Sir Riccio HW
in his new home. Gloria reports, she loves him and he's the best horse
ever. They look happy together, congratulations! This one is sold, but
we have others for sale at www.HWfarm.com
A long overdue thank you... .....Hello Irene,
As my subject line indicates, this is an long overdue thank you for
guiding us through every detail of the importation process and for your
very fine eye in picking high quality, rideable, and beautiful horses.
Now that FiftyShades
HW is settled in New Jersey, I have the chance to reflect a little
and thank you properly. I call "Fifty"
my MENSA horse, as he is smartest, most sensible horse I have ever
worked with. I have never had so much fun working with a horse in my
entire riding life because his mind, temperament and sensibility creates
this. At only 3 years old, he begs for new teachings daily as he
demonstrates confidence to us that he "gets it" by showing us
with the lightest of aids the next day. He definitely tells us when he
gets bored with the exercise and that we need to change things up. We
are teaching him to walk and trot over cavelletti, asking for honest
stretch through his back, and we even started a little counter canter
too. I finally got the chance to ride him outside in a very big arena on
a windy March day and he was a superstar. He settles in new
environments, stands properly while mounting, and is the friendliest
horse on the property - whether with dogs, cats, other horses, garbage
cans. From the very beginning, you had every detail organized, and was
always one step ahead whether it was for vetting, answering my millions
of questions, or shipping. You run a truly first-rate professional
organization and I hope this testimonial finds its way to your growing
admirers and satisfied customers. I will send some training pictures
soon as the weather becomes more conducive to riding outside.
Best regards, Olivia
I will gladly do a testimonial! My only complaint is that I only have
the one horse. I would love another just like Fitz
HW! Every few days the
name changes as my executive decision making stalls. First show Houston
CDI end of April. If I was smiling after the first ride, you should have
seen me yesterday cantering around the arena, laughing all the way.
Seriously, we, the trainer and I, would love to have another just like
him. His mind is his best feature. Susan
"My first purchase of FiderStep
HW, aka "Fritz", from Irene, will not be my last. Fritz
has turned out to be everything I hoped for and more. He is everything
Irene promised, having a sound mind and body with talent on top of
everything. Irene and Jennifer are true professionals and a delight to
Fritz has been in training with me for 6 months and is ready for the
5 year old circuit this Spring. With his consistent work ethic and calm
nature, Fritz is surely going to succeed and advance at an early stage.
At 4 years old, in addition to learning shoulder-in, travers, counter
canter, and three lovely gaits, he steps right on to the trailer,
travels, clips, goes out on the trail, and is always ready to work. His
talent, confidence and willingness will surely make him a horse to watch
in the years to come."
The things that make my life complete. Have to share this very first
picture of FiftyShades
HW and his new owner, he's now at her barn, arrived in the US. She
reports the following, it brought tears of joy to my eyes: Fifty is
soooo funny. Non stop talking. Stole my glove. Stuck his tongue out at
Serge (the barn owner). And was fantastic trailering. His legs are super
clean. His energy is seeping through his stallion-like neck and he is
desperate to get out and play.
I am very happy with ShowMaster
HW. He and I are getting on very well and enjoying the daily work. I
have not changed his name officially yet, but I am calling him Sueńo.
It is easier on the tongue, and he is a dream. I am amazed that he has
not put a foot wrong. He has been on the trails of Mount Diablo and he
handles a very busy barn of 150ish horses and the attending trucks and
machinery very well. He was very well started, and Jennifer had him very
soft in the bridle and to all the aids. So we have become well aquainted
and continued in the same vein. He is growing stronger and enjoying his
work very much. It is easy for him, so I am careful not to do too much
for a 4 yr old. I love his gaits, his type, his enthusiasm for work, and
above all, his remarkable temperament. Jennifer was right, he is the
most sane and uncomplicated young horse I have ever worked with. I
couldn't be more delighted with him. I'm teased for my silly grin
whenever I am riding him. As I get him out to shows and clinics in the
new year, I will keep you informed. Again, thank you for such a lovely
Thank you again for bringing "Bling" (Brilliantly
HW, now Ballentino, barn name Bling) into my life.
We are hoping to do the FEI Five Yr old test next month at our first
show. He is just the most kind and lovable boy. All his talent is given
I took him to our big fall show to school and he was perfect, very
quiet and well behaved despite the traffic and even the airshow going on
and fighter jets flying over...it was crazy.
I have also gone to clinic on him with Henrich Johanssen and David
Both were so impressed with his balance and how far along he was in
his training and well behaved and relaxed he was away from home. David
was especially impressed and kept asking me "he is just three
coming four? or four coming five....I can't believe this!". He told
me it is very rare to see a three year old in the US as far along as he
is! So long story short, SkyHit
is a perfect boy and I am so excited to show him next year in the 4yo
Thanks for everything! Anne PS attached is a funny pic of him...he is
really the barn clown!
Love it - another happy customer, Katie bought Fine
Design HW sight unseen:
Hi Irene! Felix (Fine
Design HW) is doing really well. He is a doll in every way and so
easy to handle. It's amazing! I can't wait to take him on trail rides.
He is so sensible. Thank you for helping me own this truly special boy!
