April 2014 |
Elysium Farm in Pembroke, KY is a wonderful place for
learning to ride to learning everything about equine behavior and care.
Elysium Farm does boarding, and also provides stallion on-site breeding
service via Caroline's
stallion, Abe Von Reh.
I hired Caroline to train my very wild mare, Dancer, in 2012. Dancer was
totally out of control and at
8 years old had never been ridden. Dancer had
pretty much been a companion to an older horse that I owned and rode. When
my old Appaloosa, Cochise, passed away at age 28, I needed to do something
with Dancer. The choices were either to try to train her myself, of which I
had no time for, sell her,
or find someone that could train her. It was the best thing I could have
done for not only Dancer but for myself.
I thought I knew about horses. After taking
lessons with Caroline, I learned that I knew absolutely nothing! My
interface with Dancer became a wonderful experience whereas before Caroline
got a hold
of her, she was a willful, disobedient, scary animal. I really didn't like
her at all. Now she is a sweetheart and knows how to behave. Caroline was
firm, but patient and good with Dancer, which was exactly what she needed.
I took riding lessons from Caroline for almost
a year. I had ridden western style as a youth and had participated in 4-H
equine programs and pole bending at local youth rodeos. As I progressed with
Caroline, I learned that what I thought I new from those days was really
bogus. Caroline teaches total horse care, not just how to ride one. While I
was one of her oldest students at age 56, I also watched
her teach a 4 year old and her patience and diligence with that child was
wonderful to watch. She also worked with a child that was mildly autistic
and the results were wonderful to watch as that child blossomed as he
interacted with her and with the horses.
Her teaching style is firm but very fair and
the kids I observed seemed to enjoy the learning experience
as well as benefited in other areas of their lives from their interaction
Dancer "lived" at
Caroline's for the year I was taking lessons. Her boarding time there
showed her to be very well taken care of. The stalls were kept clean, Dancer
was clean, and was taught good "manners" while she was there; something that
I was much appreciative of, especially when I brought her home.
We tried breeding Dancer, who is 95%
Foundation Quarter Horse, to her Friesian
Stallion, Abe Von Reh, but Dancer, being almost 9
years old, proved to be a maiden mare and both Caroline and I were much
saddened that she didn't take. Many attempts were taken to breed her but
sadly, it was not to be.
I purchased a 3/4 Arabian / 1/4 Hanoverian
mare from Caroline, with a barn name of Dream toward the end of my year of
lessons, and she was bred to Abe. In June of 2013 she gave birth to a
beautiful colt of whom I named Athelstan. He will
be gelded and registered as a Friesian Sport Horse
Enough cannot be said about Elysium Farm and
Caroline's management of it. Caroline is a true
horseman, dedicated to her horses and to the education of those that want to
work with them. And Abe
is the most beautiful animal I have ever seen!!!! He has beautiful babies.
Our little Athelstan has a lot of his daddy's
traits - the best of which is his curiosity and good nature.
If you are looking to learn: Elysium Farm has
the best in Caroline Jones, who knows how to show you how to be a whole
If you are looking for a stallion to breed
your mare: Abe Von Reh is a registered
Friesian stallion that
can't be beat if you want to raise a Friesian
If you need to board your horse: Elysium Farm
will take great care of your horse with good nutrition, great care, and
attention. I am a true believer in what Caroline Jones has to offer and I
thank her from
the bottom of my heart for all that she has shown and taught me.
Blye M. Wardlaw
May 5, 2012|
I board my TB gelding with Elysium Farms. I have boarded
there for about 4 months so far and my time there as been the most
enjoyable. When I bought my horse Crixsus, he was under pounds and needed
specialized attention to get him healthy again. Caroline was right there
with me every step of the way and has never let me down! She suggested the
vet an farrier she uses and now his feet are perfect and he has gained all
his weight back that he needed without any medication. She uses the best
grain and hay and she fits everyone's needs to them. I realized every
horse on her farm had their own care plan and not just grouped together
and all got the same sized food and treatment. On days I have not been
able to go out there, she has taken her own time to groom and bath my
horse which shows she not only cares for the well-being of each horse, but
also shows me that she has a true passion for what she does. If I ever
have a question or a concern she has always been available to reach and
treats me like I am of the utmost importance, which is outstanding in
itself.. Not only has she been a wonderful person to board with but her
knowledge about horses in general has been off the charts.
