In July of 2015, SF Andalusians moved to our new home in Wonderlake, Illinois. We have spent the last two years building a new state of the art horse barn and dressage arena, complete with turnout pasture and dry lots. The barn, built by FBI Inc, was managed by Rob Nicholas of Nicholas Consturction and features: geothermal -radiant heat, automatic waterers, and a special grooming area, along with 14 beautiful 12x14 stalls with runouts, a lounge, apartment, and feed, laundry, and tack rooms. Our new arena, 70 x 200 features, Travel Right footing from Footing First. Although we still have work to do, we are enjoying the new facility, as are the horses.
It seems like not a day goes by that doesn't find us working on something, like any barn. As we complete the details, we look forward to a great 2016 showing season.
Currently SF Andalusians horses include:
Kyrie Eleison- 2005 S/P mare - Teodoro out of Fanega
Kapparah's Alpha Martys' - 2009 PRE mare - Dominante XXIX out of Kapparah IA
Adonia MA - 2009 PRE mare - Ocioso VIII out of Nominada VI
SA Luna - 2010 PRE mare- Sandokan out of Esplendida MA
SFA Macario - 2015 PRE colt - Fainero ADP out of Kapparah's Alpha Martys'
SFA Zaphora - 2013 PRE fillie - Jocoso XXI out of Adonia MA SOLD August 2015
SM Serafin - 2011 PRE gelding - Dominante XXIX out of Quintanaroo
Pony- age and breeding unknown, but loved by all the children
We look forward to two new arrivals in the Spring as Martys' is bred to Sandokan and SA Luna is in foal
to Festivo MR.
A new home, a growing small herd, and a great winter ahead, in which to look forward to a great 2016 show season. Come for a visit sometime, just let us know, we'd love to show you our beautiful horses and our wonderful new home.
It seems impossible that my monthly blog has become once every six months! So much happening, so fast in one aspect and in another...things are slow moving.
We have been working at breeding and now have one mare confirmed in foal for 2015 and one to be checked and hopefully confirmed next week. It's been a long learning curve for us in breeding here at home.
Secondly, getting building permits is this day and age are not simple. Do we have long eared bats on our property, how about an endangered lily.......? Crazy the permits, surveys, analyses, and general hoops that must be gone through to build a barn.....but we are jumping through the hoops and hope to break ground soon. I think I said that back in February......well we are closer.
Show season has taken a back seat this year with working on breeding and building. We attended a schooling show in May and had fun showing Kyrie and Zaphora. Then in August, Kyrie Eleison captured a 66.571 at fourth level test one and a 66.795 for level 3 test 3 at Silverwood. We are planning on getting her out to the show grounds once more in September.
We look forward to the Andalusian World Cup, Las Vegas, and showing Luna there in September followed up with the IALHA Nationals in Ft. Worth in October.
Last but not least we are expanding our acreage to include more pasture. Pictures to come in the near future, but we are excited to be able to announce the addition of 15 acres to SF Andalusians. This will give us much needed flexibility in the future as our programs expand.
Watch for more news on SF Andalusians in the future. Our Passion for the Andalusian horse continues.
Excitement building is so right! We are getting excitied about building this Spring! The barn contractor is hired, the project manager is hired, and townships, cities, counties and water districts have been contacted. So much goes into a project of this size, but what fun we are having in the planning, and the excitement of building, literally builds the closer to construction time we get.
On another note, Adonia MA is building her own little foal. We weaned SFA Zaphora in December which went very well, and Adonia is now filling out with her new foal. This will be a Sandokan baby and we can hardly wait to see him or her on the ground this summer. She is due in June.
SFA Zaphora is for sale to the right home, her sire is Jocoso XXI and dam is Adonia MA!
Also excited as we will be breeding Kapparah's Alpha Martys' this Spring. We're going to keep the sire underwraps for another month or so, but we are excited to be planning for our 2015 babies already.
Lastly, we have a busy show season scheduled. We'll be starting out with the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse in California and the Baroque Horse of the Midwest Show in Wisconsin, both shows are in May, to be followed by dressage at Silverwood, Wi. and National Shows in Los Vegas, NV. and Ft. Worth, Texas.
Hope to see you all around the show grounds!
Here we are the middle of January 2014! It has been a bitter, cold, and very snowy December and January shows no signs of being much different. Here at SF Andalusians though things are heating up. Contracts have been signed to expand our facilities next Spring with a new barn and arena. Our showing schedule for USDF, IALHA, The Foundation, and ANCCE are in the works. Last but not least, the plans are being laid to breed two of our mares to outstanding stallions, looking forward even further to 2015 foals!
In June we are expecting Adonia MA to provided us a beautiful new Sandokan foal. If all goes well, we'll have a great new horse on the ground and following his/her mama around. SFA Zaphora will be a yearling this Spring and we look forward to introducing her to the public and the show world in May. You couldn't ask for a more loving little filly. She shows all the signs of being a willing participant and an exceptional student as we begin to teach her more than just the ground manners she already has.....farrier, leading, etc.
