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Sweigart Stables

Sweigart Stables We are a family stable, owned and operated for three generations. Focusing on fun and friendship, training, boarding, showing, and lessons are available.

We specialize in American Saddlebreds, Morgans, Hackney ponies, and Friesians, and we serve all ages and ability levels. Our facilities include indoor and outdoor rings, heated tack and locker rooms, and owners who live on the premises.

Operating as usual

Happy Fall! 🍂🍁 Yesterday was the last show of the season for us. This picture of Lily (Paint the Town Red, owned by Cind...
10/03/2021

Happy Fall! 🍂🍁 Yesterday was the last show of the season for us. This picture of Lily (Paint the Town Red, owned by Cindy and Randy Zimmerman) and Nicole from last month was improved upon yesterday: they won two blues instead! Grateful for the beautiful weather we've had for this year's shows. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Happy 29th birthday to Murphy today! We love you! 🎂
05/22/2021

Happy 29th birthday to Murphy today! We love you! 🎂

Happy 38th birthday to Chimes today!!! He even got a special visitor this past weekend: Allie was in town from St. Louis...
05/19/2021

Happy 38th birthday to Chimes today!!! He even got a special visitor this past weekend: Allie was in town from St. Louis!

We love you, Chimes!

07/31/2020

We extend our deepest sympathies to Pat Kilcullen, on the passing of her husband, Tom.

Pat has been part of the Sweigart's family for decades. Her son, Zak, rode with us during his teenage years, and her granddaughter, Zak's daughter, Hannah, recently started taking lessons as well.

Our hearts ache for them and the rest of their family. We will miss having Tom, and the joy and kindness he brought with him, around the farm always.

Thank you, Willow Creek!
05/22/2020

Thank you, Willow Creek!

Our second May birthday: a very happy 28th birthday to Murphy! Owned and loved by Pat, here he is hanging out with his b...
05/22/2020

Our second May birthday: a very happy 28th birthday to Murphy! Owned and loved by Pat, here he is hanging out with his buddy, Ashley. Enjoy your day, Murphy!

Happy 37th birthday, Chimes! 🎉🤗🎂💐 Times are hard, but this old man is still loving life and the spring weather. He'd lik...
05/19/2020

Happy 37th birthday, Chimes! 🎉🤗🎂💐 Times are hard, but this old man is still loving life and the spring weather. He'd like to thank Ashley for the pictures and Brook for digging up his papers!

03/23/2020

Email that went out Friday that we wanted to post here also:

In compliance with Governor Wolf's state mandate for small businesses, but more importantly, for the safety of my family, my elderly parents, and my employees, the barn will be closed to horse owners and lessons until further notice.

Your horse's daily routine will not change as turn-out will continue, weather permitting, and normal training will remain. For the boarded horses that may not have regular turn-out due to the weather, we will see that they get longed/exercised in your absence.

Feel free to call me anytime during the day and check in on your "kids."

Thank you for your understanding in these very difficult times.

Furthermore, the April 4th Fun & Fuzzy Show is cancelled and will hopefully be rescheduled for later this year.

Sincerely,
Brook

Many of you may already be aware, but we wanted to post as well. Last Friday, our beloved Jean passed away at home. Two ...
03/16/2020

Many of you may already be aware, but we wanted to post as well. Last Friday, our beloved Jean passed away at home.

Two weeks before, some of the barn family visited her--complete with Dr. Suess hats for old times' sake! And a few weeks before that, Brook and Kelly trailered Issac and Lena for a special visit also.

Jean was always a light on the farm, and words cannot express how much she will be missed forever. Our hearts go out to her son, RT Custer, and other family; and special thanks to Martha M. Smith for all her work and compassion.

Funeral services are being planned for mid-April. See the comments for the obituary link.

A Message from Brook:Today I bid a very tearful goodbye to my dear friend and equine companion of over 19 years. Even up...
09/19/2019

A Message from Brook:

Today I bid a very tearful goodbye to my dear friend and equine companion of over 19 years. Even up to the morning of this, his last day, Auke’s nobleness, strength, and character touched all who met him.

Auke was flown overseas from Holland and arrived here as a lanky weanling stud colt with a neck like a giraffe. His willingness to learn allowed him to start his show career as a three-year-old, garnering championship honors in his debut show. Many more victory passes throughout the Northeast and New England show circuits followed. Over the next five years he was nearly undefeated, taking top honors almost every time he entered the ring and earning FPS Star Stallion. His most important honors were two Grand Championships at the World Friesian Show in October 2007 with his beloved owner and “mom,” Bobbi Jo Beck. As his trainer, this was one of the most memorable moments of my career.

Auke also shared with me another milestone in my life in August 2008: we rode bareback across the pasture to my father, who led him down the aisle on my wedding day. Always a gentleman, even as a stallion, he stood regally throughout the ceremony and receiving line, as an official member of the one-human-one-horse wedding party.

But in October of 2008, not long after that day, Auke’s life changed when his beloved mom Bobbi Jo lost her battle with breast cancer. In a mutual agreement between Phil, Bobbi Jo’s husband, and myself, we felt that Auke had fulfilled Bobbi Jo’s equine dreams and should be retired from the show ring only to become our farm’s “keeper.” Though he had performed exceptionally well in the show ring, he may have performed this job even better. His face was the first most visitors encountered when pulling up the drive, as he greeted everyone with his head hanging through his Dutch door. He spent the next nine years working daily, giving an occasional lesson, hanging out with the kids he so dearly loved, and enjoying his pasture and retirement.

