|Flying Colors H/J shows planned for 2016|
|Once again, we will be hosting several hunter /jumper shows at Flying Colors in 2016. The first shows to be scheduled are February 13 (our Valentine Show) and April 23rd. The rest of the year's dates will be chosen after the football schedule is out! There will be a CASH $250 Hunter Classic for all 2'6 Hunter riders. The first round will be your second round in low, modified children's, or Adult Amateur. Then the second round will be competed together (for the suspense!!), Also there will be CASH drawings throughout the day for our riders to win back part of their entry fees.....how great is that? These shows are SHJA and FHTA approved for points. SHJA is a great local organization that has been in existence nearly 40 years! We have a great year end banquet and super prizes. It is important to join and attend some shows, to keep it healthy for our beginning riders, or the folks who can't travel out of town. Hope to see you at the shows!!!|
|I am home and healing after Debonair fell with and on me when turning and hitting unseen mud while foxhunting in Colmbus, Ga with the Midland Hunt on Dec. 7th. I spent 5 weeks in Atlanta hospitals with a head injury, but am now home to get back to normal again. Unfortunately, I won't be riding for a few months until my concussion is healed, but my horses are still in training and the farm is running as well as ever. Thank you for all the prayers, help and friends that gave me and my family to get through this hard period!I was so honored to have the 5 page article in the Nov. 24, 2014 issue of the Chronicle of the Horse magazine...then 2 weeks later, we had the crash!!|
|Exclaimation and Susan do it again!|
|It is always fun to hear from owners about horses we've raised. This is Exclaimation, a Claim to Fame colt, who is Claim Applause and Eclipse's full brother. Shown here in Dressage with his owner, Dr. Susan Funk, he scored a 75.8%!!!.......... We just heard that Eclipse won a few classes in Wellington last weekend and is going to WEF this year! I plan to take Claim Applause, the "little " sister to a show next weekend! This is what warms a breeders' heart!|
|Patti and Newsprint Reserve Champ in Atlanta!|
|I don't show that often, but I took Newsprint to Chattahoochee Hills in Atlanta (a beautiful show grounds!!) and had a great weekend! We were 2nd in the U/S and 1,2,2,3 o/f...........he's such a special guy to me!! Debonair was no slouch either.....He and Vallie Smith were Champions of Children's Hunters and won the Medals!!|
|Famous Dance Champion at Horse Shows in the Park|
|Famous Dance, our six year old Claim to Fame son, is progressing well in his show career........ He was Champion of Training Hunters and most recently, Low Hunters in the Horse Show in the Park Series. This youngster stands just at 16.2h and has a lovely , long stride with a cute jump! He's "got what it takes" to go far in the show world and is for sale!|
|Debonair and Rodeo' Drive lead the parade!!|
|Debonair and Rodeo' Drive carried the Springtime Tallahassee honorary figureheads, Andrew Jackson (the 1st territorial Governor of FL)and his wife, Rachael (Really K.W. and Michelle Smith) in the Springtime Tallahassee parade on March 30, 2014.
Despite the huge thunderstorms early, the weather cleared as they were starting the parade into a lovely day! |
I was really proud of these two horses......they were gentlemen, despite their first experience with bands, floats, screaming people, clowns, etc. This is Tallahassee's version of the Mardi Gras Parade!
|Congratulations to Encounter and Barbara West!|
|We are so happy for Encounter, and for his new owner Barbara West of Christmas, FL.(Seminole County) Encounter is our 16.3h and growing 4 year old by Counterclaim. As with most of Counterclaim's youngsters, Encounter (aka Charlie Horse) is a big teddy bear! |
Barbara and I got to be great friends, and I look forward to keeping in touch for many years and hopefully meeting at some FL shows to have fun too!
