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Halliday back in the saddle at Tweseldown

May 27, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'

Liz Halliday and Baloo (Darola Diamond)

Liz Halliday returned to eventing action at Tweseldown on Monday following the British season’s recent postponements due to bad weather.

The spate of unseasonably heavy showers had put paid to nearly a month’s worth of competitions across the country, ensuring this was the professional dual sportswoman’s first outing since mid-April.

As such, no less than four of Chailey Stud’s horses were in action at Tweseldown’s one-day event. Among them were Oscar (Viscount Oscar) and Baloo (Darola Diamond) who both enjoyed solid outings on their return to Novice competition.

Indeed, having been away for so long, Liz was delighted with both their performances, including strong Dressage results and clear Show Jumping and Cross Country rounds that would eventually see Oscar finish 10th and Baloo 13th.

Liz & Viscount Oscar

Having contested the Lotus Cup UK’s second round at Brands Hatch on Sunday, Halliday’s quick-fire eventing switch also included two Open Intermediate entries with Fox (Red Letter Day II) and Bud (Newmarket Malt).

Incredibly this was Fox’s first event of the year following the long period of subsequent competition cancellations and his late start to the season. Needless to say he was keen to make up for lost time and proved particularly feisty in the warm-up for his Dressage performance before going well over both Show Jumping and Cross Country tests.

It was a similar story for Bud who, despite having two rails down in the Show Jumping, still enjoyed a strong Cross Country outing to blow away the cobwebs having not run since late March.

Liz Halliday: “It’s been so long since the last competition that Tweseldown felt like the start of a whole new season! The horses were champing at the bit to get going after no eventing action during the last month and I’m sure that over-eagerness played a part in their performances. I was pleased with both Oscar and Baloo in the Dressage and their Show Jumping and Cross Country rounds suggest they are ready for the next step up in the coming weeks. For Bud and Fox it was more a case of finding their feet again following a long period out of competition. With the worst of the weather now behind us there’s hopefully a lot more to come.”

As well as a host of other horses, Liz will have her first chance to compete Chailey Stud’s latest addition Trevor (Endymion Entrechat) at local event Borde Hill next weekend.

For more information about Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre, please contact Jo Warrilow:  jo@equineeventsuk.com

+44 (0)7879 448501


For more information on Liz Halliday, please visit www.lizhalliday.com .




Email:  tom@pole.uk.com

Polo Team Representing the U.S. Displays Strong Performance Against England in St. Regis International Cup

May 25, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'

St Regis International, England vs USA. Photo Credit © Tony Ramirez/www.imagesofpolo.com

Wellington, Fla. (May 21, 2012) – There was plenty of action in Saturday’s 5th annual St. Regis International Cup at Great Britain’s Cowdray Park Polo Club as England defeated the U.S. 11-10.5 in a highly competitive, international polo match that featured the two, evenly-talented teams battling it out and trading leads throughout the contest. Coming down to the wire, England defended a 60-yard penalty attempt, in the closing seconds, to secure the victory for the host team.

Most Valuable Player Nick Roldan. Photo Credit © Tony Ramirez/www.imagesofpolo.com

Despite the loss, Nick Roldan’s performance on the field earned him Most Valuable Player honors in the hard-fought battle displayed by both squads, and the polo bravado of both teams received heavy praise from the crowd.  In addition to the memorable game, the event held special significance as it was the first field match between England and the U.S. on U.K. soil since the Westchester Cup 15 years ago.

England & USA Teams. Photo credit © Tony Ramirez/www.imagesofpolo.com

“Our U.S. polo team played a tremendous match against a talented English team, fighting until the very end.” said Peter Rizzo, CEO of the U.S. Polo Association.  “Although the final outcome was not in our favor, our team displayed passion and talent, playing with pride and honor for their country. We all are extremely proud of the performance.”

For broadcast footage from Saturday’s thrilling competition between the U.S. and England, visit www.polotv.us. If you would like more information on polo in the U.S., including events and details on programs for new players, visit www.uspolo.org.

About the U. S. Polo Association

The U.S. Polo Association was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions, and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. For more information, please visit, www.uspolo.org.

The Pride of Lionshare Farm at Old Salem

May 21, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'

Matti Fisher on her jumper Sans Souci geting last minute coaching from Peter Leone. Photo by Carrie Wirth


Wellington, FL- May 18, 2012- The Lionshare Farm team put in solid performances with great prizes throughout the first week at Old Salem.