Take care, Katie
This one is sold, but we have others for sale, check them out at www.HWfarm.com
Here is a beautiful, new picture of Tiffany and her horse EhrenGold
Oh my gosh I absolutely adore Quite
Right HW! He is everything I wanted & more. Really & truly
the sweetest & most honest horse I've know. And you would not
believe the number of people that stop me at horse shows to ask me about
him & tell me how beautiful he is! I couldn't be more grateful.
Thank you for checking up on us! Maggie
FiveStar HW has been either 1st or 2nd place in all of his classes.
Mostly firsts. I believe the lowest score might be a 66 or 68%. He is
normally above 70%.
We are so proud of him. I care for him daily. Now that our show
season is mostly over, we are concentrating on me riding him. I have
been riding an I1 schoolmaster and loving it. This has kept me in the
game while FiveStar HW is growing up.
He is happy, healthy and loved by everyone. I regularly get comments,
?how did you get so lucky?? ?how did you find such a nice horse?? I was
drawn to him and I put my faith in you. It certainly paid off and I feel
so fortunate to have my dream horse! Take care, Cynthia
I know you like feed back on your horses so I wanted to let you know
how much I am enjoying SkyHit.
He has such a nice demeanor and is so well mannered. We are getting
along well and will be working hard to be ready for the USEF 4 yr old
next year. Everyone in the barn loves him and says how sweet he is and
can't believe he's just 3 years old. Even my skeptical husband (a
veterinarian), who could not believe I would buy a horse from a video is
very impressed. My girls love to brush him and sneak him treats.....I am
in heaven! Anne
I just want to let you know that I couldn’t ever again have found
such a wonderful horse. Ehren (EhrenGold
HW) is such a talented and athletic boy with an amazing mind and
incredible gaits. He learns on the first try and always does his best to
please you. He also is the ultimate love bug. I’m sure he would crawl
into my lap if he could. I love him to death and look forward everyday
to riding him. At our barn he is known as the classy gentleman.
Thanks again for finding this wonderful boy.
Sincerely, Tiffany Mahoney
I do like this picture! He (ShowMaster
HW) is making my dreams come true. He has not put a foot wrong in
the whole time he has been with me. I had an especially good ride
yesterday. We are getting to know eachother carefully, but I really
worked him through his repetoire yesterday. I've been in the sport and
business long enough to know the road is a long one, but the process
itself has always been the important thing to me. With such an
inherently lovely youngster the process will be a daily joy. That is my
dream and I'm so happy to be living it.
Thank you, Rachel
Another update on Faulkner. We attended the St Louis Area Dressage
Society (SLADS) summer festival show this past weekend. Faulkner a star!
We rode in the PSG $2500 jackpot class in front of a crowd on Saturday
night. He won the class! There were a couple of small bobbles, but
overall he performed so well. He just keeps getting better and better.
Lilo Fore awarded him a 71%! The other judge wasn't quite as in love
with him. :) I'm including a couple of pics from the performance, they
were taken by Ivy Miller. There is no jacket because it was so hot and
coats were waived. Thank you again for finding this special, special
HUGE congratulations to Amanda Bailey and her horse Faulkner
(purchased sight unseen as a 3yo, by Amanda, from www.HWfarm.com).
We are so happy and so proud of them. Here is a video from this
weekend and some comments from her: Quote - Amanda: Won the PSG Jackpot
class. The most money I have ever won. Three for three at the show.
Three wins for Faulkner.
Just wanted to give you a quick update on Shakira
HW (aka Sydney HW) and a picture of her beautiful foal "Totally
Splendid". This gorgeous and sassy filly by Totilas was born in
March and both mom and baby are doing well. I look forward to bringing
Shakira back to my barn in the fall and training her for dressage
(hopefully to follow in the footsteps of her famous brother Selten
He's finally here! My gorgeous baby made it. He is already at home.
He's the sweetest boy. Love him already xoxo
I wanted to update you on Faulkner's
(Fridolin) progress up the levels. He debuted this month at I1, and
earned our first score towards our gold medal. It is a work in progress
as he tends to get ahead of me in the changes still and there are some
other spots that need ironing out, but he is so good and earnest in his
work. He has taken to the FEI movements like a duck takes to water. He
was made to dance!
The harder the work gets, the more he tries. He is such a gift. Thank
you again for finding him for me, I am forever grateful.
Warmest wishes, Amanda
Sorry for such a delay in keeping you up to date on 'Dancer',
my wife Dawn and trainer Hillary Moses. Dancer
has been going well. He goes twice a month to visit the Hasslers at
Riveredge Farm for some additional training and has been asked to be one
of the horses/riders to be presented/worked with at the upcoming clinic
Best regards, Al (horse enabler husband) McKersie :)
Here are pics of Lover
Boy HW (Licinio SN) from the show 12-10-11 with Malinda my daughter
showing. He is a joy and growing bigger and stronger. I personally have
owned 23 horses and he is my favorite. Merry Christmas and a successful
the most amazing horse to work with and his calm, intelligent attitude
puts some of our more experienced horses to shame! He's on a light but
regular schooling schedule now and I'm planning on getting him out to
the shows next season in the four year old classes. Riding and working
with him is such a pleasure for me and I look forward to it every day.
Hope all is well with you. Take care, Shelley
My clients Jeannine & Alicia G. recently purchased Santina HW
from you and I wanted to let you know she is doing really well and we
are enjoying working with her. I think she is going to be such a
wonderful horse for Alicia and we already totally love her!
