Cheryl and Linnea are a mother-daughter team with over 60 years of combined horse experience.
We got back into horses in 2004 after nearly 20 years out of the business.
In the 80's we had a farm in northern Virginia and foxhunted with the last hunt to hunt in Fairfax County where George Washington did a lot of foxhunting. Linnea started hunting when she was 8 and was hunting first field when she was almost 10. She was a junior whip when she was 12 having been awarded her colors the previous year. Cheryl was on the board of directors of Pohick Valley Hunt for several years and also served as a whipper-in for two years. We bought off the track Thoroughbred mares back then for retraining as field hunters and brood mares, but at the time that was only a hobby as Cheryl had a commuting job as a Veterinary Pathologist around the DC Beltway. See photos from the early years here.
Cheryl has only been back on horses since 2004 as she spent almost 20 years in a wheelchair or using an electric scooter due to Multiple Sclerosis. When things changed majorly for her that year, Cheryl and Linnea decided to try to make a "go" of a horse farm, and started looking for a place and horses, as well as all the required gear as we no longer had anything "horsey". We find our horses mostly through CANTER in various states and some locally here in Florida so most are rescues (as are most of our 9 dogs and 10 cats). We buy them for retraining as sport horses and eventers for resale or as our own broodmares. When we started, we were buying only grey mares and had quite a nice group started. Our main breeding focus shifted in 2006 away from greys so we have since sold most of our grey mares and replaced them with Sabino or Rabicano Thoroughbred mares.
In 2007, we had the opportunity to purchase a dominant white Thorougbred stallion by Airdrie Apache whom we bred to our most colorful mare, Rox and in March, 2008 our next stallion prospect Glory's Legacy, aka "Legs" was born.
"Legs" is everything we could have asked for in a stallion prospect. He is conformationally correct, a very nice mover with a long stride, and is a sweetheart as well.
Updated August 1, 2010 - RIP Legs. You were truely one of a kind and a special soul. We miss you terribly.
Linnea is constantly working on improving her riding skills and trains whenever she can with Ruthie and Andrew Harbison and has also trained under excellent clinicians and horsemen such as Ralph Hill, Jim Wofford, Imtiaz Anees and Philip Dutton. She also helps other aspiring eventers with lessons and coaching at events as well as starting horses in the lower levels of eventing.
Our farm is situated on 20 beautiful acres in extreme North central Florida. We have an abundance of local wildlife including fox, deer, turkey, and coyote. We also have a natural wetland on the farm with other interesting creatures in residence. See Other Creatures for more...
Our Goal in the horse industry is to produce colorful, conformationally and mentally correct horses with excellent movement that are suitable for any sport especially jumping, dressage and racing. We also try to help as many ex-racers as we can by retraining them for new careers in eventing, dressage, hunter/jumpers or just as trail horses.