Barbara called to report he was a star at the Florida Horse Park in his first event!
|Eclipse wins 2 Championships at A Show in Venice!|
|We are so proud of Eclipse and Heather Manning! At their second ever A Show, they won the Championship (including the under saddle flat class)in 2 Divisions!!......both Low Hunters (a big class including other professionals ) and Baby Green (her first 2'9" course). The Show was Camp Fox Lea in Venice, FL!|
|Newsprint Reserve Champ in Atlanta 6/13!|
|We were so proud of Newsprint and Anna Billings for winning Reserve Champion (in some tough company, I might add!) in Conyers (Atlanta)'s Summer II AA Show.|
They were competing against 20+ horses in Children's Hunters (3 foot) with some of the biggest named trainers standing at the ingates for their riders: Don Stewart, Hunt Tosh, Jack Towell, Daniel Geitner, etc.....
Anna rides with her Dad (and my neighbor), Rob Billings. The duo will be heading to Venice, FL for their next big show!!
P.S. They won the Championship in Combined Children's Hunter's 3' in Venice too......including winning the under saddle in a big class!! You go , duo!!!
|Impeccable aka Monticello wins Spy Coast YHS!|
|We are so proud of this youngster we bred and raised (Clain to Fame's nephew). He not only won his class of 3 year olds at Devon this year, but he just won the National Championship in Wellington of the Spy Coast Young Horse Series (Jan. 2013). |
He is owned by Jennifer Smith of Wellington/Tryon and is trained by Randi Goulding....look for him starting his riding career soon!
|Impeccable aka Monticello WINS at Devon 2012!!|
|We are SO PROUD of Impeccable (now renamed Monticello by his new owners) for his win in the Thee year old Non TB Colts and Geldings at Devon 2012. He is out of Flawless, Claim to Fame's full sister, and by Rosenthal (who is related to my horses Debonair and Rodeo' Drive) Monty was born and raised at Flying Colors Farm.|
We always knew this youngster was the quality to win! He had not been to any of the big Hunter Breeding Shows in the East before, but behaved like a champ too! It was a huge trip with a lot of distractions for him!He went on to win 2nd in his class at the Sallie Wheeler National Hunter Breeding Championship too (of course, Oliver said he should have won 1st!!!, which of course we agree!)
MANY thanks to Jennifer and Roger Smith of Wellington/Tryon, NC for sending this youngster.....and for my dear friend (who held Claim to Fame for his big win), Oliver Brown, for handling him so well!!
P.S. We are so proud to say Monticello just won the three year old National Championship in the SpyCoast Young Horse Series in Wellington in January, 2013! We'll post those photos as soon as we receive them!
|Her Foxhunter, aka Dakota!|
|Her Foxhunter, aka, Dakota is special horse to me. Although Bonnie Wichterman of MN bred him, he put me on the map winning Reserve Champ of the North Anmerican Fieldhunter Championships, SHJA 2005 Adult Amateur Champion, and safely carried me all over the east with some of the best hunts in the US. |
I reluctantly sold him to Rachael Looney to move to Tennessee, where he taught Rachael how to ride, gave her the confidence to go first flight with the amazing Hillsboro Hounds (mountains, coyotes and big coops!!)and she ultimately did a stint as Hunt Secretary too.
After a few hard years for Rachael (when Kim Holly had Dakota for her), Rachael now has Dakota back to love and retire him. He'll be surrounded by her and her two sons love...and in a wonderful enviornment. Thank you , Rachael....remember, he'll always have a home here too!
|Kernan Hodge's "Rabbit" by Claim to Fame wins!!|
|Just got this photo and a text from our friend in Jacksonville, Kernan (Mrs. George) Hodges. She is one of the founders and biggest supporters of the NFHJA and the FL Winter Circuit!|
She's bred several mares to Claim to Fame over the years, and this super filly just won her Hunter Breeding Class in Atlanta. Kernan commented about how "sweet and easy" she and the rest of the CTF foals have been!
This pretty girl is for sale too!
|Welome to Colaire's first born at Flying Colors!!|
|We are happy to announce the arrival of the first foal born to our Voltaire son, Colaire (who can be seen winning Champion at HITS 2011 and 2012 in posts below). She was born April 21st, 2012 to A Martini Party. Dam and foal are fine and healthy! |
We are so thrilled that she has her sire's black pinto coloring with a dishy, feminine face! Let's hope she can move and jump like him too!!
