September 12, 2015: Here are updated photos of the three fillies taken this weekend. They are all just about six months old. Weaning has been gradual over the past several weeks and our nanny mare, Rose, has been introduced to the group of mares and foals. All without incident. The three broodmares seem to enjoy their breaks from the fillies as none become worried about being away from their foal.
August 10, 2015: Summer has just flown by to the extent that I did not realize how long it has been since I posted an update. All three fillies are doing great and growing by leaps and bounds. We are beginning the process of weaning which we do gradually. We start by keeping mom close by yet taking the filly to a seperate place within visual distance. This may be for only a few minutes at first. Over time the filly stays away from mom for longer periods of time as she gains confidence. The first part of September we will add Rose, our old TB mare, to the herd of mares and foals. She will be the adult who will stay with the fillies once they are weaned. We find weaning to be much less stressful on the foals if the process is done over time. As well, we wait and watch for signs that the mare is ready for the foal to be weaned.
All three fillies are quite frequently found with Epona, who cares for all of them without question. The other two mares are not so accomodating when a filly other than their own wants to hang out with them. Even now we are beginning to see signs that two of the mares are starting to be done with the mother routine.
I've taken a few photos of the fillies today, which are below:
June 7, 2015: In a nutshell, here are recent events related to Epiphany Bay produce. On June 4, EB Abraham went to his first show at Upperville to participate in the Purebred Cleveland Bay In Hand Class. He behaved well with which we were well pleased. Unfortunately, I forgot to take the camera battery out of the charger and put it into the camera. Hence, no photos of Upperville.
Sisi Gallagher on EB Celebration "Sully" won a large division, Novice Rider - A, at Waredaca Horse Trial in May with a score of 27.3. Way to go!!!
Michele N. brought EB Independence "Penny" up from North Caroline along with her trainer, Shaunna Dunlap and assistant to participate in the Cleveland Bay classes at Upperville. In addition they also had Penny in her first recognized Horse Trial today in Middleburg, VA. She competed in Beginner Novice. A very good experience for all involved. Thank you! Photo is Penny and Shaunna at the Middleburg Horse Trial and was taken by Penny's owner, Michele N.
History of Epiphany Bay Farm 2015
January 4, 2015: "Penny" Epiphanybay Independence, a purebred Cleveland Bay mare, owned by Michele N. and in traning with Shaunna Dunlap at White Winds Farm in Raeford, North Carolina. Shaunna's farm is just minutes from the North Carolina Horse Park. In November, Shaunna took Penny to her first horse trials at the NC Horse Park. These photos are from these horse trials having been taken by High Time Photography and provided courtesy of both High Time Photography and Michele N. From Penny's expression, she loves what she is doing! We wish Penny and her entourage all the best for 2015! Penny is out of our Premium Mare, Olddominion Epona by Penhryn Bayswater (deceased). Epona is in foal to Bayswater's only purebred son, Windy Day Shakespeare for an April 2015 foal.
April 4, 2015 - We have had two foals born, both fillies. One on March 23 and one on March 25. We are expecting one more foal, which will hopefully be tonight! The filly born March 23 is spoken for and the filly born on March 25, we will be keeping. Once the third foal arrives and we catch up on some much needed sleep, we will post photos of the foals. Love baby pics!
March 14, 2015 - The snow is finally gone and the daily temperatures are gradually headed towards a pleasant range. After a few days of sunshine, which helped to dry up the worst of the mud, we have had rain again. We are hopeful that the mares which are due to foal any day now, will keep their legs crossed until the ground is a bit dryer and greener along with warmer temperatures. Today, is day 340 for Mahogany. In the past she has foaled on day 339 and day 346. As a point of curiosity, I determined the stage of the moon for her previous foaling dates and found no consistency. Therefore, multiple nightly foal checks will continue.