As a new horse owner, I have learned a lot, not only just
about my horse but in horses in general. The best thing I like about
Elysium Farms is the privacy I can enjoy while I am there! There is not a
bunch of people buzzing around or bugging you while you are there. I can
walk up to my stall and have a nice quite, quality time with my horse
without interruption. She respects any requests you may have such as
privacy and information. For example, if I tell her that I do not want my
horses personal health information talked about or anyone touching my
horse but her, it is granted. It is a wonderful, calm place I can work
with my horse and feel completely comfortable in. She not only cares about
the horse but the owner as well. She gets a hold of you when she has a
question or concern and she works with you whatever the case maybe. She
(in many of her wonderful qualities) also encourages you to come out as
often as you can. Whenever I run into her she always asks me if I have
stopped out at the farm! Which makes me feel like I as well as my horse
are wanted an welcome there! It is a very at home-place. If I just want to
get away from the world and watch the horses and just relax, she has never
had a problem with me doing so. You get what you pay for and so much more
along the way! The stalls are always clean and everything is in its place.
I sincerely could not think of a better place for my horse and I to be!
November 8, 2011|
Alexia is doing great. She has a sweet and wonderful
personality and curious about everything. It was pretty funny when she
first met Chucky the boar. She spooked at first but then turned right
around to go investigate and then proceeded to harass him. LOL Everybody
here likes her a lot. I've been working with her a quite a bit and she has
calmed down. Her and Bella have become fast friends which I'm surprised at
because Bella can be a grouch sometimes. Alexia's charm must be working on
I am going to have to get her some toys to play with. She decided that the
water tub in the pasture would be a great toy. Needless to say, all the
girls had a blast playing in the new water whole that was created. I think
that you are right about getting her a ball. She plays with everything and
such a smart girl.
Mike the farrier came out the other day to look at her and said that her
feet look fine and nothing needs to be done with her at this point.
Caroline, I want to thank you again. Alexia is a wonderful horse and just
what I wanted. You helped make the transaction so easy and everything went
smooth as silk. Whenever someone asks me about where Alexia came from I
tell them about you and give them your website. Tammy was great with the
transport and a really nice woman. Thanks for recommending her.
I will keep you updated on Alexia. We will be doing our first dressage
lesson this month.
Thanks again Lori
April 10, 2011|
I was very pleased with mine and my family's experience in purchasing our
Morgan pony, Tahoe, from Caroline Jones. Probably what stood out the most
to me was Caroline's concern that she place her horse in the right home,
with the right person, rather than simply to "make a sale". I also
appreciated how friendly she was, and easily accessible in answering all my
questions and telling me more about Tahoe, whether by phone or by email.
Her horses were all well cared for and I was impressed by my mare's manners
and careful training that were evident when I rode her at Elysium Farm.
Tahoe is all that Caroline represented her to be, and I and my family are
thrilled with her! I expect to have many years of enjoyment out of her, and
I thank Caroline for making this a great experience!
December 22, 2010 |
I just wanted to send you an update about Lacey that you could use for
your website if you would like. I have had Lacey since May, and I
absolutely love her. She is everything you had represented her to be,
and more! She is like a gigantic puppy dog. As you know, she is
presently at a therapeutic riding facility for handicapped/special needs
children until next breeding season. She has been "adopted" by my
friend's special needs 14 year old son. Even though he is 14 years old,
he is about the size of an average 8 year old. Lacey has been soooo good
with him and all the other children/young adults, as if she knows they
need special care/attention. I can only hope that when I breed her next
year, that she passes this same disposition on to her foal. I have
attached a few pictures - one of her with my friend's son Brayden and
one of her with her "friends" (she is pretty much the Alpha female). As
for Tequila, I am definitely going to be talking to my friend. Even
though you are hundreds of miles away, because of my previous buying
experience with you, I would never hesitate to by a horse from you,
sight unseen. As always, if you ever need any references, or if anyone
has any questions, please feel free to have them call me. Have a
wonderful Christmas! Try to stay warm!
