Scottsdale

 

SamandScotty

We horse people know that horses bring both great joy and great sorrow. Sometimes, it is easy to forget how fragile they are. Today, my friend lost her horse Scottsdale. He was a beautiful thoroughbred gelding that dazzled all who watched him move. Sam and Scotty competed in the New England hunter circuit.They competed at a regional show this past weekend.

Several year ago Scotty had colic surgery and had his colon removed. Scotty colicked late last night and this morning Sam discovered him in pain and hurting. She did all she could for him but ultimately decided that it was in his best interest to let him go. Scotty will be missed by all. He was uniquely him and his quirky personality will be greatly missed.

As I write this I am reminded that we are so very lucky that we have horses in our lives. They are freedom contained in fleet footed bodies. Unfortunately, we can only borrow that freedom and must let it go.

It is never easy saying good-bye to a companion like Scotty. He will be missed. I know that he is galloping in a large grassy field enjoying hooves that don’t have to touch the ground.
Rest In Peace, Scotty.
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Young Breeder’s Lament

It’s a tough world, a tough economy and a tough business. The horse industry is floundering. Horse people are trying to keep afloat an industry overstuffed with horses. Each and every day ratemyhorsepro.com reports on new abuse and neglect cases. There are multiple stories about how horses are being abandoned by their owners.
There are stories about how people can’t afford their horses any more.

Then there are those who are scraping by- who wonder if they’ll make it to tomorrow. This group is the one I belong to. I am the voice of the next generation of horse breeders. I, like many horse crazy young people, jumped into the horse world assuming there would be a place for me.

I was wrong. That didn’t deter me. Sure, I didn’t have a family name to connect me with well known horse professionals and sure, I was flat broke but I had the dream.

I had the dream.

So, I chased that dream and I bred my mare. I am a Trakehner breeder. I want to help promote and grow the Trakehner breed. I want to own a Trakehner breeding farm. When I bred my mare I didn’t have that train of thought (though). What I wanted was a legacy from her. I wanted a piece of her that would live on past her death.

I’ve always been fascinated with breeding horses and horse genetics but I never thought that I would want to own a breeding farm. Now, I realize I do want to own a successful and sustainable horse farm. However, I don’t know if I’ll be able to achieve that dream.

Here’s the problem (there are several)
I am homeless and I don’t have enough income to rent (nor buy a home). I’m single and moving back home with my mom isn’t a viable option. I have two horses I want to keep. They are the two things I’ve managed to hold on to during this crazy era of my life.

I am not alone. Many young breeders are facing this dilemma. In the next 20 years the horse population is going to be skewed. We need smarter, goal oriented young breeders who are devoted to breeding registrable, high quality foals of various breeds. At this time, there are too many unregistered horses. Too many horses that were bred for all the wrong reasons.

We’ve been irresponsible. It is time to look at the facts. The horse industry is aging. The old greats are getting old and the young guns aren’t around because they’ve been driven away by high costs and low rewards.

We’ve walked away from the industry we love because the industry doesn’t love us.

I find it frustrating that I cannot get the help I need. I need guidance so that I can establish a firm foundation. I need to know I will thrive so that I can devote my energies to breeding the next generation of competition horses. However, the support system doesn’t exist. My breed has no representation in my home state.
Connecticut’s Department of Agriculture doesn’t consider horses under their purview. Infact, there is little to no support for those just starting out in the horse industry.
I’ve talked with multiple horse people who are used up, burnt out and tired of putting all of their efforts into an industry that doesn’t care about them.

If the horse industry doesn’t reach out and help the next generation of horse breeders and young guns, in 20 years the horse industry will be a ghost town of memories and by-gone suppositions.

Let’s start changing things. Let’s make the horse industry sustainable. I, as a Trakehner breeder, have a very clear goal. I hope that there are others who are willing to help me build this goal into success.

Spread the word, let’s catch fire together.

Connecticut Trakehners

As I develop my goals to create a breeding program where I focus on breeding high quality, uniquely colored Trakehners I’ve decided that I want my farm to be called Connecticut Trakehners.
It seems that I am one of a handful of Trakehner enthusiasts in this small state. It is my goal to bring awareness to this breed by breeding sound, willing and beautifully moving Trakehners.
My five year goal is to have my first crop on foals on the ground. Working back from that my four year goal is to compete at least two Trakehners during that show season (and breed for two foals)
Three year goal is to have my facility fully up and running and to have four broodmares as well as a resident stallion.
My two year goal is to buy/build my property and start marketing to future clients,
My one year goal is to select my property and have the capital to start the process of buying the property.
Currently, I am looking at land in Woodbury, CT as it is close to the NY border and to major highways. The area is still very rural and I think it would be a great area to develop my breeding program as it is close several pockets of marketing opportunities.
As always, this is subject to change.
I’m very frustrated right now but I have to keep looking forward. I will get through this time. I believe I have what it takes to help build the reputation of the American Trakehner. I know that the noble breed is one others should know more about.
I am determined to develop more avenues for people to learn about Trakehners.

Developing breeding goals

As I continue on my journey of developing a business plan for my long term goals of owning the premier Trakehner breeding farm in Connecticut I want to show you this amazing horse. She is a horse of dreams.

She is going to go up for auction in September.
Her full brother is also up for sale as well as their dam.
I want to buy the three of them as well as another brood mare.
I’m salivating at the idea of owning my own Trakehner breeding farm.
I love my Julie and Fae but these horses would be great buys.
I’m writing for the American Trakehner Association and I love it. I have to work on some more articles but I want to help promote and further the breed.
I love my Trakehners and I want to see the breed grow.

Whatever it takes- I’ll do it.

My goal is to show my home-bred horses at local, regional and national shows. I want to bring attention to the noble Trakehner breed. While my pockets are empty my head is full of big dreams.

Who knows- maybe my stars will change tomorrow and my ship will finally come to port.

My goal for furthering the Trakehner breed is to spice up the color options by breeding for pintos and for double dilute genes. As well as breeding for superior movement for hunters, dressage and eventing.
My goal is to have a broodmare herd of six and to produce 1-3 foals a year. I plan on having two stallions at stud. I want to compete with four horses a year. As well as promote and preserve the Trakehner breed.
Who’s ready to see me succeed?