Wishing all of you a joyful holiday season!
(photo is FCF King ofthe Fairys)
Breeding and raising Arabian sport horses with the athletic ability for disciplines like dressage, ju
Wishing all of you a joyful holiday season!
(photo is FCF King ofthe Fairys)
Thom and I would like to congratulate "Team Legend" on winning the National Championship in the Arabian/Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Novice Jumper Class at the AHA Arabian Sport Horse Nationals a the WEC in Ohio this morning!!
Congratulations to owners Sara Bolnick and Kobe Pielow, youth rider Anleigh A., trainer Chrystal Wood, breeder Angel Portice, and the rest of the folks who are part of Team Legend!
AAA Legend ofthe Seas+// (Naibara Blaze Man x HSA Seamist) is twenty-one years old now and clearly still happily sound and athletic! We are so proud of his successes and deeply appreciative of his influence in our FCF herd!
Congrats to AM Rising Star and his people!!
There's a long history of using Arabians --largely from the same foundation lines as this fabulous horse-- in breeding ponies in the US for hunter/jumpers.
AM Lord Elope was a famous Arabian sire of hunter ponies from the 1970s through 1990s (and still often mentioned in sale ads as a desirable pedigree element into the 2000s!) JR Lyraff was used in pony breeding and was the great-grandfather of the famous international eventing "Teddy O'Connor".
Quite often these Arabians were considered "culls" by the Arabian breed community due to their short height, high white markings, or supposedly "plain" type. Meanwhile, they were valued in the open sport horse world for their ability to sire (for stallions) or produce (for mares) exceptional performance ponies that could jump well, were sound, had longevity, were pretty and structurally balanced, and were great partners for their riders. (FWIW, neither AM Lord Elope nor JR Lyraff were well known within the Arabian breed world in their lifetimes or now while they were and are well appreciated in the pony breeding world.)
It's great to see a purebred Arabian pony getting positive attention from the open hunter/jumper pony world AND appreciation from the sport horse segment of the Arabian breed community!
When we started the FCF breeding program, the success of crossbred and purebred Arabians from particular CMK lines in the hunter/jumper and eventing pony world helped us to select the some of lines we would incorporate into our own program. Our foundation stallion, AAA Legend ofthe Seas, is proof that these lineages DO possess good jumping style and scope and can pass it on. We treasure his continued influence in our herd while we wish him and his people continued success in the Arabian breed show world. :-) )
When Josie Drummond sat down with her mom and trainer last season to discuss her 2023 goals, she offered an unexpected idea: Why not aim for USEF Pony Finals?
Due to a variety of real life factors we haven't been to a horse show since last October so it was a real treat to go to the HITS August Dressage shows with the Constance Hill/EMRS crew where Catie and Obie debuted an Intermediare I Freestyle. So much FUN!!
The pro photos by Jeff Janson Photography that I ordered of Legend at the AHA Youth and Midsummer Nationals last month arrived.
We are so proud of Team Legend and value the genetic influence of this little red horse in our program.
That he is still sound and happy at 21 years old is a testament to his genetics and to the great care and training he has had over his whole life.
We wish Legend and his people more success next month at the AHA Sport Horse Nationals at WEC in Ohio!
Our two yearlings are happily growing up. Valkyrie is in with the mare & gelding herd and Titan is in the bachelor group with 2 year old Inigo and the excellent c**t raiser, “Uncle Prince”. Both are maturing well and thriving though the typical “growthiness” of the yearling “fuglies” is evident. Their quality still shines through this awkward phase of growth! They are on pasture 24/7, get a ration balancer, are on a regular deworming program for young horses, get their hooves trimmed every 6 weeks, and are kept up to date on vaccinations, and get plenty of exercise and stimulation in their social groups in large pastures.
2 Year old Inigo is maturing very nicely! He has his sire's fabulous temperament and substance! He's in the middle of another growth spurt, and beginning to show glimpses of the mature stallion he will become!
