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We love bringing back this festive picture of Corona during this time of year!

December Newsletter

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your friends at Clearview Horse Farm! This month has given us plenty of reasons to celebrate. Not only did we enjoy Christmas festivities, but we also celebrated another marriage in the Clearview family! Keep on reading for all of the festive details!

Special Feature: Merry Christmas and Congratulations to the Newlyweds!

Marie’s niece Hannah recently moved all the way from The United Kingdom to Shelbyville to be with her fiancé Josh, and earlier this month, they tied the knot in a small, intimate ceremony on the farm. And since it’s Clearview we’re talking about, it was only fitting that they include horses in the ceremony. So they got married on horseback! Josh rode Corona, and Hannah rode Bozo.

Getting married on horseback only seems appropriate here!

Getting married on horseback only seems appropriate here!

They’re planning the more traditional big wedding in May when the family from England can attend, but we love that they had such a unique and beautiful ceremony to start their lives together.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Hannah quickly fell in love with Bozo shortly after moving here, so she and Josh added him to the family just in time for Christmas!

What a great family photo!

What a great family photo!

Meanwhile, the holidays were the perfect excuse to have Kathy Ziegler come out to the farm again to work her photography magic for our Christmas cards. Corona went from Best Horse at a wedding to Design Consultant with tree trimming.

Deck the halls with Corona!

Deck the halls with Corona!

Keep reading to see all the Christmas festivities that we enjoyed in Shelbyville and Nashville!

Word in the Herd

Christmas Festivities in Shelbyville and Nashville

With horse shows over for the season and less activity on the farm, December is a great time of year to get away for a day and enjoy Christmas festivities in the city.

For our local friends, have you ever gone to Shelbyville’s annual Christmas Wine Walk? The shops on the square stay open until 8 PM and offer free wine and snacks for shoppers. Marie and Hannah went and had a great time! According to Marie, “Wine and shopping are a lethal combo! I bought stuff I didn’t know I needed, invented old aunties and cousins that I have never met and probably don’t exist just so I could buy them presents. Marvelous!”

Shelbyville's wine walk is always a big hit!

Shelbyville’s wine walk is always a big hit!

For folks looking for a bigger city event, the Gaylord Opryland Hotel is one of Nashville’s most festive destinations during Christmas. The entire resort gets decked out with Christmas lights, trees, outdoor activities such as ice sliding, and hosts ice performances. Marie, Hannah, and Josh took a day trip to enjoy the sights and sent back plenty of photos!

The Gaylord Opryland hotel is decorated beautifully for Christmas!

The Gaylord Opryland hotel is decorated beautifully for Christmas!

Marie also had an adventure trying to go down the ice slide. Apparently long skirts and ice slides don’t mix too well.

The ice shows are always popular with visitors.

The ice shows are always popular with visitors.

Get ready for Horse Soccer!

You read that right. We’re starting a horse soccer league! Since the next few months will have less activity on the farm, we wanted a fun activity to do with the horses for a change of pace. America’s Equine Soccer League is dedicated to promoting the sport across the country and helps farms start up new chapters for local equine enthusiasts.

We recently ordered a soccer ball and have been slowly introducing some of our horses to it. So far Corona and Bozo are doing well with approaching and moving the ball!

Corona and Bozo are soccer champs in the making!

Corona and Bozo are soccer champs in the making!

Check this link for the AESL official website and to learn more about the rules and how to play. This sport is a great opportunity to work on natural horsemanship while having fun, so let us know if you want to join us!

 Arena Reports

Nothing to report this month! The holidays are a slow season for horse shows, and after such a successful show circuit, our horses and mules have earned some rest and relaxation! We plan to ride when weather permits, enjoy bonding with our equines with some horse soccer, and start making plans for the 2016 show circuit! Watch this space for more information!

Equines and Services for Sale

Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850

Charlie personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality! Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

Charlie personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality!
Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

Corona Extra Chex, son of Nu Chex to Cash, is standing at stud at Clearview, and you could not ask for a more personable stallion to sire your next foal. He’s extremely “honest,” in that you never have to worry about guessing his moods before a show or change classes at the last minute. And when he’s not cleaning house in the show ring or training, he has a gelding as a pasture buddy, enjoys his leisure time, and gets along great with other horses on trail rides. In fact, he’s so laid back that people who have never met him are often shocked to learn that he’s a stallion!

Reno (“This Will Be The Day”), Ranch Riding AQHA Show Gelding – $8500

Reno is a proven ranch and stock horse, with numerous titles under his belt, and is for sale!

Reno is a proven ranch and stock horse, with numerous titles under his belt, and is for sale!

Proven Show Horse, Reno (“This Will Be The Day”) is a talented all around competitor. Originally trained and ridden by Ted and Tucker Robinson, Marie bought him from them as a 3 yr old at the snaffle bit Futurity in Reno in 2009. For the savvy non pro/amateur Reno can be a 70 scoring reiner and has excellent maneuvers in ranch horse pleasure. At the Novice World Championship show in Lexington, Virginia, this year, Reno placed 5th with a score of 216 out of 29 entries. He has his NRHA License, American Ranch Horse License, and American Stock Horse License. He has won the All Around Stock Horse High Point in 2011 and 2012 doing the cow classes, trail, reining, and pleasure. He was successfully shown at the American Ranch Horse World show in 2013, placing in the top 5, and reserve champion in the reining.

