Although everyone at Phoenix Farm has been blessed by working with wonderful human trainers and coaches, in the end it is our horses who are our greatest teachers. Meet the equines who inspire and educate us every day. The greatest of these was Master Merlin, a horse of a lifetime for John and Heather who passed away in September 2009. Please visit his page to learn about this special horse.

Born in 2002
15.1 hand liver chestnut Appendix Quarter Horse mare

img_0931.jpg"Alba" was a horse we never looked for or planned on aquiring, but she came in to our lives just the same. Alhough the original plan was to sell her as a nice, cute, lower-level horse, she has proven to be so much more than that. This "little mare that could" has wormed her way in to our hearts—and off the for-sale page. As quiet and easy on the ground as you could ever want, she has the heart of a lion when a fence is in front of her. Who knows, maybe 10 years from now she'll be Wesley's first event horse. UPDATE: Alba finished second in the Galway Downs CCI* with steeplechase. We are so proud of our little girl! Alba has competed at preliminary level since 2010, finishing second at the classic-format Galway Downs CCI1* in 2011 and jumping clear on cross-country at the 2013 Galway Downs CCI1*. She competed 10 times at intermediate in 2013 and 2014, finishing in the ribbons five times, and she has been competing at training and preliminary levels ever since. Alba is available for lease by a motivated, hard-working student.

Mystic Millennium
Born in 2001
15.0 hand Bay Tobiano APHA gelding

mystersj.jpgThis funny, fesity horse had tried out a lot of careers, before he found his true calling in eventing. Bred and originally owned by farm manager Roxanne Rainwater, Myster and Heather started working together early in 2010 after his penchant for bucking proved too painful for Roxanne. They did their first event together in May of 2010, and have garnered high-placed ribbons at beginner novice and novice. On off weeks Myster enjoys giving lessons to qualified students. Myster is now our No. 1 schoolmaster. He’s a champion at teaching riders of all ages and experience, because he can instill confidence in anxious riders or teach new skills to more confident riders. Everybody loves Myster, and he is available for lease.

Phoenix Secret
Born in 1998
15.3-hand, bay Thoroughbred gelding by Class Secret (by Secretariat) out of Native Monarch

shawnxc1“Shawn” is our first homebred and the inspiration for our breeding program. John competed his mother “Ariel” in eventing and raced her over hurdles and over timber. She was also a winner on the flat track. Born with a serious kidney infection Shawn spent the first week of his life in the NICU at the Marion du Pont Scott Equine clinic in Leesburg, Va. Heather spent all day every day at the clinic, caring for him and holding him on her lap. Day by day he fought the infection, grew stronger and blossomed into a phenomenal horse. Competed by professional Sharon White, Shawn is a ribbon winner through the intermediate level and a winner at novice, training, and preliminary. Top riders and trainers have evaluated him as a serious prospect for the top levels of the sport. Following a pasture injury, Shawn returned to competition in 2007 with former Phoenix Farm associate trainer John Michael Durr, garnering ribbons at preliminary and intermediate, and placing sixth in the classic-format CCI* at Rebecca Farm. We feel so blessed to have our first homebred ascend to such great heights, but he’ll always be our little “Scrawnie Shawnie”. Unfortunately, Shawn has proven to be Ariel’s only foal. Shawn has since shown the ropes of eventing to four young riders. He’s currently being leased by working student McKenzie Thomas, who’ll soon be competing him at novice level.

Phoenix Bellisima
Born 2009
Bay pinto Oldenburg/TB filly by Palladio out of Lizzie's Hero (Pardner's Hero)

This little girl has been everything we were hoping for from the start--flashy, fancy, female, and COLORFUL! Her mother Lizzie was an extraordinary mare, and we miss her every day, but she lives on in her darling daughter. And if she got a jump like her winning Dad's! Bella has won ribbons at more than half a dozen training level events and is currently competing at training level.


Order of the Phoenix
17.0 hands
Chestnut Thoroughbred gelding

Order of the Phoenix, a TB gelding born in 2010, has competed twice at beginner novice this fall, each with faultless cross-country rounds. He's an incredibly handsome, eye-catching gelding who loves to jump and has the movement to be a star on the flat.

Besides being strong and handsome, Order of the Phoenix has a tremendously workmanlike and kind temperament. He loves to learn and always wants to be good, so he's an easy horse to be around. (Yes, he happily hacks, ships, clips, braids, etc.) In 11 months, he went from his last race to finishing 5th in his second BN start. He's in full work and ready to go novice now.  

here for a RideOn video of his cross-country round at Fresno in October.

Born in 2000
Dark Bay Thoroughbred Gelding

This handsome boy came along just when Heather needed him most. She’s gotten to compete him a few times, but motherhood and her journalism career keep getting in the way. Kaydett, who loves to jump, especially on a cross-country course, is currently available for lease.

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