Thanks to Shannon Schiller, Lindsey Rodan and Jenny Hibbard for helping with her birth!!
She will be available for sale at Flying Colors........to a good home only!
|Another Claim to Fame foal with Beauty and Brains!|
|We were so thrilled when Oliver Brown, National Champion Hunter Breeding Handler, wanted to breed his prized mare to Claim to Fame. Oliver is a very special friend, who prepared and handled Cash to be the first and ONLY Pinto Horse to EVER win (115+ years)the Devon Hunter Breeding Show!|
Scout is shown here at the International Hunter Futurity Finals in KY ......and two weeks later with Oliver's wife, Joan, foxhunting him leading a field at the famed Rappahannock Hunt in VA.
That says so much for a young four year old to go to a national competition with a young rider, and then safely carry Joan foxhunting two weeks later!!.......Claim to Fame has foals who are beautiful,correct, talented.........but rideable with great minds!!! We're so proud of Scout, and the Browns for keeping him!!!
|Live Oak Team wins Aiken Hunt Night!!!|
|What fun we had in Aiken,09/16/11! Our team won the Hunt Night Team Competition! Made up of Kathy Nofsinger, Alachua, FL and me representing Live Oak Hounds and Arnie Bloom of Aiken Hounds filled in to complete our team.......we had a near perfect round, if I say so myself... It was such fun. Debonair also won the Open Hunter (riding against the professionals)!|
|Frozen Semen from Colaire-special pricing!|
|We are thrilled with our first foal, All That Color (pictured here too) by Colaire, our 16.3+h black pinto son of the legendary stallion, Voltaire. So we're offering to share the excitement! |
We are offering breedings to him for a special of $300 per dose. The semen is stored with Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction, a Select Breeders affiliate known for their 1st qualilty!
|A "Blue Day" at Flying Colors!|
|This was the kind of "Blue Day" I like to have!!
Pizzazz, our five year old, is showing in Atlanta with Daniel Geitner.........and won EVERY CLASS entered......TWO DIVISIONS.(Champion of both).........while I was in Ocala with a 2 year old filly by Claim to Fame, who won every class entered too.......and was Best Young Horse under both judges........
It don't get much better than that!.....Both are for Sale on our sale page!! |
This is Claim Applause, just before we took her to the ring........Robert Robold did a great job of handling her, and Lynn Rothart braided her beautifully, as always!
|Counterclaim contributes to a happy ending!|
|A VERY sad thing happened last summer to a fellow breeder in Tallahasse, Shannon Schiller of Majestic Acres Sporthorses. Lightning struck a tree that her entire broodmare band of 4 were standing under. Luckily her husband, John, was home and he ran out and actually did CPR and jumped on chests trying to revive them. Only one horse survived, and she was 30 days in foal! |
Needless to say it was a stressful wait to see this foal, hoping the lightning strike didn't harm him! Well, the wait is over and look what she got......a very special and beautiful colt by Counterclaim. He looks to have even gotten the lovely head and neck Flying Colors Sires are known for.
We are SO HAPPY for the Schillers and Joey, her mare. "Count My Blessings" is the new colt's name. What a wonderful happy ending to such a heartwrenching story!!
|First ever Pony Foal born by Claim to Fame|
|I've always suspected that our boys would make lovely pony sires bred with the right mares......finally, it's proven! Betsy Nelson bred her 13.2 welch cross pony to Claim to Fame and here is the beautiful foal shown as a newborn! We are all thrilled with this pony......what a beautiful head, conrformation and coloring! Congratulations to the Nelsons!!!|
|Perfect Puzzle born at Live Oak Hounds!|
|We were thrilled when Daphne Wood chose Counterclaim to breed to her lovely Bank Hannoverian/TB mare, Artemis. Known worldwide as judges of conformation, Daphne and Marty Wood, have judged the top Hound Shows in the world! They recently won Champion and Reserve Champ at the prestigous Virginia Hound Show, besting 800+ hounds from all over the US and Canada (a feat never done before). They have also bred winning horses at Devon! |
Counterclaim was chosen not only for his conformation, but especially his temperament. It takes a special horse to be a professional whipper in's mount at the fast and furious Live Oak Hounds Foxhunt. I look forward to riding beside my "grandhorse" some day. Perfect Puzzle is shown here at three days old.
