Margaret Bogie on Mandatory Microchipping
Ironwood Farm is the largest Fjord breeding and consignment sales farm in Virginia. Ironwood Farm has been serving the equestrian community since 1998.
We specialize in breeding, training and selling Norwegian Fjord horses, private boarding and English riding lessons. We stand the Fjord stallion, Ironwood Blitzen, S1, G1, V, E. Our Fjords actively compete in dressage, eventing, driving and draft. Our farm is located in northern Culpeper County between the towns of Warrenton and Culpeper. We are about an hour’s drive from Northern VA. Our property encompasses nearly 132 acres of rolling hills, woods and streams.
Margaret Bogie on Mandatory Microchipping
Thanks to all our volunteers for making our participation in the 2022 Culpeper County Farm Tour a great success!
I was delighted to receive this photo from Carrie McCrory today. She was visiting Bermuda and went out of her way to meet Ironwood Crow Hreidar (aka Bo) at Windreach Bermuda. Crow is a 2004 son of Curt Pierce and Marsha Korose's wonderful stallion LFF Ulend and our mare, SF Saska. Saska is also the dam of our own stallion, Ironwood Blitzen. We sold Crow to Windreach in 2014 and he has been a big success there.
Carrie is joining the Fjord community with her purchase of Ironwood Beaudyn (Ironwood Blitzen/DC Josefine). We really appreciate her visit to Uncle Bo.
Here is a longer introduction about my experiences and qualifications to serve on the NFHR Board of Directors. I will be making more videos about specific topics that interest me related to Fjords and our registry. Thanks for watching!
I am running in the upcoming NFHR Board of Directors election. Rather that write posts about what I want to do, I am going digital. I made this video today as an introduction. I will be making more videos over the coming monthon topics of interest. I want NFHR members to know what I stand for and what voting for me could mean for the future of the NFHR.
More jump practice for Courtney and Blitzen. This is Courtney's first time jumping him! Not bad for a 21 year old stallion!
Courtney and Blitzen do some jump practice for the Farm Tour!
Farm Tour is just around the corner! Here are Courtney Woodyard, my niece, and Ironwood Blitzen practicing for their demo performance. Quite a nice pair.
The 2022 foaling season is officially over with the arrival of a brown dun c**t on August 29th. Dam is Plain Dealing's Cecilia, a Prydarson daughter. Blitzen is keeping his c**t to filly ratio intact with 7 mares bred this year; 2 fillies and 5 c**ts. The c**t is healthy and perky. He is being added to our sales list.
Late this morning I had an experience that many long time horse owners or farm owners encounter. Two young boys, maybe age 8 and 6, came to my door and told me that I had a horse lying down in the field. They were concerned it was not breathing. The boys had accompanied their grandfather to fish in our pond. You can see plenty of Fjords from the pond but you would not be close enough to ascertain breathing. I asked them if the horse was a baby. They nodded. I explained to them that all horses will lie down and baby horses lie down regularly. What they were seeing was normal. They asked me how could I be sure it was not dead. I said if the legs were sticking out straight like it was a plastic horse then it was dead, but otherwise it was sleeping. I thanked them for caring enough to come to the door. I also thanked their grandfather who was putting fishing gear away about having such kind and caring children. And yes, for anyone who is worried, all horses at Ironwood Farm are alive and well.
This foal is such a disappointment to me! I was thrilled to have a chance to lease Blue Raven Farm's La Belle from Jill Kosek. La Belle is an Orka daughter and I wanted those bloodlines. Plans to breed her on one of Jill's stallions couldn't be coordinated. AI can be like that. So I bred her to Blitzen and hoped for a filly that I could retain for our future breeding program.
No such luck. I got a lovely brown dun c**t on 7/12/22. Sweet tempered, athletic and has all the makings of a wonderful sport horse gelding. Except I don't need a gelding in a breeding program. So sadly this charming fellow is available at weaning.
Mark your calendar for the Culpeper Farm Tour, September 17th and 18th, 2022. Ironwood Farm will be on the tour and this year we have some help from the Fjord community in our demos. At 11 and 2 each day, we'll be showing the versatility of the Fjord breed in our ring. Curt Pierce and Marsha Korose will be driving their pair, Ulend and Bo, and Lindy Hild will driving her mare Dagney as a single. We also will have a riding demo and a draft demo on the program. Come see all the skills a Fjord Horse has to offer!
The Culpeper Farm Tour is FREE. There are a number of farms and businesses participating so check out their offerings: https://www.facebook.com/culpeperfarmtour.