October 8, 2010 |
Hi Caroline! I hope you are doing well. I wanted to give
you a note just to tell you how well Damascus is doing. We got him
under saddle, just at the walk, just about 2 weeks ago. He is doing
amazing. I will be posting video on my youtube account within the next
couple of weeks so you can see him. He did so awesome... no buck or
spook or silliness.. he was just completely amazing, cautious, smart
about the whole thing. Joyce has walked him around three times so
far. He's standing quietly to mount, steering, backing, walking
wonderfully. We've done so much groundwork with him that it almost
seemed to come as no big deal to him, plus we let him see us riding the
other horses. He is absolutely gorgeous... about 16H right now, solid
bones, and he is so athletic. He can free jump the moon, I am guessing,
we've only tried crossrails, and he tucks himself right up and has
wonderful form. His movement is amazing. We are going to have the most
amazing ride in Damascus and I just wanted to let you know! I'll email
you when I get video up. Best, Andrea
July 2, 2010 |
As a competitive jouster I was devastated at the loss of my
warmblood partner, Duke. I was fortunate enough to run across a sale
add from Caroline at Elysium Farms for a beautiful Shire mare, Dawn.
On the phone, Caroline was friendly and
answered all of my questions in a professional manner. She helped us
through every step of the purchasing process. She kept us informed
about the horse's health and any matters pertaining to Dawn from day one.
When we arrived to pick up Dawn, I was
impressed. The animals were all well fed and clean. The barn
was cleaner than any I've been in for several years. The horses were
all friendly and ready to greet us which showed the most important thing.
They had been living with someone who loved them.
I am proud to say that Dawn is
living up to everything we were told and more. She has taken over
our herd as lead mare and she has become a member of the family.
Thanks to Caroline, Dawn is helping us heal after losing Duke. If
she continues to learn as quickly as she has been, she might even
help me win a few competitions.
I would highly recommend
Elysium Farms and the quality animals that they sell. We will be
doing more business with them in the future.
June 1, 2010 |
I just wanted to send you a message that you can feel free
to use in your reference section.
As you may know, my first purchase of a horse over the
internet, sight-unseen, did not go well. I purchased an un-raced
Thoroughbred out of Las Vegas, that I had intended to use for pleasure
riding, and possibly some hunter/jumper classes. The lady assured me that
he was absolutely "bomb-proof". When he arrived in Texas, he was as
beautiful as in the pictures, but his personality was nothing like I had
been told. The lady even lied to me. She told me that she had purchased
him from New York for $10,000. I later found out that she got him from a
TB rescue. It didn't take long before I had to sell him, at an incredible
financial loss. He wasn't fun to be around and our personalities clashed
greatly. I sold him to a trainer, who said she was going to work with him
as a dressage horse...
After this whole experience, you can imagine my hesitation
about buying another horse online without first going to see it.
Unfortunately my work schedule prohibited me from traveling.
I had always dreamed of owning a Friesian or
Friesian-cross, but did not have the kind of funds for the price tag
attached to most Friesians. I had also recently fallen in love with the
draft horse, after riding my friend's Belgian, so imagine my delight when
I found out that Lacey (a Percheron) was in foal to a Friesian! Although I
couldn't come to Kentucky to meet her, after seeing the pictures of her
and her beautiful offspring, I knew there was something special about her.
Not to mention the fact that you are such a wonderful
person to work with! You worked with me on a payment arrangement which was
extremely helpful. You calmed all my nerves and I felt completely
comfortable in making my purchase. I knew that Lacey was coming from a
It is going on two weeks now since Lacey arrived at her new
home in Texas. Everyone at the barn absolutely loves her and comments on
how beautiful she is. The little kids say that she looks like a
"fairy-tale" horse from "Cinderella". This past weekend I took her to a
natural horsemanship clinic with Logan Leach. You told me that you had not
ridden her in the 8 years you had her and were not sure what her riding
experience was. She took the saddle and bridle with no problems. When I
mounted to ride, she just stood there. Without a buck or a rear, we were
off walking, trotting, and loping with the rest of the horses in the
class. Someone at the clinic even offered to buy her from me, to which I
quickly replied that "she is not for sale". I am so excited to have
purchased Lacey. She is an amazing mare, and I am looking forward to
meeting her beautiful baby sometime next year. I will send you a few
pictures from this past weekend and also keep you updated on her
pregnancy. As I
said, if anyone has any questions, or comments, feel free
to give them my email or phone number. I would be happy to tell them about
my wonderful experience with you and Elysium Farm!