He is friendly, easy to catch and load, and a real professional. He is good on cows and cuts one fine, and has been down the fence numerous times. He is particularly good in the AQHA ranch riding as he is so responsive to subtle cues. He is already trained, solid, and broke, so he just needs to be kept fit to go to shows. For NRHA, he would be ideal for a rookie or novice and picks up on new things quickly. Overall, Reno is a true gentleman and would make someone an excellent show horse.

Pete Snow (“Alias Royal Snow”), 8 Year Old Registered Appaloosa Gelding – $7000

Pete is versatile, gentle, and as steady as they come for trails and ranch pleasure.

Pete is versatile, gentle, and as steady as they come for trails and ranch pleasure.

We’ve written a lot about Hollywood this month, and we’re pleased to announce that his brother, Alias Royal Snow, is for sale! Pete is a delight to ride and as honest as they come. A true gentleman, he is laidback, gentle, and extremely friendly. He would not be suitable for games, barrels, or poles as he is not fast by nature. But for anyone looking for a steady, mature mount, he is well-trained and will take excellent care of his rider on the trails and in trail competitions.

Check out the video link below to see how steady Pete is on Clearview’s trail course and in the show ring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5lWbrfo3Ns

Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO

Tinker Belle wants to be someone's perfect pony!

Tinker Belle wants to be someone’s perfect pony!

Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony, 55 inches, ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a gentle, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She shows great potential in pole bending with natural lead changes. Tinker Belle has been ridden by a retired judge on the trails these past 4 years.

Consequently she is happy and laid back. With just a bit of games training, she could make some kid a great pony for games or a wonderful trail horse for a small adult. She is steady, easy, broke, sound, and needs a good home. Check out the video below to see her natural talent for pole bending!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqoQ7PM5sFk

Upcoming Shows and Events

We’re done with shows and events for 2015, but 2016 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year for clinics on the farm! We are currently booking stalls in our main barn, suites at our bed and board, and R/V hookups for people who want to camp in their R/Vs, so save the dates and call us ASAP to book lodging for you and your horse!

AQHA Worlds Ranch Riding: From the Judges’ Perspective

April 2-3rd, 2016

Ranch riding is quickly becoming hugely popular, so we are hosting a judges’ perspective clinic with renowned horseman and judge Bob Johnson. Attendees can ride a test and learn the subtle cues and necessary horsemanship skills involved with putting on a good performance.

Western Dressage of Tennessee Clinic and Schooling Show: From the Judges’ Perspective

April 16-17th, 2016

Learn what judges look for in Western Dressage with Katharina Nowotny Boles and our very own Western Dressage Champion/Ranch Horse Trainer/WDAA Trainer Don Charest. We’ve already seen Don and Hollywood in action winning championships in Western Dressage, so clinic attendees can benefit from his experience. We will host a schooling show on Sunday so attendees can practice the skills they have learned.

Buck Brannaman Horsemanship Clinic

October 13-16th, 2016

Ever heard of the Horse Whisperer? Well, Buck Brannaman, the bona fide Horse Whisperer, is coming to Clearview to give a horsemanship clinic! Unfortunately, the clinic is currently sold out, but if you want to come out to the farm and watch the action, go ahead and mark your calendars!

Comment Questions: What was your favorite part of Christmas? Share your photos, stories, and favorite recipes in the comments below or on our Facebook page! And stay tuned for more event announcements as we ring in the New Year!

 

November Newsletter

The holiday season is upon us! We had a great month of horse shows just in time for the beginning of winter, and we can’t wait to share the highlights with you!

Special Feature: Happy Thanksgiving! 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends, and plenty of good food! If anyone was working retail or a public service (police, EMS, armed forces, etc.), we certainly appreciate what you do!

And while turkey may be the traditional Thanksgiving meal, we enjoyed our turkey for dessert! Marie’s niece Hanna and her fiancé Josh made us these adorable rice krispy treat turkeys.

Turkeys made from rice krispies and candy corn. How creative!

Turkeys made from rice krispies and candy corn. How creative!

We would love to hear about your most creative Thanksgiving recipes and favorite desserts. Feel free to share your photos and recipes in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Word in the Herd

We have a blanket fairy?

As you’ll read in Arena Reports, we embarked on a weeklong road trip to and from Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Western Dressage World Championships. We had a great team at the farm to take care of everything while we were gone, and that includes making sure the horses had blankets when the nights got chilly. However, we didn’t expect to find our horse statue to also have a blanket when we got home! I suppose even concrete horses still need blankets? Needless to say, we had a good belly laugh over it!

The blanket fairy strikes!

The blanket fairy strikes!

If anyone knows the identity of the mysterious blanket fairy, this investigation is still ongoing…

 Arena Reports

 Western Dressage Association of America

The Western Dressage Association of America held its 2015 Western Dressage World Championships earlier this month, and we set off on a road trip with five equines, including Hollywood and Doolittle, and a stock trailer full of hay. We got a flat tire while en route, fixed it, and arrived safely in Oklahoma after an overnight stay in Arkansas.

Money-saving protip: When going on a long road trip to a horse show with multiple animals, bring your own hay if you can manage it.

Money-saving protip: When going on a long road trip to a horse show with multiple animals, bring your own hay if you can manage it.

Dwight Littlefield, breeder of Hollywood and many other excellent Appaloosas, was on the ground with us at the show, and we are incredibly fortunate to have his expertise and such an excellent dressage horse.