Thank you! Greta
Can you see my smile in Florida?
I rode FiveStar
HW today and can't stop smiling. He is everything you said - he was
only more! Three absolutely wonderful and powerful gaits. His
temperament is unbelievably sweet and we already have an incredible
bond. Thank you so much for finding this TOP QUALITY horse for me. It is
truly a dream come true. Cynthia
Hi Irene- > >
I thought I'd update you on how the show season is going. Luke (Skywalker
HW) has been super at the shows, although he doesn't like puddles
very much! > So far he has been scoring in the 70's at Training level
test 3 with a top score of 80%. We have even scored 2 "10"s -
both were in the canter. :) > In the end of July I decided to try to
qualify for Region 6 Championships at First Level as well. I think we
had done one First level test at that time... So far he hasn't scored
under a 68% at First level test 3 > I attached a photo from the local
series championships- we won Training level, and as you can see in the
photo he was busy making friends with the judges! > > Catherine
Hi Irene - Just wanted to update you on Fantastic
HW - she was at her first outdoor show with us today and placed 2nd
in her first class with a score of 70 and won her second class with a
score of 75 - the highest score at the show of any horse (140 entries) -
She was a star and showed like she had done it all her life! What a
wonderful horse she is! Angie
Some people enlighten our vision
~ and move our Souls to Dance.
Hi Irene, I hope all is going well there. I wanted to send a little
Faulkner update for the website.
has debuted at PSG this spring with three starts and three wins. He is
working really well and offering some awesome power while being so
rideable. It is really fun! Thank you again, and again for helping me
purchase such an amazing animal.
I'm including a couple of pictures as well.
I rode Tino (Weltino
HW) once before I left (and didn't want to leave after that) and
again yesterday.He is a wonderful horse and I thank you for all you have
done to make him possible for us. He is as you described. Very easy
going and uncomplicated. He learns quickly and both Lyn and I enjoy
riding him. Everyone loves his personality. The purchase was a
flawless transaction and you were a pleasure to work with. I
would happily provide you with a reference if you ever need one. Thanks
again and we will keep you posted! All the Best, Barbara
You have sent me the perfect horse. I've stopped waiting for him to
do something wrong! (Well, he did do some minor renovations to the
paddock fence trying to get at the grass on the other side but now he's
happily turned out in the large paddock with plenty of grass.) He's
sweet natured, smart and completely sensible. He's turned out for half
the day and is in light, regular work Monday to Friday. After I work my
advanced horse, I ride Santiago as my reward. Walk, trot, canter, he's
soft in the hand, responsive and incredibly well balanced for a
youngster. If it ever stops raining here, I'll be riding him outside
soon. In June, I'm going on a horse riding safari in Africa and as much
as I'm looking forward to the trip, I hate to leave my new pony! I was
pretty sure I'd be getting a nice horse but Santiago
has far exceeded my hopes and expectations. Thanks, again. I'll send
some photos of him under saddle when I get someone to take a few. Hope
all is well with you, Shelley
Weltino HW arrived safely and is settled in nicely.
The best part is how loveable and friendly he is. Plus he is gorgeous.
Lyn is very pleased so far and I am in love. Thank you so much Irene! We
will keep you posted. All the Best, Barbara
Hi Irene, > > Some photos of Walk
on Top! Danielle loves him to pieces and he has indeed been exquisitely
trained. Thank you for your help in acquiring him for Danielle, and
please let Tanya know he has a home for life. > > Warm Regards
Hello Irene, Just a few photos from today. Santiago
is settling in very well, eating and drinking normally and being very
good about his enforced isolation in quarantine. We've been able to get
him out to the arena for a longe twice now and after some well deserved
bucks, he was a really good boy. He's absolutely lovely to watch and has
a sweet and engaging personality to match. I couldn't be happier with
him and feel very lucky to have him in my care. Thank you so much for
making this such a positive experience! Shelley
I’m honestly so happy thank you!I just wanted to take the time to
write a brief note on my fantastic experience buying a horse ( sight
unseen!!) from Irene. I’m picky, picky and it seemed my search for the
perfect young all around prospect was going nowhere until I was referred
to Irene. I wanted flash, youth, movement plus, no vices, well started
and sane. I don’t ask for much! I came across Statesman
HW and knew he was the one from the moment I saw his video. Keeping
this short--when he arrived not only was he stunning but had a heart of
gold which to this day has won me over tenfold! He is everything and
more that I could have ever wanted! The horse is outstanding and every
word in description was to the "T". Only thing left out is
that he would far than exceed my expectations! The import process was a
breeze and I was in touch with appropriate people every step of the way.
I can’t say enough how happy I am and would and do always recommend HW
Farm to anyone looking for their dream horse! Rebecca
I would like to thank HW farms for the fantastic horse
- Fantastic HW
- She is true to her name - a beautiful horse with a wonderful mind! We
were searching for a calm, talented horse with great movement and that
is exactly what we got! We took a leap of faith in purchasing a younger
horse instead of a schoolmaster but she has been calm and sensible just
like Jennifer said she was. Jennifer and HW Farms were wonderful to deal
with - professional, organized and upfront! I am so looking forward to
developing a partnership with this wonderful horse! I would recommend HW
farms in a hoofbeat for anyone looking for a great equine partner!
