When Planets Align
- HWfarm Makes Another Great Match Sight Unseen!
For me, the planets don’t align; signs don’t manifest to guide
me; and I definitely don’t believe in love at first sight. That being
said, read the following testimonial and know that I am a changed girl!
Sign #1 - I opened Facebook at an odd time of day for me and Forbes
HW was at the very top of my news feed. Sign #2 - I did something I
never do unless I am actively looking for a horse, I watched the video.
Sign #3 - I did yet another thing I never do, I commented on how this
special horse was exactly my type.
With that comment, the planetary alignment began. Irene Wiederhold of
HWfarm, who is a long time friend of mine, promptly texted me to ask if
I was serious. Suddenly, I was. Within just a few days, I had committed
to purchase Forbes
HW. The entire process was a breeze. If there was a
question, Irene was on it. I had pictures, contracts, x-rays, blood
work, and shipping information all within minutes of any discussion.
Then, a hiccup. An unfortunate set of circumstances forced me to call
Irene to request that Forbes HW stay in Germany a bit longer. Again,
with efficiency akin to no other, Irene organized his stay in Germany
and his new shipping date. All the while, I received updates that were
unsolicited by me (although I wanted them, I didn’t want to be a
pest). It was just a kindness from Irene.
Finally, Forbes HW was on a plane. Lucky for me, I live in Florida. I
was able to have him shipped to Miami (planets re-aligning here...we
were worried it was getting too hot, but we had a little cold snap), and
I got to pick him up right out of quarantine.
It was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. He marched bravely out of quarantine and
stepped right on to my trailer.
Clooney HW - 2012 Westphalian gelding
by Christ available from HWfarm. Click photo for more information
Since his arrival, Forbes HW has been a rock star. He is everything
he was promised to be and then some. Lovely gaits...check! Beautiful
conformation...check! Comfortable to sit...check! Wonderfully
started...check! A gentleman in the barn...check! I am looking forward
to further developing my relationship with this wonderful horse.
Hopefully, he will follow in the footsteps of his amazing heritage. I
could easily write 50 more pages gushing about my new boy. I’ll
probably be able to write 100 pages a year from now! Bottom line, Irene
knows her horses and provides exemplary customer service. Looking for a
horse? HWfarm has
a very well deserved positive reputation with plenty of success stories.
Start here...you may very well end here.
HWfarm's U.S. Bred Selten HW Makes Olympic Journey to
HWfarm - where the Olympics meet happy customers!
Selten HW, bred by Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold of HWfarm is American bred and raised and now he
is proudly qualified for the Rio Olympic Games! Selten HW started out his
huge career, at just 2-years-old, at the prestigious Dressage at Devon
show winning the titles of Reserve Grand Champion of Dressage at Devon,
the USDF Breeders Champion award for colts and geldings, Champion of the
2-year-old class, best Born in the USA and High Point Hanoverian!
Selten HW, bred by HWfarm, is headed to
the Rio Olympic Games with Anders Dahl representing Denmark. (Photo: Rui
At just 3-years-old, he was named Oldenburg Champion stallion. From
there Selten HW sold to Pan Am rider Elizabeth Ball where he got the start
on his huge journey and to get prepared for his international future.
Selten HW began an historic achievement in 2008 by winning the 4-year-old
Young Horse Championships with Michael Bragdell in the saddle and then
wrapped up the Triple Crown accomplishment after winning both the 5 and
6-year-old Young Horse Championships (2009/2010), with his owner/rider,
Elizabeth Ball in the saddle.
Selten HW and Anders Dahl (Photo: Rui
The only horse in the history and up to today, who won it 3 times in a
row, an unmatched series of victories then and he kept them coming.
He was sold for Euro 500,000, being the highest price horse up to day,
at the Elite Auction in the Netherlands, luckily being purchased by no
other, than his current rider Anders Dahl (Danish Olympic team member),
husband of Fiona Bigwood (Olympic team member UK). With his new partner,
Selten HW was undefeated in 2014 with scores even up in the 80’s in
Spain. At their debut at Intermediare-I, Selten HW went undefeated,
winning 4 out of 4 classes, with spectacular comments from the judges in
Spain including: "New star on the horizon", "what a
horse", "remarkable horse" and so on.
