We are so honored…

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With BW-Raina’s (Royal Prince x SPS Danina) acceptance into the Oldenburg N.A. Premium Mare book, we completed the requirements for our third and final star in the Breeder’s Star Award program.  In previous years we had satisfied the requirements for foal production and offspring performance but the third remained elusive as we had produced primarily geldings.  BW-Callista, owned by Leslie Valente, was entered into the Oldenburg N.A. Premium Mare book in 2006.   Twelve years later, Raina had the privilege of joining her!   

Requirements for Star Awards for Breeders

  1. star: FOAL PRODUCTION:

    5 premium foals with ISR-Oldenburg NA

  2. star: MARE/STALLION PRODUCTION:

    2 ISR-Oldenburg NA premium mares or one ISR-Oldenburg NA approved stallion

  3. star: OFFSPRING PERFORMANCE:

    3 ISR-Oldenburg NA registered offspring with performance success in any of the following (2-8) must be at recognized shows (placings 1st – 3rd required):

    • Mare Performance Test score of 70% or higher
    • Materiale Test score of 65% or higher
    • Dressage competition score at 2nd level or above of 65% or higher
    • Jumping competition placing in Preliminary or above
    • Hunter competition placing in Regular Working Hunter or Pony Hunter or above
    • Combined Training placing in Novice or above
    • Driving placing in Combined Driving or Pleasure Driving
    • FEI Dressage classes for 5 year old and 6 year old score of 65% or higher

We are so honored to be counted among these fifteen breeders that we so highly esteem.   To see a complete listing of one and two, star award breeders, please click here.

*/*/* Ken Borden, Jr. Wilmington IL
*/*/* Elizabeth Callahan Oxford MD
*/*/* Vanessa Carlson Claremore OK
*/*/* Stacie Coder Effingham KS
*/*/* Con Brio Farms, LLC Gilroy CA
*/*/* Irena Coz Ramona CA
*/*/* Ilona S. English Ringoes NJ
*/*/* Hilltop Farm, Inc. Colora MD
*/*/* Laurie McLaughlin Auburn WA
*/*/* Suellen D. Myers Shepherdstown WV
*/*/* George & Barbara Newtown Benton LA
*/*/* Sheila M. O’Keefe Charles Town WV
*/*/* Natalie Prentice West Bend WI
*/*/* Linda D. Santomenna Chesapeake City MD
*/*/* Helmut & Margret Schrant Burlington IL
*/*/* John C. & Teri R. Vincent Micanopy FL
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BW-Callista Returns!

Last month, we welcomed BW-Callista to our farm. It has been 13 years since Leslie Valente purchased her as a yearling, and devoted herself to methodically developing Callista into a highly successful FEI horse. Callista finished growing in the Hilltop Farm Raising Program and was started under saddle by Michael Bragdell. Under Tami Glover, Callista became the 2006 USEF/Markel 4-Year-Old National Champion with an overall score of 9.0; earned an ISR/Oldenburg Premium Mare award and won her MPT; was the 2006 GAIG/USDF Region 1 Training Level Champion; and the 2006 USDF All-Breeds Awards (ISR/Oldenburg) 4-Year Old Mare Materiale Champion. Leslie then moved Callista to Florida and into the training program of Cathy Morelli who competed her successfully through 4th level with scores upwards of 68%. Cathy’s assistant trainer, Jen Griger, continued competing Callista successfully at 3rd level through PSG and also earned impressive scores. Through all of Callista’s competitive years, Leslie was an integral part of her riding and training program. Next year, Callista will enter a new season of life as a broodmare and we are so honored to be part of the journey! Callista is now with her mom, Ariane; and Raphaela, her former stablemate in Florida; in the field of her youth. So exciting indeed!

God Will Preserve Your Dreams During A Season Of Caregiving

My hope today, is to encourage those in a long season of caregiving.  Your riding goals may seem a distant memory, but they are not forgotten by God.  He greatly honors your commitment to care for your loved one.  “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”  Matthew 25:40.   In such a season myself, the Lord is teaching me to rely upon His provision rather than exhausting myself overthinking every challenge.   Continue reading

Hope For Your Challenges

“My horse would be further along with another rider” is a sentiment I hear all too often from clients and friends.  This thought tends to coexist with the belief that their horse would have a better life with a better rider.  This grieves me because the truth is, horses don’t care if they’re at training level or FEI so long as their needs are being met and they’re stewarded with love and respect.  Through the Lord’s divine providence, He brought you and your horse together to learn, grow and enjoy each other richly.  Continue reading

Are breed shows worthwhile for my youngster?

Dressage at Devon Breeder's Group Champion 2006, 2004 and Reserve 2005, 2003, 2002

Dressage at Devon Breeder’s Group Champion 2006, 2004 and Reserve 2005, 2003, 2002

At Blue Waters, we are in Devon prep mode and are honored to prepare horses for several of our clients.  Often I am asked if the breed ring is a good opportunity for youngsters to get exposure to their future life as a performance horse.  My answer is always a resounding, maybe!  In general I recommend very shy or nervous youngsters stay home until they grow into more confidence.  This includes foals who are still at their dam’s side, even if mom herself is calm.  The high energy of show grounds, particularly a venue like Devon, can really overwhelm them.  On the other hand, an independent and confident foal who has a fretful mom can still have a positive experience provided the dam is mannerly with her handler.  One of my broodmares was quite herd bound and became anxious when taken off the farm, however her foals enjoyed having new adventures and performed very well.  If your primary goal is providing life experience for your young horse, then by all means give breed shows a try.  If you are hoping to bring home a ribbon, then you have more to consider.  Foals, yearlings and two-year-olds are tricky to assess, given the fact that their bodies and movement seemingly change by the week.  It’s important to find peace with this reality, or you may set yourself up for disappointment.  If results are important to you, consider having your horse evaluated by a seasoned breeder, professional handler, breed judge or stallion owner.  Judges are charged with evaluating a few minutes in your young horse’s life and it’s a very difficult task indeed.  By no means does the outcome prophesy the potential of your youngster!  Continue reading