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CUSTOMER COMMENTS

12/15/12:

Back in Virginia hunting with Thornton Hill!!! 

11/14/11:

Thor, hunting with Rolling Rock Hunt, Latrobe, Pa.  

 

 

9/26/11: (This comment comes from a customer who flew in from California and picked out her diamond in the rough from 7 Signature Cross siblings who could almost be twin brothers to Voltaire.)

 

 

9/21/11:

 

 

 

 

8/30/11:

 

 

Liz, after riding Pierce tonight..I just had to shoot you a quick email to tell you how much i love this horse. He's been so much fun to work with, and handles everything you ask of him with ease. I rode him today, after having saturday and sunday off due to the storm. It was windy, his friends were out in the field right by the ring, he had every reason to be a brat. Instead, he picked up the trot, went right around like hed done it his whole life. Changed directions over a trot pole a few times, not much of anything, then picked up an awesome canter both directions. He never once offered to pin his ears..let alone act out any other way. It has been so refreshing to be able to have fun with a horse again, especially this young guy. Ive ridden him in the fields and on the little path around the farm, even at the "haunted" end of the ring where some of the most "bomb proof" horses have spooked on me...hes never once spooked or set a foot out of place. I took him to a friends farm to ride out the storm in their barn because it was built with a category 3 storm in mind, he walked right off the trailer like he'd been there his whole life. I believe I could have tacked him up on the spot and taken him all over the farm! Ive yet to lunge him or anything of that nature. Hell wait patiently (with hay, of course) in his stall while all the others go out so I can ride him, and, my favorite..I can tack him up during feeding time and he could care less. Thank you so much for selling him to me!
 
Adam

 

 

Dec 20. 2010:

Hi Liz;

Just a liitle update on Sorcha.  Everyone is in love with her.  She was great
for the  Blacksmith and she has a wonderfull temperment.  I dont think she has
ever had a blanket on but she was a little worried and turned around looked at
me and said OK it must be a good thing. I just had a 12yr old on her and she
was perfect.  My girlfriend said she is the most willing horse she has ridden in
a long time.  It has been wonderful I get emails saying they want to be when
they grow up.  What a compliment for a 70  year old. 

Talk soon

Happy holidays to you and your family

Marilyn

Oct, 12, 2010:

Javier and Kandi - This horse should be in the movies!  That handsome face was worth flying coast to coast for!!

October 5, 2010,

 

 

Sept 19, 2010,

 

Hey Liz!
 
We took Baxter to our first hunter pace today and he was AWESOME!  We had lots of compliments on his kind nature but mostly everybody was talking about his gigantic trot and canter!  His trot just eats the ground up and his canter is... well you know... he's just the greatest horse and I'm so happy with him :)  We did the trail ride division so there weren't really any jumps but Baxter popped over a ditch nicely and later decided to square up and sail over an irrigation pipe with only the tiniest bit of encouragement from me :)  He crossed some really scary bridges (other horses were freaking!) like they were nothing at all!  I think he provided a fine example of what kind of horses you have.  I had a couple people ask where I got him/who trained him so I gave them your info.  He really did shine today and I'm so very thrilled with him :) 
 
Jim snapped the pic that I'm sending as we were trotting between trees towards a big huge tractor in a corn field.  He pointed his ears at it but went right on with no troubles. 
 
Thanks again Liz!  He's definitely a dream horse!
Baxter ans new owner Shea at their first Hunter Pace

 

(From Jessica M. new owner of Fiona, now hunting with Myopia)

Hi Liz,

 

 

August 3, 2010,

 

 

August 1, 2010.

 

Hi Liz:
 
Attached is a picture of Gunter with my six-year old daughter, Paige, on him.  He turns heads wherever we go and is as solid as they come – a great horse! I have taken him to three rides and two hunter paces – won one of them!
 All 17.2 hands of Gunter with 6yr old jockey Paige. We miss this big puppy dog of a horse!!

May 2010,

Liz..........Hope all is well with you and your horses.  Just wanted to send an updated photo of Sinbad.  He is a jewel; responding to all training, calm, friendly and growing up fast. 
 
marv
Sinbad at home with Marc in Southern Pines. (Aldershire Sampson x Gwendolyn)


 

March 10, 2010,

Liz..........you must be exhaused!!   But we do so appreciate your side trek to deliver Sinbad.  We checked on him several times and he just seemed to remain as he was when you departed.  He had a good romp today with our horses then fell sound asleep.  He certainly is a "keeper".  We will keep you updated, and again thanks for caring. 
 
