A Compilation of Fergus' Training During the Spring of 2019
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"Angel," who is a registered and branded RPSI mare under the name "WIlhelmina PFF," is a 2011 model who is 16.1 hh, and as sweet as pie. She is actually 50% Hanoverian and 50% Thoroughbred though. If Tootie had to choose one word to describe her, it would be "happy" as she loves her new home, life, pasture mate and program. She tries hard to please her rider, no matter what we ask of her, and is social and loving with people and other horses.
Angel had formal intensive dressage training from 2017 - 2019, and then did not have any formal work at all 2020-April of 2021, due to her former owner's unfortunate life circumstances. She served as an Amish man's "commuter horse" during that time. Angel had been in training since May 15, 2021, and we bought her on June 5. After 7 weeks of training with Tootie, which concentrated on getting Angel to relax while being ridden and obtain a proper topline, as well as gain fitness, hind end strength, and experience with show jumping and cross country, she attended her 1st jumper show. Angel came in 2nd in all 4 of her classes, and was Reserve Champion of the Novice Jumper division.
2 weeks later, she began her eventing career, and competed in her 1st horse trial, which was at the Beginner Novice level on August 21 at Waredaca, and came in 2nd. She won her 2nd horse trial at the same level at Turner Farm by a mile on her dressage score of 27.0! She entered her 1st recognized horse trial in Beginner Novice at CDCTA on September 12, during which we learned that she needs to practice show jumping on grass (she had never ever done that before), so a few pesky rails kept her out of the ribbons. She entered her 2nd recognized horse trial at Old Tavern on 9/27, during which she came in 4th in a class of 20, and was 3rd for the amateur riders. She moved up to Novice at the Loch Moy on October 10, and WON in a class of 17 which had some heavy hitting professionals in it.
Angel's flatwork is exceptional, as she knows more about dressage than Tootie does. On their 1st ride together, Tootie asked for a leg yield at the trot, and she did a half pass at the canter. On the 2nd ride, she asked for a shoulder in on a circle, and Angel started a canter pirouette! This horse is definitely one you could get your bronze medal for dressage on! As she continues to gain fitness, strength, and exposure to things outside the world of dressage and driving an Amish man to work, she will continue to become an excellent eventer!
CONGRATULATIONS TO NATALIE MINE ON DOING A LEASE TO PURCHASE ON HER SOULMATE!
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Meet "Jazzy" our free rescue OTTB Mare. She is a 2015 model, 16.2 1/2 hh, and comes with the JC name Walk Thru Jasper. She is in training to mostly be a Thoroughbred Jumper, and is literally the most athletic horse Tootie has ever ridden, which is saying something! She can do it all, including dressage, fox hunting, and trail riding, and is even getting ready to do an endurance race. Jazzy has been with us since June 24 of 2019, but needed a lot of time to heal, gain weight, and grow muscle after some hard times on the track. She has been in work on and off since November of 2020. Once her progress plateaus, she will be our foundation brood mare.
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...And it happened to be at a show! Sandstone Stables in Millwood, VA on 5/30/21
***UPDATE***: Buddy participated in his first USEA recognized horse trial at Hunt Club Farms on May 15, 2021 and came in 4th out of 23 entries in his division, narrowly missing 3rd place. He moved up to 3rd place for the amateur's in the division, as the second placed rider is a professional. Therefore, he achieved a qualifying score for the AEC's on his first outing!
"Buddy" is a 2014 model, 16 hand ½” Imported Irish Sport Horse gelding, who arrived at my farm in Bluemont, VA ~ August 1 of 2019. For anyone who knew my super eventer Irish Draught mare who passed away in 2018, this horse is a relative of hers, and as such, he is quite special. Buddy has the heart and lungs of a Thoroughbred with the jump and brain of the Irish Draught.
Buddy was purchased from his breeder and initial trainer Paul Beecher, winner of the world’s toughest Jumper Derby, the Hickstead Derby. Paul brought him along very carefully and slowly, in an effort to allow him to grow, and had only ridden him for a total of 7 months at his time of purchase as a 5.5 year old. He hunted a bunch of times there and attended five schooling SJ shows. Due to no fault of his own, Buddy has not competed in recognized shows and events since his arrival in the states, as Tootie was in a car accident which necessitated 3 very involved hip surgeries. He is signed up to compete in his first recognized event on May 15.
