Liberty Farms’ Hungarian Riding Pony Honored as Champion 2 year
old Hunter Breeding Pony
credit goes to Carolynn Bunch
of Hearts (first Hungarian Riding Pony in the world) was honored
at the 2009 Northwest Sport Horse Breeders' Association annual meeting
and awards banquet. Princess was bred and is owned by Henrietta
Morey of Liberty Farms Sport Horse Company in Graham, Washington.
She was shown to this honor by Allison Allbaugh- Cino and groomed
by Tiffany Adams.
Princess is sired by Alvesta Picasso (Supreme Champion Welsh Pony)
and one of Liberty Farms’ foundation Hungarian Broodmares
– H Liberty Foka. H Liberty Foka was purchased from the Cooksley
Ranch in 1999 by Liberty Farms and is sired by H Laszlo out of H
Foka 4 by Gyemant.
The concept of developing a Hungarian Riding Pony was first born
several years ago. Liberty Farms Sport Horse Company partners -
Henrietta Morey and Christopher Bredeson came up with the idea when
developing marketing strategies for their Hungarian Warmblood horses
and their farms in Graham and Olympia, Washington.
After researching the evolution of British and German Riding Ponies
in Europe, Henrietta wrote a proposal to develop a Hungarian Riding
Pony section in the Hungarian Horse Association of America’s
Registry. This proposal was presented to the HHAA Breeder’s
Board at their annual meeting in October 2006. After analyzing and
reviewing this proposal, the Breeder’s Board voted to make
it official at their 2007 February meeting. Thus a new pony breed
was approved. This Hungarian Riding Pony proposal and the current
breed guidelines can be seen on the official website of the HHAA
Farms' Trainer "Ties The Knot"
photo from left to right: Preston Richardson and Tiffany Adams
(Assistant Trainer), Phil Antush and Henrietta Morey (Liberty
Farms East), Allison and Nick Cino, and Darla and Chris Bredeson
(Liberty Farms West)
to Liberty Farms' trainer Allison Allison and Nick Cino on their
November 14, 2009 wedding. We all had a fabulous time and danced
the night away at their fairytale wedding held at Thornewood Castle
in Lakewood, WA. The bride was stunningly beautiful, the food fabulous,
and the location magical. Oh yes. and the cake(made by assistant
trainer Tiffany Adams and her Mom - Jan) was incredible!
Allison Allbaugh- Cino, of Majestic Sporthorses has been the lead
trainer for Liberty Farms for the past 3 years. She and her husband
Nick also own the Hungarian stallion, H. Szovaljo sired by Liberty
Farms' stallion HS So Rare.
got blues in Showmanship and English
with Rare Valor assisting Chris Bredeson at the Breeders Classic
Pulse reported that her daughter Elizabeth got blues in Showmanship
and English at a recent show. She took 3rd overall in English. Lacey
Dancing (aka "Lacey") was purchased by the Pulse family
through Liberty Farms' Rising
Stars Program. Congrats to Elizabeth and Lacey.
Elizabeth helped Liberty Farms groom and handle horses at the 2009
Northwest Sport Horse Breeders Classic.
Hamel’s 2009 Eventing Season
of our favorite things about breeding and raising horses is to place
them in the right home and hear about the success of the pair as
they pursue their show career. Hettie, a Liberty Farms bred mare
by Hadrian (Trak) out of Sunlight Dancing (TB) was sold to Brynn
Hamel for Eventing. We were so pleased to hear reports from Brynn’s
very dedicated show mom, Eileen, about the successes Hettie, Brynn
and Amy Tryon had in 2009. Here are a few excerpts from the email
reports throughout the 2009 show season:
wanted to give you a quick update on Hettie….Amy (Tryon)
took her down to California in February and showed her at Twin
Rivers this last weekend in the Open Novice division and won with
a score of 27.”
and Hettie finished 2nd in the Junior Novice Division at Galway
Downs (Temecula, CA) at the end of March on their dressage score…only
0.5 behind 1st!”
wanted to let you know that Hettie and Brynn won the Junior Novice
Division at Rebecca Farm in Montana on their dressage score of
25.3! They also received an award for the lowest overall junior
novice dressage score. Assuming everything goes as planned, they
will be moving up to training and competing at Caber Farm in August.”