Then on August 1, 2017, for a reason only God will ever know, a bout with colic led him to colic surgery. Although the surgery was successful, he returned home only to begin a battle against an extremely severe case of laminitis in both front feet.

This sent him spiraling on an unbelievable journey of severe coffin bone rotation, a hernia, two almost fatal seizures, x-rays, bedsores, ultrasounds, six episodes of choking, partial kidney damage from taking medication six times a day, numerous abscesses, and wooden clogs for shoes. Yet through all of that over a two-year span, he forged forward with strength and perseverance and never, ever gave up his will or spirit!

That we find ourselves here on this day, September 19th, is no coincidence. It was on this same date in 2003 that I left Auke’s very first show in Massachusetts to travel six hours home in the pounding rain of Hurricane Isabel to bury my childhood show horse, who had sustained a severe injury from a fall in the mud. Within that same half hour of burying Ray, Auke won the first blue ribbon of his show career and forged a special bond between the two of us.

It is that bond that has carried us through the past two years. And, in the end, it was because of this bond that I knew he would be too noble and too strong to give up. I was destined to make that decision for him. Therefore, I chose this special day. 9/19/19.

I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of “Team Auke.”
- my parents and husband
- Ashley, Stacey, Kiara and the entire Sweigart Stables Family
- John Haws, our farrier of over 30 years
- Willow Creek Equine vets and office staff, especially Dr. Boston, Dr. Vittoria, and Dr. Loomer

You have been proof that teamwork can make miracles happen.

And, of course, a very heartfelt thank you not only to Bobbi Jo and Phil, but also to Phil and Jo-an, his wonderful new wife, for the opportunity to love and enjoy this incredible horse of a lifetime as though he were my own.

Auke,
Go rest high on our mountain. Your work on Earth is done.
Until we meet again, I will forever see the sparkle in your eye with every star I see in the night sky.
Goodbye, my dear friend.
Love,
Brook

A Message from Brook:Today I bid a very tearful goodbye to my dear friend and equine companion of over 19 years. Even up...
09/19/2019

A Message from Brook:

Today I bid a very tearful goodbye to my dear friend and equine companion of over 19 years. Even up to the morning of this, his last day, Auke’s nobleness, strength, and character touched all who met him.

Auke was flown overseas from Holland and arrived here as a lanky weanling stud colt with a neck like a giraffe. His willingness to learn allowed him to start his show career as a three-year-old, garnering championship honors in his debut show. Many more victory passes throughout the Northeast and New England show circuits followed. Over the next five years he was nearly undefeated, taking top honors almost every time he entered the ring and earning FPS Star Stallion. His most important honors were two Grand Championships at the World Friesian Show in October 2007 with his beloved owner and “mom,” Bobbi Jo Beck. As his trainer, this was one of the most memorable moments of my career.

Auke also shared with me another milestone in my life in August 2008: we rode bareback across the pasture to my father, who led him down the aisle on my wedding day. Always a gentleman, even as a stallion, he stood regally throughout the ceremony and receiving line, as an official member of the one-human-one-horse wedding party.

But in October of 2008, not long after that day, Auke’s life changed when his beloved mom Bobbi Jo lost her battle with breast cancer. In a mutual agreement between Phil, Bobbi Jo’s husband, and myself, we felt that Auke had fulfilled Bobbi Jo’s equine dreams and should be retired from the show ring only to become our farm’s “keeper.” Though he had performed exceptionally well in the show ring, he may have performed this job even better. His face was the first most visitors encountered when pulling up the drive, as he greeted everyone with his head hanging through his Dutch door. He spent the next nine years working daily, giving an occasional lesson, hanging out with the kids he so dearly loved, and enjoying his pasture and retirement.

Then on August 1, 2017, for a reason only God will ever know, a bout with colic led him to colic surgery. Although the surgery was successful, he returned home only to begin a battle against an extremely severe case of laminitis in both front feet.

This sent him spiraling on an unbelievable journey of severe coffin bone rotation, a hernia, two almost fatal seizures, x-rays, bedsores, ultrasounds, six episodes of choking, partial kidney damage from taking medication six times a day, numerous abscesses, and wooden clogs for shoes. Yet through all of that over a two-year span, he forged forward with strength and perseverance and never, ever gave up his will or spirit!

That we find ourselves here on this day, September 19th, is no coincidence. It was on this same date in 2003 that I left Auke’s very first show in Massachusetts to travel six hours home in the pounding rain of Hurricane Isabel to bury my childhood show horse, who had sustained a severe injury from a fall in the mud. Within that same half hour of burying Ray, Auke won the first blue ribbon of his show career and forged a special bond between the two of us.

It is that bond that has carried us through the past two years. And, in the end, it was because of this bond that I knew he would be too noble and too strong to give up. I was destined to make that decision for him. Therefore, I chose this special day. 9/19/19.

I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of “Team Auke.”
- my parents and husband
- Ashley, Stacey, Kiara and the entire Sweigart Stables Family
- John Haws, our farrier of over 30 years
- Willow Creek Equine vets and office staff, especially Dr. Boston, Dr. Vittoria, and Dr. Loomer

You have been proof that teamwork can make miracles happen.

And, of course, a very heartfelt thank you not only to Bobbi Jo and Phil, but also to Phil and Jo-an, his wonderful new wife, for the opportunity to love and enjoy this incredible horse of a lifetime as though he were my own.

Auke,
Go rest high on our mountain. Your work on Earth is done.
Until we meet again, I will forever see the sparkle in your eye with every star I see in the night sky.
Goodbye, my dear friend.
Love,
Brook

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755 S Ridge Rd
Denver, PA
17517

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(717) 336-2327

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