Dwight (left) and Don (right) grin for the camera

Dwight (left) and Don (right) grin for the camera

And speaking of Hollywood, he performed brilliantly in his first big show. He and Don won their open Western Dressage class with a score of 80.625. For those new to Western Dressage, that is a phenomenal score, especially for a young horse at the beginning of his show career!

Hollywood and Don make an amazing team, and we have no doubt they have many more shows in store for the future!

Hollywood and Don make an amazing team, and we have no doubt they have many more shows in store for the future!

Doolittle, one of our show mules, had quite an interesting ride! The show photographer’s industrial-size flash went off right as Marie and Doolittle were by the judge’s table, so they rode out a pretty spectacular spook. However, they finished out the class strongly with a ribbon and placement in the top 10 out of a class of 22.

Spooks can happen anytime, but it didn't stop Marie and Doolittle from having a great ride and placing in the top 10 in their class.

Spooks can happen anytime, but it didn’t stop Marie and Doolittle from having a great ride and placing in the top 10 in their class.

But at the end of the day, Team Clearview performed superbly, and Hollywood and Don walked away with the High Point Performance Buckle!

Now that's a great team and victory shot! Congratulations to Don and Hollywood!

Now that’s a great team and victory shot! Congratulations to Don and Hollywood!

Color Congress Pinto Worlds

Immediately after the Western Dressage show, we stayed in Tulsa for the Color Congress Pinto Worlds show, specifically for Paints, Appaloosas, Buckskins, and Palominos. Don and Tucker won 2nd in Open Ranch Riding, which was an awesome ride.

The Color Congress is a great way to bring together many different breeds in the same show ring!

The Color Congress is a great way to bring together many different breeds in the same show ring!

Overall, it was a great road trip and phenomenal two shows, and we were glad to finally come home with the ribbons, awards, and memories!

We made need a bigger wall in the barn...

We made need a bigger wall in the barn…

Equines and Services for Sale

Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850

Charlie personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality! Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

Charlie Hutton personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality!
Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

Corona Extra Chex, son of Nu Chex to Cash, is standing at stud at Clearview, and you could not ask for a more personable stallion to sire your next foal. He’s extremely “honest,” in that you never have to worry about guessing his moods before a show or change classes at the last minute. And when he’s not cleaning house in the show ring or training, he has a gelding as a pasture buddy, enjoys his leisure time, and gets along just fine with other horses on trail rides.

Reno (“This Will Be The Day”), Ranch Riding AQHA Show Gelding – $8500

Reno is a proven ranch and stock horse, with numerous titles under his belt, and is for sale!

Reno is a proven ranch and stock horse, with numerous titles under his belt, and is for sale!

Proven Show Horse, Reno Regd name “This Will Be The Day”, is a talented all around competitor. Originally trained and ridden by Ted and Tucker Robinson, Marie bought him from them as a 3 yr old at the snaffle bit Futurity in Reno in 2009. For the savvy non pro/amateur Reno can be a 70 scoring reiner and has excellent maneuvers in ranch horse pleasure. At the Novice World Championship show in Lexington, Virginia, this year, Reno placed 5th with a score of 216 out of 29 entries. He has his NRHA License, American Ranch Horse License, and American Stock Horse License. He has won the All Around Stock Horse High Point in 2011 and 2012 doing the cow classes, trail, reining, and pleasure. He was successfully shown at the American Ranch Horse World show in 2013, placing in the top 5, and reserve champion in the reining.

He is friendly, easy to catch and load, and a real professional. He is good on cows and cuts one fine, and has been down the fence numerous times. He is particularly good in the AQHA ranch riding as he is so responsive to subtle cues. He is already trained, solid, and broke, so he just needs to be kept fit to go to shows. For NRHA, he would be ideal for a rookie or novice and picks up on new things quickly. Overall, Reno is a true gentleman and would make someone an excellent show horse.

Pete Snow (“Alias Royal Snow”), 8 Year Old Registered Appaloosa Gelding – $7000

Pete is versatile, gentle, and as steady as they come for trails and ranch pleasure.

Pete is versatile, gentle, and as steady as they come for trails and ranch pleasure.

We’ve written a lot about Hollywood this month, and we’re pleased to announce that his brother, Alias Royal Snow, is for sale! Pete is a delight to ride and as honest as they come. A true gentleman, he is laidback, gentle, and extremely friendly. He would not be suitable for games, barrels, or poles as he is not fast by nature. But for anyone looking for a steady, mature mount, he is well-trained and will take excellent care of his rider on the trails and in trail competitions.

Check out the video link below to see how steady Pete is on Clearview’s trail course and in the show ring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5lWbrfo3Ns

Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO

Tinker Belle wants to be someone's perfect pony!

Tinker Belle wants to be someone’s perfect pony!

Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony, 55 inches, ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a gentle, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She shows great potential in pole bending with natural lead changes. Tinker Belle has been ridden by a retired judge on the trails these past 4 years. Consequently she is happy and laid back. With just a bit of games training, she could make some kid a great pony for games or a wonderful trail horse for a small adult. She is steady, easy, broke, sound, and needs a good home. Check out the video below to see her natural talent for pole bending!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqoQ7PM5sFk

Upcoming Shows and Events

So far our calendar is wide open for events in December! With Christmas now less than a month away, we expect people to spend less time on the road for horse shows and more time decking the halls, trimming the trees, and getting ready for the next big holiday.

If you plan on attending any local horse shows or hear of clinics or events through the grapevine, please share them on our Facebook page so we can spread the word!