FCF Inigos Legacy (FCF King ofhe Fairys x AAA Blazin Celebrity) 2021 c**t
Nice to see confirmation of more benefits to how we raise the horses here. We know we are fortunate to be able to keep the horses in mixed age social groups on large pastures where they can interact with each other, make choices, and engage with their surroundings continuously throughout the day.
Horses that live in group pasture settings showed an increased ability to learn human cues, regardless of their relationship to the person.
Thom and I (and the FCF herd) would like to congratulate Team Legend (AAA Legend ofthe Seas +// 2002 gelding, his owners Sari Bolnick and Kobe Anne Pielow, his riders, his trainers, and all the support personnel) on Legend's success at the Arabian Youth & Midsummer Nationals in OK July 13-22, 2023.
Legend earned a National Championship in Arabian/Half/Anglo-Arabian Training Level Dressage 15-18 yr JTR with a score of 70.2 with rider, Taylor A who also rode him to earn a Top Ten in Arabian/Half/Anglo-Arabian Western Dressage Level 1 JTR .
Legend also earned Top Tens in Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle 15-18 JTR, Arabian Hunter Hack JTR. Arabian Regular Working Hunter JTR, Arabian/Half/Anglo-Arabian Working Hunter 14.2 and under JTR with rider Anleigh A. (and Daina J. in one of the working hunter flat rounds)
photo credit to Sofi who is another member of the fabulous Grier School group who competed at the show
We are thrilled to announce that FCF Titanias Vanity checked in foal to FV Kissme Rabba! Huge thanks to Shadow Mountain Stud, LLC for the opportunity to breed to this fine stallion!
The bachelor herd.
Chestnut 2021 c**t with star and strip and no white on legs = FCF Inigos Legacy (FCF King ofthe Fairys x AAA Blazin Celebrity)
Chestnut 2006 gelding with blaze and 4 white socks = "Uncle Prince" aka FCF Gossamer Prince -- (AM Ghost Ship x Amira Farah)
Gray 2022 c**t with blaze and white front sock = FCF Titans SilverAura (Aur Elijah x FCF Titanias Vanity)
So cool to see confirmation of the positive influence that Arabian lineage can have on eventers!
We've had eventing aptitude in our herd. :-)
Researchers in Spain looked at results from more than 1000 Eventing horses across nearly 9000 participation records.
A double rainbow over the "Bachelor Boys" field after the last rainstorm a few days ago!
For the past few days we've had an unusual visitor to the farm. This Cattle Egret has been hanging out with the boys in the bachelor paddock (Uncle Prince, Inigo, and Titan). Here it is with Titan.
Now that we are in mud season approaching spring there are tons of farm maintenance chores to do. Fence repairs, pasture overseeding, mud season management, shedding horses, etc.
9 month old weanling, FCF Titans SilverAura, has just been transferred from the main mare/gelding herd field to the bachelor group with "Uncle" Prince (FCF Gossamer Prince) 2006 gelding and FCF Inigos Legacy the 2021 c**t. Uncle Prince is such a fantastic c**t raiser that he accepted Titan right away and set boundaries for Inigo and Titan to interact under his guidance. Prince and Inigo are tightly bonded and had been together for over a year, so it was cool to see how Prince immediately became protective of Titan.
Prince has helped raise many of our foals and has previously served as an intact c**t raiser for FCF Oberons Vanity and FCF King ofthe Fairys. He will be a great supervisor for these two c**ts until we separate each of the c**ts when they mature. Obie was separated from Prince when he was 4 while King remained with his bachelor group until he was 5.
This is Titan just an hour after being introduced to Prince and Inigo. His demeanor reveals how at ease he was already! That all three of these boys have excellent herd social skills and all have calm confident temperaments made the transition smooth!!
I'll get photos of the trio soon!
FCF Freyjas Joy a coming 4 year old mare by FCF Oberons Vanity our of FCF As You Wish.
We are looking forward to working with her to start her under saddle this summer. She is such a confident and curious young mare with tons of athleticism!
