New Video Update – Perfect Low Level Eventer!

Two new training clips have been added to sale horse Cruz Control schooling cross country at Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, GA.




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Videos, Photos and Updates on Sale Horses

The sale horses have busy schedules schooling off the farm and competing.  We keep their ads current and up to date with progress reports, fresh photos and videos. You can follow along on Facebook or click the ‘Sign Me Up’ button to the right of the web site’s margin, and get all the new blog notifications and horse info instantly. See HORSES FOR SALE page for new video links and photos. Call the farm to schedule a viewing, 404-202-4935.


For Sale – Cruz Control

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Wonderful School Day at Poplar Place Farm

We hauled down to Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, GA early this morning with Cruz Control, trying to beat the humidity and the heat. When sale horses are in the barn, part of our service is to continue training and competing the horses for the owners in order to better market them to the public. Many of the extra services provided are included in the consignment board fee.


For Sale – Cruz Control, June 2014


Cruz Control schooling cross country – June 2014

Cruz has grown up into a lovely horse, and we’re looking towards competing in July at Chattahoochee Hills Series I. It should be so much fun and give Cruz a chance to show-off!


Cruz Control and Zeb – June 2014

For more information on Cruz Control, see the HORSES FOR SALE page, and call 404-202-4935.




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Sold – Cholac

Congratulations to Karen Kerby on the new partnership with sale horse Cholac! He was here for only 6 days, when the perfect match walked down the barn aisle.

Cholac trotting

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Sale Horse ‘Cholac’ Update!

Editor and photographer Leslie Threlkeld shot some lovely photos of sale horse Cholac over the weekend. I think the images really caught his persona. His info has been updated on the HORSES FOR SALE page. Please contact farm to schedule a viewing at 404-202-4935.

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2014 Cholac – Photo by Leslie Threlkeld

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Splint Bone Fracture Dilemma Continues

It was in Dec. 2012, that while schooling a stadium course, my horse Artful Way snapped his left fore splint bone upon landing from a fence. He went immediately lame and the pain was quiet evident. After x-rays and on doctor’s orders of 4 months stall rest, we were able to gradually get back to competing late 2013.

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Chattahoochee Hills 2013

Everything appeared to be well for Ray and I in 2014 and we began our season with a couple solid placings at Intermediate. Unfortunately, I had a little voice in my head telling me that leg was giving him some trouble. He didn’t feel 100%, so we x-rayed the fractured area again and concluded that the damaged bone didn’t heal correctly and was causing pain to the surrounding ligament. In order for Ray to get sound, he would need surgery to remove the jagged bone.



Dr. Jim Nash of Horner & Nash performed the surgery at his clinic, and after a couple days I was able to bring Ray home. Stall rest, stall rest, stall rest were the doctor’s orders.



A fracture like this is common for racehorses, jumpers and cutting horses, and Ray’s soundness came into question 2 days before leaving for a 1-Star. He was ripe both mentally and physically and ready to compete, so when everything came to a halt, it’s been very hard on him to stay quiet and not become frustrated. The recent vet visit was embarrassing when he tried to take a chunk out of the assistant holding him.

Time is the only remedy, and as hard as it is for the both of us to miss out on the Spring trials, I had to put my own desires aside. I dearly love this horse, bad manners and all.




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Breaking and Training Openings

Training packages start at 30 – 60 – 90+/per day for owners looking to place their horse into a program that not only develops the horse’s physical skill set, but molds them mentally into confident competitors.


Ponyboy Curtis doing great holding his line

Horses are introduced to various obstacles in order to produce a horse who can think for itself and react appropriately. Learning to move forward from leg contact, maintaining straightness to the fence and keeping the lines of communication clear and direct will build a horse’s confidence. It’s all about building a safe and dependable teammate.


More Cowbell tagging along to Chattahoochee Hills Trials as a non-compete horse

Schooling trips are part of the training package. So much responsibility is put on young horses to cope with the pressures of competition. Taking them off the farm and placing them in a show atmosphere as ‘non-compete’ horses, allows them to soak it all in. Loading up on the rig, traveling to strange places with new sights, sounds and smells can be overwhelming. But in time with steady positive progress, when the time comes to compete, the transition into the show ring will be a positive experience.


Jimmy Legs learning about cantering into water

The ‘basics’ that horses are taught, are to move forward from the leg aids and understand obstacle questions from small ditches, water, banks up and banks down and how to gallop on uneven terrain. Eventually, as the questions grow bigger for the horse, it’s going to be the former correct training that the horse will rely on to successfully get through the finish.


Beecher’s Brook is confident jumping into water

Openings are available at the farm to place horses in training throughout the year.


Beecher’s Brook is a lovely mover

The goal in placing horses in training, is to give them and owners the best opportunity to succeed. It can be a wise investment that will last a lifetime, because it really is about the ‘horse’, isn’t it?

Stella Luna

Stella Luna happily jumping a BIG oxer

Call 404-202-4935 to arrange for training.

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