Comment Questions: What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Share your photos, stories, and favorite recipes in the comments below or on our Facebook page! And stay tuned for more photos and festive stories just in time for Christmas!

We love this victory shot!

October Newsletter

Happy Halloween from all of us at Clearview Horse Farm! October has been a great time of year for fun weekend trips, trail rides with farm guests, and even celebrating a marriage! Keep on reading for all the details!

Special Feature: Honeymoon Horses!

If you’ve been following us on Facebook and reading these monthly newsletters, then you’ve indirectly met Carly, our social media director and blogger. She and her then-boyfriend Philip started riding at Clearview just over a year ago, and back in January Philip planned and executed an amazingly romantic proposal on horseback, right here in our indoor arena. And best of all, the proposal was recorded on video.

We are delighted to announce that this horse-loving couple recently tied the knot on October 10th. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Hylen!

Congratulations to Carly and Philip!

Congratulations to Carly and Philip!

Since horses have played such an integral role in their relationship, Carly and Philip made sure to plan a horseback riding excursion during their honeymoon in Jamaica. And since we know a lot of our farm visitors love to travel, we try to point out when we come across reputable horse-related tourist businesses.

Hooves Horseback Riding is one of several businesses in Jamaica advertising guided trail rides, where people ride through a historical plantation up to a private beach to ride in the ocean. Read Carly’s review below:

Hooves Horseback Riding takes excellent care of their horses, and it shows in their athleticism.

Hooves Horseback Riding takes excellent care of their horses, and it shows in their athleticism.

“Hooves was one of our favorite excursions in Jamaica, mainly because Philip proposed on horseback and we ride together at Clearview now. We talked to other couples at our resort who wanted to make sure they were supporting a reputable company, and Hooves takes excellent care of their horses. The horses are rescued racehorses and polo ponies who are retrained for trail riding. Hooves only books two tours per day and gives the horses plenty of downtime in the shade between rides, and we saw firsthand that they were well-fed, had healthy coats and hooves, and were extremely athletic in the water. Hooves uses English tack to minimize the weight on the horses’ back, and Philip loved getting to ride English again! I had never ridden English until then, but the horses were so well trained that it was no issue.

Nothing beats authentic Jamaican jerk chicken!

Nothing beats authentic Jamaican jerk chicken!

We booked a private ride with just the two of us and a guide, and it was well worth the money. They fed us authentic Jamaican jerk chicken for lunch with champagne, and we got to spend more time in the water with the horses and ride back to our starting point along a private beach. We also got photo CD included with pictures of us riding in the ocean. Overall, we had a wonderful experience and would recommend Hooves to anyone, no matter their experience level.”

 

Looks like they had a great time!

Looks like they had a great time!

Looks like it was a great time! We look forward to seeing them back on the farm soon!

Word in the Herd

Fall isn’t just a great time of year for riding. We have also been taking part in some additional extracurricular activities off the farm, from checking out state parks to enjoying some local BBQ.

Trail of Tears and Longhunter State Park Pow-Wow

On October 10th, while Carly was busy getting married, we were walking the Trail of Tears and admiring the work of artist Bernice Davidson.

Check out this artwork!

Check out this artwork!

Tennessee contains a wealth of history surrounding the Native Americans, and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail provides a permanent reminder of the paths that 17 Cherokee detachments followed to reservations in the west.

The Trail of Tears is a wealth of historical knowledge about our home state.

The Trail of Tears is a wealth of historical knowledge about our home state.

On October 17th, we attended a pow-wow at Long Hunter State Park and had a great time enjoying the dances and learning more about Native American traditions.

Long Hunter State Park hosted an amazing pow-wow on October 17th

Long Hunter State Park hosted an amazing pow-wow on October 17th

Long Hunter State Park makes a fantastic day trip for history buffs, and the Sellar’s Farm State Archaeological Area is one of the few government-protected Native American mounds in Tennessee.

We've really enjoyed learning about Native American traditions!

We’ve really enjoyed learning about Native American traditions!

Jack Daniel’s BBQ

For anyone who loves Jack Daniel’s whiskey, good barbecue, or both, then the annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue is always a popular fall event. We made the quick trip over to Lynchburg on October 23rd to see the teams preparing for the famous cook-off.

Got to love authentic Jack Daniel's barbecue!

Got to love authentic Jack Daniel’s barbecue!

Fun and Furry Farm Guests

October has been a fantastic month for farm visitors, trail riding, and training for upcoming shows. We’ve had some fun groups come to the farm for trail rides:

Such a diverse group of mules and horses in this trail ride! Love it!

Such a diverse group of mules and horses in this trail ride! Love it!

For people who love traveling with their animals, Clearview’s bed and board is as pet-friendly as you can find and often a cheaper alternative to hotels and motels. The horses and mules see our farm dogs on a daily basis, and any visiting dogs often love staying on such a large piece of land. We even played host to some four-legged celebrities this month!

We loved having these championship dogs visiting the farm!

We loved having these championship dogs visiting the farm!

Michael and Kelli stayed at the farm while competing in the Australian Shepherd Club of America Nationals here in Shelbyville, and we loved having their championship dogs as guests!

Australian Shepherds are great family dogs!

Australian Shepherds are great family dogs!

Australian Shepherds are herding dogs well known for their intelligence and friendliness, and these dogs were model canine citizens. We loved having them on the farm, and hopefully they will come back for a visit!

What a great group shot!

What a great group shot!

