At Flying Change Farm we specialize in starting young
horses under saddle. We suggest at least a 2 month starting period so that the
horse is comfortable at walk, trot and canter under saddle. Some owners decide
to leave their horses longer so their training can continue. Proven
In dressage there are certain givens. Everyone knows that you
need to start an upper level dressage horse at around four years
of age. Chestnut mares are difficult and cranky. School horses
canít be real champions because beginners will ruin their
training. To train a grand prix horse, you have to learn to
ride on a schoolmaster. Everyone knew this except FredericaÖ
just Freddy to all her friends. Freddy broke the mold. She was
as sweet as a sugar cube. She could work as a walk-trot school
horse all week, then go out and compete at the Grand Prix level
on the weekend with Amy Gimbel.
Freddy came to Flying Change as a pregnant eight-year-old brood
mare, but her first foal, the beautiful black Onxy, was her
last. Having spent the first years of her life kicking up her
heels in a paddock, no one really thought she was destined for
the show ring. But she was finally backed, and we discovered
her wonderful riding temperament.
Amy Gimbel was only twelve years old when she started taking
riding lessons on Freddy. With Heatherís guidance, the two
taught each other and all of us what it means to be steady and
dedicated. Not a brilliant mover, Freddy tried so hard, and was
so accurate in her tests, that she and Amy showed with
distinction as part of the North American Young Riders Team.
Amy also won her USDF gold medal on this one of a kind mare.
After teaching many grateful riders so much, Freddy retired
peacefully, and became the baby sitter for our blind mare
Lilly. Whoever she came in contact with experienced her loving
nature. Freddy was buried on the top of the hill at Amyís home
next to FC Fantasy, another great chestnut mare, overlooking
Flying Change Farm. There will never be another Freddy.
FC Fantasy - Grand Prix
Dressage, CBLM Champion Intermediare II, Grand Prix and Freestyle in 2002
Novelty - Prix St
Prix, scores to 72%
Prix debut - 61%
- 4th Level, owned and ridden by Cheryl Ash
Grand Prix, earned Amy
Gimbel her USDF Gold Medal
- 2nd Level Dressage,
Preliminary Horse Trials
Prix St Georges
Bouke R & Colleen Mitchell
Training Level AA Champion, Winning at 1st Level and
Freestyle, scores to 84%
winning at 1st
and 2nd Levels
- Prix St Georges
Winning at Training Level - scores to 83%
Level Champion CBLM Finals 2004. Currently competing 2nd Level.
Mirage d'Esprit -- 4th place in his first
Beginner Novice Horse Trial
Allegiance - USDF Resgion 1 Championships 2008 - Reserve Champion 1st level
Freestyle, 5th at Training Level
Whind in the Willows - 3rd place Training Level Jr at ESDCTA Championships
Valkyrie - 2008 1st place KWPN-NA 2nd Level AA, showing 3rd level
A Knight To Remember RAH - 2008 USDF Region 1 Champion at 2nd Level
Warsteiner - 2008 Horse of The Year at First Level, 1st Level Freestyle, 2nd
Level Freestyle and 1st Level Freestyle Challenge
- Prix St Georges
Della - 2008 3rd at Region 1 Championships 1st level Freestyle
Awesome 00S - 3rd Level scores to 65%
Zar - 2008 Horse Of the Year - 2nd Place at Training Level- 76.5% Median
Black Tye Affair - 2nd Level
This is Alix, a two
year-old being started under saddle by Heather Mason at Flying Change!!
The first time Alix feels the weight of a rider, Bob is in the
process of "bellying" where he will lay across the saddle while Alix is
lead at a walk.
After bellying, Alix is relaxed enough for the first
We're on! Alix is very comfortable around people , so this was
no big deal for him. He is lead at the walk while Bob teaches him gentle
stop and turn cues.
Confident enough to be released on to the lunging
circle, Alix now trots for the first time.
Everything always gets done in both directions.
Alix is a well adjusted and happy youngster - just 15 minutes
after his very first mounting experience, he is happily trotting around
the indoor off the lunge line!
These are just a handful of the horses we have
started. They are proven show horses, having had the correct foundation for a successful career.
Training horses accepted at all levels. All breeds welcome.
For more information please contact Heather
Mason or call 908.797.2634