AHF’s 2010 Wrap-up

I hardly know where to start.  2010 was a very active year for Autumn Hill Farm alumni, and for Fielding and his progeny.

First, BIG congratulations are extended to   Brittany Vleck and her 2005 mare Peri (Pablito – SPS Malena/Maurice) .  Brittany went on the Amateur Handler circuit in Hunters(show name: Philigree), culminating in blue ribbons in BOTH classes at the 2010 Devon Horse Show, Amateur Handler and Broodmare Suitability 4 and Up.  Peri was foot-perfect and greeted this huge new experience with aplomb.  Brittany’s family and friends were there to cheer her on.

 Congratulations are also due to Amy Longley – Fidelma’s new owner!  The farm seems somewhat empty without the “big girl’s” presence.   I wish the two of you years of happiness!






 Fielding’s Offspring –

This was an exciting year, as seven more Fielding foals hit the ground, being his total progeny to 11.   Best wishes go to:

  • Barb Hanel of Hood River, OR on her lovely colt “Forest” (Barb was exceedingly pleased with this cross, bred her mare Allegra back to Fielding for 2011 on a single dose of frozen). 
  • Donna Sullivan of Jarrettsville, MD on her colt out of her mare “Timeless”.
  • Karen Baker on her exciting filly “Solange”.  This filly was rated a Premium 8.2 at her ISR Inspection – wowing the crowd and the judge with her spectacular trot.  This filly is for sale.  Photos, video and Karen’s contact information may be found on the Offspring page of the AHF website.
  • Virginia Tech, Middleburg VA on their typey colt “Field Day” out of their TB mare Molly Brown.  This colt was purchased by our friend Lauren Dearlove, who has started some of AHF’s youngsters.  I could not ask for a better owner and start for this wonderful young man.
  • Sheila Wilson of Germantown OH on her filly “Xocolata” out of her Arab/Saddlebred mare Xena.  Sheila tells us that this ‘pocket pony” filly is everything she could wish for in this cross.  AHF is so happy to hear that!
  • Special mention must be made of Jill Burrell of Gray Fox F in Petaluma, CA.  Jill stepped in to provide a home for a TB mare in Texas that had been bred to Fielding.  The mare was only six weeks out from foaling when she arrived at Jill’s farm.  Jill was rewarded with a truly elegant filly, who scored a Premium with the ISR/OLD for 8.3.  This filly in turn captured the heart of a former boarder and “Field Trip” has been purchased by Natalie Rietkerk.  I cannot thank Jill enough for her careful and thoughtful stewardship of this mare and foal, and for generously sharing news, updates and photos with me.  I also wish Natalie the best with her new filly!

Finally, my own Fielding foal, Fabrizzio out of SPS Malena (Maurice/Wenzel I/ Valentino xx) was everything I could hope for as well.  Not only was Fielding able to positively influence the head and neck in the cross, the colt has an excellent foundation, appropriate for his size – which has been difficult for Malena to produce.  In what was the absolute highlight of my year, Fabrizzio went to Fielding’s former trainer Michael Bragdell.  I cannot wait until this colt grows up!

Nearly all of these foals, some with video, may be seen on the AHF Offspring page

Reports from the “Field”

Barbara and Alex Schenck of Florida reports that Premium filly ” Fanfare VT” continues to both grow and delight all that come into her orbit.  I hope to visit with all three when I am in Florida in March this year.

Laura Speer in Colorado is enjoying her 2009 Hanoverian colt “Field Trip by doing a little showing in hand.  Her handsome young man rewarded her with a year-end 5th place in their region!  Go Laura!  It’s so nice to see folks just enjoy their youngsters – while getting them out and about. 

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year!

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