He continued his victories in the UK and by the end of the year,
competed against Woodlander Farouche and earned the title Horse Of The
HWfarms Selten HW performing with rider
Andres Dahl (Photo: Rui Pedro Godinho)
Wow - you think that would be phenomenal already, Anders Dahl says: “He’s
the best horse I’ve ever sat on, with so much power and capacity, he can
Yes, well said Anders! Now, in 2016, the pair is qualified to go to the
Rio Olympics, what a milestone. We wish them all the best, can’t wait
what the future will hold!!!
In addition to have bred this sensational, international wonder horse,
HWfarm continues to have happy customers and to sell horses worldwide.
Here is one of the many success stories, that can be found under
testimonials on www.HWfarm.com - just one of many, enjoy and get in
contact with www.HWfarm.com to secure your next super horse!
HWfarm Horses Keep Breaking Records and Collecting
Victories World Wide!
HWfarm is a name synonymous with quality and in the tradition of
classic German breeding practice, HWfarm's horses continue to excel in
modern equine sport world wide. International victories keep coming from
Selten HW (bred by
Hoeflich-Wiederhold), he was out and about to win his first time out
at Intermediare I, as well as his first outing in Grand Prix in the UK. Selten
HW’s Grand Pix debut with a 75.05% was a big attraction and Linda
Whetstone, judging on the three quarter line, commented “The horse's
expression, paces and way of going are of star quality.” and Sally
Merrison added “It’s a privilege to judge them and the partnership
between horse and rider is lovely to see”! Anders
Dahl and his partner keep dancing their way to victory and Anders
reports that Selten HW
is probably the best horse he has ever had and ridden. The pair has
become quite an amazing team and are definitely a team to watch as they
continue to dominate on the European Dressage circuit.
HW and Denmark's Anders
Dahl, warming up at the horse show.
Here in the States, Selten
HW’s younger full brother SkyWalker
HW, also bred by Irene, has made his way up the levels as well, now
the proud owner of an Intermediare I Championship title, with his owner Catherine
Reid, scoring as high as 72.7%! At the Golden State Dressage
Festival in California, the High Point of the entire show, a 82.2%, went
to Sir Niro HW,
aka Sotto Voce, with Jennifer
Schrader-Williams in the saddle. The pair also won the FEI
5-year-old class, with a score of 8.2, making owner Heidi
Schneller-Cook very proud, she says "He is a Diamond! One very
special horse! Thank you Irene!!". There were other www.HWfarm.com
horses as well and they did fantastic, winning their classes, collecting
ribbons, scoring beautifully. ShowMaster
HW, aka Sueño Hit, won both Developing Prix St Georges classes
scoring over 70%, owned by Rachel
Saavedra Dressage. El
Capitano HW, now known as Elysian or Ely, placed 3rd at FEI Prix St
Georges and 5th at his first outing in the FEI Intermediate I, owned by Tracey
Lert and Sugarland
HW, winning two 4th level classes and placing 4th at Developing Prix
St Georges, owned by Lynn Welge.
Regularly updated show results and more info can be found on several
pages of the News
Flash section at www.HWfarm.com.
You can also find several pages of Testimonials
from owners and trainers that are thrilled with their partners purchased
A 5 star review of HWfarm was given by Carol
McPhee, her Fendi
HW won both of his classes, first time out, shortly after import and
she wrote: "5 stars for Irene and her team in Germany. They deserve
the highest regards to their breeding, raising, training and selling
amazing horses. Purchasing a horse of their value sight unseen was a bit
skeptical but once the process started I was immediately at ease. Irene
provided complete medical records for my vet to review and history of Fendi
HW to allow me to make the best decision ever to purchase him. Irene
kept me up to date on his complete travels from Germany into the US. She
has continued to keep in contact with me and Fendi
HW and has been there for me 24/7, literally, to answer any
questions I have had. Fendi
HW is everything and more than they advertised. His elegance and
fanciness is a product of such professional and successful training from
Irene's team in Germany. I will not hesitate to make my 2nd purchase
from HW Farm and highly recommend anyone that wants the full package
(select bloodlines, elegant correct confirmations, sane well-mannered
dispositions, and stellar training) to purchase one of their beautiful
horses sight unseen. Keep up the great work Irene and thank you for Fendi
HW. He is loved to eternity and back."
