We need barn help at Little Bit Farm. Duties to include turning horses out, stall
cleaning, farm maintenance.
a person with experience handling horses and ability to drive tractor.
Our First Foal of 2016!
At exactly 1:30 am, Shirly delivered the most perfect Rashka
colt. He has a star, snip, and four white sox, half way up the cannons in the back and just over the fetlocks in the front. He
is very tall and strong: stood up at 2:08.
|Memorial Day Rashka Colt
Good first showing!
Sky Moves did very well in his first show this season, the MQHA Classic in Lake St Louis. He
was extremely well behaved in all classes, with numerous placings. He did especially
well in the Large Green Working Hunter classes, winning first and second in large classes with many very talented horses,
many ridden by several of the best Congress and World Champion riders.
|photo by Adam Lee
Special Incentive to Purchase One of Our Exceptional Broodmares!
We are now offering a "Mares Incentive" for purchase at lower
than list price if 10-25% of each foal they produce comes back to us. That way we are taking the risk with the new breeder/owners.
We still are only breeding a handful of our own quality mares
this season, so we have over 20+ mares available to breed and even ride or show in some cases. For example, everyone
wants a Hohenstein, like Her Highness, but with our Mare Incentive we can sell her and many others for less than their valued
price with a percentage of the pending foals. It can be a "win-win" for everyone.
A very belated
congratulations to Paige Schlicksup, breeder of the highest scoring foal ever in the U.S. for the ISR/Oldenburg registry (9
movement, 8.8 overall), a 2015 colt by Champion’s Devito and out of the mare Opal, leased from Martin Kuhn and Kate
Flemingh-Kuhn of Starwest Farm in New Berlin, IL. Opal is by our stallion Opus and has always produced premium foals. She
is out of the TB mare Miss Nickel Annie, who is also dam to two approved stallions, one of which is Masterpiece, Ken’s
favorite horse ever!
Book to Rashka before the price goes up!
As of February
15, 2016, we are increasing Rashka’s stallion service fee. The price to breed premium or higher mares will go from $900 to $1,200, and the
fee for all other mares will increase from $1,200 to $1,500. Breeders who sign a breeding contract before February 15
will be able to obtain the current pricing.
Great American/USDF Breeders Championship North Central Series Final
Both Rashka foals shown, weanling colt
Rather Well (out of Roux Bien Bleu by Rubinstein) and two-year-old filly R Bunny (out of Paloma by Pit I) were Reserve Champions
in their respective divisions.
Show Girl, bred by Little Bit Farm and owned by Patty and Dick Combs, was the high score of the first show and 3rd
in her regional championships.
Ovation, our six-year-old stallion by Opus out of a Weltmeyer mare, won all his classes at 2nd and 3rd level
and was Grand Champion of the breed show. In the series finals, he was high score and Mature Stallion Champion.
Congratulations to Twin Oaks Farm on their Rashka colt out of Anastazia. Premium ISR/Oldenburg
and site champion of his inspection!
Newest licensed Stallion at Little Bit Farm!
Joining his half brother, O'Pierre (Opus/Del
Piero), our stallion Rayco (R Cor Ray/Del Piero) has been awarded a breeding license by ISR/Oldenburg NA.
Congratulations to Robin Birk of Timber Ridge Farm on the licensing of
her stallion O'Pierre by the ISR/Oldenburg!
O'Pierre is by Opus and out of a Del Piero mare. We wish them great success in their partnership
for the future.
We love hearing from those who've bought LBF horses. This is from Tina Zehnder
of Fairy Tail Farm:
is a  Opus filly out of my mare, Chantilly. Ziva (as we call Tiamo's Furioso), I bought from Ken in December of 2010
as a weanling. I have really enjoyed showing them both. Princess ended this year 14th nationally for mature mare in hand with
very limited showing. Ziva ended the year 10th for the three year old sport horse fillies and third (just .1 of a point off
of reserve champion) in three year old material fillies. If I would have had my paper work completed correctly Ziva would
have been Oldenburg horse of the year for both in hand and material. Needless to say I won't make that mistake again….
[I] love working with both of them."
|Ziva in her 3 YO Materiale
|photo by Lisa Tannehill Photography
|photo by Louise Beil
Happy Owner, Happy Us
Brown Pulles shared with us her journey with partner Secret Agent (00 Seven x Master’s Gift/Master). She purchased “Spy” from us in 2011 as a 4-year old, and is rightfully proud of the team. “He is the love of my life and soul mate! I am an amateur rider and his trainer
and we received the following this year: In the preliminary standings 43rd at First Level AA First Level, 1st in Swedish Warmblood
Assn AA First Level, Waterloo Series End Reserve Champion First Level and I am sure that I will win an MDA year end award.
Our national median was a 66.03% with me as the trainer.”
|Spy and Dianne
|Waterloo Series End Reserve Champion First Level
Another Happy Owner of a Rashka Foal
We love to hear from folks about their horses.
Jennifer Grant bought Rajah, a Rashka/Ferro colt, born March 2012, from breeder. Jennifer writes,
"Spectacular does not even describe my Rashka baby! Brilliant, balanced, gorgeous &
loving. Very hard not to spoil him. He is now 15 months and a jaw dropper. He truly "has it all"!! And from what I have been
told has his daddies desire to please & work for you. Rajah loves all his toys, is very brave and curious. He enjoys his
pool & barrel too. We expect him to top out over 17 hands. I placed boots,
cavesson & surcingle on him this past weekend with no fuss at all, he is all about pleasing me & doing his job. He can be a handful but is the sweetest baby ever."
|Rajah 4 months
|Rajah 15 months
Another Wonderful Opus Mare!
From Diana Harris who purchased a 2008 Opus mare (out of Syprys by Frohwind
– bred by Lonnie Petersen). “She has a phenomenal disposition and
perfect form on the flat and over fences. She won 5th in the hunter derby at her first show, and swept up the 3'3" hunter
class…. She will be undergoing her ONA mare book trials this September in Houston, and her ISHA Mare Performance test
either this or next year. She is a truly amazing mare and will make it all the way to the top in no time! The first pic is
us jumping 3'6" (or if you measure from her feet instead of the pole 4'5" haha), and the second is her four year old conformation
"He thought he had no limits..."
|courtesy of Hilltop Farms
We are deeply saddened to report the sudden and unexpected
death of Grand Prix stallion Reuters Tiamo Trocadero on Friday, February 11, 2011. The
24-year-old Hanoverian stallion was found within an hour of being turned out for the second time that day. He appeared to have gone quickly and quietly, dying of natural causes.
Tiamo touched many lives in his long and successful career. He
has been winning at Grand Prix since he was eight years old, competing in Europe’s
top CDIs and scoring over 70% at Aachen, Hichstead, Arnheim, and Munich.
He qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was an alternate for the British team, and subsequently took his American amateur
owner, Karin Offield, to multiple USDF year-end awards at FEI levels. In 2010,
at age 23, Tiamo continued to be sound and successful in the show ring with Ken. His
Grand Prix Freestyle median score was over 70%.
playful and showed great joy for life; and when it was time to groom and tack up, he was happy to get to work. “He loved to work. He thought he had no limits,”
said Borden of his stallion.
Although his career as a stud has been relatively short (with
one exception, his first foal crop arrived in 2008), it is clear that Tiamo passes on his elastic movement, his flashy chrome,
and his brave, confident temperament. His legacy will live on in his sons and
daughters, including Borden’s “next stallion prospect,” Tiamo’s Royal Reid, who was bred by Karin
Offield. Frozen semen will ensure that Tiamo Trocadero will continue to enrich
the world of high-performance partners for years to come.