Arena Reports

Nutrena AQHA Level 1 National Championships: Final Results

If you will recall from last month’s newsletter, we had traveled to Lexington, Virginia for the Nutrena AQHA Level 1 National Championships. We are pleased to announce that we have the final results from the show!

First, Reno and Marie won 5th place out of over 30 competitors in Ranch Riding.

Marie and Reno placed 5th in Ranch Riding.

Marie and Reno placed 5th in Ranch Riding.

And of course they had to pose for a victory photo.

We love this victory shot!

We love this victory shot!

They also placed in the top 10 in reining, and Reno enjoyed sniffing the ribbons.

Reno loves to sniff the ribbons. Maybe he thinks the green ribbon is made of grass?

Reno loves to sniff the ribbons. Maybe he thinks the green ribbon is made of grass?

They didn’t compete in the trail course, but it was still helpful to walk through the course. This pattern is complex enough to scramble anyone’s brain!

This trail course is definitely not for the faint of heart.

This trail course is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Huge thanks to Don Charest for his expert training! We couldn’t have asked for a better trainer to prepare Reno and Marie for this show.

Don Charest of DC Performance Horses is a top-notch trainer!

Don Charest of DC Performance Horses is a top-notch trainer!

Tennessee Stock Horse Show and Clinic

While the Nutrena AQHA show was happening, Clearview was hosting another hugely popular Tennessee Stock Horse Show and Clinic. Lucas Ayres (pictured left below) taught a fantastic clinic, and everyone had a great time at the stock horse show.

We loved having everyone at the farm for the stock horse clinic!

We loved having everyone at the farm for the stock horse clinic!

Huge thanks to friends Holly and Jessica for all your hard work and holding down the fort! We hope to see everyone back soon for another show!

The clinic attendees got plenty of practice with working cattle.

The clinic attendees got plenty of practice with working cattle.

Preparing for WDAA World Championships

The Western Dressage Association of America is hosting the WDAA Western Dressage World Championship Show November 7-8th, and we’ve been hard at work training before we hit the road to Tulsa, Oklahoma to compete.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page once the show gets underway, and we’ll keep you updated!

Equines and Services for Sale

Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850

Charlie personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality! Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

Charlie personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality!
Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

Corona Extra Chex, son of Nu Chex to Cash, is standing at stud at Clearview, and you could not ask for a more personable stallion to sire your next foal. He’s extremely “honest,” in that you never have to worry about guessing his moods before a show or change classes at the last minute. And when he’s not cleaning house in the show ring or training, he has a gelding as a pasture buddy, enjoys his leisure time, and gets along just fine with other horses on trail rides.

Pete Snow (“Alias Royal Snow”), 8 Year Old Registered Appaloosa Gelding – $7000

Pete is versatile, gentle, and as steady as they come for trails and ranch pleasure.

Pete is versatile, gentle, and as steady as they come for trails and ranch pleasure.

Pete is a delight to ride and as honest as they come. A true gentleman, he is laidback, gentle, and extremely friendly. He would not be suitable for games, barrels, or poles as he is not fast by nature. But for anyone looking for a steady, mature mount, he is well-trained and will take excellent care of his rider on the trails and in trail competitions.

Check out the video link below to see how steady Pete is on Clearview’s trail course and in the show ring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5lWbrfo3Ns

Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO

Tinker Belle wants to be someone's perfect pony!

Tinker Belle wants to be someone’s perfect pony!

Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony, 55 inches, ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a gentle, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She shows great potential in pole bending with natural lead changes. Tinker Belle has been ridden by a retired judge on the trails these past 4 years. Consequently she is happy and laid back. With just a bit of games training, she could make some kid a great pony for games or a wonderful trail horse for a small adult. She is steady, easy, broke, sound, and needs a good home. Check out the video below to see her natural talent for pole bending!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqoQ7PM5sFk

Upcoming Shows and Events

Get ready for another Western Mounted Shooters event! Then we’re wrapping up November with another Parelli clinic, and this time we’re bringing in 4-star and 5-star professionals to help you take your horsemanship to the next level. Check the links and contact info listed below each event for more information and to reserve your spots!

Nov 7-8, 2015 
Western Mounted Shooters 
Contact: Darren
Phone: (931) 632-0408

Nov 21-22, 2015

Parelli Clinic – Click for more information
John Baar, 5-Star Master Parelli Professional
Kathy Baar, 4-Star Senior Parelli Professional

And that’s a wrap for the month of October! We hope everyone has had a great time enjoying the peak fall colors and spending plenty of time outside with their equines. Continue to follow our website and Facebook page to stay updated on our upcoming shows, clinics, and special events. Thanks for reading!

Comment Questions: Have you ever visited Long Hunter State Park or the Trail of Tears? What has been your favorite trail ride this month? As always, we welcome your comments, stories, and photos in the comments and on our Facebook page.

 

Lola is growing up fast!

September Newsletter

Fall is here at last! That means cooler temperatures for riding, less risk for sunburn, and preparing your fields, barns, and horses for the upcoming winter. In this month’s newsletter, we’re thrilled to welcome our newest foal born at the farm, some hot-off-the-press show updates, and an important Public Service Announcement regarding a recalled brand of horse feed. Keep on reading to learn more!

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Charlie Hutton personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality!

Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

August Newsletter

This summer at Clearview has been jam-packed with hosting events on the farm, traveling to horse shows, and welcoming riders and visitors from many different walks of life. As we begin transitioning to the autumn season, we want to take a moment to recognize our friends both near and far and the transitions we all go through as we enter new seasons of life.