More and more HW horses are present in the US and all over the world.
Smith just welcomed her 3rd HW horse, Lord
Lennox HW and he is a welcomed addition to the wonderful Damon’s
Design HW and Hudson
HW! They winter in Florida right now and she reports, the horses are
her true loves and they make all her dreams come true.
Lennox HW and Nancy
There are too many HW horses, victories and ribbons to count and name
them all - right now, but another great impression came from Fifty
Shades HW, competing successfully at 4th level, also known as
Finley, who is wonderfully ridden by Janine
Little, owned by Shawneen
Jacobs, scoring 9’s and 10’s already. Festival
HW, loved by Donna
Gatchell and his owner Karen
Kerchner Baillie, is already successfully competing at 4th level and
continues to collect an amazing amount of ribbons again, and like every
show, year after year, more victories, championships and more. They
write "HW horses are the best and thank you for this wonderful
Dr. Amanda Apesos says, "Bentley
HW won the USDF Region 7 Training level Adult Amateur championship
class and he is the horse of her lifetime". This is what www.HWfarm.com
stands for - happy horses, happy customers! Success all around, due to
very careful selections and breeding, consequent handling, training and
hard work, over many years of raising and bringing these kids along for
their new mommies and daddies.
HWfarm Produces Happy Horses and Clients Worldwide!
Happy customers and horses, are just some of the main goals for Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold of HWfarm. To find, or breed and raise these fancy
but vulnerable creatures, is not only a 24/7 job, it’s a lifestyle.
With every new young stallion and everything that’s trendy, US riders
often get their information via friends or the internet about an up and
coming stallion (also older stallions) and what they produce, but this
does not often mirror what the truth at the licensing and keurings
holds. It’s truly important, to have the right information, to know
what to breed and what to buy, to have the basic foundation to build on,
for a future, successful and rideable sport horse, that is supposed to
be fun for his rider. Also keep in mind, that “even professionals”
prefer a good brain and rideable horse, which only makes sense. We see a
new trend for the fancy, often "hotter" bloodlines being
introduced more and more into Germany to mix up the good old German
bloodlines and foundations. Take it with a grain of salt and a lot of
thought, that adding that kind of “fancy” also means, that the
average US rider, and even the average European rider, might not be able
to ride this kind of horse, let alone compete with it.
Clooney HW, black Westphalian
gelding, by Christ/Ferragamo,
born in 2012, standing approximately 167 cm or 16.1 hands.
Time will tell and people will learn that it is usually a good idea
to stick to the roots. There is nothing more proven and more reliable
than the good old German Warmblood. Whether it be Hanoverian, Rhineland,
Westphalian or Oldenburg, the old proven lines, with super strong mare
lines are usually the way to go. These mare lines are often not found on
the internet, thus hard to track for US riders, as the internet is not
nearly as common in Germany as it is in the US. Only a lot of footwork
like going to stallion shows, mare shows, foal shows, licensing,
keurings and more, as well as connections and the inside knowledge what
mares have produced in the past, including licensed stallions and other
successful offspring, can truly tell, what’s going on. Luckily for
HWfarm, we have the knowledge and team to keep us on our toes, always
informed and making smart decisions for the future, it’s also a main
ingredient of the many years of our success. With this knowledge, many
victories and new goals have been reached, making history and achieving
the near impossible, including but not limited to: 3 consecutive years
Young Horse Champion titles, Triple Crown and Horse of the Year title,
as well as many top ranking horses all over the world.
Fine Magic HW, bay Westphalian
gelding, by Fineliner/
born in 2011, standing approximately 169 cm or 16.2 hands.