Bredeson reports that four of his horses received honors at the 2009 Northwest
Sport Horse Breeders Association annual awards banquet as follows:
Valor & Hungarian Jade
(H. Sir Bungee x H. Liberty Foka)
Photo taken summer 2009
Rare Valor (H.S. So Rare x Hungarian Jade), Reserve Champion
Dressage Breeding Weanling Colt (For
Hungarian Jade (Starwalker x H. Valahara), Top
3 Dressage Breeding Mature Mare
H. Maestro (Bartok x H. Liberty Delibab), Champion
Dressage Breeding Materiale 4 & 5 year old Colt/Gelding (For
H. Liberty Belle (H. Sir Bungee x H. Liberty
Foka), Reserve Champion Hunter Breeding Weanling Filly
members elected to the Northwest Sport Horse Breeder’s Association
Board of Directors.
Back row, L
to R: Patrick Billes, Chris Bredeson,
Henrietta Morey, Jessica Wisdom
row, L to R: Allison Allbaugh-Cino, Markay Kerr,
Kristi Gates, Kate Triplett
Hungarian horses will be well represented in the Pacific Northwest.
Four members of the HHAA were recently re-elected
to the 2010 NWSHBA Board of Directors at the recent annual meeting
and awards banquet. Chris Bredeson of Liberty Farms Sport Horse
Company was elected President, Markay Kerr of Crimson Oak Farms
was elected Secretary, Allison Allbaugh-Cino of Majestic Sport Horse
Training was elected Treasurer and Henrietta Morey of Liberty Farms
Sport Horse Company.
NWSHBA is a
regional (Washington, Oregon, Idaho & British Columbia) sport
horse breeder’s association dedicated to enabling its members
to develop, breed, promote & market sport horses.
from Comrade’s new owner (see sold
page for more info on Comrade):
was our fourth or fifth trail ride, and on all of them he has been
absolutely steady, relaxed & cheerful. At the beginning of the
ride we had to pass between a tent and a picnic table someone had
set up right on the trail. We passed through three groups of cattle
on the ride, crossed water three or four times, and the horse we
were with spooked a couple times. No problem for Comrade.”
Ellen Nicholson Walker
Stars Horse and Rider Development Program
is the Rising Stars program?
The Rising Stars program provides high quality horses for riders
not otherwise be able to purchase a horse appropriate for their
level of riding.
did Liberty Farms start the Rising Stars program?
The owners of Liberty Farms want to give back to the horse community,
especially talented riders who are not able to purchase the quality
of horses they need. Having grown up in large families with limited
incomes, the owners of Liberty Farms understand what it's like to
compete against someone who owns a superior
mount strictly due to finances.
does the Rising Stars program work?
Liberty Farms always accepts applications for this program and horses
are awarded based on horse availability as well as other factors
gleaned from applications, references, interviews, site visits,
and other aspects of the application process. It is of the utmost
importance to Liberty Farms that our horses go to qualified homes
which we determine on a case-by-case basis and at our sole discretion.
Preference is given to residents of Western Washington.
are three options available to Rising Stars:
a horse at a discounted price
• Lease a horse
• Develop a horse and share in the profits when the horse
do I get more information and apply for the Rising Stars program?
For more information and applications click
here. If you have additional questions,
please call Chris Bredeson at (360) 455-5197 (Olympia, WA) or Henrietta
Morey at (360) 879-5834 (Graham, WA).
I know I say it a lot, but I can not tell you what it means to me,
to have such a wonderful boy. He is truly a JOY! (I smile as I write
Amanda Wilgenburg of Shelton WA - Purchaser and Owner of HS Rare
Song- sired by HS So Rare.
Northwest Sport Horse Breeders Association Annual Meeting and Awards
The NWSHBA met November 9, 2008 for its annual meeting
and awards banquet. Both Chris Bredeson and Henrietta Morey of Liberty
Farms Sport Horse Company were re-elected to their Board positions
and offices (pictured on the left of the above photo). Chris will
serve his second term as President and Henrietta will serve her
third term as Marketing Director in 2009. Additionally, our resident
trainier Allison Allbaugh of Majestic Sport Horse Training was elected
Treasurer( pictured on the right in the front row).
One of the highlights of the meeting was the decision to bring back
the Hunter Breeding Division at the annual NWSHBA Breeders Classic
in September 2009 and the possibility of Future Event Horse classes
in either 2009 or 2010.
The awards program
recognized the top three horses (Champion, Reserve Champion, and Top 3)
in each age/gender division of the dressage sport horse breeding division.