We are really enjoying Dance
Away HW, he is so fancy safe and fun! This is not always the case
with a horse that can move like he does. Anja got him home and took him
for a trail ride around our bridle path at Greenville Equestrian Center,
and is riding him in our indoor and outdoor arenas like a champ. We
can't wait to get him in the show ring. He is now living in his new
stall with a 60x60 turnout paddock attached. He seems to like having all
of the extra space and the added bonus of a mini horse names Stormin
Norman in the stall adjacent. He likes our other horse Tana's Bentley as
well. I hope you enjoy the photos attached. I always like to see what
our friends are doing. Thanks for all of your help Erika .
HW was a hard decision and we are thankful that Elizabeth Ball
helped us every step of the way. From taking her to her farm in
California and training her, to telling us how nicely the buyer rode her
and how well they worked together. Beth, thank you so much for keeping
us always updated, for the many calls and e-mails you wrote to us and
all the interested people and to help us figure out the best match for
our girl. We will always be thankful and are so happy that we are able
to work that well with each other. It's amazing how our relationship
shifted from you being a customer, to a good friend and partner. Please
say hi to everybody at the farm who helped, as well as to all the
horses, especially Selten
HW, who I'm sure will miss seeing Donna's "face"!*lol The
picture shows one of many "updates" we got, loved all the text
For all who missed out on Starlight,
the new owner just sent updated pictures and said; "I'm still so
thrilled with him." What a great couple these two are, Kristin, you
both look super, thank you for staying in touch and for the pic's!
is everything and even more than what I could’ve imagined. I
personally thought I was crazy for buying a horses “sight unseen”
but you made this the easiest decision ever for me. He is everything you
said he was and so much more. I am so appreciative for your speedy
responses and answering all my questions before I bought him. I would’ve
never bought him if I didn’t have all my trust in you. I have never
bought a horse from Europe and never one that I hadn’t ever seen in
person, but buying CopyRight
HW was the easiest purchase I have ever done. I was so sure in my
decision and every day he keeps proving me right. I thank you so much
for helping me find my perfect partner. I am so excited for every day
I just wanted to thank you so much - not only for breeding the
lovely, sweet and talented filly Shakira
HW, but also for your wonderful professionalism in the whole
purchasing transaction. From setting up the vetting, to totally
organizing the transportation – I hardly had to lift a finger. You
kept me posted on everything throughout. I can’t say enough. It was
wonderful doing business with you. Shakira HW arrived to the west coast
all the way from Florida in excellent condition. She has been the
sweetest and easiest 2 year old I have ever worked with. She is
everything you said she was and more. I feel very fortunate to have her,
and hope she may follow in her full-brother Selten
HW footsteps. Thanks again. Carol
For sure you are a master picking these horses and in breeding
them...you've definitely got a gift and I knew that right away.
Everything you said about Sundance
HW couldn't have been more true....he is a most special gentleman
who is so fun and wonderful I couldn't have asked for a more special one
to come into my life and I've waited a long time to find him. I felt
that you were extremely honest and up front about everything and it was
so refreshing how organized you were!! He already had current x-rays and
everything was so in order it happened with a snap and I knew I could
absolutely count on you once the ball was rolling. This isn't
necessarily a testimonial but I definitely wanted to follow up with you
and show my appreciation as soon as I could even if in my mind it's
messy writing...I will write more...Cheers Cricket
Thought you'd like to know I showed Royal
HW today and we got the high score of the day for the AA division!
The judge's comment was WONDERFUL horse. Pat
Thank you so much for bringing Starlight
and I together! I've bought horses in Germany and the U.S. and I can say
that this has been the BEST experience I've ever had buying a
horse. You were tremendously straightforward and responsive to work with
which made buying him a breeze. My trainer and I agreed today that the
"leap of faith" of buying a 3-year-old Grand-Prix prospect
over the internet landed me the perfect horse! He has a lovely
temperament, is VERY well-behaved under saddle and drop-dead gorgeous.
It would have cost me thousands just to go looking for a horse like him.
I will DEFINITELY come to HW Farms FIRST the next time I'm looking for a
horse and I STRONGLY recommend HW Farms to anyone seriously looking for
a dressage partner at any level. Irene - you ROCK!!
This e-mail just arrived from FRANCE!!! So yes, we are
Just a short mail to tell you that Sammy (Special
Edition) has done his first show with me. He has win his 2 tests (FEI
YOUNG HORSE Preliminary and Final Dressage Test for 5-year old horses)
with the great note of 75,4 %!! I m very happy with him, he is a very
very very lovely horse. Normally ( If our next two competitions are so
good...) we should participate to the international dressage show of
Vierzon. Fingers crossed!! I send you 2 pictures of us during the test.
Have a good day, chat latter Sandrine
When I asked the question of a respected good friend, should I breed a
horse and/or buy a young sales prospect? The answer became clear. You
have the facility, the knowledge, the trainer and the desire, so
"go for it, do both. " If I was "going for it," I
wanted to find a proven top mare and a youngster with great bloodlines.
I finalized a deal to purchase Quickstep
HW from Irene Wiederhold of HW Farm in Florida. This young colt had
exactly the bloodlines I was looking for, Quarterback
HW had such grace and presence as a foal, I can only imagine what
his future holds. I attended the 2009 Young Horse Dressage Championship
at Lamplight in Illinois and was taken by the five year old Selten
HW. The charisma and gaits on this young horse were breathtaking.