Matti Fisher, who has been riding with Peter Leone and the LIonshare Farm team since 2005, won first place honors in the USEF Adult Equitation 3’3″ riding her own Peter Pan.

“I’ve had Peter Pan for so long that he’s just kind of like my old pair of sneakers. He’s so comfortable and awesome,” shared Fisher.

Fisher and Peter Pan also earned respectable ribbons in the 18-35 Amateur Owners and in the Handy Class of the Performance Hunters.

Fisher recently added the jumpers to her riding repertoire. The FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

marked her first circuit foray into the jumper ring. She commented on her jumper, Sans Souci. “My jumper is really a much hotter horse than I’ve ever experienced. I’m not really used to having an engine behind me. That’s been hard to get used to. I’m not used to actually getting a full reaction when I ask for something. All my experiences have been with hunters and equitation horses that are dead quiet.”

Katherine Bundy and Luciano and Elizabeth Benson and Lionshare Farm’s Cadillac Z demonstrated their classic technique to place them in second and third respectively in the 3’6″ Marshall and Sterling Junior Medal.

Isabella Russekoff repeated her previous week’s Garden State Small Pony Hunter Championship at Old Salem with her own Rico Suave. The pair continually confirms their hard work, performing solid and consistent brilliance in the show ring. Russekoff also showed Rose Hill Farm’s Hallelujah in the Larges to earn several respectable ribbons.

Lionshare Farms Anisette was ridden to championship honors in the Green Pony Hunter Division by Ali Tritschler. Tritschler, who rides with Jill Shulman, has an impressive show record and proved an ideal match for Anisette.

Peter Leone performed well with My Pleasure in the Seven and Eight Year Old Young Jumpers with a second place finish in the 1.40 and a 5th place in the 1.30m qualifier. Leone’s My Pleasure is a chestnut Belgian Warmblood stallion. The team won the Seven and Eight Year Old Young Jumpers the previous week at Garden State.

Peter Leone is an Olympic equestrian, trainer, producer of hunter/jumper instructional DVDs and author. He owns and operates Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, CT. His clients successfully compete in the pony, equitation, hunter and jumper divisions. He is one of three brothers, internationally known as Team Leone, for their success in the show ring. Leone was a member of the 1996 Silver Medal United States Olympic Show Jumping Team and winner of numerous national and international Grand-Prix show jumping competitions. He is the author of the upcoming book, Peter Leone’s Show Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian Athletes and the producer of the DVD, Ride the Body: Select Insights of Peter Leone.

For more information about Peter Leone and Lionshare Farm go to:



Interagro Lusitanos Combines the Interagro Collection and Lusitano Collection® Auctions

May 17, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'



Canopus Interagro, a striking buckskin stallion by Tufão Interagro, is one of the horses to be presented at the auction. He has been started under saddle and his outstanding temperament and color accent his 3 excellent gaits. (Photo courtesy of Tupa)

Itapira, Brazil (May 16, 2012) – Interagro Lusitanos of Brazil recently announced that their two annual auctions, The Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction and The Interagro Collection National Auction, will be combined this year to provide buyers a single destination to choose from weanlings and yearlings, young horses under saddle, and horses who are more advanced in their training. Coudelaria Rocas do Vouga, Interagro’s partner in past Lusitano Collection® auctions, will be a special guest at the combined auction, and both farms will be offering a selection hand-picked Lusitanos.  The combined auctions will take place at Interagro Lusitanos in Brazil on August 25, 2012.

The 2012 Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction is comprised largely of young horses between four and six years old who have begun their training under saddle.  The Interagro Collection National Auction offers weanlings and yearlings, as well as a small group of young horses who have started their under saddle training.   One of the exciting features of the National Auction is the unique bidding experience where two weanlings are paired and bid on with a single bid.  The winning bidder then gets to select from the two, and the next highest bidder has the choice of the second horse or bidding on another lot.  Because both of these auctions were scheduled to be held just eight weeks apart, the decision was made to combine the events to make it easier for international buyers traveling to the auction from other countries. The combined format also offers local buyers a broader selection of horses.


Interagro Lusitanos of Brazil recently announced that their two annual auctions, The Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction and The Interagro Collection National Auction, will be combined this year to provide buyers a single destination to choose from weanlings and yearlings, young horses under saddle, and horses who are more advanced in their training. (Photo courtesy of Tupa)


“Interagro is proud to host both auctions, and holding them simultaneously in Brazil will give all of our clients a chance to experience a different facet of Interagro,” said Cecilia Gonzaga, Managing Director of Interagro Lusitanos.  “Those who have attended our national auction will be able to view horses who are further along in their training, while guests who regularly attend the Lusitano Collection® Auctions will experience a different bidding format and will be able to bid on yearlings as well as adult horses.  And any new clients will get an all encompassing taste of Interagro, from viewing the farm and the horses to experiencing both auctions at once!”