Congratulations to Sara, Amanda, and Sun is Up Farm on acquiring our darling Acorn! We are so happy that he is in such a great home -- and that he is close enough to visit!
This little cutie (the pony, not Amanda) joined the herd yesterday and settled right in like he’d been here all along!
I haven’t had an Arabian since I was about 8 and I’m just…😍😍😍😍 over the moon with him!
Welcome home, Acorn❤️💕 your new mommy loves you! And your aunties, too!
Both Stallion Service Auctions offering doses of frozen semen from FCF Oberons Vanity close tomorrow! Doses may be used at anytime in the future. They do not need to be used during the 2023 breeding season.
Both auctions are for 3 breeding doses.
The ATA auction closes tomorrow Feb 14th at 11 PM Eastern Standard Time. There is NO second round in the ATA SSA.
The NEDA auction ends tomorrow Feb 14th at 9:20pm Eastern Standard Time. If there is no bid in the first round there will be a second round.
Frozen semen doses from FCF Oberons Vanity available via 2 different Stallion Service Auctions. Both auctions close on Feb 14th. The ATA one does NOT have a second round for breedings that don't get a bid while the NEDA one does have a second round. Each auction is for 3 doses.
We tested a dose of frozen in 2011 and got a filly in 2012 with that single dose breeding.
Due to family obligations Obie will not be at public stud for 2023 so these auctions for some frozen semen doses are the only opportunity to purchase a breeding at this time.
"FCF Oberons Vanity is an Arabian stallion purpose bred for sport horse traits. His pedigree is packed with old-fashioned CMK lineages known for producing athletic horses with high rideability, longevity, and soundness. FCF Oberons Vanity is the highest scoring and highest placing Arabian-bred stallion to have ever completed the North American 70 Day Stallion Performance Test where, as the only non-Warmblood in that cohort, he placed 5th out of fourteen. The German training director awarded FCF Oberons Vanity excellent scores including a 10 for Character, 9s for Willingness and Rideability, 9.5 for Constitution, 8 for Trot, 8.5 for Cross Country Gallop, and 8.5 for Cross Country Jumping Technique. He has competed through Intermediare II in the open division in the highly competitive USDF Region 8 and was the Arabian 2020 USDF All-Breed Open Champion for Intermediare I. He was the Reserve Champion stallion on the American Trakehner Association’s 2021 Inspection Tour. He is currently schooling Grand Prix. His rideability has been further demonstrated through serving as a schoolmaster for students learning upper-level movements and competing one season with a young rider. FCF Oberons Vanity is siring foals with strong balanced feet, good bone and substance, classic elegance, and exemplary character and willingness. He is heterozygous for gray and has sired chestnuts and bays. FCF Oberons Vanity is tested clear for SCID, CA, LFS, OAAM, and FFS.
Frozen Semen is shipped from either Bovine Elite in TX or Equinereproduction.com LLC in OK
Lifetime Approved for breeding with ATA, Rhineland, OLD-NA, NASS"
FCF Inigos Legacy (FCF King ofthe Fairys x AAA Blazin Celebrity) has long enjoyed playing his feed tub and his Jolly Ball. I just bought him a new toy, the Kong Wubba, and he has been having a blast playing with it!
2 year old c**t enjoying his new King Wubba toy
The FCF herd enjoying their hay and the sunshine!
Valkyrie and Titan playing in the snow.
Taking care of horses in winter can be challenging! Yesterday we had some nasty weather -- high winds with long periods of 25mph winds and gusts to 65 mph and intermittent rain with the temperature around 50F most of the day. A further consequence of the weird weather was that all the snow we had gotten last week melted from the warm temperature/rain/wind combination.
In the middle of the day there was a lull in the wind and rain and the sun came out. So I turned the yearling c**t, Inigo, and his "uncle" Prince out in the small paddock for an hour. After doing some chores around the farm, I went in the house so I didn't see what startled Inigo, but I DID see him suddenly running loose in the yard! I ran out to see Inigo trotting around the yard while Prince called to him. The metal gate to their paddock was bent, so clearly Inigo had jumped out and not quite cleared the top of the gate.
