As I look at the many things that go on in the horse world, I thought it would be fun to take time to share with you what goes on with me personally related to horses we own. Hence, 'on the farm!'
Shortly after we bought our first 10-acre farm in rural Minnesota on November 5, 2005, we settled on the name Auld Macdonald Farm Arabians. Ian is British and “Auld” is a play on “Old” and he is the “Macdonald.” And, this play and lyric allow me to explain the spelling of our surname too. It’s M-A-C DONALD like “Old Macdonald Had A Farm, E-I-E-I-O” versus M-c DONALD like the burger joint.
Our first horse was a $100 purchase from a local auction house in Pine City, Minnesota. “Cairo” was a purebred chestnut Arabian gelding that had come from a local training barn. We learned a lot from that purchase, and he charmed us as we fell in love with the breed.
We're now on our third location in the life of the farm; a well-organized four-acre farm in southeastern Arizona. We own US National Halter Champion, Legacys Renoir+, and have done since he was four. One of our proudest moments was in 2010 when Ian showed Renoir to his national title in Tulsa. Last year, we purchased the bay 2007 Ghazal Al Shaqab son, Caravagio, as an outcross stallion for our breeding program. We look forward to showing him too.
We recently bought two Few Spot Appaloosa mares and will begin breeding Araloosas sired by Renoir or Caravagio in 2020.
In addition to our on-the-farm fun, Ian and I travel regularly to the national Arabian Horse Association Championship Shows. He hauls part-time as Carousel Trails. I have the privilege of writing articles for the AHA's membership magazine, Arabian Horse Life. It’s a fun cross-section and there are plenty of interesting people, places, horses and general on-the-road adventures to share too.
I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoy writing them for you.