Best wishes for a safe, healthy and prosperous 2009 from all of us here at Watermark Farm!
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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I just wanted to extend warm holiday wishes to everyone from all of us at Watermark Farm. Unfortunately, the weather has no cooperated to give me a lovely snowy farm-scape photo to share with you all...in fact we are covered in a glossy layer of ice at the moment...but that does not detract from the spirit of the season!
Friday, December 12, 2008
As it is a blustery afternoon, I decided to put together a bit of a slideshow of the various babies doing what babies do best...
You might ask yourself, what is it that babies do BEST?
The simple answer is 'to be so gosh-darn-cute!' :)
So enjoy the photos!
The first series is my homage to the pesky fly...
And now for the AWWWW moments...
And if only their necks were a bit longer...
And last but not least - some of them like to be FAST!!!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
About 2 weeks ago, I got to watch the male peregrine falcon perch on the ring fence and then dive bomb the stand of bamboo and take his breakfast away with him. Same routine the next morning, only he chose to stand on the ground beneath the overhanging branches and then plunge up into the leaves to get his snack. This morning he was back again! He picked a 'swoop and dive technique' and was back again in about 15 minutes for a second course. But the falcon is not the only visitor of the wild variety...the resident dog fox trotted the perimeter of the outdoor yesterday and poked at the frozen puddle by C. What a gorgeous fox he it, too! Great mask & full brush...really stunning and healthy.
Mom was working Lacy a few weeks ago and the female peregrine swooped into the indoor and helped herself to a pigeon. From the scattered feathers that we find each week, that too is a common part of the peregrine's week. Of course, we don't complain as the pigeons are a nuisance.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
If you do not see the exact equine partner that you are seeking, please contact us as we might know a breeder who has what you are searching for in your dream partner!
All horses will be sold into an approved home only and these listings are subject to change.
(South American Way x Able Spirit WF by Abundance)
1999 16.3 Hand Chestnut Mare
Currently in foal to Dressage Royal for an late April foal, Savannah WF is an easy breeder, excellent mother, has only conceived via frozen semen to date – 80% single dose insemination, confirmed pregnancies.
(Wallstreet Kid x Flashpoint xx by Flaming Rock)
1999 15.3 Hand Black Mare
Unborn Waldaire Foal
(Waldaire x Sabrina WF [South American Way x Able Spirit by Abundance])
A full sibling to First Premiums Wolfgang WF (‘08) and Wei WF (’06) due in early June.
Unborn Avebury WF Foal
(Avebury WF x Amelia WF by Again & Again)
Unborn Dressage Royal Foal
(Dressage Royal x Abracadabra WF by Again & Again)
“Puck” is a 2008 chestnut colt with a lot of chrome to draw attention to his handsome self! He is a true sabino complete with roan patches, a belly spot, four high stockings, full blaze & sizeable snip…all of which takes a back seat to his powerful trot, ground covering walk & balanced canter. He is a fun colt to handle and is very reminiscent of his dam’s full brother Showtime WF who is enjoying great success as a hunter on the A circuit with his amateur owner. He should mature 16.2-3 hands and was graded a First Premium at his foal inspection with an overall score of 7.5.
Don William WF
Liam is a lovely chestnut 2007 gelding who will be quite tall ~ 17+ hands at maturity. Good natured, friendly and cooperative best describe this sweet young man. He is a lovely mover who has been clearly stamped by Dressage Royal. At his foal inspection, his graceful movement earned an overall score of 7.4 and a First Premium. In many respects, Liam is a gentle giant with his big, soft eyes and strong desire to please those around him. Liam is maturing into a stunning horse with a kind nature and light footed gaits.
Wallace WF 2005 Dark Bay filly with elegant gaits and that special presence that draws attention wherever she goes. Lacy is sweet and affectionate with people and loves to be scratched. She stands quietly for shots, worming and the farrier. At the moment, she looks like she has great potential in the hunter/jumpers and eventing. Her er classy demeanor and spunky nature are impossible to miss. She is a leggy, athletic mare and currently stands a solid 16.3 hands. Like her sire and dam, she is a horse who is the first in line to see what is new in the field and is a very sweet, attentive horse. Lacy was competitive at DAD (Sept 2008), returning home with ribbons in all her classes. She is on track to show the USEF Four Year Olds Test in the spring of 2009. Her gaits are comfortable to ride and she is a naturally calm, laid back horse undersaddle. The excitement and chaos of the Devon show grounds were of little importance to her – she is focused on her rider and eager to please.
2001 Dark Bay mare 16.2 hands Kitty is schooling confidently over fences and is a balanced approach to her fences, good changes and excellent scope. She also has shown so much joy when jumping, it would be a waste for her to go to a dressage-only home...her naturally forward nature is shown to the fullest extent when she is approaching a fence...she is careful, soft & relaxed and goes with a confident step. Kitty's video is from the first sunny day that we could use our outdoor arena. Her fantastic ground covering canter delights both the observer and thrills the rider’s soul.
Saddles For Sale:
17.5 American Flex Icelandic Saddle $1200.00 USD
Black, nearly new, new girth billets, includes booties – white quilted cotton with fleece underside.
16.5 Ortho Flex Cross Country $1200.00 USD
Our little Wizard WF a.k.a. Oz is now licensed for breeding by the AWR!
His dam Abracadabra WF delivered him just in the wee hours of May 20, 2006 with my assistance. As I peeled the placenta away from his face and then his front legs the only thing I could think was how much this little horse looked like my boy Wally! So I said, "Hello Wally!" and began to towel him dry.
He went on to be the Champion Horse at his foal inspection with an overall 8.0 score and at the conclusion of the Inspection Tour was named Top Foal in North America! He also attended the Fair Hill Breed Show in August and was Reserve Champion Colt. So not a shabby beginning for the minature Waldaire.
As he has grown and developed we are constantly amazed by exactly how similar he is to Waldaire. There are several standard jokes about how he is a Shrinky-Dink version of Wally or that I put Wally into the laundry on a HOT cycle and, like a wool sweater, Oz is the result! That is not to say that his dam & her genetics had little impact but the resemblance is uncanny when you see Waldaire and then get a glimpse of Wizard...it is just amazing!
So it was with great joy, we presented Oz to the AWR at our 2008 October Inspection for his preliminary licensing. HE PASSED!!!!!
So please enjoy the photo montage of the little colt who is fast becoming a lovely stallion.
FYI - We have no plans to stand him at stud for the time being. Sorry...he will begin his undersaddle career first.