Breeds, buys, trains and sells sporthorses Dundulk Sporthorses specializes in crossbred sporthorses, we sell a very refined draft cross and also warmbloods.
We try hard to match rider with horse and our best advertising is our past customers. We also take a few select horses in for training & sale if we have an opening. We focus on quality over quanitity!
What a story!
Have you ever heard this amazing story about Annie Wilkins?
In 1954, sixty-three-year-old Maine farmer Annie Wilkins embarked on an impossible journey. She had no money and no family, she had just lost her farm, and her doctor had given her only two years to live. But Annie wanted to see the Pacific Ocean before she died. She ignored her doctor’s advice to move into the county charity home. Instead, she bought a cast-off brown gelding named Tarzan, donned men’s dungarees, and headed south in mid-November, hoping to beat the snow. Annie had little idea what to expect beyond her rural crossroads; she didn’t even have a map. But she did have her ex-racehorse, her faithful mutt, and her own unfailing belief that Americans would treat a stranger with kindness.
Annie, Tarzan, and her dog, Depeche Toi, rode straight into a world transformed by the rapid construction of modern highways. Between 1954 and 1956, the three travelers pushed through blizzards, forded rivers, climbed mountains, and clung to the narrow shoulder as cars whipped by them at terrifying speeds. Annie rode more than four thousand miles, through America’s big cities and small towns. Along the way, she met ordinary people and celebrities—from Andrew Wyeth (who sketched Tarzan) to Art Linkletter and Groucho Marx. She received many offers—a permanent home at a riding stable in New Jersey, a job at a gas station in rural Kentucky, even a marriage proposal from a Wyoming rancher. In a decade when car ownership nearly tripled, when television’s influence was expanding fast, when homeowners began locking their doors, Annie and her four-footed companions inspired an outpouring of neighborliness in a rapidly changing world.
Read more about Annie in The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts
Along the lines of the previous post about owning a horse is a privilage.
In her first installment, a hesitant mom shared her daughter’s slow but steady path to equestrian obsession. Today learn about that first pony who helped take everything to the next level. BY JENNIFER GOLIGHTLY The hunter-jumper trainer at the barn where my father boarded Savvy had told him there ...
Five-time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund shares her dressage training secrets at a Kentucky symposium.
Another Dundulk graduate - Lily in her 12th season of hunting, Percheron x Hackney mare (although often mistaken for a Cleveland Bay😆)
W.B. Manning's A Moment in Time Photography
It is a privilege to own a horse!
A thought-provoking read.
By Jane Smiley
Most horses pass from one human to another - some horsemen and women are patient and forgiving, others are rigorous and demanding, others are cruel, others are ignorant.
Horses have to learn how to, at the minimum, walk, trot, canter, gallop, go on trails and maybe jump, to be treated by the vet, all with sense and good manners.
Talented Thoroughbreds must learn how to win races, and if they can't do that, they must learn how to negotiate courses and jump over strange obstacles without touching them, or do complicated dance
like movements or control cattle or accommodate severely handicapped children and adults in therapy work.
Many horses learn all of these things in the course of a single lifetime. Besides this, they learn to understand and fit into the successive social systems of other horses they meet along the way.
A horse's life is rather like twenty years in foster care, or in and out of prison, while at the same time changing schools over and over and discovering that not only do the other students already have their own social groups, but that what you learned at the old school hasn't much application at the new one.
We do not require as much of any other species, including humans.
That horses frequently excel, that they exceed the expectations of their owners and trainers in such circumstances, is as much a testament to their intelligence and adaptability as to their relationship skills or their natural generosity or their inborn nature. That they sometimes manifest the same symptoms as abandoned orphans - distress, strange behaviors, anger, fear - is less surprising than that they usually don't.
No one expects a child, or even a dog to develop its intellectual capacities living in a box 23 hours a day and then doing controlled exercises the remaining one.
Mammal minds develop through social interaction and stimulation.
A horse that seems "stupid", "slow", "stubborn", etc. might just have not gotten the chance to learn!
Take care of your horses and treasure them.
A problem, but a good problem to have?
Introducing William F. Cody! Cody is a 3 yo Draft x QH gelding, approximatley 15.2H and growing, should mature around 16-16.1H I believe him to be a liver chestnut (others may disagree). He knows everything a 3 yo should know, and a bit more - ties, baths, good for farrier, vet, mane pulling, loading, shipping, easy in turnout, an all around stellar personality. He is big mover and has a world class canter. Suitable as a dressage mount, foxhunter or eventer. He is green under tack, but hacking out without any drama and learning forward and straight. Currently in the high fours until he gets a bit more mileage. PM for more info, I don't always see comments.