Our horses are selected or bred, with the strict goal to make their
future owner as happy as possible! Only when all criteria is fulfilled,
we will then put the time and effort into the prospect, putting in
several years of raising and training, with correct feed, turnout,
socialization, consistent and quality farrier work from foal age on, hot
walker, pasture time and more. It takes a village to raise a child, it
also takes a “village” to consistently produce/find and offer the
finest and most willing riding horses ever. HWfarm has a stellar
reputation with pages and pages of testimonials and newsflash sites, go
check them out and also check out the many sold pages, you might
recognize the one or other sold horse, his/her rider/trainer and/or
owner. With the success of HWfarm's program, it is a common occurrence
that horses usually sell site unseen! If you are looking for your next
dream horse, please contact Irene at Irene@HWfarm.com and she will be
happy to help.
Walk On Top II HW, chestnut Hanoverian
gelding by Wolkentanz
born 2009, standing approximately 172 cm or 16.3 hands.
USDF Connection publishes the following article:
“Behind The Scenes: Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold, HorseSales LLC”
USDF Connection April 2015
United States Dressage
A short interview with a breeder and seller.
HW Farms Horses Continue to Excel Worldwide!
Every year, U.S. breeder Irene Wiederhold of Horses Worldwide
(HWfarm) in Cape Coral, FL. uses her special touch to help every type of
rider, from amateurs to professionals, find that perfect partner to take
them to the top of their game! With so many satisfied clients, Irene is
fortunate to hear often from owners about the great successes and
accomplishments of the horses that she has carefully raised and
imported. HWfarm horses just keep collecting the ribbons, results and
victories to accomplish record breaking results. With so many to name,
it is without a doubt, that one of the biggest accomplishments was
achieved by three times Young Horse Champion Selten HW, bred in the
U.S., by HWfarm. Ridden by Anders Dahl, Selten HW was named HORSE OF THE
YEAR, in the battle of the unbeatables.
Selten HW pictured with breeder Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold Winner of the Markel/USEF National Six-Year-Old
Young Dressage Horse Championship (Photo Fire and Earth Photography)
A truly exciting event, the battle between Selten HW and World five-
and six-year-old Champion Woodlander Farouche was eagerly awaited, given
their status as two of the hottest young prospects in world dressage,
both being internationally undefeated in 2014, qualified for the Mount
St. John Future Elite Championship, Horse of the Year Show. Eight of
Britain’s emerging equine super stars, all aged seven to ten, came
together at the Elite Championship for an Intermediare-I freestyle
competition-come-battle, to decide who would become king or queen of the
When Selten HW entered the arena, he immediately commanded the
attention of the crowd and showed the Horse Of the Year Show audience,
why they had been unbeatable all season in 2014. Their music certainly
gave the feeling that they were going to war.
Dramatic, yet rhythmical, percussion combined with emotional string
and brass segments encapsulated the big black gelding perfectly, showing
he is a horse of sheer power. Scoring a jaw-dropping 79.20%, the
impressive duo took the lead away from the previous riders and stayed
undefeated all the way to the end.
Selten HW, might well be the only US bred horse to have achieved this
victory and to collected this title.
Selten HW and Elizabeth Ball Win the
2009 U.S. Young Horse Championships (Photo © Mary Phelps)
Many other HWfarm horses brought in the ribbons, victories, high
point awards, year end awards and more, way too many to name them all!
You can find out more about success stories of HWfarms horses reading
Here are some examples of happy customers, most of whom bought their
horses sight unseen from HWfarm and with huge achievements.
Awards Standings from happy clients:
The most ribbons were probably collected by Festival
HW, ridden by Donna
Gatchell, 2014 VADA trainer of the year, she
says the following:
"Irene, here is a picture of all of Festival HW's ribbons
and awards this year. I have to thank you for this wonderful horse, he
has brought us such joy (and ribbons!!) He finished his year winning
year end awards for State and his local chapters with an average of
almost 77%!!!Thank you so much for this great horse. On to the next year
and we will keep you posted".
Festival HW's impressive collection of
ribbons and Trophies!
HW horses are the best and continue to shine in competitions in the
U.S., Europe and worldwide!
