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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ponies! Client horses! Our horses! Oh MY!

January disappeared in the flashiest of flashes. February is almost 1/2 gone now too! Yikes!

But that brings up good things - the WF horses are doing really well in their training! We have sales horses in for clients and some very exciting prospects of our own to market in the mid levels of dressage. And school show season has begun!

Thank you to Darcy and her crew for running the Snowflake Series so close to our home base! It was a treat to take Kathy's Bickerdike Cracker Jack to his first show today! He earned a pair of 66% in Intro B & C, so we'll be moving along into some harder tests. Thank you to Kathy and Madeline for their support and grooming help today! Thanks to Linda, Mom and Melanie for the moral support and ground crew operations! An especially large thank you goes out to our Purina representative- Barb Goss - she comes out every few weeks and checks over our herd of horses, weighing, making feeding recommendations, offering input and her expertise...well, I think Barb is great! She came to the show today and was part of the cheering squad for Jack! So a big round of Thank You's to Purina for helping the horses (and ponies) perform their best!

Linda brought Wendolyn WF for her first show and they did really well! Scores were in the 60's with a full 5% improvement from the first test to the second! Congratulations!!

On the congratulatory front, we have a few clients with foals on the way for 2017! Confirmed so far -  Dressage Royal x Belissimo in TX and Waldaire x TB in VA! The tricky part of selling frozen by the dose - getting word that there is a baby on the way is like a nice surprise gift! You never know when word will arrive that there is a foal on the way!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Updates, news and such

So I finally managed to resuscitate my MacBook Pro! Now, for those of you who think, "Big deal, who cares?" Well, there are many things that can only happen on that shiny silver rectangular box of clicking keys and swirling lights - like working with this magnificent program called "Dreamweaver". Or better yet - "Photoshop". Now I'll stick to the first one tonight/today because it is more important to get revised text up on the Sales Pages and update what the offspring of our stallions have been up to lately. Doing the mundane resizing of images and then saving the smaller versions to the computer to then upload to the server which holds the real website - well, that gets to be on hold for a few days.

That means you all get to poke around on the website - let me know by sending a link to the page - if you find broken missing links, images, info, etc. That would be a big help - thanks in advance!

And on the news front, here is the run down -

Our training barn is currently full. We may have space available for a smaller horse (or a pony) in March. We have several new additions on the Clients Sale page. If you would like to see photos or videos, please visit our Facebook Page.

But in the meantime, here are the dry facts -
"Butch" -
15.2 2011 Gelding
Chestnut, flaxen mane and tail, 4 stockings
Currently schooling 1st level and in full work since the beginning of January.
Has schooling show mileage at Intro - 8 on gaits, broke 70%, been to Quadrille practice.
Confidence building type of ride, very grounded and sane - worker bee mentality. Very suitable for an AA to learn and have fun on daily. Good ground manners. Is a cribber.
Priced to sell at $7500 - will increase with more training/showing...and we're sending entries in this week! Make an appointment - quick!

"Doogie"
16.0 2010 Gelding
Bay, star, snip, hind socks
Currently schooling 1st level, in full work since New Year's.
Smart, charming personality. Suitable for an intermediate rider due to his powerful gaits and strong push from behind. Very similar in type and movement to Verdades.
Price on request - please contact Anne@watermark-farm.net

Not officially on the market (yet) -
Mighty Max
2011 Dales Pony Gelding 13.2 hands
Star
Sensitive, smart, bold personality who seeks a calm leader to be his partner in life's adventures. Max is very sweet and learning all there is to learn in being a riding pony. Big, scopey mover - naturally inclined to do clean changes, he should excel in dressage. Not suitable for a beginner rider at this time - very suitable for a smaller person to bring along through the levels!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

December Cavaletti Clinic Series

We're hosting Cavaletti Clinics in the month of December! All Saturdays - start time is tentatively 10AM for the first group of 4 riders.

December 3, December 17 and December 31st.

This is an opportunity to get some riding time with your horse in a fun and relaxed environment. We are focusing on safety, good riding and equitation while increasing the horses proprioceptive awareness.

$40 - make checks payable to Watermark Farm please.