Both auctions feature horses that are evaluated from the time they are born until they are presented, and all of the horses who have started their training under saddle include full veterinary exams, are negative for piroplasmosis, and have clean x-rays.  Interagro also manages all of the paperwork and exportation procedures to ensure horses purchased at the auction reach their new homes quickly and efficiently.  Buyers coming from outside Brazil have an added incentive to bring home a Lusitano, as Interagro will reimburse their plane ticket up to $1,500 USD in the event that they purchase a horse during the auction.

The Interagro horse is a modern Lusitano, a horse that excels in the traditional equestrian disciplines, from dressage and driving to jumping and working equitation. Interagro horses can be seen driving, working, and training on the farm in Brazil everyday. Interagro is committed to preserving the pure bloodlines of the Lusitano breed, and Interagro bloodlines include some of the most respected bloodlines in the breed such as Farao (JHC), Nirvana Interagro, Ofensor (MV), Xique-Xique (CI) and Yacht (SA).


Gonzaga also shared that Interagro is gearing up for the 2013 Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction, where they plan to offer a selection of horses that have advanced in their training.  “Our clients have expressed interest in Lusitanos who have progressed further in their training,” said Gonzaga.  “This trend seems to be universal in the sport horse market, so were are preparing a selection of athletic horses with excellent temperaments who are farther along in their training and some who will have had show experience. We have started such a large number of young horses over the years, that our team has a good track record for advancing a horse’s training at just the right pace for that individual.  We will never rush a horse. In fact, some horses are inevitably held back from the auction each year to be offered at the next year’s auction when they are farther along in their training.  We are excited to bring these horses to auction, and we would like to thank our partner in the Lusitano Collection® auctions, Coudelaria Rocas do Vouga, and all of our sponsors for their support, including Guabi Feed.”


To learn more about Interagro Lusitanos, and the horses in the auction or to obtain details about attending the August 25th auction, visit their website at www.lusitano-interagro.com. To watch a video about Interagro Lusitanos on Youtube, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXEVa6t0m6E.



About Interagro Lusitanos


Founded in 1975 by Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga to preserve the Lusitano breed, Interagro Lusitanos is now recognized as the world’s largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses. Dr. Gonzaga started with a small band of four mares and one stallion imported to Brazil from the breed’s native Portugal; to date nearly 800 horses populate the 1200-acre ranch outside São Paulo. Today, Cecilia Gonzaga manages the farm and operations. Interagro Lusitanos are handled, prepared, and evaluated from birth, with a handful of the best stock presented at auction each year.



Georgina Bloomberg and Pegasus Co-host Grand Prix Luncheon

May 17, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding. 1- Georgina Bloomberg (center) with two of the Pegasus volunteers who staff The Rider's Closet: Judy Williams of Patterson, N.Y. (left), and Kim Dow of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. (right). PHOTO CREDITS: © Christine Fitzgerald

Brewster, NY – May 16, 2012 – Nearly 70 guests enjoyed a premium view of the $25,000 New York Welcome Stake during a Grand Prix Luncheon hosted by Georgina Bloomberg and Pegasus Therapeutic Riding at Old Salem Farm on Friday, May 11.

Sponsored in part by Ariat, WAG magazine and Gentle Goodbye, the luncheon included a live-model fashion exhibition by J.McLaughlin, a viewing of the St. Petersburg Collection’s new Carousel Egg by Theo Fabergé, and artist Marcia Spivak’s elegant metal equine sculptures.

Bloomberg first partnered with Pegasus in 2010 via her charitable venture, The Rider’s Closet, which is managed by Pegasus staff and volunteers. Founded in 2006, Bloomberg’s program provides quality donated equestrian apparel to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, intercollegiate riding programs and riders who are in need. A PATH International Premier Accredited Center, Pegasus offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people with special needs at five chapters in New York and Connecticut.

Proceeds from the Grand Prix Luncheon will benefit both The Rider’s Closet and Pegasus. In addition, Russ Oliveri of RVO Construction built and donated a custom-designed wooden display to showcase Rider’s Closet merchandise at horse shows and other events.

Further information about The Rider’s Closet and Pegasus is available at www.pegasustr.org .

