It has been 313 days since my last update. :-) I see that my last entry in June talked about all the projects we had planned for the summer... the good news is we got almost all of them done... on the downside we were really really really tired by the time the snow started to fall in November so not particularly inspired for website updates. My goal for 2019 was to slack back on the projects so that I had more time to actually enjoy my horses, maybe even sit on one once and awhile, but it is hard for a leopard to change their spots so while the snow is still falling my spring project list seem to be growing like it has a will of its own... I got projects... they're multiplin'! There is a reason why our contractor refers to me as “an ambition woman”.
So here is a brief rundown of the past 313 happenings on the farm...
First up, after months of hauling to Aileron Stables to collect Glori, we finally got our collection facilities set up on the farm in August. Glori and I logged a lot of kilometres together; I like to think of it as a bonding experience for him and me, and, on the up side, I got to spend time with one of my favourite people, Ruth Hanselpacker. They say it takes a village to raise a child... I am learning it also takes a village to breed horses. I have so much gratitude for the help given me from Ruth, Elisha Massong, Carol Kraus, Anne Wallace and all the other people who have shared their expertise with me this past year.
Once set up at the farm for collections Stephanie, Eric, and I enjoyed a lot of 5:00 a.m. mornings together since all three of us have day jobs. Not so terrible for Eric who is one of those weird morning people... but I am pretty sure Stephanie and I were at stage 4 sleep deprivation by mid August... and then foal watch for Eden's foal started (who needs sleep anyway?). On August 26th Eden birthed the most beautiful and sweet black filly by Glori. Her new owner, Anna Osinga-Bouma, gave her the lovely name Giadora.
Despite being three months younger than Angel it was not long before Giadora was calling the shots, showing signs of the confident mare she will someday become. The two foals quickly became inseparable, so it was bitter sweet to see Giadora leave for her home in April. Thankfully our pony, Arthur, has proven to be a weanling babysitter extraordinaire on top of his regular duties as stallion companion.
All the young horses are maturing nicely, and Bellamy, who will be three years old this May, heads for training soon with the wonderfully talented Pearl McGregor. Look for him in the show ring this summer! We are anxiously awaiting for all the horses to shed out so we can get some new photos and videos. Our yearling colt, Angel, has become so pretty I squee like a fan girl every time I see him.
The AGM for the Eastern Canada Hanoverian Breeders Club was held in our province for the first time this past March. It was so nice to meet other breeders who share the same enthusiasm for the Hanoverian breed, and a great way to get us excited about our breeding plans for this season. Huge thanks to businesses that supported our event: the club and Aileron Stables for covering the costs of the meeting rooms; Star Gazer Farm and Capall Warmbloods for providing snacks; Omega Alpha and Illsley's Feed & Farm Supply for donating fun door prizes; PFERA Inc. and Amanda Stright for their presentations, and Dr. Martha Mellish for the tour of the Atlantic Vet College's large animal hospital.
Glori has really blossomed over the winter; it makes me so happy to see him so content. He has had quite the exciting life traveling from Germany to New Mexico to Ontario, only to end up in an apple orchard in PEI with his bossy pony and chicken friends... maybe not as fancy as he is use to but we think he likes it. We are offering new options for breeders this year wishing to use Glorioso Noir on their mares; we will continue to offer the traditional live foal guarantee contract, but now also offer a by the dose option. As always we offer discounts for multiple mares booked and for mares based in the Maritime provinces.
Well there it is... a glimpse of our crazy 313 days that was filled with lots of learning, laughing, crying, stress eating, coffee, projects, adventures, foal cuddles, fence painting, sleep deprivation, coffee, wonderful friends, death threats to alarm clocks, and more coffee.
Being true to my description as an ambitious woman I will have some other exciting news in the coming weeks... I promise not to wait as long for my next update.
Good luck to all for the 2019 breeding season!
Star Gazer Farm
Breeding Hanoverian and Canadian Warmblood horses for the competitive amateur rider.