Thought you might want to know how Paladine of Elysium is
doing. He and Rachle Owens placed 5th in the USDF/USEF Region 3
Championship in Training level JR/YR division. The scores between 2nd
place and 5th were just one point, so we were close to second. He and
Rachel came in 1st (Champion) in the JR/YR and Open training level for the
FSHR all breeds USDF award. We expect they will place first for the GDCTA
Jr/YR USDF Training this year. We will know by end of January. Paladine's
barn name is Moose. He is a fabulous horse and a wonderful companion. We
love him so much!
Well...........here we are......................How do I even begin
this letter of "Thanks" for all you have done to make this transition
and experience so incredibly wonderful?
As you know the "Gang" arrived on Sunday...LEGS, GENEVIEVE and SAPHIRA.
I'm not sure that I even slept the night before....but we were there
at 7 a.m. when they arrived.....Coffee and camera in hand...........We
had never "met" them in person, and only had your updates, stories and
pictures to get to know them..............So I will be honest, there
was a little apprehension if I had done the right thing.
Well..................Down went the ramp...... a little whinny and
they opened the Gate.
First came Saphira......14 months old and as calm and cool as she
could be........My jaw dropped...."OK"....I thought,...."this is way
too good to be true, she is Beautiful!"....She looked like a little
Second came Genevieve......2.5 years old....Strutting her "stuff" as
though she had been here her whole life.........All I kept repeating
was....O......M......G!!.........Her Beauty was just oozing...the wind
was blowing her mane...her massive tail...swished behind her....All I
could picture was a Princess stepping out of her carriage........she
is just amazing to watch.
and then there he was.....LEGS...the guy who started our whole
relationship together........all I could see was tail and more
tail......as they backed him out you could have knocked me over...Here
was this Beautiful, Calm, Composed Gentle Giant.....literally everyone
just stopped and stared..........Talk about your Equine
Overload!!!........Not 1, but 3 beautiful horse's and their MINE!!
I have never felt so sure, and so confident that I had made the right
choice in all of my life.
It's been just a few days now and have literally spent every waking
moment at the barn.......albeit some ugly weather here now....they
have settled in.........we've gone for some walks.........some bonding
time...some brushing of the thickest, longest manes and tails I've
ever seen...(we're considering getting our QH extensions, so he
doesn't feel left out!).........and I even got to sit with Saphira
while she laid in her stall the other night..................just chit
chattin'....rubbing her neck.......she was just so relaxed...Genevieve
is right next store, so she can look over and keep an eye on her and
directly across is Legs and Troy watching over them both.
We have been through a very long journey together to reach this
point.............and you did not disappoint. I'm not sure how you do
what it "is" you do...............but, please continue to do "it". You
raise some amazing babies. The best of this, is that you keep the door
open and want to know how they are doing,........want to see
pictures.......will answer questions.............It's not a Sell,
Sale, Sold and you're gone......That to me speaks volumes..
If you do post this as a "Comment" and please
do...........................I would not hesitate to purchase another
horse from you...( don't get any ideas!).......Let me actually
rephrase that...I am confident that we will be buying from you again.
Many, many Thanks Caroline..............I have the most amazing
Journey ahead of me and I cannot wait for tomorrow to start, so that I
can be out there again with them.
My best to you,
This is "Felix" renamed by owner as "Bay Breeze"|
First, let me start that you will not find a
horse like this anywhere. Took me three yrs. to find him and I have him
since he's weaned off his mamma. A registered Friesian Appendix cross Sport
Horse will mature between 16.2 and 17h. Turning 3 this Sept. '09. Tri Color
Pinto Friesian x with Appendix (Hard to find one like this with color,
breeding, bone & Brain. Yes, he has good looks, a Brain and a Foundation at
such a young age to be only envied by everyone wishing they had a horse
started like this one. He's only getting better with our changing work. Bay
Breeze will start showing Dressage this October.
This horse is named after my place because he will totally represent what I
set out to accomplish. He's a unique find. The warmblood with color, the
body for athleticism, the looks that will knock you and the movement that's
breathtaking. He is magnificent, hands down. He already has more of a
foundation and experiences than horses 2x's his age. . . .He's not pounded
by all means, he's just well socialized and everything was done with fun and
confidence. He's bold and will not refuse your cues.