Liberty Farms’ 2008 filly, Hungarian Diva,
was named Champion Weanling Filly; Liberty Farms’ 2007 gelding,
H. Bentley, was named Reserve Champion Yearling
Colt/Gelding; Liberty Farms’ 2005 filly, Kindle,
was named Champion 3 Year Old Filly; and, H. Maestro
was named as one of the Top 3 Materiale horses in the 4/5 year old colt/gelding
to Right: Philip Antush(Owner), Allison Allbaugh(Trainer), Tiffany
Adams(Groom), Henrietta Morey (Owner). Photo by Carolyn Bunch
Farms’ Mare- Kindle crowned Grand Champion
Kindle (Kostolany x Sumptous) was crowned Division Champion 3 year
old and under Dressage filly at the Northwest Sport Horse Breeders
Classic Championship Show in September 2008. Judge Hilda Gurney
noted that Kindle is “an elegant, well muscled filly with
an elastic walk and a springy trot with nice reach”. Congratulations
to Kindle and her Team!
In Peace Dear Monda
Sadly, on March 28, 2008, we at Liberty Farms Sport
Horse Company lost our lovely foundation mare – Hungarian
Monda #645. She passed away due to the infirmities of old age. Monda
was bred by Steve and Wanda Cooksley and was foaled on July 25,
1982 at the Cooksley Ranch in Anselmo, Nebraska. She was 26 years
old. Her Hungarian name means Legend. While a bit of a legend in
her time, being noted for her stellar and popular foals, we think
the best is yet to come thru her progeny.
Monda’s sire was Hadur and her dam was Stardust.
From these two parents, Shagya, Thoroughbred, Hungarian Felver and
even a dash of Lippizan blood flowed thru her veins. Additionally,
she combined the bloodlines of Countess Judith Gurky , Temple Farms,
Countess Margit Bessenyey, the US Remount Service and the Cooksley
We believe that she enjoyed her last years living
with us in a milder climate rather than that of her Nebraska birthplace.
She definitely was not “retired” and continued to do
the thing that she was best at…raising babies. Monda gifted
us with 5 lovely foals (all grey in color) with her last being weaned
just months before her death.
With our acquisition
of Monda at 18 years of age, we had hoped she would give us a filly
in her likeness (maybe just a little bigger though). Colt after
colt arrived. First there was Reggie (Liberty Legend) in 2002. A
strapping (now 16.3 hand) colt sired by the grand Prix jumper Final
Pool, Reggie completed 2007 competing very successfully in baby
green hunters and is preparing for the 2008 summer show season.
Next came Colby (Coalton). Born pitch black with a bright star,
sired by So Rare and soon to be another grey colt. Colby is preparing
to complete in his first 3 day event in the next few weeks. He shows
incredible versatility with a correct jump and lots of dressage
talent. Surely our third Monda foal would be “our filly”.
It was not to be. Another black changing to grey COLT! Buddy (Comrade)
was born in 2004 and also sired by So Rare. Currently in training
and at 14.3 hands, he has the movement of a much bigger horse with
wonderful suspension and reach. Buddy’s jumping form screams
“Move over Theodore O’Connor!”
In 2005 history
repeated itself with the birth of Monda and So Rare’s colt:
Oliver. Coming 3, Oliver may arguably be the best of Monda’s
“boys”. In 2006 Monda took a much deserved rest from
foaling and mom duty. We debated rather to breed her again but since
she was healthy, we decided to try one last time. In June of 2007
and at age 25, Monda delivered the filly we had been hoping for
since her arrival in the Northwest in 2000. Rare Jewel is again
the result of the successful Monda /So Rare cross. As just a yearling
her calling beyond having a place in our broodmare band is yet to
be determined. The birth of this filly was as if Monda held on long
enough to give us what we truly wanted. Oh yes, she is greying too!
a little thing (maybe14.2 or so), Monda caught my eye on our (my
husband Phil and I) first visit to the Cooksley Ranch. Phil and
I had attended his daughter’s wedding in Omaha and had taken
a never to be forgotten side trip to visit “the ranch”.
Monda had a presence about her...nice neck, a lovely top line, a
kind and wise eye and hunter type confirmation. After bumping through
the broodmare “paddocks” in Steve’s truck and
later over a few glasses of Wild Turkey and a little of Wanda’s
homemade brandy, we struck a deal with Steve to take Monda( along
with 7 other mares) to the Northwest. Steve selflessly just wanted
Monda to live out her years away from the cold Nebraska winters.
to our 5 foals, the HHAA studbook records show Monda had 7 other
foals all sired by Gyemant. We are familiar with two of them currently.
Monda 2 still lives at the Cooksley Ranch as a replacement broodmare
for her dam. Zsofia , a lovely mare owned by Ellen Walker in Spring
City Utah has proven herself to be extremely versatile showing as
a dressage star and jumper, combing mountain trails and may soon
add driving to her repertoire. Oh yes, she also had time to have
a lovely foal.
