By our Rio de Dinero (Rio Grande) X Elounda Bay xx
Winter 2015/16: We are looking
forward to continuing to bring along the youngsters. They are all going great and won ribbons at HITS-Ocala!
We have Rockaway 17.1hh (Rio de Dinero x Galoubet), Chablu 15.3hh (Chacco Blue X Joy/Jupiter), Gigi 16.2hh (Golan X Dutch
Vivacious xx), and Izabelle 16.2hh (Zarr X Fleur de Lis). We have a great team of riders.
Chablu by Chacco Blue out of Joy (Jupiter)
Spring/Summer 2015: It has been
very busy here at GHF. We have been focusing on bringing Rockaway (Rio de Dinero X Galoubet) and Chablu (Chacco Blue
X Joy (Jupiter) along and Gigi (Golan X He's Vivacious) went to her first Dressage show in June and did
Gigi ridden by Chelsey Miller.
Winter 2015: Time to catch up on the latest news at GHF. Gigi
is in training with Don Sheehan. Zander by Zirocco Blue has been sold to Don Stewart who recently sold
our other very special baby out of Joy - Rio Mio. And Dino is ready to go over to HITS and show in the Pregreens!
We also now have a 19hh Belgian that came to us from a kill pen in PA. "Saint Nick" is amazing and is
earning his keep as a baby sitter.
- there has been a lot going on at GHF! Zander (Zirocco Blue VDL X Joy/Jupiter) has returned home as a 3 year old to
be started and is WTC-ing undersaddle. This boy is NICE! He is for sale to the right home. Great mover and
very athletic and kind. Metro (Mezcalero X Noble Nellie) will be going to a great new home outside of Boston
(and close to his dam Noble Nellie). Rockaway and Chablu went on a field trip and were shown at
their first over fences show. Both were great! Champion and Reserve! We are looking forward to more shows
with them. And Dino will be going back to work next month preparing for the pregreens this winter.
Metro and his new owner!
Summer 2014: It is a great
and busy summer! Rio Mio (Rio Grande X Joy/Jupiter) has been doing very well in the Large Juniors. Gracious
(Golan X Dutch Vivacious) is proving herself in both the hunter and jumper rings! And West Meadow (Westporte X Joy)
has been earning top ribbons in the Pre Greens and Adults. Congratulations to the owners!
of Ramapo Ventures has been helping us bring the youngsters (Metro, Rockaway, Chablu and GiGi) along. They are going
West Meadow winning in the Adult Hunters!
Four year old Rockaway ridden by Randy Eekhout
By Rio de Dinero (Rio Grande) X Citroen/Galoubet
Spring 2014: It has been an exciting Spring! Dino was shown at RMI - Ocala and won a bunch
of top prizes and was Champion. The four year olds, Chablu, Metro and Rockaway are gearing up to go back into work
and start going to local shows. And Rio Mio earned excellent prizes this Winter at WEF in the Junior Hunters and
February 2014: Gigi (Golan X Dutch Vivacious) and Chablu (Chacco Blue X Joy) did great with
Don and Paige their first outing to HITS, Ocala. Thank you! And West Meadow (Westporte X Joy)
continues to make her way in the Pregreens at HITS.
December 2013 - January 2014: Rio Mio was Reserve Champion in the Children's Working Hunters in
Wellington at the ESP Holiday and Horses Show. And his BFF growing up, BBG (show name Benevolence) won good
ribbons at Jacksonville and won the Southeast Medal! Yay boys! Congratulations to their owners!
BBG aka Benevolence winning Medal.
September 2013: We brought Metro and Chablu to the YHS at Cav-i Farm. They both were great
- very relaxed and a pleasure to handle and ride. Thank you Candy - you are always a great host.
Metro at YHS with Taylor Coombe
August 2013: Wow - August has really whizzed by! And the three year olds and Gigi and Izzy are
going great. They will be going on some field trips in September.
Metro a 3 year old gelding
Mezcalero X Noble Nellie by Noble Champion
Rio Mio and Molly DiNapoli Saugerties, NY
July 29th-31st, 2013: Rio Mio and Molly DiNapoli did very well at the National Junior
Hunter Championships in Saugerties, NY. They were 5th in the Handy, 6th in the Classic and finished 6th overall in a
large and very competitive field. Congratulations!