Bay Breeze is a natural jumper. He jumped over a 4' fence as a yearling
wanting to follow me riding his buddy and that's enough said. When he trots,
the extension is magnificent. His tail is up, his head and neck arch to
perfection. He's a Bay tobiano with markings that are
so pretty and in all the right places. The four white socks will be a flash
to see at a show. This boy will be a show stopper. He already is a looker
and his hind end is now at 16.2 + and the wither is almost caught up give or
take an inch.
Bay Breeze lunges nicely and also double lunges for driving. He hasn't
driven, but will be a easy one to pull a cart. I am doing in hand ground
work with him (classical dressage movements).
Bay Breeze and I are doing walk, trot, canter & leg yielding. His knees are
closed and now we can really start the work. He's not a good mover, he's a
MAGNIFICENT mover. He tracks up amazing.
I take him off the property in the trailer and we go by ourselves in the
woods and ride and he does anything I ask. He's a non spooky horse and
understands everything I'm thinking or saying. He's been my back yard pet
and watched horses come and go and he knows the deal and now it's his turn.
This is the foundation for greatness . .
Bay Breeze Ties, blankets, clips, vacuums, loads, follows you without any
lead, is a well put together stocky dude. He has solid legs (warmblood
legs). He has PERFECTO feet and does not need shoes.
Bay Breeze is a quiet, competitive spectacular horse. He will clean up in
dressage just on his movement (thanks to the Friesian Sire “Abe Von Reh”).
He will be able to event, fox hunt, show and be your best friend. He's my
best friend and I love him. Bay Breeze loves kids, dogs and will stand next
to the horses getting groomed and let you know he wants to be groomed. He
also loves the hose and will let you know when he wants a bath. He's very
very smart. He will lift up chains on fences to try to open them himself. He
will lift up the water spickets and flood my place, so I have to lock them.
He watches everything I do and I know he's learned so much from just
Bay Breeze is now turning 3. So, why is he coming so far at such a young
age. Quite frankly, I've been working with him since he's a baby. While
riding other horses, I couldn't keep him in the fence as he kept jumping out
to be with us, literally galloping up to ride alongside us while I exercised
and trained another horse. I just let him stay with me (free, no lines) and
as I worked, he was basically on top of us following along. Then, I got a
better fence and kept him in! I have been patiently waiting for this horse
to grow in mind/age/body so I can get on him and do my thing with him. I
knew he would be a piece of cake, and he was. This is trust. By the time he
hits his 3rd birthday, he will be as smart and advanced in the mind as a 5
yr old trained horse. He will be gently ridden and trained with positive
love and reinforcement as he's always been used to. This will be the best
horse I've ever trained. Bay Breeze will available for sale at age 3. If you
are interested in him and his progress and want to be the one I call first
when he's worth you coming to sit on him and ride him, call me or send me an
email. You will not find a horse like this one. I've done my research before
buying this horse. His looks will match his training.
Madison's 6th birthday on Sunday and entered her in her first 3'9-4' jumper
class which she WON! :-D
So far she has also won 3 out of 4 Training Level events so I am thinking of
moving her up to Preliminary this fall. So as you can see - she is still
doing outstanding! :)
Just wanted to send you another
update on Fawkes.
He's been doing fantastic, we just
got back from our first summer show last weekend
and he was marvelous as usual! He's such an old pro at horse shows and
been to a hand full. We did the 2'6" - 2'9" jumpers and the 3'0" - 3'3"
he was a dream. I officially graduated him from the 2'6" classes because
he just packed
me around. Oh and Mr. Fawkes celebrated his 5th birthday this month, so of
he got lots of carrots and a fancy new saddle pad with his show name on
I string tested him the other day and it looks like he is gonna top out
around 17.0 - 17.1 hh
He's 16.3 right now and lookin pretty leggy still.
Here are a few new pictures of him
schooling at the show.
