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Francheska AH places 4th in the 2013 AHS 2YO Futurity

Francheska AH, now owned by the Toering family of Waterford, VA placed 4th nationally in the American Hanoverian Society’s Two-Year-old Futurity.  This lovely filly strutted her stuff with handler Quinnten Alston in front of judges ImageGeorge Walker and Meg Williams at the Hedgeland AHS Inspection in October 2013, achieving a score of 75.

Congratulations to Rick, Jayne, Jordan and Hanna!

Fielding wraps up Wellington 2013 with a big weekend

photo by Mollie Bailey

photo by Mollie Bailey

The last year has been a highly satisfying one for Fielding and his owner Lindsay Mutschler. These two enjoyed a big indoors season last fall with good ribbons in the Amateur-Owner 35 and Under divisions at the Pennsylvania National & Washington International, and culminating with Reserve Champion of that division at the National Horse Show in Kentucky.

January of 2013 set the tone for things to come – with a Division Reserve Championship in the 18-35 A/O at Swan Lake. Fielding then headed to Wellington, Florida for the Winter Equestrian Festival in February. This team was rarely out of the ribbons in all of the classes they entered over the season, culminating in a division Championship in week 12. On this last weekend there was no stopping this pair – after contesting and winning their division, they jumped to 14th place of 42 in the prestigious $50,000 International Hunter Derby Classic round, qualifying them for the final round on Sunday, March 30th. On that day, and competing against professionals and Derby specialists, Fielding proved he likes the grass – jumping to 8th in the Final round, ahead of such Derby superstars as Taken and Brunello. When the scores for both rounds were added, Lindsay and her partner finished 10th overall. Well done!

Classic Round
Final Round

Lindsay has a few more International Derby contests in mind over the next few months. We hope to be there in person for a few to cheer them on!

Sad day for AHF

On Friday, March 4, Lesley lost her dark bay filly by Embassy III at 275 days.  The cause was umbilical torsion.  We were blessed in that Lesley was unharmed by the abortion.  We were very excited about this foal and the stallion Embassy III, which was to be Lesley’s legacy as Autumn Hill Farm winds down operations.

A very sad day.

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!

Enchanting accepted into the MMB, and leaves for her new home.

After being in training for just 60 days, we threw Ella into the deep end of the pool and took her to be inspected at Hilton Farm.  She rewarded our confidence by scoring a 6.67 to be accepted into the Main Mare Book of the American Hanoverian Society.  The inspector noted her height of 15.2, but commented that she was quite harmonious in her conformation.

Ella will leave next week to go to her new home in North Carolina.  Owner Helen Gillick has big plans for this little girl, including breeding her in the spring of ’10 to Fielding.  Excellent idea Helen!  A cross I would have chosen myself for her.  We wish them both the very best.