So much to be thankful for, such a great past and a very bright
future, HWfarm always has a nice selection of top quality horses for
sale, solidly raised and trained. Be sure to check them out and to find
your future dream horse.
They are as pretty as they come, are superb movers with great
temperaments as well as the best bloodlines available. Pictured is FürstenHit
HW, just one of many to choose from.
Go to www.HWfarm.com
to get more info.
Horses Worldwide - Pairing Discriminating Buyers
with Horses of a Lifetime
The name Horses Worldwide, and the initials HW in front of multiple
world-class sport horse success stories, has become synonymous with
quality horse pairings. Whether it be stallions to mares, horses to
humans, Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold has an instinct for making great
matches. German born Wiederhold began breeding in the USA in 2001, and
made history with the 2004 Hanoverian foal Selten
HW by Sandro
Hit she bred out of her own mare SPS
High Princess (Hohenstein/Donnerhall).
The young stallion began his career the way all HW foals begin, with
proper care, handling and training. Dressage at Devon 2006, was Selten
HW first time at a show: He was the Reserve Grand Champion of Dressage
at Devon, The USDF Breeders Champion for Colts and Geldings, Champion
Winner of his class: 2 year old Colts and Geldings, Best Born in the USA
and the High Point Hanoverian! The success continued with Selten HW
being called the 2007 Champion stallion of the Oldenburg inspection at
Scott Hassler (Hassler Dressage), with the highest score of the day, a
whopping 83%. With a 9 for canter, and an 8,5 for his trot. In 2010 he
made history being the first horse in the Markel/USEF National Young
Horse Championships to win the “Triple Crown” overall Young Horse
Champions as a four, five and six-year old. But that is only where his
historic moments began.
When Californian Elizabeth Ball sent her horse to Europe for more
training and showing, he sold at the Equine Elite Auction 2012. Still in
the history books today, Selten HW is the highest priced horse ever at
that auction, with Euro 500.000. Sold to Fiona Bigwood, Team member UK
and her husband Anders Dahl, Selten HW, the gelding born in Florida
continues to add accolades to his record. Selten HW continued his
journey, being internationally successful in Germany, then the UK and
Spain, he’s undefeated in the small tour and might be the most
successful international small tour horse of 2014.
HW is currently offered for
sale through HW Farm
Selten HW is just one of the phenomenal horses bred and developed by
HWFarms, and just one of the many success stories that get added to
their website newsflash
With an uncanny eye for horses, knowledge of the oldest and most
newest, trendy and/or influential bloodlines, Irene is able to stay on
top of the highly discriminating buyers requests and demands. With an
established reputation for the services she brings to her clients she
has gained the trust and confidence needed in what for many is the
largest purchase they will make in a lifetime. “We strive for all
horses to be the total package: looks, movement, temperament for the
amateur as well as for the professional, super fancy, but easy to ride
and successful in their future career. ”
Lennox HW is already SOLD
“There is something close to a HWfarm fan club out there and the
numbers keep climbing, “ added Irene. “Many customers have purchased
multiple horses and are happy and love every single one of them. The
current record is by FOUR to the same person, conveniently purchased
sight unseen, most of the HWfarm horses sell just like that: Sight
unseen. As one of HWFarm customers wrote in her testimonial, “it’s
as easy to buy as on Amazon”.
DressageDaily and Eurodressage acknowledge Selten
HW’s success and congratulate Irene Wiederhold/www.HWfarm.com
as his breeder. Below is the info, Selten HW is named the "probably
most successful small tour hose of 2014" - another record for
Selten HW, who broke many records in his lifetime already. So far, he
has been unbeaten, with rare, high seventy percentage marks at each
show, actually, even scores in the 80’s.
July 31st, 2014:
The adorable Selten HW has just won the PSG at Hickstead with 76.4% and
a 4% lead. His owner says, he is one special pony and a pleasure to have
in her yard. They all love him!! Congrats Anders Dahl and Fiona Bigwood
and HRH Super Selten
Bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold, Selten
HW was the highest priced horse EVER, at the prestigious Equine
Elite Auction, he sold for Euro 500.000.