Hope all is well at the farm,
Damascus arrived yesterday, and we couldn't be happier. As you know, I bought him
'sight unseen' or at least, only seen in the photos and video on your website, and
even they did not fully do him justice. As an attorney I knew the risk of buying a
horse this way, but was willing to take a chance based on instinct about him which
was reassured by your professionalism throughout our transaction. He is everything
you said, and more -- in fact, you may underestimate how good you are at not only
picking the right breeding but in raising your horses to be curious, confident and
playful, yet have proper respect for human handling.
The shippers said they barely even knew they had a horse for the 900 miles. It was
his first trailer ride, yet he was happy to just eat, drink and look out the window
the whole way, almost 24 hours of driving. He came off the trailer like a
gentleman. He was comfortable enough to roll in the arena about ten feet from us,
within half an hour of arriving. He quickly made friends with the other Friesian on
the property. He has beautiful conformation, gaits and presence. He was mannerly
in the paddock as well as in his stall. In short, he is everything we hoped for and
more. My daughter has already bonded with him, and found "the spots" where he loves
to get scratches.
I really appreciate the way you handled this matter, you kept your word and were
honest in every respect, and I like the way you care for your horses. Our shipper
said your farm is very nice, well organized and clean, too. In short, I'd recommend
you in a heartbeat to anyone looking for a Friesian cross (actually I already have--
you may be getting a call!) If I am ever in the market again, I won't hesitate to
buy another horse from you. Of course I will keep you posted on his progress with
us, and send pictures... and if you are ever in New York, know that you are more
than welcome to visit.
Just wanted to let you know that shortly after I got him home, Damascus became a
barn favorite, and he is doing wonderfully. He is such a love. I bought gates for
the stalls for my horses so they could stick their heads out and be social, and
Damascus has everyone entranced. One of the other boarders who has three horses of
her own is in love with him and feels as I do that he is an old soul in a young
horse body. He is so confident, often lying down in his stall, that it got us
nervous at first until we realized it is just how calm and happy he is.
He is growing, growing, growing -- when I brought him home in May, he was about 14.2
hh all around. Just a few months later already his croup is about 15.3 and his
withers 15.1+ and he seems to get bigger every day. Based upon his cannon bones I
am thinking he will finish off about 16.2 hh. No matter his size, though, we will
We are long-lining him at present, and for him wearing a light saddle is a
non-event. He has good knowledge of voice commands and lunges w/t/c without
issues. He is loving our new barn (we moved) in terms of the turnout; he is on
grass all day until his stall and he canters around, partly level and partly uphill,
which is great for his development. He is an absolutely gorgeous, well-mannered,
loving, intelligent and awesome all-around horse. We are going to go slow breaking
him, but next year I will send you videos showing him starting under saddle very
lightly (mostly to feel weight on his back and deal with that, but not for any
length of time.)
The only trouble we are having with him at all is that he and my appy mare (also 2
and a half) are so bonded at the hip that we have to work more on separating them.
They adore each other.
Thank you again for an incredibly nice horse. I'll send photos as soon as I can.
If you are looking for a private boarding
facility or a place to leave your horse while deployed without worries,
then check out Elysium Farm. The stalls are spacious, even for my 16.1
hand Quarter horse. The board includes high quality feed, stall cleaning,
and turnout, all at a fair price. Plus if you need extras like blanketing
in the winter, your horse will be taken care of. The best part of Elysium
Farm, besides the friendly atmosphere, is the riding ring. The riding
ring has excellent footing and you never have to worry about muddy
conditions when it rains or uneven footing. Also if you are looking for
expert riding instruction, it is available at a reasonable rate, either on
your own horse or with their calm, gentle lesson horses. Elysium Farm is
definitely worth checking out and considering for your horse boarding
Fawn M Kovach, KY
Yes, we have been spoiling Madison a lot :-D , but at the same
time - I require performance from her.
I first met
Madison in the summer of 2007. At the time she was untrained 3-year old. I
trained the horse for the owner for several months and then decided to buy
her... It was an odd decision because I am a horse trainer and I was looking for
a performance horse whom I could take HIGH up the levels... Madison definitely
did not fit the profile at the time. But there was just something about her that
made me fall in love.... and here I was with this big fat horse who never wanted
to move! :-) We have had several bad falls because she did not pick up her feet
properly (too lazy), so my husband gave her a nickname Madison Lazy Feet!