Horse show morning with Sunisa Lee (Sunny in the barn). Sunny is a 9 yo Belgian x QH mare. She has a varied background which includes driving and western and now she’s trying her hand at dressage. This mare tries harder than any horse I have ever had the pleasure of knowing-ask her and she’ll do her best. She was quiet and super responsive for her first show and totally focused on her rider amid many distractions. She is lovely to handle, stands for everything, vet, farrier, bathing, loads, clips, stands tied-just an absolute pleasure to do anything with. A month ago she was in a western saddle, today she scored a 65 and 67% at her first go at dressage. She is truly a gem! https://youtu.be/eCxn2WUzkFs
Breeds, buys, trains and sells sporthorses
Lovely write up from Alexis Leonard about the horse she purchased from me, formerly known as King (now Roman). This, right here, is why I do this - horses like this and people like this, love them to bits! Thanks, Alexis for loving him so much!
"Pictures are worth a thousand words - and suffice to say that moment on August 20th, 2013 when the Dundulk Sporthorses trailer pulled in the farm drive and unloaded a fit, 5 year old crossbred with a pointy mane, my face says: "I think I just won the lottery?"
I still felt the same way this morning as I kissed that 13 year old milk-bucket nose with the pointy mane, feeding him his breakfast - looking back on all these years of hunting, eventing, camping, lessons, clinics, jumps, dressage tests, swimming, exploring, (Lili's first rides!), long gallops, general silliness and misadventure.
Happy 8 Year Horse-iverary to our sweet, kind, perfect Roman. The horse of my heart ❤️ff
Worth their weight in gold!
I want to take a few moments to honor the Pony Club horses and ponies and also to the school horses. As I teach clinics around the country, including Hawaii and Alaska, I meet the most precious beings whose patience as teachers astounds me! Year in and year out, week after week, they allow our equestrian children (and adults!) to be free and run through fields and jump over obstacles with ease! And when their human partner’s legs grow too long or their human progresses in ability, they are passed onto the next generation to learn all over again!! Let’s all raise a glass to these amazing teachers!!
US wins team silver in dressage!!!
Tokyo—July 27 At the end of her test, instead of an ebullient fist pump or celebratory slap of Sanceo’s neck, Sabine Schut-Kery quietly patted her horse, then walked out of the ring wiping her eyes as her teammates cheered and hugged on the si...
Today is National I Love Horses Day. Embrace the neighsayers.
Don't try this at home 😂
Absolutely thrilled to send Hanalei to her new home with Cory! Couldn’t ask for a better fit! Thanks also to Brian Kelly who, in just a couple of rides, showed this mare that working over her back into soft contact was the most comfortable way to go.
And we have a show horse! Mango was outstanding at his first show. We schooled him at the venue last week but we were the only ones there, and the atmosphere was quite different from today with all the horses, canopies, traffic, etc. He took everything in stride and came home with a 65.3%. Really impressed with his laid-back attitude in the electric atmosphere - great things in his future!
Photos from Nantwich Equine Vets's post
Friends, we are pleased to announce several new sales horses and tell you a bit more about our offerings. As most of you know, we relocated to Aiken in April of last year. The past 12 months have been a flurry of renovations of the house, barn, paddocks and fencing and generally making the place horse friendly.
Our farm, “Lucky Enough Farm”, home to Dundulk Sporthorses is located eight miles from the city of Aiken and from two to ten miles to most every venue Aiken has to offer – Stable View, Full Gallop, Bruce’s Field, Jumping Branch, Paradise Farm, Sporting Days, The Vista, etc. We are located on a quiet road, around the corner from the New Bridge Polo club.
We have lots to offer!
Seasonal Rentals: We have a twelve stall barn available for short and long term seasonal rentals with 12x12 newly matted stalls. It is an ideal location for folks coming down for a weekend, a couple of weeks or a month or more. It is a quiet, bucolic setting away from the hustle and bustle of the “tent city” stalls of the large venues, yet conveniently close to all of them. Hack here, or a take a short trailer drive to school cross country. Horses settle in nicely in the relaxing atmosphere.
Retirement Board: Have a cherished horse that would benefit from a milder climate, lots of turnout and soft ground? We can give them that, plus a stall during any inclement weather, a high-quality feeding program, vet, farrier and dentist appointments and whatever they need – blanketing, flyspray, etc. We have 40 years of experience caring for horses and can supply references. We treat every horse as our own and are experienced with geriatrics and rescue cases. Please contact us for more details. We are currently full but have a wait list.
Training, people: Finally, we are pleased to introduce Mary Regele of Mary Regele Workouts and Wellness (www.maryregeleworkoutsandwellness.com) Mary lives on the farm (with her horse, Patrick) and is our trusted caretaker of the animals when we are not here. She is also a personal trainer who offers online training. Being a horsewoman herself, she knows what riders need and has several classes that target equestrians. Her classes are incredibly reasonable and you can work out safely from your own home – no masks required! Follow her FB page or check out her website. You can drop into classes whenever you feel like it, or sign up for personal training! Check out a sample training video here: https://youtu.be/vhXIVMxV01M
Can't read this without crying . . .