Inigo ran to me when he saw me so I haltered him and put him back in his stall. He had no signs of any injury and quickly settled down to munching hay in his stall. The sun was still shining and the wind hadn't picked back up, so I'm not sure what startled the typically very mellow Inigo enough that he jumped the gate.
The wind and rain returned a few hours later and the temperature dropped from 50F to 9F in a few hours! Today was sunny with a high of 10F, but Inigo was happy to stay in the paddock today. :-)
Wishing all our friends a joyful holiday season!
Acorns Mysterium OLA
15.0H Arabian 2010 bay gelding
Schooling 2nd level. Really comfortable gaits. Trainer says he’s ready to start working on learning flying changes. Has done a few local schooling shows.
Sweet willing temperament. Highly responsive and honest under saddle. Best for a confident tactful rider who wants to build a deep partnership with their horse.
Has been leased by a 14-15 year old for the past 18 months in a lesson program. Has always been ridden by riders with a good dressage foundation.
Up to date on vaccines, farrier, deworming, and dental care. Has been turned out in mixed groups of mares and geldings and youngstock and is easy going. Not bred by us but born and raised here at Faerie Court Farm. Currently at a local boarding barn with an indoor. Contact me for recent schooling video.
For sale low 5s (negotiable) to approved home. Located in New Haven, VT
BFFs!!! Valkyrie (bay filly) and Titan (gray c**t). She is 5 weeks older and *very* large for a 4 1/2 month old Arabian, but Titan is catching up!
We are proud to announce that our powerhouse red mare, FCF As You Wish, was presented at the American Trakehner Association Inspection at Tylord Farm in Benson VT on October 11th and was approved!
Since Wish is still nursing her filly we took advantage of the voluntary foal inspection option to get an evaluation of FCF Winged Valkyrie. We thought it would also be helpful for the ATA to have a chance to see an example of a foal by FCF Oberons Vanity, our stallion that was approved last year. Foals are evaluated in three broad categories -- Type, Conformation, and Quality of Movement -- using a 10 point scale. Valkyrie was scored 9, 9.2, and 8.9 for a total of 27.1. Since Valkyrie is an Arabian and not a Trakehner, the evaluation is just for informational purposes. If she had been a Trakehner foal, a score over 24 pts would have earned her a Premium designation. Having her attain such high scores and positive comments validates that the FCF breeding program is on the right track for producing Arabians that meet the open world sport horse standards.
Thank you to Debra Tyler for hosting the inspection at her lovely Tylord Farm (and for providing tasty stew), to Hallie Goetz for helping us present Wish, to Annie Commons for scribing, to JM Durr for insightful and fair evaluations of all the horses that were presented, to Tina Potter for helping in many aspects (and for the yummy bread and plum cake), to my husband Thom for presenting the filly and helping groom, and for everyone else who helped put on the inspection. Such a great group of people and well bred horses! Congrats to Hallie on her Shagya mare, Neddora SHG, on being approved and to Debra Tyler on her Trakehner mares earning High Score and Reserve High Score awards.
Here are some photos of AAA Legend ofthe Seas from the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals last month. He always lights up when he has fences to jump! (Rumor has it that he may compete in Jumpers next year. He's been doing Hunters, but has the gameness for jumpers for sure!)
He earned National Top Ten placings in Arabian Hunter Hack ATR, Arabian Training Level Dressage ATR, A/HA/AA Level 1 Western Dressage Open, A/HA/AA Level 1 Western Dressage ATR, and the A/HA/AA Hunter Derby exhibition class. He also earned a "Senior Star" Award for being at least 20 years old and placing in several classes!
Much appreciation to Sari Bolnick and Team Legend for providing him with great care and giving him opportunities to showcase his athletic versatility!
We are reminded of Legend every day when we see his influence throughout our little herd!!!
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