:-) But I kept loving her and working with her... And just 6 mos later, in
Febuary of 2008, we went to our first jumper show and showed at 3' placing
Madison has come a long way and is doing awesome! She is so powerful that it is
really easy to forget that she is just 5 years old. It has been only a year and
a half since she is under saddle and right now I am showing training level
eventing (have schooled Preliminary courses with ease) and I do Level 4 (3'9)
jumpers. We are constantly in the ribbons. I have jumped 4'3 under saddle with
her at home and 5' free jumping - again, I have to remind myself all the time
that she is just 5! I also go to occasional dressage shows (1st level) but
neither Madison nor I really enjoy it. We love jumping! :) Actually, all the
Madison's turnouts have an extra set of wiring on top because she jumps out of
her turnouts :). And I have to free jump her on a lunge line because if she is
set free in the arena, she will jump out of it, even if the fence is over 5'
high (she has done it several times!). I have had tons of offers at the shows
from potential buyers but she is a keeper! :) I couldn't imagine my life without
her greeting me with her neigh EVERY morning or rubbing her nose before leaving
the barn after work at night. :)
I noticed that Madison's mom passed away in 2007. That's sad... But I am happy
that your farm still keeps working and is producing such nice babies. I would
like to know how Madison's sisters and brothers are doing too.
The added pictures are of Madison 4-5y old. If you post them on your website
please credit Reitsport Photography.
Below are pictures of "Madison of Elysium" Taken by Reitsport
would like the thank you for my purchase of "Myst Of Elysium". She is
everything I hoped for and much more. As you know I have been showing Arabian
horses for the last 20 years and decided to switch disciplines.
I have a half
Arabian for the arab dressage but wanted to purchase a horse that would be
more competitive in the ADA dressage. I am pretty sure I have accomplished
this with Myst. She is exceptional and her movement is breathtaking. I knew
she was going to be special when the pictures I had sent to a friend, had been
forwarded on to the parents of a coworker who had taken her own life. The
parents were so moved by the pictures of Myst. They thought she looked like
an angel horse their daughter would have loved. They blew up the pictures and
showed them at her funeral. Myst has the personality of an old soul. She is
calm, patient and thinking. The first time I decided to take her for a
trailer ride with my half Arabian, I had Myst tied to the wash-rack while I
was loading my other mare. I turned around and patiently waiting at the edge
of the trailer was Myst, (she had untied herself and walked over to the
trailer) before I had time to grab her lead rope she jumped on in and went
straight for the hay holder. The look on her face was, your not leaving
without me this time. I was pleasantly surprised and needless to say she
trailers like a pro. I have had two different trainer/friends look at her and
they LOVE her. I can't tell you how happy I am that I bought her. She makes
me smile every time I look at her. I do believe she is an angel horse and I
feel lucky to own her. You have been wonderful to do business with, you made
me feel like I was the only person who you have sold a horse to. You called
and updated me on everything. Your ethics in business are far and few between
in today's world. I believe all horse breeders could learn a thing or two
from you. You put your passion into your horses and breeding, Myst is a fine
example of that. If I ever purchase another horse (hubby says two is enough)
I will be calling. Once again thank you from the bottom of my heart and God
Subject: Solis of Elysium
Solis was bred to a Friesian in May for 3/4 Friesian due in April!!!
What a beautiful elegant horse she has become!! I Love her
so much. Everywhere we go, she draws a crowd. We are back in NC now and
there are very few people around here who have ever seen such an animal.
My vet has brought several people to my farm to look at her. My 5 year
old can walk up to her and she puts her head down in the middle of his
chest and just begs to be petted. Thank you so much for this wonderful
What they say about the Friesian is true... What you breed in, you don't
have to train in... Thanks Again,
I just wanted to let you know everything is going GREAT!
Here is a
picture of Nera with her pasture buddy Dancer. My camera has
in it or something so I have to get it fixed before I can take
pictures that do Nera justice. I can not believe how big she
is 15.2 hands and they are about the same size! Everyone is SO
impressed with her!
The way she just walked off the trailer when she was
to the way she just stood for her booster shots! She is so calm
relaxed for a weanling. She is smart and watches everything and
so quickly! My trainer LOVES her and can not wait to take her
SHOW! (: Erin said her movement is amazing and I have to
takes your breath away. She is everything I wished for and
you so much!!!! Beautiful, kind, smart and moves like a dream!!
