Rocking Horse Farm

A little bit about our Haflingers

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Riding Pictures

Megan and Jacque enjoyed riding whenever there was a chance.  They got up at 5:30 one morning to ride, and spent some time Saturday riding double on a child's saddle.  They also got a ride in late Wednesday night.  They helped out a lot!

Billie did fine in her cart classes, but not always placing as high as she usually does.  It all depends on the judge!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The girls at the GLHA show

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

GLH Show

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!

Later, Jim and Jenni rode in the beginner Dressage class.  They waited for 2 hours for their turn!  Each rider rides alone in the arena, the arena is set up  in a certain way, and the judge sits at the end of the arena watching.  There is a particular pattern that each rider must follow, and walk and trot accordingly.  Neither Jim or Jenni had done this before, and Jenni just decided that morning to look at the pattern and give it a go.  She'd never even practiced!  Plus, she just started riding English a month ago, a first for both her and Sunny--having a combined total of 4 lessons before the show!  Jim scored 50% (Mel spooked at the corner of the arena) and Jenni scored 54.5%.  The average score is in the 60s.

Friday's show included the pleasure pair driving, which Jim and Billie got 1st place!  Also, the ride and drive, novice/youth walk/trot which Megan and our young friend Jacque rode, and the lead line class which granddaughters Stephanie, Hannah, and Makenna rode.  They were so cute!  Our show concluded with the Western riding, which Jim, Jenni and Holly rode again.  Jenni got a 4th place, Holly got a 5th place, and Jim got a 3rd and a 4th place.

Saturday was the the tack sale and the horse sale.  We've been worried about the horse sale, since the number of horses were low and the nobody seems to be looking for a horse to buy.  We were putting Mel and Stateside News in the sale, but with a reserve on the price.  We ended up not selling them since the bidding was way under.  Many horses returned home with the owner because of this.  If one had $1000 at the sale, he could've went home with 6 decent horses--some even well trained!  

Stay tuned for pictures from the show!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

GLHA Show Time!

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.

Now, we are ready for the GLHA show in Lansing!  We leave this morning, with 2 trucks, a horse trailer, a  covered hauling trailer, 4 adults, 2 tween/teens, and 2 toddlers, plus 4 horses and tons of tack, harness, buggies and carts!  It'll be a caravan for sure!  We are bringing Sunny, Atta-Boy, and Mel to show, and are also planning to put Mel and our yearling filly, Stateside News, in the sale on Saturday.  

We are showing in many, many classes!  everybody coming with us will be showing in some way, so our 3 horses will be getting quite a work out!  We have 3 horses in English and Western riding classes, 2 horses in ladies' and men's cart classes, youth cart classes, walk/trot riding classes, lead line classes, and Mel will also be trying the dressage class this time!  We will be so busy!  Hopefully we can post some video or some pics soon.

We have 4 pictures posted here of Mel and Stateside News that will be framed at the show for all to see.  These were designed by our daughter who has a blog showing her creative skills:  Whimsicalblessings 

Come on out to the show and see us!  HaflingerFest is all day Thursday and Friday, Futurity Friday morning, and horse sale on Saturday at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Melroe CVA

Haflinger Gelding: 7 year old, "Melroe CVA", AHR Registery #17457-01

Asking price: $6000

  1. Working with a Professional Tainer
  2. English & Western Pleasure--Successful in Open Shows
  3. Dressage moung-Great Potential
  4. Trail Rides
  5. 2008 "Supreme" County Fair Champion Draft Horse
  6. 2008 "Supreme" County Fair Champion Pleasure Horse
  7. '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
  • haunches-in
  • shoulders-in
  • half-passes
  • lead changes
  • rollbacks
  • spins

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.


Haflinger Yearling Filly: Stateside News

Our filly is for sale! Registered Haflinger AHR Reg. #3001-07, "Stateside News"
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:

More Horse Shows, More Pictures

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.

For Sale: Melroe, registered Haflinger Gelding

For Sale: Melroe, registered Haflinger Gelding
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