This is a photo of my sidekick at the farm, Kayla. She is a Boyken Spaniel who is really my husband, Bobby's dog to take bird hunting (which she does well).and is a "therapy" dog too....but she's usually riding beside me in the mule feeding horses!!!
Exclaimation - again!
Dr. Susan Funk just keeps on having fun training this lovely youngster by Claim to Fame, Exclaimation! (Sport). First he was with Lynn Palm (photo below), then he was jumping in hunter shows (below too), then he was dabbling in dressage (with Susan, she did very well) and now they're having fun in competetive trailriding!(a pro rode him his first time in these photos)....Sport was cool and calm..in the rain!
Susan is shown on the chestnut pinto....her older special mare.
Exclaimation........flying high like Dad!
Just got this cute photo of Exclaimation, a darling gelding by Claim to Fame and out of Colormarks. Dr. Susan Funk, of Bedford, VA owns him.....and is graciously letting a 15 year old girl ride him. Here is a wonderful photo they just sent us of "Scout" jumping beautifully........those tight knees remind me of "dear ole dad".......
2009 Foals love their naps!
Jackie Gordon walked into the back pasture looking for the foals, and she found them taking a nap in their run in shed. How cute!! They are: Encounter (Charlie) in the rear, Impecable (Georgie) in the front left and Claim Applause (ChaCha) on the right!
A'Claim in her first snow!!
We so appreciate Signature Sporthorses (Jessica and Jennifer) allowing us to post this photo of Claim to Fame's daughter, A'Claim (Onyx). Even in this snow you can see her beautiful black head and neck! They say she loves playing in it!
It's her first time ever seeing snow.......but it does our heart good to see her doing so well and happy! Thanks to all of our "extended family" for keeping in touch!!!
Impeccable wins the Gold at his RPSI inspection!
We are thrilled that our new colt just won the Gold Premiium Inspection on July 28th............at RSSI,held today in Orlando!
Our first Flying Colors Foals - 1996
Just found this old photo of our first foals born at Flying Colors Farm and thier dams.......
Exclaimation and Lynn Palm!!
Just got this fantastic photo of Lynn Palm riding Exclaimation, the darling colt by Claim to Fame and out of Colormarks (full brother to A'Claim, Eclipse and Claim Applause).
March 21, 2009 Pizzaz and Patti visited the Cavallo Farms Horse Show for an "outting".
Patti is known to frequent local shows and farms with visiting youngsters, to help them learn to trailer, travel, and go to shows even before they compete or are under saddle!
Claim to Fame's first foal now a fantastic hunter!
We are so thrilled to get this photo of Make a Claim (Thursday).......Claim to Fame's first test foal. She is now five years old, seventeen hands tall, and a regular in the hunt field with Rappahannock Hunt in Culpeper, VA. We're so oproud of her...
Legacy of Colors
This is a photo of one of the first mares to be born here, Legacy of Colors. She was ridden by Farrel Lyles, and competed with Sweetbriar Equestrian Team.
AKULA, ........OUR FOUNDATION TB MARE
We want to honor Akula, our foundation TB mare by Assault Landing....who was by Buckfinder, Buckpasser and Tom Fool. She was a LOVELY 16 hand black TB who had six foals for us! I also rode her foxhunting in First Flight with Live Oak Hounds.....barefoot! In fact she NEVER had a pair of shoes on......and had perfect feet! She was such a sweet, beautiful mare........shown here at the age of 17........after six foals: Kalhua and Cream, Claim to Fame, Flawless, Newsprint, Chromatic and Rodeo' Drive. She was judged premium by Rheinlaand Pfalz Saar International as a 15 year old, and accepted into the Hannoverian Mare Book (quite a feat for a 17 year old TB mare.......and judged "8" for hind legs!!) Every foal she had was "gold premium"......we honor her.......and miss her lots!
Kahlua and Cream, our first born, doing great!
We are so happy to have heard from KC (Kalhua and Cream)....the first filly born at Flying Colors Farm and Claim to Fame's big sister!!
Exclaimation is Best Young Horse!!!
It's always fun to be successful, but we were especially proud when the 2006 colt by Claim to Fame and Colormarks went to the Jacksonville Fall Series Hunter Breeding classes and beat all the older horses.....for the title of Best Young Horse. We look forward to showing him on the line more in 2008....he's as perfect as they come in our opinion!!