While watching Selten
HW win the Five Year Old Dressage Championship, I learned he was
also the winner of the 2008 Four Year Old Dressage Championship the year
before. One can only imagine how far this bright young star will go. I
knew Selten HW
was out of Irene's top mare SPS
High Princess HW but did not know she was for sale. Two weeks after
the championship the transport brought two additions to Hickory Hill, Quickstep
HW and SPS
High Princess HW. Purchasing two horses sight unseen (I did see a
video) was a bit of a risk but HW Farm and Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold's reputation is one to be envied. Both
horses were beyond what I could have wished for.SPS
High Princess HW will be bred to the Grand Prix stallion, Rubignon,
in the spring of 2010. Quickstep
HW has not disappointed us in any way. He is a very elegant and
powerful colt. He has shown a great mind and a willingness to please. I
am living my dream. I am committed to offering top quality youngsters
for the future. - Judi
is the sweetest horse ever with a heart of gold.
He tries his heart out for me. He is ridden by me, an adult amateur,
so he is only shown at training level so far. My trainer, Catherine, is
working on second level stuff with him. He is athletic and talented. I
think he'll move up the levels fast and take me with him!
Thanks Irene for finding my equine soul mate! I'll keep
you informed about our progress over time :)
Hannahlea HW) is doing fabulous. She is really coming along. I adore
her. Aron is
actually really great. We have made huge progress with him and he did
his first show in Florida 2 weeks ago. He placed in quite a bit in the
Jr./Sr. Division. My daughter is really loving him.
From Jill’s website: Ramina
HW is my mare who I got for ME to ride. I am only breeding her this
one year so she will be
officially an Elite Mare. It drove me nuts watching my magnificent
riding horse out in the pasture
looking like she swallowed a bus. So now that she has produced the
required foal, don't look for
any more babies from Ms. EM
Ramina HW until the year 2033. Until then she will be busy with me
we continue our quest for the perfect 20 meter circle.
Below, she shows off with that aforementioned 'bus' born spring 2008:
Isn't she GORGEOUS?!!!! And she is a DREAM to ride. Huge gaits. WOW,
we cover a LOT
of ground (but she is NOT 'rushy'). Spirited, but not looney. Has her
own opinion, but is very
proud of herself when she is a good girl. Loves attention, and likes to
Did I mention that I LOVE to ride this mare?
e-mail from Paris (France):
Hello Irene and Tanja,
Everything is fantastic with Sammy
(Special Edition). He is on form and very excited by his new
environment. He has already well understood that I was going to be his
" new mom "; when my horse Kassander demands carrots by
calling me, Sammy
(Special Edition) also makes the same.
He is really beautiful. Last weekend, I quite spent time with him in
stables to spoil him. I have bought from him a very beautiful net in its
size and some affairs for him which missed me.
We had our first particular lesson with Marina on Friday and Saturday.
He has worked very well. On Sunday I went in forest with him to walk. On
Monday and Tuesday are his days off when he goes to the meadow.
I am very happy and I plan well to send you regularly news and photos.
Thanks for all Best regards Sandrine and Sammy
I love my new horse!! After a frustrating 2 years of looking for the
perfect horse, I came across Real
Love (I am calling him Ralli) on your website. He looked quite nice,
but I have learned that videos can sometimes give misleading
representations. After talking to you at length about the types of
horses you select for sale, I felt reassured about the quality. I called
many of your former buyers and was further reassured by glowing
endorsements from everyone. Even though I still had some hesitation
about buying a horse unseen, I realized I had no luck finding anything
suitable over the past two years. I have had Real
Love now for 3 weeks and he is even better than I dared hope. He is
quiet, sensible, and very well mannered, both on the ground and under
saddle-especially for a four year old. His temperament is excellent and
commented on by my trainer and everyone who sees him. And, his gaits
are, again, even better that I expected. I could not be happier with my
decision and when I am again looking for a horse, I will call you
Thanks again, Suzan
I have to say that this experience of buying a horse from Europe has
been a first for me. Not only from Europe, but sight unseen other than
the beautiful videos on HW Farm's website. It was so nice being able to
see a horse videoed properly without the jiggling, bad positioning and
erratic lighting. Irene made this transaction a pleasure. Her help was
incredible, not a question unanswered or help when needed not addressed.
Now as far as my new horse, Ralli
B, what can I say, but WOW! He's everything I hoped and more! Not
only is he gorgeous but has great manners, has been well trained, and is
an absolute pleasure to be around, let alone own. My trainer who has
been looking for a horse for me was also greatly impressed with him (and
Irene). We look forward to great times together and will keep you
updated on our progress. Thank you ever so much for bringing such joy to
Hello! I'm not interested in buying a horse, but I did want to
compliment you on your most wonderful website. The videos of your horses
are absolutely breathtaking. I added your website to my favorites and
will be checking back often just to "ooh and ahh" at your
work! I myself am a QH/Paint type of gal, but after seeing your
Warmbloods in action...I might have to switch "brands"
sometime! You are to be commended for following what is obviously a true
passion. Thank you for sharing your horses and what you do. I will have
lots of fun viewing in the future I'm sure.