Yesterday was field moving day for a couple of mares and foals. We added more electric tape to a field so foals would not slip under the fence, so a nice new pasture with a shed and grass became available. We decided to do the move quickly because it was starting to rain, so grabbed the two mares we wanted and figured the foals would follow. Not exactly. One foal went with his mama but a different foal attached herself to the other mama. Everything was fine until the mistake was realized and neighing ensued. We had to reconnect the mare and foal with the right pairing. All is happy now. Too many independent foals at Ironwood Farm!
Ironwood Farm updated their business hours.
Not my horses, but I have become aware of TWO QUALITY geldings coming on the market soon. McKinnon's Neck Skye and Plain Dealing's Hans. I know Skye has driving training as well as riding training. I believe Hans just rides. Nicely bred. Again NOT my horses, but located in Virginia and owned by an exceptional Fjord owner and horsewoman. PM me for her email address and I will be happy to share it. I am not the agent for these horses, just trying to help out a friend and know there are bunches of people interested in an adult trained Fjord. Photo is for interest only.
It has been a busy summer with foals and farm projects. I have been remiss at mentioning that we have a 2022 filly and two c**ts that do not have contracts. I also have one more foal coming in late August. Now is the time to get a quality weanling at a great price. http://www.ironwood-farm.com/Sale-Horses/Foals/foals.html PM me for more information.
Today we needed to put our 2022 round bales in the barn. That meant the old round bales went out. I talked Tom into putting them in the field with Blitzen, the mares and the foals to let them pick at whatever they want. No pictured are how handy they are for butt rubbing. This is NOT high quality hay, but you would think it was the best thing ever as far as this group was concerned.
Coming soon! Jill Kosek has consigned her mare, Rumor Has It (Rue) to sell in Virginia. Photo is of Rue's sire GVF Skojolade, a performance and conformation winner from the fabled Green Valley Farm program. Rue's dam is PF Sonja a lovely performance mare who is from the Pederson Fjord's program This is real quality breeding; Skojolade only has 13 offspring.
Rue was born 3-30-2017. She has been in training for the last 18 months with FEI Rider Lauren Chumley. She has been properly started on the flat. Has 3 good gaits and has started leg yielding. Lauren reports she hacks out nicely in groups. Rue will be in regular training with Advanced Level Eventer Helen Hayn.
Rue is a lovely mare and suitable for a rider who wants an enjoyable horse to show. She is not for the beginner or timid rider given Rue's age and training. Rue will arrive in Virginia on Friday and videos will be available on Sunday. Watch this space.
On July 12, a new c**t joined the nursery at Ironwood Farm. Blue Raven Farm La Belle (Orka) had her first foal. Big thanks to Jill Kosek for the breeding lease on La Belle. The only thing we would have changed is the gender of the foal. We had hoped for a filly but Blitzen does not produce many fillies. So someone is going to have a really great performance horse instead. He is for sale.
One word as breeder. It is so important to check a new foal for passive immunity transfer. The immuno gamma globlin test (IgG) test is inexpensive to do and it saves foals' lives. In our case, the c**t was up and nursing. The mare had milk. The photos are from prior to the vet visit. On the surface it looked good. But the test revealed he was deficient in antibodies and needed colostrum. He was tubed and then given antibiotics. The mare was given medication to improve her milk quality. The difference was having a lively c**t today versus a dead c**t. So anyone new to breeding, please get an IgG test done in the first 6 - 24 hours of birth. The test is inexpensive and so it is the treatment if indicated. I waited a long time for this bloodlines cross and I am thrilled he is thriving.
Mares are sneaky. I was checking Josefine hourly mostly to get my steps in, but in between 4:30 and 5:30, she gave birth to a white dun c**t, He looks good and she has to pass her placenta, but is otherwise good, too.
Happy 21st Birthday, Ironwood Blitzen! It is hard to believe he first appeared here 21 years ago, but he has offered up an adventure that just flew by. He is an awesome performance horse with a laid back temperament; we are very proud to have him as our stallion. He has produced 60 odd foals to date, many of whom have performance careers in their own right. Today he celebrated with a beer. He is legal now. Underaged girlfriend, Plain Dealing's Greta was more enthusiastic about the beer, but she is Prydarson daughter and we know that Prydarson mares are pretty wild.
Happy Flag Day! Eastra decided to celebrate with a rare Blitzen filly today, Brown dun and sporty. Ironwood Blitzen X Plain Dealing's Eastra (Prydarson).
