The Belgian Warmblood Studbook (BWP) has approved Morningside Stud's stallion Wang Chung M2S, a half brother to our Sakura Hill Ahsianita. Wang Chung M2S is a 2003 KWPN Dutch Warmblood and was bred by Morningside Stud. His dam the Preferent and Prestatie mare Harnita is also the dam of our Ahsianita.
Wang Chung M2S was sired by the international showjumping stallion Royal Bravour (Ramiro x Orthos) and is out of the ster, preferent, prestatie KWPN mare Harnita (Ahorn x Erdball xx). Harnita has produced three international showjumpers and the damline has produced seven approved stallions and eight international showjumpers.
Wang Chung M2S was the 2008 CSI** Zwolle "Future Stallion" Champion with Dutch rider Eddie Brinkman. In 2009 German rider Felix Hassmann began competing Wang Chung M2S and the stallion was named Vice-Champion of the "Cycle Future Elite" in France after winning five international classes and placing fourth in another international class in CSI*** and CSI**** shows in France. Wang Chung M2S is also approved by the Anglo European Studbook, Irish Sport Horse Studbook, and the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland.
Room at the Inn
A windfall at Sakura Hill Farm, or room at the Inn…….
We have been in the all-too-familiar quandary of having very talented young sport mares from impeccable bloodlines that should remain in training and competition but whose offspring we need to produce what we intend to produce- outstanding jumpers for sale. ET has always been an excellent option from the technical standpoint, but unattractive from other standpoints. I am a pedigree snob and strongly influenced by esthetics. Moreover, I doubt that the care we give our mares in the feed, feet, teeth and handling departments is replicated in any recipient herd, no matter how highly touted. The cost of doing even one- not to speak of more- ET a year with a leased mare always gave us pause. And I was reluctant to have on the farm mares that, on their own, would not have recommended themselves to me.
Problem solved! We have acquired through a Florida rescue group four imported English, Irish and German TB broodmares that we will be using as recipient mares. Their pedigrees are unparalleled in this country, their provenance unquestionable and their reproductive health probable as there are one 6 yr. old,two 7 yr. olds and one 12 yr. old.
We think that this is a win-win situation for all- our mares are thrilled, I am sure, to continue their privileged “in training and competition” status, the new arrivals can rejoice in finding a “forever” home where they will be treated like the blue bloods that they are, Makoto will be pleased that the bottom line is not quite as far bottom as it might have been, Monica can continue to have a group of talented jumpers to train and compete with minimal disruption, my senses of aesthetics and compassion have been preserved, and SOs can take pleasure in the fact that we will be breeding more well-bred jumper mares each year. Plus, I am going to enjoy putting these mares in the pink of health!
So,in the Christmas spirit, Middleham Princess (Princess), Runaway Love(Janey), Belmopan (Penny) and her daughter Generous Belle (Belle), WELCOME! There IS room at the Inn!
Special thanks to Sally of Cottage Farm for bringing this rescue to our attention.
(Photos will follow when the mares' condition permits!)
November 27, 2009
Preparations under way to welcome Ahme
Ahme is making the trip from Wisconsin to Florida tomorrow. The mares here and the Sakurais are making preparations to welcome her back to Florida. Coincidence has it that our young photographer friend Jackie will be here on Monday, so we will be able to welcome her with a photo shoot! We look forward to sharing new photos of Ahme all grown up at coming 5.
November 16th, 2009
Monica's stay at Tim Stockdale's yard in England
Monica sent some pictures of her riding at UK Olympic Showjumper Tim Stockdale's yard where she has been riding for the last month.
November 7th, 2009
Breaking News: Sakura Hill Zorriola now in a training/competition partnership with Aaron Vale
Sakura Hill Farm is pleased to announce that their mare Zorriola is now co-owned by Aaron Vale, the celebrated trainer and Grand Prix competitor from Ocala.
Zorri will compete under the name Sakura Hill Zorriola M2S and the ownership of Sakura Hill Farm, LLC and Aaron Vale. We are excited to watch this pair as they develop! Sakura Hill Farm has retained breeding rights to Zorriola, so we also eagerly await her foals by ET.
Great Success at the 2009 KWPN-NA Keurings: Top Five
have been posted!
The 2009 KWPN-NA Keuring tour is a great success for Sakura Hill Farm. We are happy to announce that
Sakura Hill Ana Bella is 1st in North America for her Iron Spring Farm Cup performance for 4-year olds as well as 3rd for her IBOP performance and 3rd overall Jumper Mare in North America.
Sakura Hill Zorriola is placed 1st in North America for her Iron Spring Farm Cup performance for 5-year olds
Sakura Hill Ahme is 4th for her Iron Spring Farm Cup for 4-year olds and is the full sister to the winner of the Three yr. old division, Beyond P.
We are thrilled with these results and could not have done it without the tutelage of John Brown and Kirsten Kasper's helping hand on the day of the Keuring.
We were delighted to hear that Morningside Stud's ster preferent mare Harnita (Ahorn x Erdball xx) has received the predicate "prestatie" in recognition of the three international showjumpers she has produced.