Good Luck and
Christmas arrived early at Hickory Hill! My feet have not yet touched
the ground. When Quickstep
HW and SPS
High Princess came off the transport it took my breath away. I must
say purchasing two horses sight unseen also took my husbands breath
away. I had to assure him that the quality of horses you represent are
known to be top in the country. He is now a believer! I was sold on Quickstep
HW after seeing his video and talking with you. What a great young
prospect. After watching the five year old Selten
HW win the Young Horse Championship I knew I had to have his mother.
Princess is absolutely stunning. Selten
HW is a carbon copy of his mother. Her gaits and presence are
spectacular. She certainly has kept her figure through all those
pregnancies. The arrangement of Mr. Book for transport and Dr. Hudson
for vetting was greatly appreciated. Mr. Book kept in touch throughout
the trip. The horses were not stressed and looked happy upon arrival.
The whole process from sales agreement, to bank transfer, to vet
contact, to shipping was done so efficiently. I cannot believe my two
purchases are already standing in my barn. You made this process
pleasant and easy. I thank you. Irene, you are known as one of the greatest contributors to setting
the standard of quality through breeding and importing young prospects
we need in the United States. Our future is now and it looks bright.
Thanks for everything. Judi
Thanks for your congratulations about the Championships! Hudson
gave his all, he could not have been more cooperative. I have some
pictures coming from Mary Phelps and will e-mail one to you as soon as I
receive them. Hudson was a joy
to ride and he handled all of the pressure and atmosphere like a
professional. He has learned so much about horse show life in a few short weeks.
Hard to believe that he just arrived 12 weeks ago from Germany. We are
looking forward to the 6 year old test next year! Big congratulations to you for Selten
HW!!! I saw Judi at the Finals and they are very excited about Quickstep
Have a wonderful day! Nancy
Dhalia (former Daliah
HW) is doing very well - we've been working on collection and she is
a total natural at the flying change. I'm really having a blast with
her. She is a quick study and learns everything usually on the first
try, and then tries so hard to do it right again and again! I just love
I bought "Danny"
last August, when he arrived in the US from Germany! I have him in
training in Maryland - and he is a fantastic boy, just as you described
in your ad.
Thank you! Sincerely, Hewan
HW is doing very well. He is in 'half training' with my trainer, and
I ride him 3 times a week. We are progressing well! I have decided not
to show him until next season as I want to hit the show circuit with a
bang! I have been showing my little Haflinger this year. My Haflinger
and I got high
point of the day at a local show! Picasso is training at second level or
so. He is very sweet, willing and talented! I was going to have my
trainer show him, but that would require I have him live with her and
have him in full training. I LOVE having him at home and I trailer him
in 3 times a week for training and my lesson. I am so very happy with
him. He is perfect for me. He is very bonded to me and really trusts me.
I guess what I am trying to say is that he is very special and I am
thrilled with him.
Thank you, thank you! Wendi
Good morning Irene,
continues to show what a wonderful horse he is. He has qualified for the
5 year old division of the Young Horse championships in August. He only
had 2 shows to get qualified since he arrived just 8 weeks ago but he
did it. His scores have improved each time out. Last weekend he had an
8.14, his best so far. He is such a team player and is getting seasoned
very quickly. Of course he has a big fan club already. The best comment
so far from a spectator is, " I am dehydrated from drooling over
I look forward to his continued improvement in the next few weeks and
feel that he will hit his full stride just in time for the
championships. His stable mate, Royal Waltz, will also be competing in
the 6 year old division. Please let his former owner and rider know that
he is making quite an impression and has a wonderful home here in the
Have a wonderful day! Nancy
Rising Sun (Rivita)
and I won the Usdf silver medal!!!
Good morning Irene,
Thanks for asking about Hudson!
He has adjusted very well and I took him to his first show this past
weekend. He was entered in the FEI test for 5 yr olds and placed 2nd in
the Preliminary and 1st in the Final with a 7.5. They loved his gaits.
He is a bit of a tourist, the world is so new for him, he wants to see
everything all at once. He was very well behaved, lovely character, easy
to handle, he just needs more competition experience. He will go to one
more show in 3 weeks and if he qualifies, to the Young Horse
Championships in August.
He has a fan club already for his elegant way of going and lovely
temperament. I am enjoying watching him learn about the world. Will keep
you posted on his progress!
Hope all is well with you, Nancy
I am just writing to tell you that I saw the short video of your horse (Lover
Boy HW) for sale and that is such a fantastic looking horse, the
video was fun and the best I have seen in a long time, the price is
reasonable for his bone and gaits.
Unfortunately, I can't buy at this time but keep me on your mailing
list. I just wanted you to know that I don't see many fun looking horses
on these websites but yours looks like he is.
Thought you'd like to know that Royal
went to his first show this week-end as a non-compete horse and he was a
very good boy. I thought he'd be overwhelmed by the atmosphere but he
was a trooper. Good horse!!!!!!
I am very appreciative of all your help!
I would encourage anyone to contact you when looking for a horse, and
hope to do business with you in the future.
Just wanted you to know that Solitaire
HW went to his fist show (recognized) in
recently. He received two 75 percents and won both of his classes at
training level. The weather was terribly stormy and right after one of
the classes, they stopped the show because of lightening. He was a
wonderful boy receiving 8's on gaits and getting comments like
"three very good gaits for dressage". He also received the
high point Westphalian horse award. And he is only four just now. Thanks
again for selling me such a talented and sane young horse. Take care.