Groups will be 3-4 horses, 1 hour total riding time.

Please bring a copy of your Coggins and proof of Flu/Rhino.

Parking will be on the west side of Watermark Road if the weather is wet. Driveway parking for those who are comfortable backing their trailers in moderately tight space.

Sign up by emailing Ellie@watermark-farm.net or joining the events on Facebook on the Watermark Farm Page. Please include the time of day that works best for you.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Some current videos

Whodini had an impromptu school the other morning and we actually had a warm body to hold the iphone to shoot video - https://youtu.be/MmWgeGCKqvs


And Wilson did the same a few minutes later - https://youtu.be/O5xfSOo_2cg
He was working a more technical exercise vs. Who who was going through his repetitoire of tricks, hence the repetitive loop of rinse and repeat. But it gives an idea of what they're both up to these days.

Wizard also got to have a bit of fun with Melissa -

And so did Louie - 




We have another Saturday schooling from 12-3 (gotta get home before it gets dark), same rules/guidelines as last week. Hope to see lots of faces!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday - a day for reflection

So on Wednesdays here on the farm, our farrier usually arrives with a big smile and several hours of my riding time gets suspended so that I can go over each horse with him. We chit chat about politics, current events, family news and then get down to the nuts and bolts of how each horses is going, current training schedule, what their hooves look like and what their workload will entail for the next 4-6 weeks. Today was really no different other than he came about 4 hours later than normal. I had done the usual stuff and gotten into my riding list a bit, but it is the first time in many months that I got COLD while holding horses.

Which brings me to the current situation that is in need of some changes. There are 17 horses in work. Every day.

So here is the sales list -

Current (October 2016) Sales List

The following horses competed in FEI classes this year -
Wyatt, 2004 16.2 1/2 gelding by Weltmeyer. Showed Int 2 - limited by budget. Straightforward if you have a good seat, great lateral work, changes and easy piaffe and passage. Suitable for YR/U25/Gold Medal scores, etc. No issues, maintenance, good brain. *****

Wakanda, 2005, 15.2 mare by Waldaire. Showed GP - again limited by budget. Uncomplicated but is a mare, not a machine. Did the Two Tempi Challenge at DAD under lights with less than 24 hrs notice with little fuss. Good brain, smart, full brother is licensed stallion. *****

Ready to show FEI

Don William, 2007 17.2 gelding by Dressage Royal. 1/2 brother to Wyatt (same dam) Showed 3rd & 4th, schooling GP. Alfredo Hernandez - "world class piaffe". Elastic, good mind, no issues/maintenance. *****

6months out from being ready for FEI
Wylie 2006 15.3 mare by Waldaire. Schooling 4th. Has some sass but straightforward for light hands and good seat. Fun to work with as she has her quirky side but is a true to type Waldaire - the harder she works, the happier she is. ****

Whodini 2007 16.2 gelding by Waldaire. Schooling 4th-PSG. Full brother to Wakanda - longer legs, more modern type. Good talent to finish to GP. Ready to show and score well at 3rd now. No known issues/maintenance. ****

In the pipeline
Wilson 2009 dark bay gelding by Waldaire 16.2. Elegant, rhythmic mover. Good brain, learns quickly. Has single changes, learning to count and working on piaffe/passage while gaining strength and suspension in his half passes.****

Aloysius 2009 grey gelding by Avebury 16.2. Powerful mover, forward thinking, graceful type. Sweet, good mind, good feet. Working on single changes and lateral work as well as small courses of gymnastic jumps. ***

Schoolmasters
Artie 16.3 1996 Intermediare I who has been ridden by juniors and amateurs most of his life. No maintenance or vet issues. Has a mild club foot which he's had his whole life - maintained with 4-5 week shoeing schedule. Solid teacher of lateral work, changes...it's in there if you have a basic understanding of how to ask. Extremely tolerant and forgiving. Half steps, piaffe, passage too. **

Atreo 16.3 1996 Intermediare schoolmaster who has taught many, many people to count their changes, relax and flow in their sitting trot and be calm & confident in their requests. Light mouth, superb mind. Gentle, tall dark and handsome loving horse that would like a single rider vs. being one in a string of horses at this point. Gets 1/4 tab of Previcox daily for maintenance - update - no Previcox since 10/5/16 and the eruption of a coronet band abscess and he's SOUND. **

