We had amazing equine photographer Kim Gaudry at the farm yesterday to take pictures of our young horses. As a teaser, check out the pix of Indiana KVS below and on his training page. Indiana is our 6 y.o. Cavalier x Nimmerdor gelding, currently for sale and hoping for a great home.
We’re so pleased to have our rider/trainer Sara Hudgins with us full-time this summer. The young horses have the weekends off in pasture but week days are work days - Indiana and Kalipso do daily hill and arena training, and all four of our three-year olds are now under saddle and progressing steadily. Some pictures of the 2016 crew here - Lewis the quick study working all three paces, balanced and already learning to move off the leg; Lincoln showing his style standing still or moving fast; Lennon first time with a human on his back last week; and lovely Lordana, trotting like she’s always been doing it, only her third time under saddle.
Videos available and sales inquiries welcome!
Opal KVS arrived May 7, the fifth and final 2019 KVS baby. She’s out of our elite mare Zinadine (Berlin x Abdullah x Nimmerdor), and her sire is international grand prix jumper and breeding stallion Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve. Here’s a teaser picture for now - more to follow soon!
Ozark KVS (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Crusador x Fuego du Prelet colt) was born early morning April 27. This handsome brown colt will turn grey, like his older brother Lincoln, and then white, like his dam. The current baby of the farm, he is stealing hearts already. Welcome Ozark!
Our Heartbreaker mare Anouk delivered Orianna KVS on the evening of April 25. Orianna is by Lincoln KVS (Cavalier x Crusador X Fuego du Prelet) and is already running circles around everyone, earning her the early nickname, Oats. Welcome pretty filly!
Odessa KVS (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Phin Phin x Contender) was born early morning April 23. Odessa is a strong, pretty filly who is already getting the hang of days in pasture and evenings in the big barn with her first time dam, Gaetana KVS. Checkout our stories on Instagram, for more looks at this sweet girl.
Oakley KVS arrived April 4, all long legs and curiousity. Oakley is by international 1.60 m jumper Phin Phin, son of Olympic champion Chin Chin. His dam Gazelle KVS is also by an international jumper, Cavalier, and out of our imported Nimmerdor mare Obligeant II. We’re so pleased to welcome this sweet colt!
After a good workout in the arena today, Enigma KVS kicked up his heels in the paddock. Looks like he's telling us that spring might almost be here!Read More
In the first week in January, Kalipso KVS moved into the big barn and full time training. Arie, Dayna and Sara are super excited about this young horse. Kalipso is a 2015 Phin Phin foal, out of our Crusador mare, and currently stands 17.1 hh. Her Xrays and conformation are excellent, and she already shows promise of power and scope. Visit her training page for her move in pictures, and stay tuned for more Kalipso pix and videos in the coming months. We hope to have lots to share!
A few months before the mares start delivering their 2019 foals, Arie’s wonderful hunting dog Lucy has birthed a litter of nine adorable puppies. Lucy is a Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) registered Brittany spaniel, and the litter’s dad is Nitro, our December 2017 farm arrival. Nitro is an American Kennel Club (AKC) registered Brittany spaniel, of the breed’s original French stock - inclined to retrieving, as well as the pointing that the North American Brittanies excel at. The nine puppies are playful, healthy and exhibit a range of personalities. There are three males and six females, and they’re ready for rehoming after January 19, 2019 - if you’re interested in purchasing one of these sweethearts, please see Arie’s Kijiji ad or contact Arie directly.
It’s more frosted than snowy here in southern Alberta today. But either way, it’s a good day outdoors, for sport horses and humans. Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Lennon, and all of us at KVS!
Jumping Jack Flash KVS competed in his first show this November 26, 27 and 28. Jack jumped clear and placed second in the four year old young horse jumper competition at the Pacific Equine Sport show in Ponoka. Jack is by Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve, out of our Quidam de Revel mare Dominka. His trainers are Dayna Stefanuk and Sara Hudgens, and Dayna was his show rider. Good job, team!
Nb, Jack is for sale - please contact us for details.
Knock on wood, 2019 will be a good year for foals at KVS. Five of the brood mares are currently pregnant, with the first foal due in early April and four more expected by the end of June.
Lots is happening at KVS this year, with Kalipso moving soon to full time training, and the one and two year olds all looking good and growing beautifully ... but here's looking forward to fun announcements, in 2019!
Indiana KVS competed for the first time ever on June 2 and 3, at the Paramount Equestrian “Jump into Summer” show in Calgary, Alberta.
On Saturday, in a field of over thirty riders, Indy jumped double clear - placing 2nd in the 0.9 m speed class and fifth in the 0.9 m jump off. On Sunday Indiana and his rider Dayna Stefanuk ripped it up again, jumping clear and placing 2nd in the 1.0 m speed class, and coming 7th overall in the 1.0 m mini prix.
Indiana KVS turns five later this week, and is steadily growing in strength and technique. How far and how high can this talented horse go?
Icebreaker KVS made his show debut under his new rider/owner Cameron Crosby at the “Jump into Spring” show in Billings, Montana on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Ice and Cameron placed in every category they entered: a 4th place finish at 0.90 m, and a first and third in the 1.0 m class. Cool under pressure? Nicely done, Ice and Cameron!
On Sunday March 18, Icarus and Indigo left KVS for their new home with Holly Franklin in Saskatoon. It's bittersweet to have two beloved and beautiful young horses leave, but everyone at KVS is happy to see them go to such a great home. Holly is an experienced rider, teacher, trainer and equine therapist, with exciting plans to further develop both horses. It will be great to see them flourishing under her care, and we look forward to what the future will bring for both Icarus and Indigo.
Today saw Kalinka KVS, known as Klassy, leave the farm for her new home with Angela Jones of Fort Saskatchewan.
Klassy, true to her nickname, is a stylish filly. She is not yet started in saddle, but is a graceful and strong free jumper. This isn't surprising, given that the bloodlines of her sire Icarus KVS include international stars Tangelo and Contender, and that her dam Zinadine is by the equally famous stallion Berlin.
With Angela training and in the saddle, here's hoping these two will be a happy team for years to come.
New to the big barn and full-time training is Jumping Jack Flash KVS. Jack shows his love of jumping with a celebratory kick when he finishes off his free jumps - and with this enthusiasm, plus his great personality and fantastic parentage, he's sure to take to training as much as his older, bigger barn mates.
Stay tuned for more about Jack, as his training picks up stride.
The newest addition to KVS Sport Horses showed up just in time to help ring in 2018. Nitro joins Lucy and Phinnie as the resident hounds, keeping Enigma, Indy, Icarus, Indigo and Jack company most days in the big barn and riding arenas. Nitro arrives in Alberta from Illinois.
Welcome, little guy!