Deb's horse, Cody, has turned out to be a good baby sitter........picture attached.............marv
 
Sinbab rests in his pristine stall in Southern Pines NC. Big brother Cody watching over him.
 
March 10, 2010,
 
Here is a link to "Tapsalteerie", its the blog belonging to Riona and Woodrows, new owner, Shea Black. Riona and Woodrow should fit right in with this TALL family. Shea is 6' and her brother who will also ride Riona is 7" tall.. Cant wait to see the pictures!!

 Here is a comment from a customer who did not purchase:

Feb 15, 2010,

Hello Liz,
I've decided to wait until I have my Connemara cross sold to purchase another horse, and in the meantime, I've been given a TB cross from someone who has stopped riding. I do think about Precious however, and how much I enjoyed her!

The sales experience was very professional and well-organized. All the horses were fairly and honestly represented, and I appreciated the fact that you brought so many for me to try, even ones that I hadn't considered from your website. The facility was an excellent place to try out the horses and it was very helpful to have your rider show each of the horses first. All of them had exceptional temperments! Your sales policies are very clear and there was no pressure to purchase. Your desire to make sure that the match between horse and rider was a good one was evident.

I will definitely consider contacting you about available horses when I'm ready to buy and will gladly recommend your horses to anyone I know who is looking.

Amy

Jan 20, 2010 - About Tannin...one of our Signature Crosses - Tannin's Webpage

 

 

 

 

12/08/09

Our mare Moonshine wishes you a Merry Christmas,

Brook and Rick

Moonshine at home in SC

11/28/09

Holyfield and Harley, now Harlequin - Thanksgiving Hunt Fairfax Hunt 

Sept 28, 2009

Liz,

The horses were great today!

Liz,

 
Kathi and I hunted with Loudoun West on Sunday and had a great time.  The horses were outstanding.  Many compliments from the members!  We will keep you posted but so far so good.

 
John and Kathi
 

Hatley with new owner Kathi - soon to be hunting in Northern Virginia Holyfield with new owner John

Sept 25, 2009

Hi Liz!
 
Just wanted to tell you that Maximus is doing wonderful!!  He is my little love bug!  If his personality and temperament carry over to the saddle I am going to have the best horse ever!!!! I just can't say enough about my boy. Here are a couple of pics...will send better body shots soon. Isn't he beautiful?!!
 I have been to your website to see Flo's filly several times; she is gorgeous! And what a spitfire for sure!  Raising Max has been such a wonderful experience---will definitely be seeing you again in the future when he's grown, and it's time for another =)  He has definitely taken on his mom's personality. There is absolutely nothing I can't do to this boy. I can touch him anywhere, he is perfect on the lead line, stands still for the farrier, and loves our walks through the neighborhood! Just love him!!!!
 Max aka Air Jordan - VSH Indy Prince x Flo Your Love
 
9/20/09
Liz,
 
I know you must get tons of emails about the horses you have sold, but I wanted to send you a note to brag about Hairt once again!  :)  This horse has come along so well and I find myself coming in from riding telling my husband that if I'm dreaming not to wake me up.  I took Hairt to a riding camp in July and he was amazing!  He started out a little excited because of the other horses and ended like he'd been there for a year when it was three days.  We did a dressage test with cows watching from a nearby field and the instructor said her four-year-olds were nervous around the cows.  Hairt barely paid them any attention.  Also, I have to tell you Hairt's canter is an absolute dream!  It is so balanced and comfortable - I could canter him all day!  When I was at the camp, one woman said his canter was mesmerizing to watch and another said she would like to ride a horse like him just once to see what it felt like.  I've attached a picture of him cantering.  Then on Labor Day, he went to a little jumping competition and his trainer rode him.  He has only jumped white poles in my backyard and the jumps at the competition were colorful and some were cross country jumps.  He went clean both rounds and actually had one of the fastest times for both rounds!  Next time, I'll have to do it!
 
Thanks again for this amazing horse!  My neighbor has said when she decides to get another horse, she is going to get one from the same place I got mine!
 
Tonya
 
From Anne H. owner of Pure Valor after the 2009 Va Draft and Mule Horse Assn. show where he took Champion Half Draft in the Halter Division.
 
Sept 22, 2009,
 
"Thanks! I couldnt be happier with my boy he just went in the ring like a pro and didnt flinch at a thing. Some of the others were jumping around and acting crazy he just troted right past not caring. You should come next year!"
 
August 21, 2009,
 
Hey Liz, tell me more about the american warmblood inspection. would Juste be eligible? hope all is well with you. Juste continues to be perfect. we've had a couple of lessons with Brock Griffith to perfect Juste' canter. Brock says I should change Juste's name from "Just My Size' to "Just a Dream" ! I hope to be back showing him soon. Thanks, Sue Staudinger
 


 

 

 

 

 

Hi Liz,

 

I can't tell you how much I LOVE Duke.  He is AWESOME.  I felt like he needed more of a royal/regal name so I named him Duke---and being that we live on the York River, his show name is Duke of York.  I thought it was cute.  

 
Anyhow, he is just spectacular!!  After a couple of days getting him settled in and used to the routine, he has been stellar.  He is so awesome, I can't even believe it.  He has been on a handful of trailrides.  One of those trailrides he was my husbands horse (beginner beginner).  Not a single bad step.  He was fantastic!! 

 
Today I had my first dressage lesson on him.  My trainer was so impressed with him.  She told him he had the best brain of all the horses out there in the field (there are 5 of them)!!  He was a quick study today.  He got about 6 lessons worth of work done in 1/2 hour---I just kept laughing because I couldn't believe how he was catching on so well.  

 
Enjoying every single moment with this guy!! We'll be back one day to get my husband a horse, I promise!!  

 
THANK YOU-THANK YOU-THANK YOU!!!!!

 
Enclosed is a picture of Duke with my 13 yr old daughter the day after we brought him home.  

 

 

 

 

Hi Liz:
 
Attached is a picture of Gunter with my six-year old daughter, Paige, on him.  He turns heads wherever we go and is as solid as they come – a great horse! I have taken him to three rides and two hunter paces – won one of them!
 All 17.2 hands of Gunter with 6yr old jockey Paige. We miss this big puppy dog of a horse!!

 

Liz......Good to hear from you and thanks for including us in your web site.  He is growing so fast and is such fun to be around.  I recall you saying the day we bought him that, "I have been thinking that Sinbad is one I maybe should keep".   You may have been correct.  Check out the attached picture taken this week; such great conformation beginning to show.......marv
 
Are 2 yr olds supposed to look this good?

 

 

 

 

 I'm writing to give you an update on Fiona. She is a GREAT horse. I am extremely pleased with her. I have had her for about a month now and she has been a pleasure to be around/ride everyday. I have taken her out roading four times and she has been perfect jumping, cantering in a group and just walking down the trail. She listens to me and does not worry at all about what goes on around her. I have also taken several jumping lessons and she is super in the ring as well. She figures out exactly what I am asking her and is eager to please. 

She is exactly what I was looking for when I went searching for my next hunt horse. I feel very lucky to have found VSH and my perfect horse. (No liz I am not sending her back- but you can come up and visit anytime) 

Opening meet is on the 25th. I plan to take some pics at that time and send them your way. 

Thank you again, 

Jessica

 

3/14/11: From Fintan's new owner, Ruth.
 
Good evening Liz,
 
I hope Indy, Chochise and Phantom find a new home...although I'm sure they enjoy staying with you.  I'm sure Mara is thinking about Indy and will call you when she's ready...and if he's available.
 
You have good horses.
 
After the second day, I'm affectionately calling Fintan the Cow....for he's glommed onto the cows and follows them everywhere.  Fortunately they showed him the water sources....one pond and two creeks.  I once had a Thoroughbred that only believed water became from a green bucket....which was a pain.  
 
Fintan is also the first one in line when Bobby pulls a tractor and flatbed loaded with round bales into the pasture.  The cattle go through eight round bales a day...and Fintan is happily helping them dispose of the hay.  The other two horses, Manon and Ransom, remained aloof until I took him out of the pasture today...then they wanted to know where he's going.  They both did 8 miles yesterday so, other than neighing at him when he left, they went back to grazing. 
 
Today I alternately hand walked and rode him around the circumference of the 215 acres....the sheep and chickens made him wide-eyed...actually, so did two of the compost piles because I know there are some dead sheep and horses in them.  People pay Bobby to haul their old horses...who have died peacefully....to a final resting place on the farm.  But I'm sure there's still a detectable smell.
 
Fintan is a well trained young man.  Following horses in the woods is easy...but he's very willing and able to take direction when I ride him by himself. 
 
Please let me know when you have a full-tailed Clydesdale.  I really liked Ace and TJ...they're both so very cute....but a horse without a tail would not be very happy on this farm.  I also liked Phantom....just not as much as Fintan.
 
 

 

Liz, after riding Pierce tonight..I just had to shoot you a quick email to tell you how much i love this horse. He's been so much fun to work with, and handles everything you ask of him with ease. I rode him today, after having saturday and sunday off due to the storm. It was windy, his friends were out in the field right by the ring, he had every reason to be a brat. Instead, he picked up the trot, went right around like hed done it his whole life. Changed directions over a trot pole a few times, not much of anything, then picked up an awesome canter both directions. He never once offered to pin his ears..let alone act out any other way. It has been so refreshing to be able to have fun with a horse again, especially this young guy. Ive ridden him in the fields and on the little path around the farm, even at the "haunted" end of the ring where some of the most "bomb proof" horses have spooked on me...hes never once spooked or set a foot out of place. I took him to a friends farm to ride out the storm in their barn because it was built with a category 3 storm in mind, he walked right off the trailer like he'd been there his whole life. I believe I could have tacked him up on the spot and taken him all over the farm! Ive yet to lunge him or anything of that nature. Hell wait patiently (with hay, of course) in his stall while all the others go out so I can ride him, and, my favorite..I can tack him up during feeding time and he could care less. Thank you so much for selling him to me!
 
Adam

 

 

 

Hi Liz,
This is Smoke House Blues who I purchased from you about a year ago. Last year I hunted him 20-30 times (Goldens Bridge Hounds). This year we have been cubbing twice per week since August 13th, except for the week after Hurricane Irene. Nobody had power, including the kennels. Smokey has been ridden by a professional three times a week since I bought him, and I ride 2-4 times a week. He is very fit!! He has muscled up. His disposition hasn't changed. He is very lovable. Loves to be hugged. I am very happy with him!!
 
Elizabeth
 

 

Well - while it has been years since we talked - I just returned from cub-hunting Chaucer [aka Peregrines Flyte] - with the Santa Fe Hunt. On Saturday, he participated in a clinic with Aiden O'Connell. Other than saying he was fat ;-(, he was quite taken with him. Put him first up in the group- since Peri will ALWAYS jump what he is pointed at - it might not always be lovely [he is just learning afterall] but it will be game. I hope there are some pix - if so, will send some.
He was simply wonderful in second field on his first hunt. Our California first field here are a FAST lot of thoroughbreds - so, I kept him sane in second to get him used to galloping over the terrain.
I am going to become a member of the hunt - so... you now have a west-coaster going!

Laurie Brumage, and Peri.... Thank you for letting this one go to me - he is amazing. Laurie

 

Hi Liz!  Hope all is well in VA.  Just wanted to send you a little update on Thor.  He is just the coolest. It's so funny how his personality comes out. He has such a cute one. I could not be happier with him so far.  We get up and mess with him every morning and feed him and he is just so nice and quiet. His pasture mate is so jealous but he will get over it. :)
 
I took him hunting for the first time with Rolling Rock last saturday.  I could not of been happier.  We just went second flight for a little bit but he loaded and trailered perfectly, stood there perfectly at the stirrup cup while I had my port (VERY important for a horse of mine! :) and just went along like he didn't have a care in the world.  He stays the perfect distance away from the horse in front of him, I NEVER had to touch the reins. Stood at the checks as first flight ran by and I was seriously the most happy new mom in the world.  I have a broken kimberwick on him hooked up as a snaffle because I had to order him a new plain snaffle bit, but he doesnt care.  I could hunt him in a halter and a lead rope.
 
Everyone was asking about him and I told them Virginia Sport Horses so I am getting the word out for you. :) We are going to concentrate on the ring work this winter while the snow is here so he will be able to do some mini trials in the spring. I've attached some pictures so you can see your buddy and part of his pasture where he lives.  Also, I friended you on FB so you can keep up with his adventures.  Again, couldn't be happier and THANK YOU for making this process professional and fun. We look forward to more VSH horses like Thor in the future!

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