As the world holds its collective breath in the face of a pandemic much is the same in the life of our horses; baby bellies keep getting bigger, shedding of winter coats are in full swing, and youngsters continue to play in blissful ignorance of the global turmoil. I am so grateful for their company at this time – they bring me temporary peace each day as I provide all of their comforts.
We have been watching Daisy and Rea closely as they near their due dates. Although Rea's due date is the soonest (342 days on April 26) we expect Daisy to foal first because she usually foals around 320 days, which would be April 18, and all signs point towards her being on track for that date. She is super round at the moment so we know she will be relieved to finally have her precious cargo on the ground.
Four year old Bellamy (Bonheur/Contucci) will head back into training in June to begin his over fences work with Nathalie Green at Sambea Farm in Nova Scotia. Three year old Dauphinee (Dauphin/Contucci) will soon be backed and then prepped for her Hanoverian Mare Performance Test in August. For now both are still available for a very reasonable price and more info can be found about both on our sales page. We are giving Ziggy a bit more time to mature before backing him in the fall, but will start ground driving both him and Angel this summer.
On to the main topic for this month's update. This year one of my biggest puzzles has been trying to find ways to still use Facebook to find and sell horses after they restricted animal advertising in Facebook groups. One idea that I am excited to try is our new Sport Horse Flash Showcase.
Here is the gist of how it will run...
Each month Star Gazer Farm will pay Facebook to promote one Sport Horse Flash Showcase on our farm's Facebook page. We will post it the first week of each month with the exception of our first post for April 2020 which is live as of today!
Once posted anyone in North America is free to comment on the post with information, photos, videos, etc. about any and all sport horses they have for sale and/or at stud. In search of ads are also encouraged. All breeds welcome but must be suited for the English riding disciplines (dressage, hunter/jumper, and eventing).
There are a few posting rules that can be reviewed on our Sport Horse Flash Showcase guidelines page.
We are going to try this for a year in the hopes that it will gain momentum overtime. We know it won't be a perfect system, but we feel it has a lot of potential to reach a large audience.... and it is free to participate so why not give it a try!
Star Gazer Farm
Breeding Hanoverian and Rhineland Warmblood horses for the competitive amateur rider.