Green and looking to do more -
Windrose 2010 16.3 black mare w/ chrome and style. Flashy, big buoyant mover with loads of suspension and extension. Needs patient program and experienced rider as she is athletic and lacks confidence. Front shoes. **

Needs a job -
Gretta 1999 former broodmare/former low level all rounder. Smooth gaits, excellent mother, easy keeper. Needs to go back into a program to be kid safe but once upon a time she was a go-to horse of a family. Could be sold w/ a breeding. Under 5k.

Prices are in * categories -
* - Under 10k
** - between 10-20k
*** - between 20-30k
**** - over 40k
***** - higher price class

No tire kickers please.
Prices subject to change with additional show mileage and/or training milestones.
Contact Anne@watermark-farm.net for appointments to try horses.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

**Open Schooling**Ring Use**Group Sessions**$25 per horse**

**Weekend Schooling **Group Cavaletti**Ring Fee $25**

Starting November 5th

Every Saturday starting at 12 noon and ending at 3 PM, we will offer open schooling for groups and individuals in our arenas. Outdoor use will be permitted until the weather changes to winter.

Cavaletti, Blox, some rails and a few small jump standards will be accessible in both arenas.

Parking will be in the driveway - pull in up towards the stallion barn, make the left facing the green house, get turned around and find a parking space closer to the driveway exit. Alternative parking if it is raining (or your rig is more than 28' long) is on the west side of Watermark Road on the grass.

The details -
We require helmets and a signed waiver for each rider. We respectfully require to see your horses Coggins and last Flu/Rhino date. Ring fee is $25 per horse/rider.

All equine activity is done at your own risk and you assume all liability for yourself, your horse and any/all companions you have brought with you.

Indoor is 70x150' and has a great deal new footing (9/2016)
Outdoor is 90x240' and is sand mix. A full sized dressage arena is up without boards.

Farm Rules -
1. Treat the facility as you would want your own to be treated.
2. If you open a gate, be sure to close it.
3. If you set jumps/cavaletti, please put them back when you are finished.
4. If material is broken, please find a staff member to arrange compensation/replacement.
5. Please be respectful of those around you. Introduce yourself, say hi to other riders and let's all agree we ride because we are having fun.
6. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.
7. No dogs.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back to School Pricing

Timing will be tight - so please be prompt and ready to ride at your appointment time - private on-site lessons with Ellie will be $50 for the remaining days in September, instead of the regular $75.

Please email or text.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Check her out! First time in the 3' Division! And Waverleigh WF has a new owner!

Check out Westerleigh WF at Ludwig's Corner Horse Show yesterday! Her first time in the 3' Division! Congratulations to all of Joy's connections!!!! She looks fantastic!!!!! 
©Jennifer MacNeill Photography



©Jennifer MacNeill Photography



©Jennifer MacNeill Photography
And to keep things in the family ----


Congratulations to Brook K. on her purchase of Waverleigh WF!!! Waverleigh and Westerleigh are full sisters and they are now owned by two sisters!!! Horse back riding is a family affair!!!!
"Izzy" aka Waverleigh WF


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Olympic Fever!

Good luck to all our equestrian competitors! Use the hashtag #twohearts and/or #jointhejourney to help encourage the IOC to keep equestrian sports in the Olympics!

Dynasty - full brother to Daktary
Check out Waldaire's great-uncle Dynasty and Cindy Ishoy from the Seoul Olympics in 1988. (photo courtesy of Equestrian Canada -

Wilson WF by Waldaire
Wilson is showing great aptitude (mental and physical) for the highest levels in dressage. Please contact Anne@watermark-farm.net to discuss an appointment to see Wilson. 


Wakanda WF
Wakanda had another successful showing at Grand Prix yesterday at Blue Goose with a 58.8%. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers and our personal cheering squad for a good outing. Big thanks to Neue Schule, Stubben, 2kGrey, OneK Helmets and Purina for helping us to do our best on the day.