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.
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.
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!
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.
Keep reading to see all the Christmas festivities that we enjoyed in Shelbyville and Nashville!
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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!”
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!
Marie also had an adventure trying to go down the ice slide. Apparently long skirts and ice slides don’t mix too well.
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!
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!
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
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
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
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.
Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO
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!
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!
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