Daphne was so thrilled with this filly, she's bred the mare back for a "matched pair'......
|Claim Your Pik!.....(aka Teddy) scores a 68.75!!|
|Claim your Pik, aka Teddy, the firstborn son of Counterclaim has been started under saddle by Marsha Hartford Sapp of Southern Oaks in Tallahassee. He just competed in a dressage "ride a test" and won an incredible 68.75 with an "8" for gates.......his first time out! |
The judge, Sandra Beauleui of Maine, said of him "Very talented youngster that has upper level potential!"
Marsha is also impressed with his rideability, attitude, and willingness to work!!
|Debonair and Cate do it again......Newsprint too!|
|We're so happy to have returned from HITS/Ocala 2010 where Debonair and Cate Billings were the Champions of her Eq 15-17 division winning both O/F classes! She's also got great ribbons in the USEF Medal and Adequan Hunters. |
Cate also gave Newsprint his first ride at a show over 3'.....by entering Children's Hunters....a huge class! (he hadn't been in a show in many, many months and hardly ridden this winter due to my injury)...His first 0/f class was a 2nd out of 24..and he went on to win good ribbons in the three other classes too! He took a great ribbons in the hack even though he had one bad transition. Got lots of compliments on how pretty he is.....his black and white sparkled! I look forward to showing him myself soon..........pictures and video on my website and YouTube will follow!
Here is a photo of me and Newsprint as we headed out on the X_Country Course of Red Hills Horse Trials on March 5, 2010. I organized the Live Oak Hunt "outriders" who do crowd control/PR on the XC course......Newsprint was looking good and loved all the attention..people and kids underfoot everywhere...he was a gentleman!!
|Aiken Hunt Night Winners!!|
|Once again, Debonair (aka MR. Perfect), was a star. Two weeks after winning the Talent Search in Jacksonville, I took him to Aiken, SC to participate in the Hunt Night Competition (a horse show for proven foxhunters). We were going with a three "man" (Lady) team from Live Oak Hunt.|
Unfortunately our third member had a heat stroke!!! so the team wasn't allowed to compete (we rode as two but not judged to win).......however DEBONAIR AND I DID win the FIELDHUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP and my teammate (shown with me),Kathy Nofsinger, was Reserve Champ. Our third member, Dacia Funkhouser Johnson, won both of her classes before getting sick........I joked it was nice of her to win, get sick enough to drop out so that I could be Champion..and then recover! Of course, that wasn't the real case!
|Counterclaim's first foal wins his first show!!!|
|Congratulations to Lorri Wallis and Claim Jumper (CJ)! They live in Magnolia, IL and just went to CJ's first show ever.......and won his two year old hunter breeding class! We're all so proud of this gorgeous, huge and sweet youngster! |
Lori had already lightly backed him and is thrilled with his quiet, willing attitude.
Claim Jumper was the first test foal ever born to Counterclaim. He is out of a breeding stock (solid) APHA mare. Lorri is a long time horsewoman who was a founding member of the first ever Pony Club in Oklahoma (must be where CJ's western name/term came from)She's a long time horsewoman who rode hunter jumpers as a child.
We so appreciate her keeping us up to date with news and photos of our first Counterclaim foal. Glad too to see he's following in the family tradition!!
|Claim to Fame had 100% pintos in 2009!!!|
|Just got this photo of another filly being born sired by Claim to Fame. Krys Waltrous of Littleton, CO bred her favorite mare, Doobie, to 'CTF.......and this is her darling filly born 5/03/09!! |
Of course, ALL of Counterclaim's foals are pintos, so Flying Colors foals are coming with 100% color this year out of BOTH of our stallions.....see our Foal Page to see some of the other cutie's who have arrived so far!