Debonair aka The Old Time Hunter lookalike!
Someone commented to me at the Southern MFHA Centennial Fieldhunter Qualifier that Debonair looked like an old time painting.........
I'm really tempted to paint this photo!
This is Flawless, (barn named Devon for her big brother, Claim to Fame's win). She is a 2001 Oldenburg mare who stands 16.2 as a four year old, and is still growing. She is actually 3/4 TB and 1/4 Dutch. She is by the Oldenburg stallion, Hall of Fame and out of our LOVELY broodmare, Akula (who has hunted with Live Oak Hounds barefoot and never taken a lame step in the ten years we've owned her!
Couldn't resist putting this photo of Claim to Fame jumping at Upperville in 2004 on the Gallery Page. He's our outstanding stallion.......see more of him on the stallion page!!
This is one of my favorite photos of two of our mares who were born on the farm and are now having thier own foals for us. Stormwatch and Colormarks. They greet me every morning when I walk out the door. What scenery!!!
Make a Claim, the first foal born by Claim to Fame is now living with her new owners, the Lyles, in Warrenton, Va. She showed on the line as a yearling and was placed fourth out of twenty eight (and the top pinto) out of 28 in her class at Devon. Shown here as a yearling, she won her class and was named Reserve Champion Best Young Horse at Lexington! We're proud of her! As a two year old she's now standing almost 16.2!!
Moonlight Jewell, shown here with her first foal for us, Colormarks, has been called the best hunter type Paint mare in the country.She was purchased from Terry /Brownb and Showcase LTD of Canton (Atlanta area) GA. She is three fourths TB and moves better than most show hunters on the Circuit! A true black and white, she has some awsome TB blood including Bold Ruler, Bull Dog, Tourbillion, War Admiral and Menow. She is the dam of two of our best pinto broodmares, and our homozygous stallion prospect, Counterclaim.
Patti has been an active foxhunter and member of Live Oak Hounds since 1986 where she serves as a field master. She enjoys taking her homebred pintos on visits to hunts all over the country. Hunt Colors, a 16.2 3/4 TB gelding is shown here on a recent trip to Virginia Hunt Week. "Hunter" has also shown in Amateur Adult Divisions in Hunter Shows and done some lower level eventing. He was bred by Flying Colors and is out of a lovely Sir Thompson (Tom Fool line) TB mare who won on the line at Devon!
Her Foxhunter - "The Perfect Horse"in my book. Dakota is shown here as a 12 year old Paint/TB gelding. True black and white. 16 H. 2001 Overall Adult Amateur Hunter Champion for Southern Hunter Jumper Association. At the same time he was a regular in the field, as well as leading the field as the field master's mount, foxhunting first flight with Live Oak Hounds of Monticello, Florida. That same year he hunted as a guest with Orange County and Cassanova Hunts in Virginia, Midland and Belle Meade in Georgia, and with Mooreland Hunt in Alabama.
Colormarks shown as a 2 year old at the East Coast Finals of the International Hunter Futurity. She is a lovely 16.2 hands mare by Hallmark with exceptional TB blood and athletic ability. Colormarks had a lovely 2003 filly by Claim to Fame, was under saddle awhile, had our exciting VOLTAIRE Pinto Colt in 2005 and then had our gold premium RPSI Colt, Exclaimation, in 2006. We took a year off in 07 to keep her sharp in her under saddle work. Patience went on to have Eclipse and Claim Applause,two lovely premium fillies. She was judged premium at her inspection and is an exceptional mare! She now lives in Canada, but we keep in touch with her owner!
Queens Colors is a 17h black pinto premium Oldenburg mare and has been one of our broodmares. She is half TB and half Dutch Warmblood and was shown as a youngster by Don Stewart where she won championships on the A Hunter Circuit. She also had numerous wins in breed classes.
Stormwatch - "Stormy" is a Dutch/TB cross filly. She stands 16.1. She is black and white and homozygous for the black gene. She is by the Dutch stallion, Domino, her dam is Queens Colors. Stormy won Best Young Horse in Jacksonville Mid Winter Series 2003 and placed in the top five of her class in the IHF East Coast Finals.
Newsprint - a 2002 full brother to Claim to Fame. Shown here as a weanling at his Oldenburg Inspection, and again as a two year old, he is growing up at Flying Colors.