Charming) continues to be awesome, we are working on our first I1
freestyle we hope to debut in May.I have a really good group of horses
right now that are keeping me very busy!
I have to tell you how nice it is to work with a true professional, who
represents the horses you sell to be exactly what you say. Weltprinz HW is
truly amazing! I have to keep reminding myself he is only just 3. I am
truly blessed to have such a wonderful young horse. He is a pleasure to
ride!! Very smart and sensible. I am greeted each morning with a loud
nicker .I dare not get side tracked on the way to his stall as he just
gets louder. He is the horse I have been waiting for ,and I thank you
for finding him and sending him my way. Look for us in the young horse
Daydream HW is
wonderful! She's quite a character and has definitely declared herself
queen of the farm! :) We had ran her in the Oldenburg/ NA inspection her
in August, where she was high scoring mare of the inspection. We
received an additional award for her not too long ago that she is also
Reserve Champion High Score mare for the west coast! We're trying to
find an embryo transfer mare for her so we can start getting a few
babies from her this year or next.
We unfortunately decided not to go to California this year. With
everything up in the air with the economy, and now the new house, we
just couldn't get away. She is going to her first schooling show this
Sunday though. She is coming along so well, and is just fun to work
with!! I know I keep saying this, but I still feel lucky she's ours!! :)
Hope everything is going well!!
This past Sunday I took Dhalia (aka Dahlia
HW) out to her first public clinic. My husband tried to take
pictures, but none came out very good. There were quite a few people
there and it was a busy place, but her temperament is fantastic - she
was a little backed off but tried her heart out for me. Even when
snow fell of the metal roof (a horrendous sound!) she just jumped a
little and kept on trying. I couldn't be more thrilled with her!
She is very easy and trainable and I feel like it will be no time to
bring her along. I really feel like the icing on the cake is that she
has beautiful gaits and is pretty - the best part about her is the
rideability and temperament - something as I get older I really
Can you tell I just LOVE her?!! :)
Hope all is well down there with you and your family and ponies!
HW aka Baby O was super fantastic with Steffen Peters. Steffen
rode him and loved him – with a sweet smile he said “he’s quite
nice”. I rode him afterward and I just continue to be amazed by
this absolutely unbelievable horse. He’s so much more than I
ever thought he would be! Thanks again. Linda
Hi Irene - If you had told me 6 months ago that I would buy a horse off
the Internet sight unseen, I would have said you were crazy. But with
your help, it was not only possible, it was a great experience. You
helped me feel comfortable about asking for the information my trainer,
vet and I needed to make an informed decision about this purchase.
Thank you so much for making this possible!
From the moment "First
Friend" (we now call him Frankie) arrived, I was smitten. When
we arrived to pick him up at the airport quarantine, we heard from the
staff how impressed they were with him - tall dark, and handsome. Then
when they brought him out, my trainer, Peggy Klump's, first comment was
"he's absolutely stunning". He looked around a bit and then
got right into the trailer. He took it all in stride. Since then,
Frankie has been an absolute joy to be around. He is incredibly sweet
and easy to work with and has made many new friends - both humans and
horses! He has obviously been treated well throughout his life, and I
credit his previous owners with raising a wonderfully loving boy.
Frankie also has terrific gaits, a very even temperment, and is
learning very quicky. I am really looking forward to riding him this
summer. I'll definitely keep you posted on his progress.
Irene, thank you so much again for making this purchase possible!
Take care, Jennifer
In the last two and one half months I made two trips to Holland in an
attempt to find a replacement for my lovely 7 y.o. gelding who has been
seriously injured. On each trip I found one horse and brought home the
x-rays for my vet to inspect. Even tho the horses "passed" the
Dutch vetting, the U.S. vets said, "no way!" Of course the
trips were exhausting, expensive and time-consuming.
I was excited to see Royal
HW on the internet, especially since he had just been imported a
week prior to my seeing his ad and U.S. vets had seen his x-rays and
approved. He was in Florida and so was my trainer, so I asked her to go
and take a look at him for me. My trainer liked him, Irene and her
husband were kind enough to drive him to the east coast of Fla. so my
vet could pre-purchase him, and I bought him sight unseen!
A short time later I flew to Fla. to see Royal
HW. He is adorable and so sweet. He is only three but he is so sane.
He has yet to put a foot out of place and is very easy to work around.
I had a very good experience with Irene. The horse was 'as
advertised' and the purchase went extremely smoothly. I especially liked
the fact that she has U.S. vets look at the x-rays of the horses she
imports. That way, one does not have to waste their time like I did,
shopping in Europe, only to find the horse will not pass the
Wish I had seen the ad sooner! Pat
just delivered Jan Ebeling
to the airport! Wow - what a fantastic weekend - exhausting but a
really good exhausting. I just couldn't wait to tell you Jan's
comments about Baby O (Stepmaster
HW)! I asked Jan to ride him to "get the feel of
him". Of course, Jan agreed. It was unbelievable to see
Baby O with Jan on him. So amazing. When Jan was done he
said "what a fantastic young horse" "great gaits,
fantastic looking and a super brain! I really really like him!"