June/July 2013: Busy! Busy! The three year olds are doing very well with their training.
They are now WTC-ing undersaddle. Thank you Shane!
Rio Mio is continuing to do very well with his rider Molly DiNapoli. He was 4th in the Atlanta
Derby, and Molly was the only Junior in the top 12. Mio was also Res Champion in Raleigh in the Large Juniors, winning
an over fences class and the Maclay!
West Meadow is learning her job in the pregreens. She won a class at HITS Culpeper!
And Gracious (Golan X Dutch Vivacious) went to her first jumper show and was Champion as well as winning
2010 Chablu (Chacco Blue X Jupiter)
Spring 2013: What a fun Spring! Rio Mio won great ribbons at RMI - Ocala,
including a first and second in the Large Junior Hunters, 15 and Under. He rose to the occasion and was 2nd in the large and
very competitive Junior/AO Hunter Classic. Ridden by Molly Dinapoli and trained by Don Stewart and Bibby Farmer. We
are also very excited to see the progress of our 2010 babies, Chablu (Chacco Blue X Jupiter), Metro (Mezcalero X Noble
Champion) and Rockaway (Rio de Dinero X Galoubet) as they begin their undersaddle training.
April 2013: Congratulations to the owner of Rio Mio, he was Res. Champion of the Junior Working
Hunter division at the Tampa Equestrian Festival (Mio was second in all of his over fences classes.) as well as being Res.
Champion at WEF 11 winning the Handy!
Winter 2013: Things have been busy here at Gift Hill Farm. Gigi (GOLAN
X Dutch Vivacious) has been started and is going very well undersaddle. She is black, 16.2hh with a very amateur friendly
temperament, as well as being a good mover and very comfortable. My dear Izabelle (Zarr X Fleur de
Lis) is going great, she is a nice mover and very scopey. We are also enjoying seeing 2009 West Meadow
(Westporte X Joy) and Dom Perignon (Don Alfredo X Galoubet) schooling and showing at HITS - Ocala.
West Meadow schooling at HITS - Ocala
September 2012: It has been a busy
summer here in Ocala! 2008 Izabelle (Zarr X Fleur de Lis) is going well under saddle and will begin her show career
in 2013. 2009 Razzle (Rio de Dinero X Fleur de Lis) and Gigi (GOLAN X Dutch Vivacious) are being started under saddle.
And Rio D'Oro aka Felix went to the Oldenburg inspection and received excellent comments.
June 2012: We are very excited to announce the arrival of Rio
D'Oro aka Felix. He is by our Rio Grande son Rio de Dinero and out of our fantastic mare Joyeux (Jupiter). Felix
has been purchased as a stallion prospect and will be staying at GHF to grow up. Congratulations to his owners!
May 2012: Nasdaq had been sold to a great home in Michigan and Rio Mio has qualified for Devon in the First Years.
Rio Mio was res Champion at Brownland in the First Years.And our Rio Grande son, Rio de Dinero
aka Dino was Champion at his first show. He won the hack and three over fences classes. Huge thank you to trainer
Sandy Lobel and rider Megan Edrick. And thank you to everyone who has had a part in bringing Dino to this point.
April 2012: West Meadow (Westporte X Joyeux/Jupiter) has been sold! Huge congratulations
to her new owner! We are very excited to see Meadow go to such a great home and to the person who raised and
brought along Meadow's dam Joyeux!
March 2012: Our 2006 babies are continuing their winning ways! Rio Mio (Rio Grande
X Joy/Jupiter) was recently Res Champion and Jasper (Jupiter X Dutch Vivacious xx) is winning great ribbons as well.
February 2012: West Meadow (Westporte X Joy/Jupiter) was free jumped and
showed us her exceptional form and scope! This girl is the real deal!
January 2012: Happy New Year! The latest edition of The
Oldenburg Horse magazine features Gracious and Rio Mio.