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So...where can we get an outfit like that for riding?

July 2015 Newsletter

It’s been a busy month here at Clearview! We’ve attended or hosted horse shows almost every weekend, and plenty of folks have visited the farm to trail ride, stay at our bed and breakfast, and enjoy the companionship of their equines. Enjoy our photo roundup of the highlights!

Special Feature – Happy Independence Day!

First, we hope everyone had a fun, safe holiday weekend over the 4th of July! No doubt plenty of you enjoyed cookouts, fireworks, and time with family and friends. But if you own dogs or keep your horses on your property, you’ve probably had to think about how to keep your animals calm if you live near neighbors who set off fireworks or within hearing range of a professional display. And while the 4th is already over this year, Labor Day is coming up fast.

We hope everyone enjoyed their Independence Day weekend!

We hope everyone enjoyed their Independence Day weekend!

Check out this helpful list of tips from HorseChannel.com on safety measures to take for your horse, donkey, or mule before the next holiday involving fireworks (Source: http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-news/2012/07/04/horses-and-fireworks.aspx):

  • “In most cases, it’s best to keep your horse outdoors where he won’t feel trapped. However, if your horse isn’t accustomed to being out at night, keep his routine consistent.
  • A large turnout area is preferable to a small paddock. If your horse is in a small area, there’s a risk of him running through the fence.
  • Check your horse’s stall or turnout area for any hazards such as broken boards or holes that could injure him if he does run around.
  • If your horse is in the barn, leave a radio on playing soothing music. The background sounds can help dull the shock of firework noises.
  • Watch out for your own safety and don’t try to stay with your horse in his stall or next to him in the pasture to comfort him. If the fireworks do cause him to try and escape, you probably won’t be able to stop him and will risk getting yourself injured in the process.
  • As a last resort, if you’re certain that your horse is going to have trouble, ask your vet to administer a sedative beforehand.
  • Start planning ahead for next year. The best defense against fear of fireworks is to desensitize your horse to unexpected sights and sounds using positive reinforcement.”

Thanks for the great tips, Horse Channel! 

Word in the Herd

Update on Miracle

Our rescue Haflinger mare Miracle has a clean bill of health and now loves trail rides!

No ribs visible now! Miracle is healthy and happy!

No ribs visible now! Miracle is healthy and happy!

It’s so rewarding to see how far she has come. When she first came to the farm, she was so skinny that her ribs showed and we had to monitor her diet carefully to help her gain weight. Now she’s the exact opposite at a healthy weight and now needs exercise just like any other horse to keep her fit and muscled. We’re continually doing groundwork with her, and she’s coming along beautifully.

Miracle with our gaited mule and Buzzby, one of our farm dogs.

Miracle with our gaited mule and Buzzby, one of our farm dogs.

She gets along with everyone she meets, including our gaited mule, farm dogs, and even a potential suitor! This handsome Haflinger is Ajax, and he may just be Miracle’s new secret admirer. If anyone wants to go on a couple’s trail ride, why not go on an adorable pair like this? 

Meet Ajax, a handsome male Haflinger with a taste for greens!

Meet Ajax, a handsome male Haflinger with a taste for greens!

Leisure Time on the Farm

Summer time is great for trail rides and just enjoying the farm scenery. Once the chores are done and any training sessions are completed, nothing beats an evening ride. And of course, our farm dogs often tag along for fun.

Josh, Caroline, and Buzzby enjoying the scenery around the farm.

Josh, Caroline, and Buzzby enjoying the scenery around the farm.

Finally, we had a real treat recently! One of our farm guests mentioned that she had always dreamed of riding a Fresian, and since we just so happen to have a Fresian on the farm, we were more than happy to oblige! We just loved her outfit and how striking horse and rider looked in this photo.

So...where can we get an outfit like that for riding?

So…where can we get an outfit like that for riding?

Arena Reports

Music City Donkey Show

July was jam-packed with horse, donkey, and mule shows! First we hosted the Music City Donkey show right after the 4th of July weekend.

How cute is this mini donkey?

How cute is this mini donkey?

We had some super star miniature donkeys compete – beautiful, intelligent, and adorable! The hospitality was splendid, and everyone had a wonderful time!

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The show featured in-hand and driving classes.

We hope to see everyone back next year!

Someone made out like a bandit with ribbons! Congratulations!

Someone made out like a bandit with ribbons! Congratulations!

Mule and Donkey Celebration

The next weekend didn’t have any shows coming to Clearview, so we got together with friends and brought some of our mules to the Mule and Donkey Celebration in Shelbyville.

The best part of any show is the camaraderie among good friends.

The best part of any show is the camaraderie among good friends.

The classes were impressive, with plenty of talented mules and donkeys competing for top honors.

The classes were highly competitive!

The classes were highly competitive!

Folks could enjoy a wagon ride during downtime.

Such a well-matched pair of driving mules!

Such a well-matched pair of driving mules!

Laurie Wilson and Toby got a ribbon in the flag race.

Laurie had a great time staying at Clearview! Congrats on your ribbon!

Laurie had a great time staying at Clearview! Congrats on your ribbon!

And the show even awarded ribbons to the farm dogs!

That's a prize winning dog for sure!

That’s a prize winning dog for sure!