HOW MUCH FOR A FOAL?
To anyone who calls and hears the price and says “I can buy a cheaper foal somewhere else” or the person who doesn't care about papers because I want “just a pet or a happy hacker”.
No foal is “just a pet and a happy hacker”.
Behind every foal is a BREEDER. A serious breeder does not breed foals without documents that protect the integrity of the breed.
Registration papers are records of ancestry documenting the bloodline and enabling you to investigate possible health problems in your lineage.
When you tell a breeder you don't care about the papers, just tell them you don't care about the foal’s health, you just want the cheapest thing you can find!
If you choose to buy a foal from a reputable and quality breeder, this breeder is responsible for every foal’s health.
This breeder will skip holidays, and family gatherings , miss sleep for weeks on end, and most of their personal time is dedicated to their horses and their well being. The truly passionate breeder, who loves what they breed, puts all of their time into it. Not only for foals that are sold, but also for every customer who owns a piece of their heart and is now a member of their large family. Breeders worry about their babies after leaving and want the best outcome for purchaser and foal.
A breeder will get his hands dirty, often covered in everything that comes with birth. Because that's what life is all about... in the midst of birth and death is life. For every foal that is sold there are ones that don’t make it and a little bit of the breeders heart breaks along with the foal. A breeder conducts ultrasounds, analytics, emergency vet calls, vaccinations, registrations, researches pedigrees, deworming, hoof trims and provides the base start for the future of the foal.
Last but not least, a breeder CHOOSES the family who is lucky enough to have one of their foals.
A real breeder chooses who they sell to.
There really is no compensation that can offset the investment a breeder has made.
A good breeder has other criteria for those who want to continue their bloodline, why? Because breeding isn't a responsibility to take lightly, it's a lifestyle choice reserved only for the few devoted people willing to sacrifice.
Since a foal is never “just a pet” he/she is the legacy of the breeder, a low level eventer, an amateur show jumper, a career broodmare, the pony that wins for your son or daughter, a member of the family, someone's whole world!
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A lifestyle and commitment many cannot understand.
7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Congratulations to Kim Wheaton Nelson and her lovely mare Ole's Lolli. Lolli had a filly by our stallion Ironwood Blitzen. Unlike the mares at our farm who gestate forever, Lolli delivered early and her foal is doing well under Kim's care. It is always a joy to see another Blitzen daughter.
Ironwood Farm welcomes new filly born today! She's a big girl-365 days in gestation-a record for us. This filly is from the esteemed Full Moon Farm's breeding program and was purchased last year in utero. Her dam is OFI Klara, the daughter of imported Dutch stallion Tico. Tico has a blue ribbon score in conformation and NFHR medallions of quality in riding. She is sired by Tolgar a stallion from imported Norwegian lines. Tolgar also has a blue ribbon conformation score and an NFHR medallion of quality in driving.
We are likely going to keep this filly for our breeding program because she is unrelated to our stallion.
March snow happens at Ironwood Farm, but enthusiasm for breakfast never falters.
First foal of 2022 arrived today. A grey dun filly by Tolgar out of Millers Fjords Asta. Congratulations to breeder Jill Kosek and owner Mar Cox.
Last of the Horse World Expo photos. Alex Snyder standing in the Deep Creek Farm Fjord booth between Aunt Christine Hurst and mom Margaret Bogie. We had a great 4 days representing Fjords! Christine also joined the Frozen cast for a snapshot.
Happy Valentine's Day!
More pictures of the Fjord gang at Ironwood Farm. Even when presented with a feeder of hay, the Fjords will embark on blade hunting expeditions through the snow. Don't laugh at them-look at the time humans spend shopping for stuff they don't need:) Undiscovered treasures await only the curious.
Ironwood Valena, green broke, earns a year end award from Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association. Many thanks to her trainer Helen Hayn Pelkey for her work!
Helen Hayn and Ironwood Valena
3rd – Senior Intro Dressage
"There were no expectations for Val in 2021. However, Helen liked her movement and thought Val had potential. Val did well for Helen in some new situations. We are very proud that Val earned a year end award considering how green she is. We look forward to 2022 when we can really campaign her and add low level eventing to the mix."
E. Berkey Photography.
E. Berkey Photography.
It was very cold this weekend not that the horses minded. We had something to celebrate. Check out Tom's new vanity plates!
The Ironwood Farm Fjord horses welcome another winter storm. They sometimes use their run-in shelters, but seem to prefer to stand or wander in the refreshing snow (or hang out by a feeder).
