveled with a plan, the help of amazing people we met online and the trust given to us by top breeders in Ireland: Marion Hughes, her sister Ann-Marie McSorley (Hughes Horse Stud) and Geraldine Berney (Motabower Stud). In the fall of 2016 we imported three young, well-bred Irish mares and in the spring of 2018, with the guidance and reproduction management of Dr. Charlie Scoggin and assistant Crystal Howard (Rood & Riddle Lexington), had successfully produced our first two fabulous foals, Pepper and DJ.
We are excited to state that our first two offspring epitomize their sires and that of an Irish Sport Horse through many positive and strong features and characteristics. Our offspring demonstrate outstanding bone, conformational balance, impeccable hips, intelligent, kind heads and favorable movement, scope and jump form. We are truly delighted with the stamping our stallions have placed on their first offspring.
Our next chapter began in 2017 with our introduction to and relationship with Our Day Farm, Elgin Illinois and their trainers, Alex, Maggie and Haylie Jayne. Likewise, we put effort and study into selecting the best equestrian training facility to guide us on our journey of producing athletic horses for the amateur. The knowledge, experience and skill provided by the Our Day Farm team is second to none. Our young progeny are learning and developing right along with us, with the highest standards and best plan of action, for suitability in the show ring.
Please take a moment to review our unique Irish progeny.