Dreamy Starlet is the reason this blog was started. She is a 1991 Standardbred mare, out of Dreamy Almahurst by On The Road Again. Dreamy is a black bay with a star, near front pastern, near hind pastern, and off hind pastern, and she stands at 15.1 hands.
Dreamy was foaled at Pine Hollow Breeding Farm in
I began to free lease Dreamy in May 2003 and her owner gave her to me for Christmas 2006! I am proudly listed on her papers as her legal owner! :-)
Dreamy has proven she is a terrific riding horse, winning many ribbons in competition since 2007. She has won 76 year end awards in just four show seasons! We show throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. We currently compete at First Level and Training level dressage with scores up to 68.214% at USDF rated shows. We also compete in horse trials at the Beginner Novice level, winning many times on our dressage score. We have done "A" rated hunter shows through the Maine Horse Association, winning many championships, as well having fun at local schooling shows with the SPHO-Maine. We have marshaled at three local racetracks many times. We have also made the journey to the Horse Park of New Jersey for the National Championship Standardbred Horse Show in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Dreamy and I were very proud to represent the Standardbred breed by participating in four breed demonstrations at the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in October 2010.
Joydale Sparklerslas is the best first horse a girl could ask for. Affectionately known as “Sparky”, came into my life in January 1993, when I was thirteen years old and she was ten. She is a 1982 Morgan mare, out of Kennebec Spark and by Kennebec Chief. Sparky is a bright chestnut with a connected star, strip, and snip, and she stands at 14.3 hands. Sparky and I have competed in open shows, breed shows, dressage, three-phase eventing, and most recently combined driving.
Sparky has been the one constant in my life through all life’s changes, from the tumultuous teenage years, romantic heartbreaks, two college degrees, marriage, and motherhood. She was the one whose red mane I cried into when my parents divorced; she was the one I shared gumdrops with one Saturday night when I felt like the biggest loser in 11th grade; she was the one who was present when my husband asked me to marry him.
Sparky’s life has been a tumultuous one, as I was her eleventh owner in her ten years. While she started life well and was sold as a six month old weanling from the Joydale farm, her life took many turns from there. She ended up at a notorious horse dealer’s barn here in Maine at least twice that I know about. She was denied food for being sensitive to train, and was subjected to being thrown to the ground with the use of a “running W” device as she allegedly was a “rearer.” She was ridden in harsh bits with heavy hands. She was denied trust from those she should have been able to trust: humans.
But with patient training, I never saw any of those "problems" as described by her previous owners. My little red headed Morgan has been the best horse for me. Yes, she is sensitive and opinionated, but we get along because so am I! I have done everything with her. I promised her a forever home the day I unclipped the chain to lead her out of that straight stall (she had chicken poop all over her) and she will live with me until she passes away. She is my spunky mare who would do cartwheels if I asked her to. I am not sure what I will do without her someday, as she is the horse who has left deep hoof prints on my heart.
Reva came to my farm from New Jersey on July 5, 2009. She was officially given to me (I'm on her papers too) a few months later. She fit in easily and without much issue. She was MUCH bigger than I expected her to be...when I asked her owner how tall she was, he told me 15 hands. I have now become wise to the fact that Standardbred horsemen say that ALL Standardbreds are 15 hands. LOL!
Having been born in Pennsylvania at Pin Oak Lane Farm, Reva was sold as a high priced yearling to Peninsula Farm in Kentucky. She is from the first crop of foals from the Swedish stallion Revenue. Unfortunately she never trained down past 2:20, which meant she was not considered NY Sire Stakes material. But that was OK, since it gave me a chance to own her!
So far, Reva has been a joy to work with and train. She is easy going and very sensible. She began her show career in 2011 in Intro A and B and 2-gait under saddle classes. We showed dressage, hunt seat, saddleseat, and even tried western! She is proving to be a fun and successful show horse, with multiple blue ribbon wins, championships, and year end awards in just one show season! She returned with me to New Jersey to attend the 2011National Championship Standardbred Horse Show at the Horse Park!