WOW! You can not ask for more! I really liked the experience of
in utero because I really felt like a part of the pregnancy.
for the baby and wondering what he/she would be like and when
finally came it was so exciting! When I saw the pictures, I
felt like I
was there. It is so special to have pictures from the birth,
Thank you for such a great girl!
You are the BEST!! Please use my email if you need a reference.
Just wanted to let you know what an amazing horse Emmy
We love her. I can't tell you how refreshing our buying experience was
- you were so honest up front... and you set expectations over the phone
- which made our decision very easy when we saw her in person. Emmy was
everything you said she would be - and MUCH MUCH MORE!!!
If you have any customers that would like a referral...
please feel free to give them my email address.
I want to thank you for the wonderful filly (Dominika!!)
that I purchased from you. I have never dealt with a yearling before,
and was a little afraid when I bought her. Everyone I told, that I was
getting a yearling, tried to talk me out of it. But, to my joy, she is
as gentle, and kind, as she is gorgeous. She is sensible, and just a
pleasure to be around.
I would buy a horse from you again in a heartbeat. I
honestly mean that. You produce great horses. It was fun to meet you,
and see your farm.
Sincerely, Andrea Riepe
I just wanted to thank-you for our Beautiful Girl
"GALADRIEL" she is coming along nicely. She now Rides and is Driving
Double. She is still a little nervous about Driving Single. I do
appreciate your honesty over the phone and email as buying over the
internet can be a little scary. She was what you said she was. She is
really nice to work with. You can use me as a reference anytime. Thanks
Shellly & Mike McCormick
Thanks very much for selling me your
nice horses, specially Boleros half Friesian and half Percheron, in my
professional career as Gold Medal Winner in Three Day Event in South
America Games, and as former Head Trainer of Lipizzans Horse Show, with
over 50 years of training all kind of breed I never had an intelligent
horse, friendly, intelligent learning in easy way and responding
requirements from the trainer; great mover and very elastic, I have the
best hope, as my future Grand Prix Dressage horse at International
I will like to recommended any buyer
for the perfect Dressage horse at International levels, the Friesian
crosses horses are the best. Good luck if you are looking forward to buy a
Dressage horse, in case you need reference from me or if you like to visit
my Dressage Training Center in Ocala Fl. please call me at 352-288-8100
Very sincerely yours
Just a note to say how happy I am with Audrey! I have to
say I was more than a little nervous about buying over the Internet
knowing I wouldn't have the opportunity to visit in person. But, Audrey's
pictures were impressive and she was just what I'd been looking for. When
I saw Audrey for the first time she was much more than I'd expected. Her
pictures didn't do her justice. She is settling in just fine and I'm
looking forward to years of fun with her. Thanks so much!
You were so easy to work with and certainly went the extra
mile for me. And the photo album made just for me with pictures of
Audrey, her shot records, daily care information, and other helpful info
is much appreciated - a very nice touch!
Please feel free to post this on your website and you can
use me as a reference - I'd be happy to answer any e-mails from
Thanks again - and I'll keep you posted on what Audrey and
I are doing,
I just wanted to say thank you so much for your help with
our purchase of Fawke.
He is an absolute dream! From the first time I saw him on
your website I thought "wow I would love to own that horse" and now he's
grazing in my pasture!
You helped make the potentially stressful experience of
buying "sight unseen" a very pleasant one, and the personalized photo
album is wonderful :]
I look forward to many successful years with my new boy and
will keep you updated on his progress. I can't wait to get him in the show
also- you are more than welcome to use me as a reference,
if someone would like to talk to me about my buying experience.
Up date as of 10-19-07
Just updating you on Fawke's progress.
He's been taking leaps and bounds since his 30 days
I had a dressage lesson on him the other evening and my
mom took some
My trainer couldn't say enough about how well he was
Fawkes also went to his first hunter pace last month. He
was leading older
more experienced horses through ditches and streams.
Nothing phased him. Not even cantering with 7 other horses in the huge
I'm holding off on his jumping training till he is
atleast 4 1/2 but I plan
on taking him to some local dressage and hunter shows by
Oh and did I mention that one of his favorite things is
to have his ears
clipped? he just loves it...go figure!
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