Buddy has been in consistent training since December of 2020, and is really coming into his own. He has been to six unrecognized shows/events in March and April of 2021 with good results including: Hunt Club Farms Jumper Show on March 6, 2021: second in BN and N; BN Derby X at Loch Moy on March 7, 2021 as a "test horse" to help set up their new computer programs for scoring: jumped clean with ease. Buddy stayed for a schooling session afterwards and did all things novice, which was a piece of cake for him, and then schooled a bunch of Training and Modified elements as well with ease.
Buddy also packed around a beginner at a jumper show at Hunt Club on March 22, 2021, participated in Loch Moy’s first twilight eventing show of the year, during which he finished on his dressage score and jumped double clean. On April 11, 2021, he went to a jumper show in Maryland and was Champion of the 3’ jumpers, and on April 18, 2021, he participated in Hunt Club Farm's xc/SJ derby, and not only jumped clean but came in 6th for the combined test which was the jump derby combined with a dressage test.
Buddy is regrettably offered for sale as Tootie has decided that he is just too wide for her new hip joints, and she can’t tolerate riding him more than 3 days a week. He should easily be able to be a ** - *** eventer, and high AA/amateur owner jumper @1.15M (he can double in both horse sports), in due time with proper training. He has a lot of “blood”, as he is 73% TB (if you go back 10 lines in his breeding) and is bred to handle big and long tracks, as he comes from the famous King of Diamonds and Clover Hill lines. He is a wonderful size, as tall riders don’t look too big on him (Paul is 6’1”, as shown in the video below), and small riders don’t feel like they are riding a giant warmblood.
Buddy is one of those atypical horses who can be a safe horse for a green rider over x rails to 2’3” jumps in an arena (literally, you can jump up his neck and sit on his ears and he still jumps, or he can be caught in the mouth, and will still jump every jump after that mishap), or be a serious contender for the win in a jump off for a professional rider over bigger jumps. He will jump on serious angles, and can be quick and fast when asked, but he will also go like a slow poke over little jumps if left to his own devices.
Buddy’s daisy cutting movement and round jump with tidy knees, along with having his changes (when asked) could land him in the hunter ring or as an equitation horse as well. He hacks out well on his own or in company. He has recently been xc schooled at four competition venues including Loch Moy five times (twice on the all weather areas in the winter, twice on the competition field in the spring, as well as once on the practice field on May 6, 2021), during which he jumped a lot of Modified level jumps, Hunt Club Farms, Turner Farm, Frying Pan Farm, and Woodstock Equestrian Park, and has schooled over jumps at three different hunter venues as well.
Buddy has super smooth gaits, and is super easy to handle on the ground in all ways, as he gets along with all people and all horses, hence his name! He self-loads into trailers, will stand inside a trailer or tied to a trailer all day by himself, and serves as a babysitter on my farm and as a lead horse during xc schooling and SJ sessions for less experienced horses. He can live outside or inside 24-7 without any complaints. He is the epitome of the Staples “Easy Button!” Buddy is forgiving of his rider, and even though he is green, he tries to do whatever is asked of him on the double. He’ll go at whatever pace you want from him, be it a snail’s pace or with more zip. He is an amateur’s dream! Please email for more info or go to Optimus Farm’s facebook business page to see more videos. Buddy's price is $57,000..
Round 1 of 3’ jumpers @ Coexist stables 4.11.21: https://youtu.be/q_Sc2LXY0Fs
Round 2 of 3’ jumpers @ coexist stables 4.11.21:
SJ @ Hunt Club Farms USEA Recognized event 5.15.21:
Dressage at Hunt Club Farms USEA Recognized event 5.15.21:
1st 4 jumps then second 4 jumps xc At Hunt Club Farms 5.15.21:
Novice SJ @ Hunt Club Farm 3.6.21:
Derby Cross at Loch Moy 3.7.21: https://youtu.be/w5QsPdA4Vu8Schooling
Novice at Loch Moy 3.7.21:
Training at Loch Moy 3.7.21: https://youtu.be/yfl1dqzc8PAhttps://youtu.be/9sgQJr2KrdgSchooling
Modified at Loch Moy 3.7.21: