Red Rock Farms


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Retiring from breeding

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Regrettably, I am announcing I will be selling all my horses. Some back and hip problems have really slowed down my ability to give the horses all the attention they deserve. I will consider reasonable offers to good homes, especially for the broodmares. Farah (Guaranteed Equity) is fully capable of returning back to full work and the show ring. Eva, has very limited time under saddle and would best be suited to continue her life as a broodmare. Both Sophie and Lily are strong candidates for the hunter/jumper ring or would be competitive mounts for eventing.


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Gotzon makes the news

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Eventing Nation published a great article about the sucess of Melissa and Austin in Oct of 2014.  Please click on the link to read more about Melissa and her thoughts on Austin and their progress and future plans.

Summer and Fall updates

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Red Rock Farms had some exciting results this year with Farah's first foal being named Champion site filly and earning gold premium status at her RPSI inspection.  We are thrilled with this Bon Bayou filly and the wonderful job Farah has done transitioning into broodmare status.  However, her hiatus from work will soon over and and this mare will be going back to work.

Gotzon (Guaranteed Gold/Budweiser) also had a great year competing at the Pre Training level for the first time.  Melissa has done a wonderful job with this gelding and piloted him to a first place finish at championships!!  Congratualtions to the duo and I look forward to hearing more about Austin's as he continues to move up the divisions.

CWHBA Fall Show

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Sept 28th had "Sophie" attending her very first show.  She earned herself two 2nd place ribbons in the CWHBA foal futurity with an impressive score of 32 and in the 2012 foal class.  The filly certainly loves to be the center of attention and enjoyed showing herself off.  The event was a great first experience and I was so pleased with her enthusiam and willingness.

Farah has also been confirmed 40 days in foal to Bon Bayou.  I am still hacking her around the farm and really enjoying the beautiful fall weather and a slightly slower pace.  

"Sohie" has arrived!!

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

To my surprise, Eva foaled outside on May 18th, allowing me just enough time to finish chores and have my coffee.  "Sophie" has us all enamoured with her curioursity and grace.  Eva's largest foal thus far, this filly is going to mature to be a substantial girl! 

We also had a happy report from Melissa, proud owner of Gotzon (Austin).  The two started their show season off right with a win in the dressage portion of their combined test.  An unfortunate rail in stadium, left the two to finish in 5th place.  Congrats to Melissa and Austin!  We look forward to future show results.

Royal Winter Fair Results

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM

In November I had the privileged to watch Pancrazio compete at the Royal Winter Fair. 

In the Govorner General's Cup, Waldo (handled by Kelly Workman), placed 5th in a competitive field under judges Sue Ashe and Hilda Gurney.


The Lieutenant Governor’s Cup went very well for Waldo under rider Krystal Johnstone, but after a successful trip there was no ribbon.

Congratulations again to his owners!  You have given this gelding all the opportunity I could hope for and I look forward to hearing more about his future results as his show career progresses!

Exciting Fall Show Results

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

We have just received very exciting news about Pancrazio (Pablo/Budweiser).  He has qualified for the Royal Winter Fair in both the  Governor General’s Cup and the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup!!

During the first qualifier in September, Pancrazio earned a 1st place ribbon in the Governor General's Cup under judge Ray Francis.  The second qualifier in October saw Waldo place 6th in the Governor General's Cup and 7th in the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup under judge Eliz McMullen.  

We are so proud and excited to see our first home bred qualify for the Royal Winter Fair!  Congratulations to his new owners!

Improvements on the farm and summer updates

Posted on August 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM

I am very pleased to see Red Rock Farms finally complete with a decent sized sand ring.  Myself and the horses really appreciate the opporturnity to work in great footing.

I have also received a happy update from Austin's owner.  He attended his first dressage show and earned himself a first place ribbon (72.5) showing Training Level and a 6th place ribbon in his second test.  The pair are busy schooling to prepare for their big debut in the eventlng world!  I look forward to following their progress through the years!

Waldo has been sold!

Posted on June 18, 2011 at 8:35 AM

I am pleased to announce that Waldo has been sold to a wonderful A show barn.  I am very excited about his future and look forward to hearing all about his new life.  Perhaps we will see him in the Cup Qualifiers this fall!!

Eva has been bred to Banderas for a 2012 foal.  This foal is bred to jump and should be a top contender for the hunter/jumper ring.  Many thanks to Jennifer Arnoldt for making this possible! 

Farah and I are thoroughly enjoying life sans showring.  Long hacks and light ring work have been therapeutic for us both and I don't know that I will ever sell this mare.  We share a true connection and I doubt that anyone would look after me as well.  I certainly know that no one would tend to the princess's needs as attentively as I!!  :P


May 2011

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 7:15 PM

What a spring!!  Rain, rain and more rain has made life here on the farm "interesting"!

Farah is home for a well deserved break and once we get rid of the puddles, I will be hacking her about the farm for the rest of the spring.  I hope to get to some adult shows with the mare later in the summer, however, that will be completely dependent on how much time I can devote to IMPROVING my riding.  The mare is a saint for putting up with me!

Waldo will be offered up for sale and new pictures will be posted soon!  He will head off to Sarah Roberts to be started in the summer. 


31 July 2010

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 2:49 PM

The show season is well on its way and Championships will soon be here.  Farah has been a superstar during her first show season and is currently leading the Georgian Bay Trillium 2’6" open division.  I am so pleased with both her rider and the mare.  Going up against pros they have managed to hold their own.

Austin (Gotzon) has also embarked on his show career.  His new owner is showing him in the Canadian Young Event Horse series in hand.  After two shows they have earned a 1st and 2nd place ribbon.  Plans are underway for the pair to attend their first under saddle show shortly.  I am proud of this gelding and the rideabilty he has displayed with an amateur starting him! 


22 May 2010

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Farah has started off the show season well.  Pinning in all her classes in the Novice division and turning heads where ever she goes.  Her and Sarah are off to a great start and I am enjoying  being a "show mom" this year!

Linc has been sold!  Congrats to his new owner Melissa and I look forward to updates regarding his training and future career as an eventer.  I am very pleased Linc has found such a caring and great new mom.

Waldo and Eva are still offered for sale in an effort to free up some more time for my young and ambitious family and get me back into the saddle on a more consistent basis.

12 March 2010

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Operation tidy up is in full swing on the farm!!  There is always work to be done.

Linc will be heading off to the training barn this summer.  He is maturing and developing into a lovely gelding and will be offered for sale at a reduced price until his training begins.  I hope to reduce my work load this year to allow me to focus on my young family.

Farah has been moved to Willowcrest Farm on a show lease.  She has been started over fences and is doing well with her new rider.  I look forward to seeing her in the show ring later this spring!

Eva may be also out on lease for broodmare duties.  I will miss the lady, but will rest easy knowing she is doing what she loves and does best.....being a mom!

13 Oct 2009

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM

What a busy fall thus far!

Farah has returned home from the training barn after getting some wonderful show experience at the Cup qualifiers at RCRA.  She was very well behaved and handled herself in such a mature fashion.  Walked off the trailer and into the ring with no prep and did her job very well.  I am proud of how she has developed and the riding horse she has become.

 For the time being, I will be riding her myself, hacking around the farm and giving her a little breather from the ring.  We are both enjoying ourselves immensely and she does a good job of taking care of me.  I will miss this mare terribly once she is sold!