When Monda arrived
at Chris and Darla Bredeson’s (the other ½ of Liberty
Farm Sport Horse Company), we soon found out that a kind ranch horse
didn’t really know anything about city life. Life on a 12
acre farm was entirely different than that on a 20,000 (+ or -)
acre Nebraska Ranch. A horse was expected to be easy to catch, stand
quietly when handled, tolerate farrier work, load into a trailer,
get her whiskers trimmed, her mane braided, wear a stable blanket
occasionally and even have a bath now and then. Now this was quite
a change for an 18 year old pasture broodmare and not without its
Thru it all,
Monda’s good temperament persevered (most of the time). Let’s
just say she put up with it all even getting all gussied up and
going to a horse show with her first foal. She could always outsmart
us though even to the end. She just knew when you were going to
catch her long before you did and generally put up a little chase
or maybe I should say often times a long chase. It was more of a
game to her…sort of like cat and mouse.
Once when Monda
was heavy in foal, Darla found her stuck on her side with her feet
uphill. She had apparently rolled up and could not get her feet
back downhill. Sort of like a turtle stuck on his back. While, Monda
had been there for a while and poor Darla thought the end was near
but with Monda’s patience, Darla was able to right her.
Chris and Darla were out of town and I received a call from some
neighbors at 2am saying that one of our horses was dying. I rushed
over to Chris’s home (about 45 minutes away) only to find
Monda snoring while sleeping under a tree.
thank the Cooksleys for giving us the opportunity to own such a
fine mare. She was truly one of a kind! While Monda’s death
leaves a hole in our hearts, we are thankful that she left us with
the lovely filly – Rare Jewel and her “boys”.
Rest in peace
dear Monda and may you forever enjoy galloping thru fenceless fields
with a young strong body and all of your old friends from the ranch.
Liberty Farms Sport Horse Company
Farms Owners Elected to Board of Directors
Northwest Sport Horse Breeders Association (NWSHBA) held elections
at its annual membership meeting in October 2007. Both Chris Bredeson
and Henrietta Morey of Liberty Farms Sport Horse Co were elected
to the 2008 Board of Directors.
serve as a Member at Large and will have responsibilities for marketing
and Chris will serve as President. For more information on NWSHBA,
Hungarian Riding Pony Born at Liberty Farms Sport Horse Company
The first Hungarian Riding Pony (in
the world) has arrived! She was foaled on Sept 2 at 9:39 PM at Liberty
Farms Sport Horse Company in Graham, Washington. H Liberty Foka's
(H Laszlo - H Foka 4 ) new little Hungarian Riding Pony daughter
(Princess of Hearts) was on her feet in less than 1/2 hour, bucking
at her mom in 45 minutes and cantering around the stall in 1 1/2
She is delightful, sassy, willful, athletic, incredibly
smart and extremely strong. At only 36 hours old she was giving
her mom fits running away from her and around the pasture. She proceeded
to go to the fence (electric tape), put her head under, lifted the
fence and walked out. Before we could get to her, she did the same
thing in reverse and walked back in.
Princess of Hearts is sired by Supreme Champion
- Alvesta Picasso. He is a 12.3 hand Section B Welsh Pony owned
by and standing at Daventry Farms (www.daventryfarms.com) in Darwell,
Alberta Canada. Picasso was chosen for this important duty because
of his lovely presence, movement, disposition and the stellar success
of his foals in the hunter ring. Picasso’s pedigree features
many classic Welsh Pony bloodlines.
The concept of a developing a Hungarian Riding Pony
was first born several years ago.
Liberty Farms Sport Horse Company (www.libertysporthorses.com) partners
- Henrietta Morey and Christopher Bredeson came up with the idea
when developing marketing strategies for their Hungarian Warmblood
horses and their farms in Graham and Olympia, Washington.
After researching the evolution of British and German
Riding Ponies in Europe, Henrietta wrote a proposal to develop a Hungarian
Riding Pony section in the Hungarian Horse Association of America’s
Registry. This proposal was presented to the HHAA Breeder’s Board
at their annual meeting in October 2006. After analyzing and reviewing
this proposal, the Breeder’s Board voted to make it official at
their 2007 February meeting. Thus a new pony breed was approved.
This Hungarian Riding Pony proposal and the current breed
guidelines can be seen on the official website of the HHAA (www.hungarianhorses.org).
Having the honor and recognition as being the First Hungarian
Riding Pony, Princess of Hearts will be retained by Liberty Farms Sport
Horse Company. She will be shown on the line as a youngster and hopefully
have a successful Hunter Pony career before retiring to the broodmare