our horse breeding:
a magical process of discovery and grace.
German Oldenburg Horse Breeding Program
The Story of Miss Me Not
Our German Oldenburg Horse Breeding Program began in 2004 when we first bred the mare for whom we named our farm: Miss Me Not. Miss Me Not, otherwise known as “Moomen,” has shown in her lifetime a kind of courage and heart that is rare among people and animals. She was rescued from the Thoroughbred racing world by dressage trainer Rachel Allgood at age three—gaunt and starving, with a cracked cannon bone. Rachel fully rehabilitated Moomen (also known as “Missy” back then) both physically and mentally, and taught her to thrive as a three day event horse. Moomen has such a perfectionist streak in her personality that she used to take off bucking if she so much as nicked the top bar of a four foot fence while going over!
Dressage, however, quickly became the third and arguably the most natural athletic career for Miss Me Not. The mare’s perfectionism, sensitivity, phenomenal work ethic, and astounding athletic ability responded to Rachel’s patient tutelage so thoroughly that Rachel was able to bring her along as far as Prix St. George level before the leftover effects of an old starting gate injury to her SI joints caused Moomen to have trouble with the amount of collection that upper level dressage requires when done correctly. So Rachel “retired” Miss Me Not to her fourth career as a lesson horse for her serious students of uncompromisingly correct dressage. Moomen’s sensitivity enabled the rider to feel a response at the slightest of aids, and she provided the perfect opportunity for Rachel’s students to feel the connection, collection, power and impulsion of the upper level dressage horse even while learning the correct second or third level frame.
It’s a colt!
When Miss Me Not reached fourteen years of age, still extremely fit and full of herself, Rachel allowed her to be leased for breeding to Contucci, a well-known Hanoverian stallion who has sired many top dressage and eventing horses. The 2000 foal from that union, named Consensus (nicknamed “Thomas”), has been brought along by advanced eventer Julie Norman Shamburger to become a formidable Rolex qualifier and competitor as of 2014. Thus began Miss Me Not’s fifth and final career: as a broodmare.
Given that we are an incredibly busy diversified farming and ranching operation, our goal of establishing a top quality German Oldenburg mare line out of Miss Me Not exists alongside all of our other goals—but somehow destiny keeps intervening to make our breeding program a magical process of discovery and grace.
Our First Foal
Moomen’s first foal here at our farm was a tall, gangly fellow by Feiner Stern, born in 2004, who we named Fiver. Our goal from the beginning was to find an exceptional home for him—because he was not a filly nor a stallion prospect—and we are beside ourselves with gratitude that his purchaser decided to keep boarding him here with us. We get to see him and take care of him every day, even though he is now known as “Silver” and his life’s purpose is not merely to be a handsome addition to one of our boarding herds, but also to become part of a burgeoning program of equine assisted personal and professional inward development.
Our Second Foal
We were beyond excited when Moomen’s second foal in 2006 was a filly, by Routinier. Her registered name is Mandinka, but we have always called her “Rafiki,” which means “friend” in Swahili. She has the same “human” eye as her father, and she is one of the smartest and most responsive mares we have ever known. After we fell completely in love with her extremely affectionate personality while playing with her and hanging out with her almost constantly during her first year of life, she broke our hearts and injured herself as a yearling in such a way that no competitive career could be pursued. Even so, we and others have always been interested in breeding her eventually—perhaps during the next few years. When she does her natural passage or extended trot across the pasture, you simply cannot tell that she ever was injured!
Our Third Foal
When Miss Me Not was an incredibly fit 21 years old, we decided to breed her one last time. Along came our darling Mia in 2008, by DeLuxe. We fell in love with DeLuxe via a video sent to us by his owner, Tina Beaman, in which she stood in the center of a pasture filming him while he strutted his stuff. He was entirely unrestrained, with no handler nearby, and at the end of the video he came charging up to her with his black tail held high, nostrils flaring—all the while being a perfect gentleman who slowed when he came near to her and put his nose out to say hello and try to sniff the camera. No halter, no stud chain, no sign of aggression or dominance. A bonus consideration for us regarding DeLuxe as our last stallion choice for our “golden age” Miss Me Not was that his semen had thus far a 100% success rate—all first tries, both cooled and frozen!
Our research has convinced us that DeLuxe has passed on his incredible temperament to many, if not all, of his offspring—and Mia is no exception. She was easy to work with from the moment she stood up for the first time, and many horse professionals who have interacted with her have been convinced that she will pass on that beautiful attitude and manner to her foals. She is currently in training with Rachel Allgood and loving her work. We hope to breed Mia, as well as her sister, during the years to come. Both of our mares out of Miss Me Not, and Miss Me Not herself, have been approved German Oldenburg and are all registered in their Main Mare Book. Though we are perhaps a few years away from breeding these ladies ourselves, we would love to see them bred by discerning, experienced sport horse owners to German Oldenburg approved sires. If you are interested in considering a broodmare lease at our farm or yours, please contact us. We especially recommend the idea of breeding Mandinka to DeLuxe! Moomen, as the matriarch of the farm, is truly retired now from the last of her five successful careers. She sometimes lives at pasture and sometimes lives at the barn, depending on the season and how much time we or our Interns and Volunteers have to spend with her. She welcomes carrots, apples, strawberries, and scratches...especially on that area just in front of her flanks that gets so, so itchy and is just out of the reach of her teeth and tail...