The owners have been involved with horses during their entire lives. Jane Southgate showed hunter ponies and horses as a junior on the Ontario A circuit winning year end CEF awards for champion hunter pony with Stormy Weather. Also Jane was the first junior to be awarded Hunt Colours with the Eglinton – Caledon Hunt Club. Jane has also shown dressage to the St George level with two horses from the breeding program – Bazarov and Millcroft. In fact Millcroft was eventually sold to new owners in Germany.
Jane has also been active in recent years driving large and small ponies in pleasure driving and combined driving events. The ponies have won at the Carriage Classic, Walnut Hill and the RWF.
Jane grew up in a family actively involved with competitive horses. Her mother, Helen Southgate and grandmother, Victoria Armstrong campaigned a top stable of hackney ponies and horses under the banner of ABC Farms in Ontario and the USA. The ABC ponies won AHSA year end awards for long tail and short tail hackney ponies in both open and ladies divisions. Helen Southgate was considered one of the best lady drivers in North America and was asked to show hackney horses for Chancey Stillman and Cynthia Hayden.
Jane’s grandfather was one of the founders of the “famed Armstrong Bros” standardbred farms in Inglewood whose horses raced under the Armbro prefix. Armbro horses over the years have won every major race in Canada and the USA. The farm after three generations of activity was dispersed and horses and assets were sold in 2004 thus ending a legend.
Bob Hanenberg has been involved with the standardbred industry for 30 years. He was a Standardbred judge with the Ontario Racing Commission until 2006 when he opened Grand River Brewing, a small craft brewery along the Grand River in Cambridge, Ontario.
Bob works with the young ponies and breaks the driving horses and ponies. In 2005, Bob showed our new pony, Hawksview Dandy Dale, to numerous successes in pleasure driving. In 2006 Bob showed our large pony, Natalma, on the Ontario Carriage Derby circuit, Walnut Hill and East Aurora Pleasure driving shows and the OCDA dressage and cones in Collingwood with great success. Since 2007, Bob has been too busy to show any ponies but is a great supporter of the farm’s ponies. He participated in the KW Oktoberfest parade and was thrilled to drive Michel Bougie’s four in hand at our farm.