October 2011: GHF had a successful outing to the Spy Coast Young Horse
Show at Cav-I Farm in Ocala. Chablu (Chacco Blue X Joy (Jupiter) and West Meadow both qualified for the Finals in Wellington
Comments from the Judge for West Meadow were:
Well developed, well framed, feminine expression, good length of neck, good leg,
flat in knee. Tracks correct from behind, tracks correct front, walks good, through back. Good trot w/loose, good engagement.
September 2011 UPDATE: Rio Mio a five year old (Rio Grande X Jupiter) has qualified for Harrisburg in the Pregreens.
Rio Mio was also Champion at the St Louis Indoors Preview Show with FOUR firsts and a second.
a four year old by GOLAN and out of Dutch Vivacious went to her first show in Virginia. She did very well with Jason
Berry in the irons and placed second. Congratulations to her owner Pat! We are very excited to watch Gracie continue
her show career and are thrilled to have Izabelle in foal to GOLAN for 2012.
Gracious shown by Jason Berry
Photo Danny Young
September 2011: The yearlings are growing up! And will
be gearing up for Spy Coast's Young Horse Show in Ocala on October 16th. We also plan on bringing 2 year old West Meadow
(Westporte X Jupiter) to show in hand and in the jump chute.
Chablu, Metro and Rockaway
August 2011: It's been a great August with the chestnut horses dominating the news!
went to the GOV inspection and received very good comments. Thank you to Judy Yancey and Clear Creek Farm for hosting
another Inspection. Zander is now weaned and has been sold.
West Meadow continues
to impress us with her looks, temperament and athleticism. Sophie is Westporte X Joy (Jupiter) and is 16.2hh at 2 1/2
years. She is the real deal and is a fantastic hunter and hunter derby prospect! FOR SALE
Perignon was sold to Shane P. as a foal. Ricky is currently winning in the Dressage ring. He also had
wins in the Hunter Breeding ring as a youngster.
And the Oldenburg four year old Sunrise
Surprise that we bred (and sold in-utero) by Autocrat and out of out of Sunday Drive xx, is gearing up for her show career
in the hunter ring in 2012. She has already had numerous wins in hand.
Zirocco Blue X Joy (Jupiter)
Don Alfredo X Galoubet
Autocrat X Sunday Drive
June-July 2011: Rio Mio (Rio Grande X Joy - Jupiter)
continues his winning ways with rider Sarah Young. He was Champion at Ledges in June in the 3'3" Pregreens, and was
Champion in July at both Lake St Louis I and II, also in the 3'3" Pregreens!
Rio Mio's half sister
West Meadow is available for sale. She is a gorgeous 16.2hh, 2 1/2 yr old by Westporte. See photo below.
Rio Mio = Rio Grande X Joy
Photo Shawn McMillen
May 2011: The 2011 colt Zander = Zirocco Blue X Joy (Jupiter)
has been sold to a very exciting home!
May 2011: Rio Mio does it again! Champion at
Brownland Farm Spring II in the pre-greens with three Firsts and two Seconds! Congratulations to all of his connections!
Rio Mio (Rio Grande X Joy) a 5 year old was Circuit
Champion in the Pre Greens at Gulfport after showing just two weeks of the whole circuit! Sarah Young was the rider.
Video is from his first week at Gulfport.
March 2011: Gift Hill Farm was thrilled to welcome from the world famous VDL stud and home of Zirocco Blue;
Wiepke and Janko van de Lageweg to our farm. It was an honor and a pleasure to give them a tour of our farm, mares,
and young stock. Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to visit GHF.
March 15th, 2011: We are very excited to announce the arrival
of our Zirocco Blue VDL X Joy (Jupiter) colt! He is a tall, substantial foal with the great temperament we have come
to expect from Joy's foals.
Zirocco Blue X Joy (Jupiter)
March 2011 Gulfport: Rio Mio by Rio Grande and out of Joy (Jupiter)
won 8 of 11 classes in the Pre Greens at Gulfport III and IV. Manny was Champion both weeks. He was sold as an
investment horse to do the Hunter Derbies. We are very excited to follow his career and wish Manny and his new owner
all the best.