I've been seeing signs posted on facebook with the number of days left until Spring. Well, we here at SF Andalusians say, "Hurry up Spring, 2014 is already shaping up to be a banner year!" Hope your 2014 is shaping up just the same. Blessings!
Good day to all..........
The excitement has begun and SF Andalusians' farm is now a reality. We closed on our ten acre parcel on Friday, October 4. One day after Bill and I celebrated our 32 wedding anniversary! We're starting a new chapter of life with a farm!
Adonia, Zaphora, and Martys' are all home and settling into the temporary barn. It is so very great to have them here and be able to spend time training, working, and just hanging with them. Adonia is in foal to Sandokan and we look forward to a new little one in the spring.
SF Andalusians is finishing the 2013 year with so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to in 2014.
This year SA Luna was the Region One Champion Junior Mare, and Kyrie Eleison qualified for the USDF Regionals, placing 11th out of 28 at Third Level Open! We welcomed our newest filly Zaphora, she is so beautiful. (You can see her photos on our webpage). She was born June 12, and is sired by Jocoso XXIX out of Adonia MA!
In 2014, we will be expanding the farm to include a new barn and indoor arena! Exciting plans to show our horses and continue to breed one or two of these fabulous creatures each year. Their personality, intelligence, athletic ability, and
temperament make them such a joy! I find them to be such fulfilling part of my life. Truly blessed.
Well, It's been a day or two past a week, more like two weeks, but I made it back to the blog!
What a great weekend we had on the 10-11th for Strasser Dressage and SF Andalusians.
Kyrie posted two first places at Silverwood, both third level; tests one and two. Scores of 65.263 and 63.171. She had never been ridden at either or these two tests, but our goal was to confuse her a bit. She is qualified for Regionals, riding third level, test 3....so all though we never ride that at home she was anticipating the test every time we entered the show ring! So with that, we rode the other two third level tests and kept her guessing, and she did pretty well too! Pictures to come.....Jennifer Strasser and Kyrie were awesome! Thanks Jen.
Meanwhile out in California....SA Luna was Region 1 Champion Mare as a three year old, and she also came in Reserve Champion Junior Mare in the CAL-WEST Championships. Thank you to Peet Equestrian, Howard and Erica.
So this past week, we've settled back into training for both horses above, Ms. Martys' will be coming home from San Diego in October along with Adonia and Zapporah who are being worked in Mira Loma.
We are working hard at preparing them a lovely place to winter here in Northern Illinois.
Judge Leon Sanchez Torilla from Spain was in for Revisions for the Foundation on Sunday the 8th. Revision was held at Epona Stables in Maple Park, Illinois. SF Andalusians was able to provide a translator for this occasion. A big thank you to Jaime Escobar, he did a great job and we all had fun seeing the horses and learning from the judges comments.
On the last front, I leave with my dressage trainer in the morning for Santa Barbara and the Celebration Horse Show. This is the Foundation's National show, and although I have no horses entered this year, it should be a great time. I plan to do some scouting for future stallions to breed to some of my beautiful mares, and some volunteer work as well.
We return on Sunday the 15 just in time to ready Kyrie for the USDF Regional Show at Lamplight in Wayne, Illinois the 18-22. Kyrie will be competing on Friday the 20th at third level! No ride times available as of today.
A busy September.....May you all enjoy these beautiful Fall days.
SF Andalusians is so excited to see what this week brings.
We have an exciting weekend with SA Luna showing at the Cal-AHA Show in California and Region 1 this weekend. SA Luna will be showing in Pleasure Driving, Best Movement, and Junior Mare divisions. We are hoping she will do well showing against both 3 and 4 year old mares as she was three in May! While we cannot attend the Burbank, California show this week, we know that she is in great hands with Howard and Erica Peet of Peet Equestrian. Looking forward to all the news.....check back for results and photos next week
Other SF Andalusians news is the Silverwood Dressage show this weekend. Kyrie Eleison our 8 year old mare, has been showing this summer. She is currently qualified at Level 3 for Regionals in St. Charles, Illinois. That show will be mid-September. In the meantime, our bright mare needs a workout and to be kept guessing....hence, the show this weekend at Silverwood, where she'll be showing in Third Level, Test 1 and 2. She has Test 3 memorized, from only doing the shows! We need to keep her guessing, so come out to Silverwood and see what she does on Saturday and Sunday. Ride times: 2:55 pm Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday!
Lastly a quick update on our new arrival of June 12! Our beautiful little filly is almost two months old now, and really starting to show some character. We will be bringing her and her Dam, Adonia MA, home to Illinois in late October.
The filly is for sale if anyone is looking for a beautiful fillythat should become a great performance girl. Pictures of her at six weeks are on the sale page. Currently pending is her name.....SFA Zipporah, but nothing registered yet, so if you'd like to own her and name her yourself there is still time.