Whether they are top professionals or adult amateurs, most riders can point to a special horse that made them—the one who gave them their foundation and helped achieve their goals. For three-day event rider Will Faudree, that horse was Antigua, ...
A Thousand times this!!!
Andrew McLean tells us:
“The horse must travel in-hand and under saddle free of any constant rein or leg pressure, otherwise he will switch off to them. At first, the concept of self-carriage seems simple enough. It means that the horse self-maintains his own rhythm, tempo, stride length, straightness, outline and rein and leg contact and engagement. It therefore implies that he mustn’t occasionally or constantly quicken, slow, drift raise or lower his head, lengthen or shorten his neck, lean or drop the bit, squirm away from the rider’s leg contact or fall onto the forehand. For the horse to truly carry himself, it is nor just about his outline as most riders imagine. And neither is it about the rider constantly maintaining the horse in all the qualities required – it’s about the horse being trained to maintain them himself.” Read more: https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2014/12/principles-of-horsemanship-part-7-self-carriage/
I've always tried to do this . . .
Unlike humans, horses are designed to run on a full stomach. Feeding your horse 2-3L of chaff or a biscuit of hay prior to exercise has two benefits :
1️⃣ The chaff will form a ball of feed in the stomach, which will help prevent acid from splashing up from the lower part of the stomach to cause gastric ulcers.
2️⃣ Blood is normally diverted away from the stomach during exercise, which reduces some of its normal protective mechanisms. Research has shown that feeding your horse before exercise actually reduces the amount of blood that is shunted away from the stomach and also increases the amount of blood delivered to the skeletal muscles and muscles of the chest. So not only are you helping to protect the stomach, you also might be improving your horse’s performance.
For more information : http://ow.ly/CfYy50Dmwnh
Please don’t be so hard on yourself. You are miles ahead of the critic on the sidelines, the doubters, the naysayers. Find EVERY positive, and BANK THAT SH*T.
Jeep and Mango😊
Jeep, 3 yo Belgian x QH gelding
Couple of new arrivals! More info to follow, this is Mango. A coming 4 yo Belgian x gelding.
So happy to host Tori Miller and her Paragon Eventing family, Teresa Noble Peck! Congrats on their fabulous finishes and looking forward to seeing them next season!
So happy to host Tori Miller and her Paragon Eventing family, Teresa Noble Peck! Congrats on their fabulous finishes and looking forward to seeing them next season!
Friendly reminder that daylight savings starts this weekend! 🐾
Try not to cry . . .
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Mount Magnum - submitted by Magnum’s partners at the State Police Mounted Unit
Yesterday, the Massachusetts State Police Mounted Unit said goodbye to its longest tenured member, a 24-year-old Clydesdale/Hackney cross named Magnum. If that name sounds familiar to you, it should. Over his 21 years as a member of the Mounted Unit Magnum has seen and done it all, from all corners of the state of Massachusetts to as far away as Washington D.C.. Magnum has been a mainstay at everything from daily patrols of the states beaches and parks to summer camps and parades, large scale events at Gillette Stadium, the Esplanade and various other venues. During all of those duties Magnum became a favorite of the public no matter where we were. He touched a lot of lives and he probably never realized the joy he brought to so many over those years.
Magnum came to the State Police Mounted Unit as a 3-year-old gelding through of all things a trade of horses between 2 Mounted Units. Needless to say that Magnum was the crown jewel of the trade. Magnum immediately established himself as the go to horse of the fleet. Steady and strong, Magnum showed his worth time and time again, event after event, year after year. It was like he was born to do this type of work. If a Mounted Unit could build a prototype of the perfect horse to lead their unit, it would be Magnum. “ Bombproof” is a horse term that can be thrown around loosely at times, but with Magnum it was the absolute perfect description.
These accolades may sound like hyperbole to some, but to those who had the distinct pleasure of having Magnum under saddle over the last 20 plus years, truer words could not be spoken. Magnum was a kind and gentle soul when the situation allowed, always being a prince for young children and adults alike. But when the lights come on and the Unit had to be at the ready Magnum was in front leading the charge. The rider always knew that if Magnum was there, the job would get done. His calm demeanor under all kinds of pressure would give comfort to the horses around him and help to complete any mission.
Magnum has trained well over 100 Troopers in his years with the Unit. With every young Trooper that entered the Unit training program over the years, Magnum challenged each one from the first time you threw a leg over. What seemed like a horse having his way with you was in fact a horse teaching you to get the best out of yourself. No small feat, but he made many a solid mounted Trooper throughout his career.
In the last couple of years our mainstay has begun to slow after years of carrying rider after rider after rider. As like everything Magnum did leading up to his last days, he took it all in stride, with his calm and loving demeanor never wavering. A kind and gentle giant who will always be remembered fondly by all of the Unit members that have come through our facility, and by the public as well.
Magnum, rest easy pal. You’ve earned it! Your paddock in the heavens awaits.
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