Post by Lidija Rotherford on Feb 2, 2020 22:40:01 GMT
Not so much a new beginning for Rotherford, as much as it is the beginning of a new, cosy forum. I really hope this will become a center of creativity, sharing and fun, but we shall see.
For those of you who don't know RFE, we primarily breed Irish Draughts and Irish Sport Horses and primarily love the art of dressage! However, we are active in all disciplines and have a vast variety of horses beyond the Irish breeds!
Welcoming you to our new scrapbook is our most prominent and known Irish Draught stallion RFE Incandescente!
Our days have been progressing busy, as always, with me planning a short vacation soon, which I desperately need. We are preparing several horses for a few competitions on Cavallo Sims, and also some stallions are getting ready for a national stallion show that is coming up soon.
One of those guys is our 4yo Andalusian Caramelo I. He is full of real talent but his Andy legs don't usually do what we would like them to o. There is a lot of work yet for him but we believe he is ready to present himself in the 4yo prospects class.
I also have another picture of our oldie, Incandescente, who got a quick ride from Tia. He has nothing more to prove and has a strong legacy of sons and daughters behind, but she still likes to get on him once every few months. He is one of those horses that really like being retired, grazing and getting fat all day. Of course, he is no longer performing some moves like he did when he was in full training, but it's just for fun!
Tia is, btw, one of our two head dressage riders, and she is assigned to our Irish Draughts (especially youngsters) and to check gears every now and then on all of the older horses, when she feels it might be the time to. We are very happy with our team and with all our riders that school and compete our horses, but Tia's standards are very, very high so we appreciate her having a sit on all of them to see if they're headed in the right direction.
Today she also had a ride on Radenskyar II, who is a homebred by our deceased stallion RFE Radenskyar. He passed away before Raden II was conceived but we had some frozen semen left that we used on our mare Caolainn AE. The 4yo is still very green and VERY bulky, so he gets front heavy easy. His parents are not the best of movers, but they were both always correct, so we hope to get that something "extra" from this fella if possible.
She had a lesson coming up with one of the kids from our riding school, but she still had enough time for a quick ride on Califa, a 13yo Andalusian mare. She is... well... also a tad green but what-a-mover! Primarily here to be a broodmare down the line, Califa is working on developing her collection and to contain all that action that she has. She is not the simplest of rides. I believe this is the first time I am showing Califa under saddle (especially on this forum, LOL)!
Here's one shot from Tia's lesson with a boy from the school He is riding our 10yo Grade mare SugarBunny <3 She is really a saint!
And after him the grooms perpared RFE Verity for Tia to try out. This is a new Irish Draught mare at the Estate, imported by Maci Collins, for which we have high high hopes and expectations! But can we just stop for a second to be amazed at how stunning she is?
From the pasture shots I have a few ready...
And a new Irish Draught colt baby from Lexi House , who came with us without a name, only a nickname Snickers, so we named him Fitzpatrick AP (which is Lexi's suffix, Avendale Park). He arrived a few days ago but I only met him yesterday as I really did not have the time to do it earlier.
Post by Lidija Rotherford on Feb 8, 2020 0:52:47 GMT
Six of our stallions participated in a stallion takeover show on Cavallo Sims! We chose some of our younger horses to participate, to show off and be seen. Now that the community is in the situation that it is, young horses must make themselves prominent