February 26, 2015 - Snow, blustery cold wind and freezing temperatures will be remembered as the hallmark of February 2015. In early February I traveled to North Carolina with Michele N. to visit her mare, Epiphanybay Independence "Penny". Penny is in training at White Winds Farm in Raeford, NC. We were fortunate to watch Penny being schooled for the up coming horse trails at a local horse trial facility. Luckily this particular weekend the temperatures were in the 60's and sunny. The rest of February has not been so nice. Michele and I did pay a visit to Abby Jones at her Overlook Farm in Stoneville, NC to see the two purebred Cleveland Bay stallions which she recently purchased. There we had a lovely visit with wonderful hospitality.
Congratulations are in order for Epiphanybay Celebration, "Sully" and his owner Sisi Gallagher for earning the Championship for the 2014 Eventing Category of the Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America Performance Awards. Way to go Sully & Sisi! Photo courtesy of Sisi and Brant Gamma Photography. Surefire Horse Trials June 2014.
April 18, 2015: We have had a successful and blessed foaling season. We are surmising that the long cold winter influenced all of the mares to foal a bit later than their "calculated" foaling dates, which as any breeder knows is only as good as the paper it is written on. Despite our best efforts to be present at each foaling, the mares discreetly waited until we were not there. Thank God all foalings were uneventful!
We have three fillies on the ground for 2015! All are healthy and doing quite well. We have not yet picked out names for two of the new fillies.
On March 23, Epiphanybay Abigail gave birth to a lovely bay 3/4 CB 1/4 TB filly. This filly has been spoken for as long as she does not turn grey. So far no evidence of greying present.
Belladonna Mahogany gave birth to a lovely purebred Cleveland Bay filly on March 25. The evening of the 25th the filly's left hock was a bit larger than the other, so rather than taking a wait and see approach we took her and her mum to the Equine Medical Center for evaluation. They stayed for a few days. There was a small abrasion on this hock which caused soft tissue cellulitis. Thankfully the joint was not involved! She is sporting a few areas where her hair was shaved during her visit. We will be keeping this filly to add to our breeding line. We have named her Epiphanybay Lady Arabella.
On April 7, Olddominion Epona gave birth to a beautiful classic purebred Cleveland Bay filly. She is a big girl with long legs and her mother's lovely personality! This filly is the first foal and first purebred foal sired by Windy Day Shakepeare of Bowler Hill Farm. We are are quite excited about this lovely filly!
May 25, 2015: In the past week, we have had one purebred mare bred by artificial insemination and a second purebred mare which we are hoping was inseminated this past weekend. Next step is the ultrasound at day 14 to determine if the insemination was successful. Fingers crossed.
At two months of age, the three fillies have become quite a group unto themselves. Doing everything as a group, they play, eat, sleep and stay in the run in under the fan while their mothers are out grazing. Funny to watch them interact.
Farm History 2015
Breeders of the Purebred Cleveland Bay Horse and the Cleveland Bay Sport Horse
The Cleveland Bay Horse is a critically endangered heritage breed of horse as determined by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and the Rare Breeds Survial Trust
October 25, 2015: Well folks, I am a little behind in getting this posted...darn computers...enough said. I am sure you have seen the posts on Abby Jones' page. Last Sunday, Epiphanybay Adelyne, a purebred filly left for her new home with Abby Jones at Overlook Farm in North Carolina. Penrhyn Extravagant "Stravi" went along with EB Adelyne to be a nanny mare for both Adelyne and Abby's colt, Overlook Sailor. As we have not had any success in breeding Stravi as she seem to "have packed it in", Stravi needed a job. She is an awesome nanny mare and is being leased to Abby.
As well, bright and early last Sunday morning, Epiphanybay Liatris "L.A." left for her new home with Brian and Kathy Robertson in Michigan. L.A. will join her full sibling, Epiphanybay Triump "Wicker" for a future as part of a driving team.
Epiphanybay Lady Arabella, a pure Cleveland Bay filly who we are keeping, was quite a sad girl for a few days after both of her friends left on the same day. She has adjustednow and will spend the winter turned out with our nanny mare, Rose. The below pictures were taken by Abby Jones and are of EB Adelyne and Stravi at Overlook Farm.