Volume 1, Number 2
After a very long, hard winter, spring has finally arrived with beautiful flowers and wonderful weather - so perfect for welcoming newborn foals and ushering in
another exciting show season.
Our warmest congratulations to Ben McKinnon of Lenoir City, Tennessee on the
arrival of his Spanish-Norman colt,
"Star of Orion,". Ben reported to my husband Allan that "mare and foal are doing splendidly." Allan and Ben share their enthusiasm for the Spanish-Norman in long, amusing phone conversations. A life-long horseman, Ben is a great story-teller and ardent supporter of the breed. We look forward to meeting him in person in
Tennessee this August.
We were delighted to hear from Joanne Fiola of Rhode Island on the outstanding progress of her Spanish-Norman geldings, Guerrero and Vivaracho on the show circuit. Both horses inherited their talent for jumping from their sire, Hamid Hill Farm's senior Andalusian stallion, the late Embajador IX, imported from Spain. Guerrero recently won first place at a jumping show and
competed very successfully with his trainer John Blair on May 1,2, and 3 at a big jumping show in Saratoga Springs, New
York. He also placed very well in several classes at a major
jumping derby in Halifax, Massachusetts. Congratulations Guerrero!
and Becky Sweeney of Half Moon Farm, New Vineyard, Maine sent me
some nice photos of their Spanish-Norman sired by their bay
Andalusian stallion Triunfo H.H.F. I was especially impressed
with their yearling filly, Bella Lune H.M.F. and we look forward
to adding her photo to our website gallery page soon.
It was a pleasure to speak on the phone recently with Kathleen Woehrmann of St. Charles, Missouri. She told me her husband's year-long quest for the perfect dressage horse resulted in the purchase of the Spanish-Norman gelding Koby Doblado, sired by the Andalusian Alipaz and out of the Percheron mare Oakstone Lacy. Koby Doblado was owned by Christina and Victor Johnson, D.V.M. We wish Daniel Woehrmann great success with
Congratulations are also in order for breeders Ann Puthoff, of
Fremont, Indiana, and Howard and Lynn Maxwell, of Boise, Idaho
on the birth of foals.
The Spanish-Norman was once again the subject
for a feature article in a horse publication. In the May 2001
issue of Equine
Journal, Helen Peppe profiled the breed,
including photos and mention of several Spanish-Norman horses
and owner. Click
here to read a re-print of that article.
and I sincerely enjoy hearing from so many Spanish-Norman breeders, owners and fans.
Please continue to keep us informed of your activities and interests.