Pegasus volunteers and staff model apparel by J.McLaughlin.PHOTO CREDITS: © Christine Fitzgerald

The Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies Launch Their New Website

May 16, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – May 14, 2012 – The Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies is pleased to announce the launch of their newly revamped website. The site has been in the making for several months, and was designed by Rosston Meyer from Rosstamicah Design. The new layout incorporates several new features that will benefit potential and current clients including testimonials, a full photo gallery, easily accessible social media links and much more. To visit the new and improved site, please visit www.shapiropertnoy.com.

The website is easy to navigate, with a full toolbar extending down the left side with numerous tabs available to customers for perusal. There are now extended bios of each of the four principals: Steven Shapiro, Ronnie Pertnoy, Kevin Shapiro and Josh Pertnoy. This section allows the viewer to gain a more in depth look into each of the principals, as well as helping to dictate who is the best to contact for their specific needs.

With a wide array of photographs, the website is sure to feature designs that will resonate with both the residential and commercial client. The Shapiro-Pertnoy Team has tremendous pride in their reputation for crafting unique homes through thorough planning, unrivaled quality of construction, and meticulous detail. Since 1982, the Shapiro-Pertnoy Commercial Group has developed, owned and operated a myriad of retail plazas, office buildings, and industrial parks in Palm Beach County alone. As one of the first commercial builders in Wellington, FL, their business has only expanded over the last 30 years. Today the Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies have interest in dozens of companies including real estate development and construction, brokerage, building management and lending, and a handful of non-real-estate-related ventures. A list of past and current developments can be found on the new site to provide further insight into their commercial side.

To further the possibilities to provide a personal experience for clients, the Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies created an area on the website where they walk viewers through the building process. They also have added several tips for finding the right builder, and the keys to finding a builder that will continue to have a sustained relationship throughout the duration of construction and thereafter.

For those interested in viewing the philanthropic efforts of the Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies, videos and photographs are available from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Shapiro-Pertnoy MLK Day of Service, held annually in West Palm Beach.

The new website also makes connecting with the social media tools very efficient and effective. With a simple click on the Facebook icon located on the bottom of the toolbar available on all pages of the site, customers can stay up to date with all of the Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies’ recent happenings. To see the improved Facebook page, please visit http://www.facebook.com/ShapiroPertnoyCompanies.

For more information regarding the Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies and their advertisements, magazine articles, awards and recognitions, and press releases, please visit their updated website at www.shapiropertnoy.com.

Principals of the Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies - Steven Shapiro, Kevin Shapiro, Josh Pertnoy and Ronnie Pertnoy.

For 34 years, the Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies have been the choice of discerning homebuyers throughout South Florida. From a spectacular 30,000 square foot residential compound in Jupiter, to the equestrian communities of Wellington, and from luxury lifestyles in the mountains of North Carolina to a new professional office complex in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and the 25,000 square foot two-story commercial building in Boca Raton, FL, the Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies remain in the forefront of development in the upscale residential and commercial markets. For more information about the Shapiro-Pertnoy Companies, please visit www.shapiropertnoy.com

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. Announces SmartPak, Equine, LLC. As Sponsor of the National Youth Congress and Academy of Achievement

May 15, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'


May 14, 2012 (Lexington, KY) –The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is proud to announce SmartPak Equine, LLC. as the sponsor of the USPC National Youth Congress and Academy of Achievement Program. Through their three year commitment, SmartPak will support Pony Club in their efforts to develop character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.

Pony Club CEO, Kevin Price stated “We are pleased to have SmartPak as a partner. Their support for two of our programs, that truly speak to our mission, reinforces that we are developing future leaders through participation in Pony Club.” The National Youth Congress was established in 1998 in order to recognize outstanding older Pony Club members from all over the country and to bring them together for a series of workshops and discussions intended to expand their awareness of themselves and of the rapidly changing external world into which they will soon graduate. They are integral to Pony Club’s continued success. The Academy of Achievement honors Pony Club alumni who have embraced the ideals of Pony Club and excelled in their chosen fields.

Colby Balazs, Vice President of Marketing at SmartPak says “SmartPak is very excited to be partnering with the United States Pony Clubs. It seems a natural fit given our shared focus on education and excellence in all aspects of horsemanship and horse care. Many of the riders who come to work here each day came up through the ranks of Pony Club, so we couldn’t happier to support the next generation.”

SmartPak was founded in 1999, with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses. Their patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly. Since their founding, SmartPak has grown to provide riding tack, clothing and gear for all riding disciplines.

