Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse
Members of the Month
COUNTRY CHARM FARM FARM
Country Charm Farm, located
in Coatesville, Indiana, is home to 2007 International Futurity
three-year-old trail champion C.C.F.ís Shiloh. This stunning
chocolate stallion is proudly owned, trained, and shown by Chris and
SamíSonís Belle Shayla, a
previous Regional High Points champion, the dam of C.C.F.ís Shiloh,
was the first horse ever owned by Chris, whose dream had always been
to raise good horses. Intrigued by the gaited breeds, Chris
investigated Tennessee Walkers, Peruvian Pasos, and others before
falling in love with the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse. When she
made her first choice, little did she realize that in the very near
future she would breed her first champion.
I saw all these beautiful chocolate-colored Mountain Horses grazing
on a hillside in Mt. Olivet, Kentucky, I was hooked," said Chris.
"Then I met and rode several and fell in love with their amazingly
gentle and intelligent nature. I purchased my first filly in utero,
and she became the dam of C.C.F.ís Shiloh and his full brother
C.C.Fís Jericho who is now a yearling."
Chris works as a medical
office assistant by day and a horse breeder and trainer, of her own
horses, back at the farm. Husband Russell works at a nearby airport,
and is now expressing an interest in riding at shows. Chris proves
that you donít have to be a professional trainer to live your dream
of riding and showing your own stock to championship success.
In the beginning, nine years
ago, when Chris went looking for her first trainer, she chose Cheryl
Glancy because of her previous dressage background and her "natural
horsemanship" capabilities. "At that time, since I didnít have the
experience, I found a dressage trainer who helped open up an
entirely new world for me, and I now use both techniques in the
training of my young horses to help them learn to use their bodies
better, and understand what I expect from them. It has made all the
difference in the world, and I credit that partly to our success we
have experienced in the show ring."
Chris, who trains her own
show string, implemented the help of a natural horsemanship trainer,
Jerry Munns, a multi-talented trainer with a varied background, in
the early phase of C.C.F.ís Shilohís training. "It was important to
me that Shiloh have good ground manners, learn to give (in the
bridle), be supple, and understand leg and seat aids," Chris said.
"Since heís my first stallion I wanted him to have the experience of
being around "outside horses", especially mares in season, before I
began showing and trail riding."
"My husband (Russell) sees
how much fun Iím having and likeís to ride now," said Chris. "The
stallions just have these gentle and unflappable temperaments. I
mean, here I am, a novice horse owner handling, riding, and training
stallions. It really is unbelievable. The Kentucky Mountain Saddle
Horses have made me a believer that anyone can enjoy this breed
because they are so kind and willing."
Country Charm Farm, has had
a wonderful 2007 with an International show win, Futurity win and a
single outside mare breeding -- C.C.F.ís Shilohís first. "I hadnít
planned on breeding with Shiloh last year," Chris said
enthusiastically," but when the opportunity arose I had to say yes.
I knew the mare... sheís gorgeous! A beautiful palamino, owned by
Steve and June Gillett." "Weíre really excited about our "boyís",
(Shiloh and Jericho) and I canít wait to see their future colts and