Guess Claim to Fame got sick of his son getting so much business because he's homozygous and set out to prove he can do it too!!
|FALL HUNTING TRIP TO VA AND MD!|
|Once again I headed north for my annual trip to visit friends, fall colors and wonderful hunts. I have a goal to ride with as many famous foxhunts as I can, and am steadily gaining on it!
This year I again headed to the Middleburg/Warrenton, VA country (sooo beautiful and what horse country!) I was thrilled to go out with the famous Piedmont Hounds. I loved their look of tricolor (pinto) coloring....and it was really special to start from the historic village of Unison in their original country above Upperville. We saw the hunted fox, who eventually evaded us due to the pooor scenting in the dry conditions. However, the country was gorgeous, the people so friendly and I so enjoyed being there!
Then I headed to Green Springs Valley Hounds..near Baltimore, MD. I was surprised how beautiful the country is....as pretty to me as Middleburg! They have a reputation as one of the hardest hunts in the US (maybe the world!!) as steeplechase horses are made in their fields! Well, the reputation is certainly true.... We immediately saw a big red fox pass right in front of us and off we went. No fence was under 3'6 but when we headed to the FOUR BOARD FOUR FOOT HIGH pasture fence (complete with horses inside) I almost died (in more ways than one!) Thank goodness I was on Debonair, as he has the kindness to save me, and the scope to save himself! The following day I was thrilled to be invited to ride Hunt Colors with Duck Martin, MFH whipping in........what a treat!!
Thanks to Carol Fenwick for sending me these pictures!
Another update.........I just returned from a Progressive Show Jumping show where Debonair and I were the Amateur Owner Champions! What a neat horse this is......and am heading to Fitzpatrick, AL in two days to hunt him as a guest of Midland Hounds......along with the MFHA President, Mason Lampton and his guest, MFHA of United Kingdom, Lord Daresbury!!! Talk about versatility!!!
|MFHA CENTENNIAL FIELDHUNTER CHAMPIONSHIPS IN VA|
|Well, here they are.......my memories of the MFHA Centennial Fieldhunter Championships at Morven Park, Leesburg, VA held May 27, 2007. |
I qualified my homebred, wonderful horse, Debonair, on February 14, 2007 at the South Creek Hounds in Tampa, FL. The truth is, he was on his FIRST FOXHUNT in November of 2006, when I'd injured my regular foxhunter, Hunt Colors. He certainly rose to the occassion!
Only four horse/rider combinations were chosen from the entire Southeast US!! I was the only rider from Florida. A total of sixty four were qualified for the finals from all over the US and Canada! People came from as far as California for this competition!
I drove Debonair to Virginia by myself (15 hours on the road!) and was the houseguest once again, of Dr's Kent Allen and Rae Stone(his wife). They are the perfect host/hostesses!!
Rae and I schooled together and competed together. She made the final test, which I'm very proud of her for doing (especially, on her pinto!!) We had such a good time!!
When the big day came, I got up at 3:30 am!! (only went to bed at midnight!!) We had to drive forty five minutes, get checked in and pick up our numbers, get ready for the Best Turned Out Class, and be in the judging area at 7 am!!!
It was a glorious day. I competed with thirty of the best dressed foxhunters in North America...and was thrilled to TO WIN THE RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP OF BEST TURNED OUT.......photo of us with the red ribbon!!
Debonair was absolutely wonderful: walked through the crossings, waited patiently at the fences, jumped everything beautifully (except the one I got him in badly to...ugh....I couldn't be more pleased with HIM.......ME, I could SHOOT myself for blowing that fence!!
The judges still liked him enough to place us in the top ten of our division, so all in all, I really was happy. As I (jokingly) say....."If you can't ride good, at least you can look good", haha!!
Photos by Jordan Koepke........
|Claim to Fame, who has been proven in EVERY way (top comformation wins in the country, movement, performance and jumping style, temperament, and producer of winning quality foals) is a lifetime approved breeding stallion for RPSI and the AWR. You won't find a kinder, more beautiful stallion anywhere! 100% OF HIS FOALS BORN SEVERAL YEARS WERE PINTOS EVEN THOUGH HE IS NOT HOMOZYGOUS!! |
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