This phenomenal horse broke many records in his life, he was the
first superstar in history to win the Young Horse Championships, 3 years
in a row, he won the 4 year old, the 5 year old and the 6 year old
classes with record scores. Before that, he won everything in his way at
Devon as a 2 year old and then was Devon Reserve Grand Champion.
In the hands of Pan Am rider Elizabeth Ball, he was trained and
developed and now he is sold to World Equestrian Games rider, Fiona
Horses by www.HWfarm.com compete successfully at international levels
and over 95% of them sell sight unseen to happy customers, who love them
The main interest of HW Farm is, to find or breed, highly talented
young horses in Germany, for riders in the USA and all over the world.
These phenomenal horses will always get noticed and have their own
fan club where ever they go. Check out our current selection at www.HWfarm.com
Donatella HW with Vivienne and Irene
by Lynndee Kemmet for DressageDaily.com
a Successful 2008 HW Farm Looks Forward to a Bright Future
the numerous successes of previous years wasn't easy, but 2008
was another super year for HW Farm leading farm owner Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold to feel ever more confident that HW Farm
will continue to be a success for years to come. Since arriving
in the U.S. from her native Germany 12 years ago, Irene has
built a solid reputation as a breeder and importer of future
dressage stars. And in 2008, her talent proved itself again when
several HW Farm horses ended the year as champions.
"What can I say? We had a lot of excitement in 2008 and I
think in 2009, our horses, as well as our customers' horses,
will be just as successful," Irene said. Leading the
successes of the past year was Selten
HW, a Hanoverian stallion by Sandro
Hit out of MS
High Princess by Hohenstein
and owned by Cadence, LLC. With Michael Bragdell in the saddle, Selten
HW took the 2008 championship title in the Markel/USEF
National Dressage Four-Year-Old Horse Championships in Kentucky
with a final score of 8.56, which included a few 9s for his trot
and canter work. He followed up that victory with wins at Devon
in the Four-Year-old classes.
was bred and born at HW Farm and Irene said of him that "he
wins pretty much everything. He's a breeder's dream come
true." But he is not the farm's only big success of the
past year. The farm's elite
mare Donatella HW, by Don
Frederico and out of SPS
Wachau, was a Third Level champion in 2008 and won numerous
classes with scores in the 70s that even earned her high-point
awards. She has moved up to Fourth Level for 2009 and will only
turn seven in May. "She is so easy and so much fun to
ride," Irene said. "Moving up the levels with her will
be a charm."
other HW Farm mares are also on the rise after spectacular
showings in 2008. the four-year-old Santina
HW, by Sandro
Hit and out of a SPS Lanthan/Dakar
mare, completed her elite mare candidate requirements in late
2008 and so too did Hannahlea
HW, a four-year-old by Hohenstein
and out of SPS Riverqueen O by Rotspon.
In 2008, Hannahlea
HW was the champion mare for the American Hanoverian Society
having won the mare performance test and inspection. "She
won it all and did it with just a few weeks under saddle,"
Irene said. "Hannahlea
HW is now already winning at First Level and ready to
collect more ribbons and she is currently for sale. Santina
HW has given birth to a Quarterback
foal in the spring and will then go back to work. She gave birth
HW on February 25th, 2009. Please check our website to stay
updated on all the happenings in this big horse family at
Farm, Cape Coral, Florida
Breeding and Brokering Top German Bloodlines
a family affair for Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold , who together with
devoted husband of over 20 years, Roger, is a go-getter “Who functions
as the never getting tired manure disposal expert, sexy horse hauler,
and helper in all situations” and children, Vivienne and Dain managing
their farm and breeding facility in Cape Coral Florida.
Dressage at Devon her own Selten HW (Sandro Hit) who won the Reserve
Grand Champion, the USDF Breeders Cup, The USDF Breeders Champion for
Colts and Geldings, Champion Winner of two-year-old Colts and Geldings,
Best Born in the USA and High Point Hanoverian. Also victorious was one
of her sales horses, Amanda Bailey’s Faulkner, who won the FEI Four
Year Old Class.