About Pony Club – The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including many of our Olympic team members and many business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25, and include adult members of the Horsemasters Program. There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers in 43 regions throughout the country. Visit the website for more information.

2012 Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award

May 12, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'

May 10, 2012 (Lexington, KY) – The sixth annual Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Florida, and Past Presidents of the MFHA. The Award is designed to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, and to reward members who hunt on a regular basis to act as mentors to the less-experienced Pony Club members. $10,000 in awards will go to top six Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest number of active Pony Club members out hunting.

Congratulations to the following Challenge winners:

1st place           Red Rock Hounds Pony Club in Nevada

2nd Place          Blue Mountain Pony Club in Maryland

3rd Place           Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club in Virginia

4th Place           Millbrook Pony Club in New York

5th Place           Elkridge-Harford Pony Club in Maryland

6th Place           Silver Springs Pony Club in Missouri/Illinois

Honorable Mention goes to the following participating clubs:


Carbon Hooves Pony Club (WA), Genesee Valley Pony Club (NY), Goldens Bridge Hounds Pony Club (NY), Greenville Foothills Pony Club (SC), Mendon Pony Club (NY), South Creek Pony Club (FL), Wayne-DuPage Pony Club (IL)


Hunts that participated in the Challenge were:


Wayne-DuPage Hunt, Red Rock Hounds, Blue Mountain Hunt, Old Dominion Hounds, Blue Ridge Hunt, Middleburg Hunt, Millbrook Hunt, Elkridge-Harford Hunt, Shawnee Hounds, Woodbrook Hunt, Genesee Valley Hunt, Goldens Bridge Hounds, Green Creek Hounds, Genesee Valley Hunt, Live Oak Hounds, South Creek Fox Hounds


A total of 127 Pony Club members participated in the Live Oaks Hounds USPC Fox Hunting Challenge, and together, they logged more than 1,000 days spent enjoying the sport of Fox Hunting!


About MFHA – The Masters of Foxhounds Association of America was formed in 1907 and is the governing body of organized fox, coyote, other acceptable legal quarry and drag hunting in the United States and Canada.  The MFHA’s main activities are: the promotion of the sport; the publication of a Foxhound Stud Book; the recognition of organized Hunts which have met its standards; the recordation of countries and boundaries for organized hunting establishments; and the registration of Hunts as a preliminary step toward recognition. http://www.mfha.org/

About Pony Club- The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including many of our Olympic team members and many business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25, and include adult members of the Horsemasters Program. There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers in 43 regions throughout the country www.ponyclub.org.

Nice Stephanie Sold to Penelope Leprovost

May 10, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'

"Nice Stephanie, pictured with Courtney Vince of Canada, was sold by Belgium's Ashford Farm and Jos Lansink Horses to Penelope Leprovost of France." Photo Credit -- www.1clicphoto.com

Lanse, Belgium — Enda Carroll and Courtney Vince of Ashford Farm, in partnership with Jos Lansink Horses, have sold the horse Nice Stephanie to Penelope Leprovost of France.

Ashford Farm, based in Lasne, Belgium, bought the eight-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Cardento x Ralme Z) in June of 2011 in partnership with  2006 World Champion Jos Lansink of Belgium. Purchased as a sales investment, Nice Stephanie competed under Vince of Milton, Ontario, Canada, before being sold to Leprovost in April of 2012.

“When we first tried ‘Stephanie’, she had all the qualities that we look for in a young horse; she was careful, scopey and had blood,” said Carroll, who has represented his native Ireland in Nations’ Cup competition as well as at the 2005 European Young Riders’ Show Jumping Championship.”We concentrate on buying the best young horse prospects and producing them, and I had wanted to invest in a horse with Jos not only because he is well-respected in the industry as a rider, but also as a dealer. ‘Stephanie’ presented us with the ideal opportunity.”

In 2011, Vince competed with Nice Stephanie in the young horse divisions, qualifying for the World Young Horse Breeding Championships held at Zangersheide in Lanaken, Belgium.Of the 206 horses competing in the Seven-Year-Old Division at the World Breeding Championships, Nice Stephanie was one of only 23 horses to jump clear in both qualifying rounds.

This winter, Vince moved Nice Stephanie up to the 1.45m international division, competing in their first CSI2* Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain. Following that event, the horse was sold for Leprovost to ride.Ranked 16th in the world as of May 1, Leprovost is a regular competitor on the international show jumping stage representing her native France.Leprovost and Nice Stephanie made their debut together at CSI4* Antwerp, Belgium, held April 26-29, where the mare competed in her first 1.50m competition.