Many of you know that I serve as the Auction Chair for Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association's Online Auction. CDCTA is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports eventing and dressage in Virginia. There are lots of items and more being added daily. Most items start at 1/3 of value. Fjords are well represented. Ironwood Farm is donated a riding or driving lesson and Deep Creek Farm is donating a driving lesson, single or pairs. ANYONE can bid. Take a look! Bidding starts 1/15 and ends 1/31/22. https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/cdcta-2022-auction-28845
Welcome to the CDCTA Auction, CDCTA is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the education and promotion of the horse sports of eventing and dressage in Virginia. To make a difference, please bid on auction items, give a cash donation, or simply share this auction on your social media us...
When the snow cleared today (and the humans ventured out), the Fjord gang was already hard at work...eating hay!
Foals coming up for breakfast this morning-their first snow!
The Ironwood Fjords send holiday wishes to everyone! Be safe, healthy and peaceful. If you have any extra carrots, please consider sharing them with a hungry Fjord or two.
Two of my favorites captured in a fabulous shot. Helen Hayn is an advanced level eventer and dressage medalist who has been working with me for over 10 years. She likes riding Fjords. Here she is leaving the dressage ring on Ironwood Blitzen, truly the horse love of my life. Photo Credit: Erin Berkery Photography
This furry Fjord is Ironwood Valena, a 9 year old mare who is just beginning her show career. We have high expectations for her given her breeding: Ironwood Blitzen, S1 G1 E V and Lupin S1. G1. E V. HOF. Lupin is the daughter of our wonderful first Fjord Serina 2075-B, S1 G4, V. Val is just starting out her campaign for an NFHR Register of Excellence Award. Rider: Helen Hayn, Photo: Erin Berkery Photography.
We had an overnight arrival.. Ironwood Blitzen X Wood's Else. She looks like she is a red dun. We know both parents have the red recessive gene and have produced a red dun foal before. This filly is Else's last foal. She has produced 12 registered foals in her breeding career. Else is 21 now and has made her contribution. Else will be started under saddle after weaning and have a retirement life as a pleasure mount. I thank Vicki Hovre for selling her and Candy Lund for helping me buy her.
This is what we were up to on the Culpeper Fall Harvest Days Farm Tour. If you saw the video on the NFHR page, this is a video of the afternoon show -- pretty much the same. Special thanks to Kristina Hopkins, Alex Snyder and Lindy Hild for their performances. Lupin, S1, G1, V, E, HOF was her usual fantastic self. She is 26 years old and perfect. And yes, she did enjoy getting all the carrots.
Sunday, Sept. 19, is the final day for the Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour! Performances at 11 and 2 followed by a photo opportunity with the princess and her friends.
Come join us from 10 - 4 today for the Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour. Ironwood Farm is hosting a short performance by an ice princess in our ring at 11 and 2. We'll have our fabulous Fjords, including foals, available to see and touch. We're here to answer all questions about Fjords. We love the breed and are proud to be part of the Farm Tour!
The Culpeper Farm Tour is coming to Ironwood Farm! September 18 and 19th!
Meet the Ice Princess and her Fjord friends! We are offering a short performance of a well-known popular song and a comic skit about Fjord horses. It will be followed by an individual meet and greet photo session with the Ice Princess.
Local princesses and prices are welcome to attend. Performance is daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Fjords, including foals, will be available to see and to touch throughout the day. We also offer printed materials on the breed including coloring pages for children
Square-cut or pear-shaped, These rocks don't loose their shape.
Gravel is a girl's best friend!
Yesterday was spent with TJ from A&B Kearns in Culpeper, spreading 85 tons of gravel on the entrance, driveway and parking area of Ironwood Farm. The official excuse is the Culpeper Harvest Days (Farm Tour) next month, but regardless, we needed these rocks.
Friday was a little hectic at Ironwood Farm. We had the unexpected arrival a white dun foal. The mare was not "due" until August, but mares generally foal earlier in the summer. Of course we have had multiple things happening all weekend, so it took a while to realize the foal had a large white star and the foal is male. At first Margaret thought she had a filly, which made the star a big problem. White marks are undesirable in Fjords and their presence diminishes the horse's value as a breeding animal. If you are a breeder, that matters. But the foal is male, so he will be a wonderful gelding.
There have been a number of white markings appearing on Fjord foals this year. Certainly a white mark does not determine if a horse will be suited for performance, but a white mark not something to breed for either. From our perspective, it just means that horse should not contribute to the genetic pool.
But he is super cute!
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