Hoeflich-Wiederhold of Cape Coral, FL, does not let boundaries stop
here. Her influence and connections extend far beyond the U.S. borders.
Originally from Germany, she has created a successful business selecting
warmbloods from all over the world and selling them on her web site,
often before the potential new owners even lay eyes on the horse.
Irene has parlayed a talent for finding the right horse, not only for
her breeding operation, but her clients into a successful family
business, our newest member of HorsesDaily’s Farm listings.
HorseMarket - Farm Features
Farm, Cape Coral, Florida
Breeding and Brokering Top German Bloodlines
by Jeannie Blanq Putney for
1110 Del Prado Blvd. South Unit A
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Phone (239 772-7722
Fax (888)) 818-8706
Hoeflich-Wiederhold of Cape Coral, FL, does not let boundaries
stop here. Her influence and connections extend far beyond the
U.S. borders. Originally from Germany, she has created a
successful business selecting warmbloods from all over the world
and selling them on her web site, often before the potential new
owners even lay eyes on the horse. “I will continue to find
only the best horses, by screening many video clips and pictures
every day and working with a huge network of people in Germany,
who support my eyes with hands-on experience to help me pick the
right horses for the U.S. market.”
German Background Brings Contacts to USA
Hoeflich-Wiederhold of HW Farm in Cape Coral has “the eye”
that every true horse person yearns for. Her customers have told
her numerous times that she has a gift for determining what a
horse will be capable of. It becomes more apparent every day as
Irene’s business continues to grow and flourish. “I can just
see them and know how their front end or their hind end is
engaged, how they carry themselves, conformation, ride ability
and character as well as other attributes are evaluated, and I
can pretty much tell you if this will be a future star or if the
horse is just too ‘normal’ for me to have the right to be
imported and to get sold to the American market.” Today, HW
Farm breeds, imports and sells quality horses, both green mounts
as well as trained schoolmasters.
grew up with horses. It all started when her grandfather brought
her to vaulting lessons at the age of four at the Reitinstitut
von Neindorf in Germany. From there, she graduated to riding
under the professional eye of Roland Janson in Bruchsal,
Germany. Living in Forst, Germany she was able to see, be
educated and work with the Celle Stallions that were stalled up
each year for breeding purposes in her home town. This helped
her to understand bloodlines and evaluate horses while learning
from the best. Irene personally knows many of the stallions that
are still found in the modern pedigrees and learned each day
from them and other horses. What opened her eyes even more was
being at a barn where the trainer was hands-on every single day
and helped to explain and correct things.
and Breeding Comes Naturally
1997, Irene made the move to the United States. A friend sent her two
imported horses in training to photograph and take professional video
of, in order to sell them. They were both sold just days after their
arrival, as the quality and the price were exactly what the buyers
expected. She then imported more and more horses for clients and also
her own horses—all carefully selected. She soon started marketing them
on her own web site, where they all sold very quickly after being
imported. Some of them even sold directly from Germany, just off the web
site, before she even got a chance to bring them to Florida. Ninety
percent of the horses on her web site sell without the buyers even
trying out the horses. This started a domino affect, and before she knew
it her skills and competence were circulating in the industry. Her good
reputation traveled quickly, mostly by word-of-mouth.
started personally breeding on her four acres in Cape Coral in 2001 with
two pregnant high-scoring States Premium broodmares, which she imported
herself. One of them produced EMC Donatella HW (Don
Frederico/Weltmeyer), who won all her classes as the youngest horse on
the American Hanoverian Inspection in Florida and was champion mare of
the day. HW Farm bred ‘Donna’ for a 2007 foal to Samarant (Sandro
Hit-Bolero) in hopes of keeping these phenomenal bloodlines.
Additionally, Irene imported SPS High Princess (Hohenstein/Donnerhall),
a mare entered with a score of nine in the Hanoverian mare book, just
two weeks before the stallion His Highness (Hohenstein-Donnerhall) was
purchased for 550,000 Euro at an auction. Her mare was in foal to Sandro
Hit, which was at that time not a huge name, just an upcoming young
stallion and look at him today!