We are thrilled that Monica is fortunate enough to bring our 2006 KWPN Ekstein x Cruising mare Bijin with her to train with Tim Stockdale.
An online show jumping clinic series called "Successful Show Jumping" with Tim Stockdale can be viewed Here
September 4th, 2009
Great success at the 2009 KWPN Keuring at Pennock Point
Zorriola M2S received a 78.5 in her Iron Spring Farm Cup 5 Yr. old Jumper competition with an 8.5 for scope and 8's for Rideability, Jumping Talent and Attitude. The judges commented that she was "careful and very powerful."
Ana Bella M2S received a 76 in her Iron Spring Farm 4 Yr. old Jumper competition, received 80's for reflexes and scope and 85 for technique in her freejumping, a 70 for conformation and passed her IBOP - all this after only 65 days under saddle! Daughter Monica rode both. Expectations were exceeded by all three!
Ana Bella Free Jumping
Ana Bella performing her IBOP and Iron Spring Farm Cup
Zorriola performing her Iron Spring Farm Cup
Photos courtesy of Reg Corkum & Jackie Finlayson
Ana Bella continues to progress with 62 days undersaddle with Monica and John Brown in preparation for her IBOP and Iron Spring Farm Cup for 4-year old jumpers at the KWPN-NA Keuring on September 3rd at Pennock Point.
"Hi Michele and Monica, here are some pictures of Joia. She is doing very well and growing like a weed. I saw the video of Ana Bella, she's a very nice mare, can't wait until I can ride Joia."
August 11th, 2009
Son of Ulysses M2S Wins British Showjumping Championship
Millfield Ultymate (Ulysses M2S x Condios) is the joint winner of the British Young Horse Show Jumping Championships 2009 in the 4-year-old British-bred division. Ultymate's sire Ulysses M2S is the same sire as our mares Ahsianita and Ultra-niki
July 29th, 2009
News from Ahme P's Competition Partner
"She did have a lot of confidence going through, we probably only sent her through 4 total times and then stopped. And as you can tell, she is careful. That's Ahme though, I believe she is going to be the jumper that will do anything for the rider, really tries to please,which is a excellent thing.
Everyone at the barn comments on her movement, she really is a stunner. As she has filled out the past few months she has really become the horse people just watch during training."
We are eager to continue hearing of Ahme's progress as she advances through the jumping levels.
July 25th, 2009
Success at the BWP-Inspection in Jacksonville
Sakura Hill Czola was presented for her H-Label for the Belgian Hunter Book and was awarded the score of 84, placing second in her group.
July 23rd, 2009
Grand Prix jumping star Miss Independent confirmed in foal to Willemoes
In December, Miss Independent, ridden by Laura Kraut, was winner of the Credit Suisse Grand Prix, the qualifying class of Rolex FEI World Cup. Other accomplishments under Ms. Kraut include:
•Second place in the Prize of Europe of the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, western Germany
•2005 winner at the Cosequin Florida Open Grand Prix
•Winner of the WEF Challenge Cup Series Round 1 CSI 2*
•Represented the United States of America in the 2005 Samsung Super League Tour
•First place at CSI 4* Antwerpen (BEL) Prix BMW
•Second place at CSI 5* Hamburg (GCT & RT) (GER) Mercedes Benz Championat von Hamburg
•Second place at CSIO5* Aachen (SSL) (GER) Warsteiner Prize
•First place at CSI 5* Brussels (BEL) Prix ROLEX CLASSIC
•First place CSI 5*-W London Olympia (16-17 DRE/18-22 JUMP) (GBR) GP
We look forward to Miss Independent's and Sakura Hill Ahsianita's foals by Willemoes in 2010.
June 21st, 2009
Happy Father's Day Makoto
Sakura Hill Farm's horses and humans wish to recognize and thank Makoto for all of his hard work and dedication to the success of Sakura Hill Farm.
May 31st, 2009
Half Brother to Sakura Hill Ahsianita, wins Future Elite International title in France
Wang Chung M2S, half brother to Sakura Hill Ahsianita won the 1.35 m. Future Elite International title at the CSI**** at Bourg-en-Bresse (France).
Earlier in the show the stallion also placed first in the two qualifying classes for the final.
Wang Chung M2S jumps for Germany with Felix Hassmann and is a Dutch Warmblood sired by Royal Bravour and out of Sakura Hill Ahsianita's dam, the KWPN ster preferent Harnita (by Ahorn).
In 2008 Wang Chung M2S won the Future Stallion showjumping championship at the CSI** Zwolle International Show (Netherlands) with Dutch rider Eddie Brinkman.
May 20th, 2009
News From Ahmé's Competition Partner
Ahme seems to be flourishing and will begin jumping in a month. Her partner says that "Ahme is so smart and really tries to please. I love her to death and am so excited for her future." We look forward to more pictures and videos as this mare progresses.
Sakura Hill Farm is a breeding, training and sales stable located in Gainesville, FL. Our goal is to produce and develop International Caliber Show Jumpers, Eventers and A-circuit Hunters. We strive to support up and coming young riders and young professionals in the Hunter, Jumper and Eventing worlds by providing top quality prospects at reasonable prices through our Competition Partnership Programs and Young Horse Incentive Program.