SPINNAKER - Grand Prix 1994 Trakehner Warmblood Gelding
When ATA Registered Trakehner warmblood Spinnaker was 16 years old, he joined our family and became partners with the then 14 year old Meghan Slaughter. He was owned and trained up the levels by our trainers, Ernst and Janet Herrmann. Spinnaker was a seasoned, highly opinionated and somewhat cantankerous dressage horse, showing successfully up to FEI Intermediate I with some training in Grand Prix movements.
Spinnaker and Meghan trained together, traveled the Northwest USA and successfully qualified for and was invited to join the USA Region 6 North American Junior/Young Riders Team. They successfully competed at the North American Championships in Kentucky and at the USDF Region 6 Championships. In 2011, they won USDF Region 6 FEI Junior Champion and USDF National Freestyle Second Level Reserve Champion.
Spinnaker and Meghan continued their successful partnership competing at FEI Young Riders/Prix-St. George and Intermediate levels, winning numerous awards. With a supportive team providing massage therapy, athletic training, farrier and veterinary care and with the guidance of our trainers, Spinnaker was able to complete his Grand Prix training with Meghan and compete in Grand Prix at the ripe old age of 20. With Spinnaker, Meghan was able to earn the USDF Gold Medal.
May Slaughter then took over riding duties with Spinnaker. She was able to earn the USDF Bronze Medal and showed at 4th level/Prix St. George. Spinnaker, now in semi-retirement, works as a part-time school horse for experienced riders.
W ESTANISLAU - 2014 Hanoverian Warmblood Gelding
AHS Registered Hanoverian warmblood W Estanislau, affectionately known as Baby Lau, was bred by May Slaughter and born in 2014 to our mare Marlowe (aka Maggie) and Sire Wolkentanz II.
With guidance from dressage trainer Heather Oleson, Baby Lau started his in-hand training with Meghan and showed in USDF Sport Horse Breeding class as a 2 year old. In his third year, he got started under saddle with trainers Janet Herrmann and Evan Smith. After a winter break, he continued his under saddle work with Evan and Meghan. As a four year old, he has grown to 16.3 hh with a really big puppy dog, albeit stubborn at times, personality.
Into his fourth and fifth year, he is training lower level dressage with Meghan, working on proper body development and positive work attitude. He has started showing in schooling shows and working with dressage clinicians. We hope to start his recognized show career soon.
MAY FROST - 1998 Appaloosa Mare
Sweet and friendly Registered Appaloosa mare May Frost was bred by Lise Jumper of Jumper's Sport Horses. She began her show career as an eventing horse and became a dressage show horse for several owners.
An absolute fan favorite, she has been a steady veteran dressage/low level jumping school horse for many years. May Frost has now joined the Whisper Creek School Horse Team, helping beginning to experienced young students and adult riders to develop a good dressage foundation.
IN MEMORIAM: MARLOWE (aka MAGGIE) - 1999-2021
When Meghan started her USDF recognized show career at the age of 12, Maggie was her lower level dressage partner. Maggie, out of Hanoverian Sire Maronjo, was a lovely AHS Registered Hanoverian Inspection Champion and Main Studbook mare. Maggie joined our family when she was 9 years old and training at 2nd level. Maggie had enjoyed success as a champion lower level dressage show horse with Meghan and other riders, scoring well as high as 70's and 80's percent.
When Maggie was sidelined with a stifle injury, she became one of our farm broodmares and, notably, is mother to W Estanislau out of Wolkentanz II. She had returned to training and became one of our school horses. Maggie worked best with experienced and confident dressage students. She had lovely fluid movements and a comfortable top line to ride. Maggie required a mature rider with gentle aids and a sensitive seat.
CHECKERS - 1985 Sheltland Pony - Resident Equine Companion
MADELYN - 2006 Daschund/Terrier and HARLEEN Q - 2014 St. Bernard/Boxer
ALPHONSE & TATER TOT - 2020 & 2021 American Barn Cats
IN MEMORIAM: SHMELLO - 2006-2020 American Barn Cat