Then of course he had to know all he details of his breeding and of
course you! The second day, Jan rode him again and it was even
more amazing. He worked on basics, forward going, trot and canter
and then cantered into the corner and popped the most amazing flying
change! Totally balanced, clean, through and just like he'd done
them a thousand times! Jan said "what a smart horse".
Of course, I was beyond thrilled and Jan said the best thing to
me "with your level of riding and this amazing horse, this is a
perfect match! You are going to do really really well with this
So I'm thanking you once again and I am euphoric. The horse
is just simply perfect and amazing
I had a great time at the horse show. Stepmaster
HW was just so awesome, walked around looking at everything and
didn't put a foot wrong. I lunged him the first day and then just rode
him around the property the next. I didn't show him, it was just to go
see how he behaves away from home and guess what - he's the same! We had
3 other horses n the trailer and I let Step stay in he last space which
is about 1 1/2 spaces so he's much more comfortable in hat stall. He
didn't like his 3 buddies leaving him so when I went to get him last and
load him up he got to the ramp and jumped (in good form) into the
trailer to go home! It was so cute -he didn't want to be left behind.
Also, we are bringing Jan Ebeling in for clinics and he checked him
out and thought he was outstanding. Lots of the people at the show kept
looking at Step and then would casually ask if I had a new horse! DA!!
They were all very impressed. Steffen Peters is coming in for a clinic
with Dawna, my trainer and my 2 horses. Actually Steffen likes to come
to Las Vegas so he flies in in the morning does 5 rides and goes to
enjoy LV and comes to the barn in the am and does 5 more and flies home
that afternoon. So he scoped out Step and was very excited about him, he
watched him being lunged and all. So it was a success in that he is just
so level headed a real pleasure to be around.
Take care and talk to you soon, Linda
Irene, Just reporting in on Solitaire
HW that I purchased from you a few weeks back. He is only 3 and has
the most fabulous temperament. I could not have asked for anything
nicer. I have been out of riding for around 9 years and getting back in
to it is a little tough, but it makes it so much nicer to work with a
horse with a good brain. I don't like spooky or silly horses and
Solitaire is wonderfully sane. We went out on our first trail ride
around the farm and he was a good boy. He is also sweet to my old grand
prix horse who is 22 years old. Thanks for your help and hopefully I can
meet you sometime when I come to Florida. I plan on bringing him this
spring for some lessons and maybe some shows. Take care, Lisa
PS. Thanks to Amanda Bailey for her help as well.
thank you so much for being at our first show. Sunny
was a star. He got the highest score of the day, 71%, and 65% in his
second test. Two blue ribbons our first time out and before a very well
respected Judge in Joan Humphrey. I so appreciate you and Vivienne being
there for me. You have been so supportive of our progress.
Your help is inmeasurable (if that is a word). Holly
Hannah is absolutely lovely and a joy to ride. Mare performance
test was indoor but Amanda graciously rode her for me in the outdoor
where she is even more gorgeous in the full sunlight. It was a
pleasure to meet one of your super stars in person.
HW - Champion Mare
AHS Inspections - Woodridge
October 8 scoring 8.5 Rideability on her Mare Performance Test.
Hannahlea is available for purchase. "It's a joy to ride
Hope you are doing well! Riccie
is fabulous, he is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the Amateur
Owner 18-35 hunter division. This year he has qualified for all of the
big national horse shows, Devon, PA National, Washington, and the
Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament! He is such a good boy and
has been Champion or Reserve at most of my horse shows this year. I
still cant believe he is only 6 years old, most of the horses he is
competing against are a bit older and have been competing at this level
for a couple of years. For his first year at this level he could not be
doing any better, he has such a great brain and takes great care of me!
I will send some pics soon! Also, I love Hannahlea
HW, she is so nice!!
Talk with you soon! Joelle
I just wanted to let you know that I got a wonderful surprise
yesterday. I found out that Faulkner
was Third Level Open Champion of the Kentucky show that he attended a
couple of weeks ago. It was his first time to show in a year, and his
first time at this Level. I just wanted to take this time to thank-you
once again for finding me such an amazing horse who is well on his way
to being the FEI horse of my dreams!
Jack HW) is going so well, huge powerful canter, walk and trot. He
is sweet, calm and adorable. He has been in full training
with Sybille, but I also ride him a few times a week. He is really
turning into the "fancy/family horse" I wanted -- he
just loves my kids.
Thanks for your help.
Hi, Irene, HUGE congratulations on Selten
HW's success this weekend! I am so happy for you! In the mean time, Ramina
and I continue to have so much fun together. She is quite a girl!
Hi, Irene, congratulations on Selten
HW - wow what a horse! You should be very proud.
Thought I'd let you know that my vet was here last Friday
and went over Stepmaster
HW. He was thoroughly impressed by the horse. Really
liked him alot. We trotted him, flexed him and I haven't seen my
vet with a smile on is face on a flexion in a while! In fast,
usually the opposite. But anyway, he and his business partner also
saw him are thinking you have some good investment horses - so you may
have picked up another client.
I had hind shoes put on Stepmaster's
front and hind feet. His hind feet were chipping out and we were
afraid that we would be in position where it would become more difficult
to put shoes on, so we went ahead and put shoes on his hind feet and the
farrier did quite a good job. The shoer said "that is the
nicest four year old I've seen in a very long while!" So all
is well, his feed program is in place with our vet and he is happy and
looking good. Congratulations again on Selten.