PWHAT Show

We wrapped up the July shows by hosting the Pleasure Walking Horse Association of Tennessee for a day of classes celebrating flat-shod walking horses. Since Shelbyville is often considered the Tennessee Walking Horse capital of the world, it was only fitting that we host a show in their honor.

The PWHAT show promotes flat-shod, naturally gaited walking horses.

The PWHAT show promotes flat-shod, naturally gaited walking horses.

People love walking horses for their comfortable gaits and sweet, gentle dispositions, and we saw plenty of those prized qualities in the horses that competed in this show.

Walking horses also have distinctly adorable faces!

Walking horses also have distinctly adorable faces!

Equines and Services for Sale

Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO

Tinker Belle has no issues with water!

Tinker Belle has no issues with water!

Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony, 55 inches, ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a gentle, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She shows great potential in pole bending with natural lead changes. Tinker Belle has been ridden by a retired judge on the trails these past 4 years. Consequently she is happy and laid back. With just a bit of games training, she could make some kid a great pony for games or a wonderful trail horse for a small adult. She is steady, easy, broke, sound, and needs a good home.

Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850

Corona is a stunning Palomino stallion with intelligence, personality, and a stellar show record.

Corona is a stunning Palomino stallion with intelligence, personality, and a stellar show record.

There’s still time to take advantage of Corona Extra Chex’s impeccable bloodline and stud services! As you can see from the photo below, he is intelligent and fearless when learning new things. He quickly took to manipulating poles like a pro!

Corona, ever the fast learner!

Corona, ever the fast learner!

Contact us anytime to schedule an appointment to meet this sweet, personable stallion!

Upcoming Shows and Events

We’ve got two excellent, family-friendly events at Clearview to finish out the summer before all the kids are back in school. First, the Cowboy Mounted Shooters Associations will be back for a Western Mounted shootout. For more information about the sport, visit http://www.cmsaevents.com/home/. Then the Tennessee State Appaloosa Horse Club is sponsoring a show open to all breeds and ages, with a variety of classes to suit everyone’s equine interests.

August 8-9th, 2015

Western Mounted Shooters

Contact: Darren

Phone: (931) 632-0408

August 15th, 2015

Tennessee Extravaganza Fun with Friends
Open Show - All Breed – ApHC Pointed
Sponsored by: Tennessee State Appaloosa Horse Club
Starts at 8:30am
Judge: Susan Stafford

Show Bill

That wraps up the news for July! Join us next month as we recap some of these upcoming events and bring you more photos and highlights from Clearview Horse Farm! Take care for now!

Comment Questions: Did you attend any of the shows this month? If so, which one? We would love to see your pictures and hear your trail riding and competition stores in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Charlie showed brilliantly in the open reining!

June Newsletter

As we kick off our first newsletter of the summer, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the special bond that exists between horse and rider. I think many of us will agree when we think of horsemanship and equestrian sports as a partner relationship, and our horses quickly become members of our families. To that end, we’re dedicating this month to appreciating and celebrating that spirit of camaraderie that exists, both in and out of the show ring.

Special Feature – Learning From Your Horse

By Carly Altizer

Like plenty of little girls, I grew up reading books about horses – Misty of Chincoteague, Saddle Club, The Black Stallion, you name it. However, I didn’t discover my love of riding until just over a year ago. But in that short time, I’ve had more than one trainer refer to a concept that I found a bit odd at first, but now it makes perfect sense.

It’s this idea that, in addition to human trainers and lessons, the horse also plays a major role in teaching the rider.

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Mama and Baby Slide are quite the stunning pair!

May Newsletter

We’re coming up on the end of May, and that means summer is just around the corner! We hope everyone had a wonderful end of the school year (for those of you with kids) and a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. We’ve certainly stayed busy around the farm, so here’s just a glimpse of the highlights!

Special Feature – Baby Slide is growing up fast!

Remember that gangly little newborn foal from a few short weeks ago? Well, Baby Slide is growing by leaps and bounds, and at just over a month old, she’s already turning into a stunner just like her mama!

It’s amazing how quickly they fill out in such a short time. Here’s Baby Slide at one day:

Now that's what we want to see! Healthy baby, healthy mama, and healthy appetite!

Now that’s what we want to see! Healthy baby, healthy mama, and healthy appetite!

And now at one month:

Mama and Baby Slide are quite the stunning pair!

Mama and Baby Slide are quite the stunning pair! Like the photo? Check out the next section to learn more about the photographer!

They love hanging out in the fields now and come up to the fence to greet friendly faces.

She has no problem keeping up with her mom now!

She has no problem keeping up with her mom now!

Word in the Herd

Memorial Day Weekend Photography

We had plenty of visitors, bed and breakfasts guests, and regulars over Memorial Day weekend, including one very talented photographer! We were delighted to have Jennifer Raddatz visit and spend the weekend wandering the farm taking photos. She was kind enough to share a few of her favorites. If you like her work, be sure to check out her Facebook page – JLR Photography-I Said Cheese.

Bug poses for the camera.

Bug poses for the camera.

The farm looks gorgeous in black and white:

Driving up the entryway in shades of greyscale.

Driving up the entryway in shades of greyscale.

And this final photo perfectly captures the relationship between human and horse:

Gorgeous silhouette of a horse and her human.

Gorgeous silhouette of a horse and her human.

Got Hay?