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Farm, Cape Coral, Florida
Breeding and Brokering Top German Bloodlines
Future Stars - Success at Dressage at Devon
great to be able to pick and try to predict the future stars. We
got rewarded with the huge success that Selten HW (out of SPS
High Princess) as a two-year-old had in Devon this year.”
the caring hands of Hilltop Farms, Selten was shown and won Reserve
Grand Champion of Dressage at Devon, The USDF Breeders
Champion for Colts and Geldings, Champion Winner of two-year-old
Colts and Geldings, and Best Born in the USA. As an added bonus
he was High Point Hanoverian—all in a day’s work for an HW
success story, and one of Irene’s proudest accomplishments, is
that of Hanoverian gelding Faulkner (Friendship x Wiesenbluete).
Irene imported him for his owner, Amanda Bailey after evaluating
him in four 20-second video clips.
pair recently won the FEI
four-year-old class at Devon, beating out the 2006 National
four-year-old champion. At a recent clinic in Florida, which was
by invitation/selection only, Scott Hassler told Faulkner’s
owner that he just loved her horse. A few months ago Faulkner
placed third after impressing a panel of discriminating judges
at the USEF Markel Young Horse Championships. They qualified for
the Young Horse Championships at their second show with an
A Family Affair - And the Horses Keep Coming!
a family affair at HW Farm. Irene’s devoted husband of over 20 years,
Roger, is a go-getter that helps with all aspects of the business.
Children, Vivienne and Dain also invest lots of time in the farm and the
horses. “In the end, HW Farm would not run as seamless and excellent
without all their support.”
spring, Irene imported a Reggazoni mare and 14-year-old Vivienne
collected the ribbons with her. Ramina HW sold to a discriminating rider
and breeder who brought her to the Florida American Hanoverian Society
inspection this year where she won the mare performance test with
phenomenal scores. This is the second year in a row that HW Farm
presented the winner for the Florida AHS Inspection—an outstanding
being a new breeder and now professional broker and importer of horses,
this was quite a success, not to forget many, many others who are not
mentioned here by name, which I imported and are winning their titles
and ribbons right now. I will continue to find only the best horses, by
screening many video clips and pictures every day and working with a
huge network of people in Germany, who support my eyes with hands-on
experience to help me pick the right horses for the U.S. market. It is
very hard to find outstanding quality, it always was and it’s not
getting easier, but with more experience and each new horse, I am
getting pickier and pickier, and only the best will be good enough to
come here or to get bred at my barn.”
Customers and Happy Horses
confident? It should; Irene knows her stuff and has proven it time and
time again. Multiple satisfied customers have purchased horses from
Irene based solely on her professional opinion, without even laying
their own eyes on them before they write the check. A great example of
that total satisfaction and trust would be customer Anne Schmidt.
recently bought a horse (Cheenook HW) from Irene after seeing a clip of
him on the Internet. He was such a special horse, there was a lot of
competition to buy him, so I ended up purchasing him sight unseen—from
the clip. I am impressed by him daily. Not only does he have outstanding
gaits; he also has an incredible brain. I have yet to meet another horse
with such a super mind paired with those gaits. Irene was honest about
his training level and temperament. I couldn’t be happier.”
recently invested in an additional 31-acre property and built a new barn
and a covered riding arena. She currently has five horses on her
property with another five or so out for training. With a brand new
facility and expert resources in Germany, HW Farm has nowhere to go but
up. “Give it another 1-2 years and there will be lots of horses out
there competing from HW Farm.”
like to let people know, that they can trust my eyes and that I have
many customers buying horses sight unseen from me and that they are
thrilled with their horses.” Many customers have even told her the
horses worked out even better than they had expected.
the HW Farm testimonials and newsflash on their web site at HWfarm.com.
Selected Top Quality Horses - always at a fair price – We believe in
making dreams come true.
Höflich-Wiederhold (managing member)
1110 Del Prado Blvd. South Unit A
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Phone (239) 772-7722
Fax (888) 818-8706