“I am thrilled that ‘Stephanie’ was sold to Penelope; I have so much respect and admiration for her,” said Vince, who has been based at Ashford Farm since 2010.”‘Stephanie’ is a very special horse.She has so much scope, she is so careful, she has an unbelievable mind, and she truly has a heart of gold. She is incredibly sweet and easy to work with. We will miss having her in the barn and hearing her nicker, both to us and to her stable mates.”

In addition to Nice Stephanie, Ashford Farm has sold several top horses over the past few years.Wilton Porter has experienced great success riding Patriot (formerly named Calvin K), owned by the Porter family and Sleepy P Ranch, while Cara Raether of Trelawny Farm, the Harrison family of Double H Farm, and Ali Wolff through her trainer, Michelle Grubb, have all recently purchased horses from Ashford Farm. Two-time Canadian Show Jumping Champion Ainsley Vince has also purchased several horses through Ashford Farm including Utopie des Hautes and the promising new eight-year-old mare, Darling.

A full-service training center, Ashford Farm specializes in organizing a complete European horse show package for North American customers. Customized to suit each individual’s preferences, services offered range from flight arrangements, horse import paperwork, airport and competition transport, all horse show arrangements and entries, board with full use of facilities, training, accommodations, truck and mobile home rental, and experienced grooms.

For more information, please contact Enda Carroll at +32 474 083 498 or Courtney Vince at +32 474 081 437, e-mail info@ashfordfarm.net mailto: info@ashfordfarm.net, or visit www.ashfordfarm.net

Of Horses and Ghosts

May 09, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'

"Webster" photo by Debbie Garside‘

‘It is 4:30am on the third day of this, my second expedition to Sable Island. Even though I lay in bed in the relative comfort of my second story room at the coast guard station, I have taken to wearing long johns under my pajamas with a down sweater on top. A powerful “nor’easter” blew in last night and the moderately well-built sleeping quarters are no match for it. The doors rattle and no matter how high I push the thermostat, the north side of the house is cold. I can hear a thumping noise downstairs, and yesterday’s talk of the ghosts of thousands of shipwrecked sailors comes to mind, but I dismiss it. The banging persists, so I unzip my sleeping bag and go downstairs where I find the back door wide open and swinging wildly. It takes both hands for me to close it. As I look outside the first crack of light can be seen in the east, but mainly the sky is covered in heavy dark clouds that are moving fast across it…’

Through the camera lens and personal journals of renowned wildlife photographer Debbie Garside, we are given a rare insight to the lives of over 350 wild horses, one of the few herds which are unmanaged and not subject to any interference of any kind.

"The Band" photo by Debbie Garside

Sable (French for sand) Island is 100 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Barren, entirely comprised of sand, small pools of water and grassy meadows, with no trees to protect the horses from the often cruel weather, the island is best known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, with over 200 documented cases of ships that have run aground on the surrounding shoals.  The island, which is fog-enshrouded a third of the year, is in the path of most storms in the Atlantic that track up the North American coast. In fact, after 1991’s Perfect Storm, the emergency radio beacon, fuel tank and an empty life raft from the doomed fishing vessel Andrea Gail washed up on its shore.

Originally, it was thought that the horses were survivors from these shipwrecks, but it was Thomas Hancock, a Boston merchant, who actually shipped 60 horses to Sable in 1760 in an effort to “establish ownership” of  the island

"Flirt" photo by Debbie Garside

a great deal has been written about the horse’s heritage, genetic origins, and breed, but by my own observations, a wide range of types exist here, some with the dished faces common in the Arabian breed, others with regal ‘roman’ or convex profiles suggestive of old European bloodstock, still others with the bone and fine build associated with the North American Thoroughbred. On average their sizes range from 13.2 to 15.2 hands and vary in colour from light chestnut with dark flaxen mane and tail, browns and blacks. No grays or horses of colour are here as they were at one time considered ‘inferior’ and culled out by settlers. History shows that ‘improvement’ sires which included Drafts, thoroughbred and Warmbloods, were brought to the island in the 1900’s…’


The horses had been protected under the Sable Island Regulations of the Canada Shipping Act.

However, last year the Island has become a National Park and will receive a higher level of protection from the control of Parks Canada

The Canadian Coast Guard Station, meteorologist and a few personnel are the only human inhabitants on the island.

For more information on SableIslandand Debbie Garside, visit True North Fine Images http://www.truenorthfineimages.com/galleries.html