For those of you living on farms, this is the time of year when you’re probably harvesting and baling hay. But if you don’t own your own baling equipment and want to save money on labor costs, Clearview owns both a round and a square hay baler. We frequently partner with other land owners who want their land tidied or don’t need all of the hay bales. In exchange for a share of the hay, we’ll harvest and bale it for free! Feel free to contact us via the website, Facebook, or phone if you’ve got more hay than you need. We use it to feed our rescue horses and regular riding horses.

Don't let your extra hay go to waste! We use it to feed our rescue horses!

Don’t let your extra hay go to waste! We use it to feed our rescue horses!

Speaking of rescue horses, we’ve got an update on Miracle and Tiara!

Remember Miracle, the half-starved Haflinger who still loved attention?

Miracle gratefully accepts all the love we can give her after her rough start in life.

Miracle gratefully accepts all the love we can give her after her rough start in life.

Well you would hardly recognize her now!

What a difference a healthy diet makes!

What a difference a healthy diet makes!

Miracle is quickly filling out and making friends with the farm’s jennets. She’s also starting on some basic ground work and doing really well!

And now let’s check on Tiara, the sassy Appaloosa mare who was recently measured for POA registration.

Tiara has plenty of personality and is making an excellent recovery!

Tiara has plenty of personality and is making an excellent recovery!

She now rules in her field and is also gaining weight and filling out.

Can you believe this is the same mare?

Can you believe this is the same mare?

Both mares have more progress to make, but we’re delighted with how they are recovering and will keep bringing you more updates on their health and training.

Arena Reports

AQHA Lucky 7 Show

We had a great time in Murfreesboro May 6-7th for the American Quarter Horse Association Lucky 7 Show. We brought six horses, including Corona Extra Chex, Reno, Magic (aka, I’m a Majestic Leaguer), and newcomer George.

Inside the show ring

Inside the show ring

Don Charest showed George in the green pleasure class out of a group of 34 entries.

Don (left) and George (right) are ready for the green pleasure classes!

Don (left) and George (right) are ready for the green pleasure classes!

We spent some downtime checking out the grounds, shopping, and helping out in the hospitality tent for lunch.

Pizza is served!

Pizza is served!

And Marie celebrated her birthday in the most appropriate manner – on horseback! She and Reno won a circuit championship in Western reining and the high point trophy in both reining and ranch riding.

Happy birthday, Marie! And congratulations to you and Reno!

Happy birthday, Marie! And congratulations to you and Reno!

And Corona won the Open Reining with Josh Foster, who’s now part-time assistant trainer to Don. Overall, it was a fantastic show for Team Clearview!

Reno's hard-won high point trophy.

Reno’s hard-won high point trophy.

Carol Coppinger Parelli Super Clinic

We were thrilled to have Carol Coppinger share her expertise in the Parelli Natural Horsemanship Program in a weeklong clinic. Plenty of horse owners came out to learn new techniques and methods for training their horses, and judging from the photos, everyone had a blast!

Clinic attendees work with their horses along with Carol Coppinger.

Clinic attendees work with their horses along with Carol Coppinger.

For more information on Carol Coppinger and Parelli Natural Horsemanship, check out her website.

Everyone enjoyed the weeklong Parelli clinic!

Everyone enjoyed the weeklong Parelli clinic!

Clinics also sometimes provide a sort of matchmaking service between horses and their new owners, as you’ll see in the next section…

Equines and Services for Sale

Glowing Assets – SOLD!

Glow and Tony, about to leave for Pennsylvania.

Glow and Tony, about to leave for Pennsylvania.

Cindy, one of the attendees of the Coppinger Clinic, leased Glowing Assets for the week and did a wonderful job. Over the course of the clinic, she also ended up introducing him to his new owner Tony! Glow now has a new home with Tony and his family in Pennsylvania, and we could not be happier for everyone!

Hawkeye – SOLD (Update!)

We also recently sold one of our mules, and Hawkeye’s new mom just sent us this photo while on a trail ride. Excellent picture! Glad to see that everyone is getting along!

Looks like a fun trail ride!

Looks like a fun trail ride!

Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO

Tinker Belle has no issues with water!

Tinker Belle has no issues with water!

Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a sweet, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She has also showed excellently in recent POA shows and has the potential to succeed in just about any discipline you want!

Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850

Contact us today to make an appointment to meet Corona!

Contact us today to make an appointment to meet Corona!

Here’s also a friendly reminder that Charlie Hutton’s all-star Palomino stallion Corona is available for stud service at Clearview. We just saw Corona win a circuit championship at the AQHA Lucky 7 Show, and he can pass along plenty of intelligence and potential to your foals. If you want the benefits of a stellar bloodline and the expertise of Charlie Hutton, world-renowned breeder and trainer, contact Clearview today to come meet Corona!

Upcoming Shows and Events

June is shaping up to be an exciting month! We’re closing out May with a Western Mounted Shooters clinic and then hosting events for Appaloosa and Stock Horse enthusiasts. Whatever your riding discipline, we’ve got an event for you! See the contact information and links below for more information.

May 30-31

Western Mounted Shooters

Contact: Darren

Phone: 931-632-0408

June 6-7

Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show

Contact: Danny Davis, President

Phone: 931-478-1004

Showbill

June 13

Amanda Johnson Walker Clinic

More information

June 13-14

TSHA Clinic and Show

More information

That’s all for this month! Stay tuned for our next newsletter at the end of June!

Comment Questions: Are you attending any of the clinics or shows at Clearview in June? Let us know your plans and any upcoming horse-related vacations in the comments below! And as always, follow us on Facebook or visit our website for more information on our horses and to schedule trail rides or lessons.