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A little bit about our Haflingers
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Here's some pictures of the grandchildren at the show doing their various events. The littlest ones are doing the lead-line class, and Megan is riding Western at the bottom. In between is a photo of Megan with "Strawberry" Stateside News before she entered the sale ring.
Monday, October 13, 2008
What a whirlwind of activities! We left for Lansing on Wednesday, packing up the trailers in the rain. We arrived early afternoon, and it wasno longer raining. We had beautiful weather for the entire weekend! We spent the rest of Wednesday setting up our stall decorations, getting the horses settled, and tack put in the tack stalls. We also had the responsibility of getting all the Futurity papers in order and getting some things set up for that event Friday morning. Included in this was setting up the Stallion Row--of those stallions who donated a stud service to be auctioned of Saturday morning. It seems like there was so much to attend to! We got up bright and early Thursday--actually, it was still quite dark! The Show started at 10 am, and we had all of our single pleasure cart classes right away--reinsmanship, turnout, men's, ladies, adult novice, youth, and so on. Jenni, our daughter, got 1st in novice and our granddaughter Megan got 1st place in youth. The day finished with the English riding classes, which Jim rode Mel, daughter Holly rode Atta Boy, and Jenni rode Sunny. Jim and Jenni also rode the Barrel races--in their English attire! Each lost a stirrup or two going around the barrels! Jim beat Jenni's time, mostly because Sunny stopped a few feet short of the finish line when Jenni lost her stirrup and couldn't be convinced to go faster than a walk!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The week has finally come! We had the AHR show earlier, in September, and had a decent showing. There were a LOT of horses showing Pleasure in our classes, and some riding classes, we didn't place. Billie Jean and Sunny did very well in their cart classes, placing high in all of them. She also rode him in the Western riding classes. Jim and Mel rode English and Western, and also in pole bending, Western Reining, trail classes, and a keyhole event. Our biggest showing was in the Gelding Pleasure Halter class, ages 5 and up, in which we placed 4th overall. Both horses handled themselves quite well, and we had a good time.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Asking price: $6000
- Working with a Professional Tainer
- English & Western Pleasure--Successful in Open Shows
- Dressage moung-Great Potential
- Trail Rides
- 2008 "Supreme" County Fair Champion Draft Horse
- 2008 "Supreme" County Fair Champion Pleasure Horse
- '03 AHR National Grand Champion
Mel is a glistening copper chestnut, with a strip, double white mane, full white tail, and stands 60" tall. His sire and dam are both Dutch imports.
Mel will be at the AHR SHOW, September 10-13 and the GLHA Show, October 9, 10. He has been in OPEN SHOWS this summer performing both English & Western disciplines a well as Halter classes--and doing very well! Mel was the '08 Supreme Champion at our County Fair in both the DRAFT and PLEASURE Divisions, and was the 2003 AHR National Grand Champion!
Jim and Mel have been working wiht a Professional Horsemanship Trainer to:
- disengage hindquarters
- move the front end
- leg yield
- forward motion
- lateral and vertical flexion
- achieving lightness and responsiveness to rider's seat and legs
They will be working on:
- counter bends
- lead changes
Mel is GREAT on the TRAILS--crossing creeks and jumping logs! Check out video at the top of blog.
He has a quiet disposition, balanced confirmation, and flowing movement. He stands very well for trimming, shoeing, washing, spraying, clipping, and loading.
Asking Price: $1500
A beautiful blonde chestnut with white mane and tail. Should mature to 58". Her sire was the '03 AHR National Grand Champion, "Melroe CVA". Her dam is the daughter of the 1995 WORLD Champion, "Amadeus". She has nice barn manners and has been handled twice daily since birth. Stands for spraying, trimming, clipping, washing, and loading. Very quiet, easy going and fun filly to work with and be around! Working on Ground Training, Round Pen training, and Line Driving! E-mail with questions: email@example.com
Well, well, well! A flurry of activity this weekend and 2 horse shows! The Newaygo County Fair went on all week long, and on Friday they hosted an open Horse Show for all horses. We brought Sunny and Mel (It was just Jim and Billie Jean showing) and all we can seem to handle with just 2 of us is 2 horses! Anyway, we entered them into Halter classes, and put them in the Pony division. Mel won first place and Sunny won second place! They went on to enter the Grand Champion Halter Class, and Mel won Grand Champion Supreme! Out of all the horses there, he showed the best at Halter! Jim rode him English & Western Pleasure and Horsemanship (at a walk/trot class), and placed well in all of them. Actually, placing higher in English than in Western! There were Many horses here!
Saturday, we arrived early at another show, called Sunset Riders Open Show, near Muskegon. We've been here a few times in the past, and it's usually quite busy, with many horses and riders. We received the bad news that this is the last year this show will take place, as the property will be developed into a soccer complex! The halter classes here are organized by Registered Quarter Horse, Registered Stock horse, Registered Pleasure Horse, and Unregistered horse. We entered Mel in the Registered Stock Horse (At the judge's suggestion), and he placed 2nd!
We have a few pictures from this show, but not available yet. These pictures are still from last Sunday. 2 pictures are labled, the middle 2 pictures are Jim riding Mel in the Western riding class.