Station Lane, Northfield Station,
Hennessy by Cognac (by *Bask) x RL
Melissa by RL Witraz (by *Count Locust)
Black/ Grey Filly
is the latest addition to the AES family. Born on
January 16, 2004 at 1:00 pm, she picked a very cold and
windy day to arrive.
I am standing, sort of, now where is the snack bar?
fact her dam, Follie, was out in the paddock with
Hennessy and I was lucky enough to look out and
notice that she was lying down in front of the
round bale with her tail straight out. So out I
went to bring her into the barn. Her water broke
on the way!
was thrilled when Mary McBride offered me this mare to
breed to Hennessy for a foal for myself. She is a
beautiful mare, with huge luminous eyes, a lovely
elegant neck, great bone and substance. Not to mention
nice neat little ears.
RL Melissa age 19
this is a little warmer
has been an excellent producer for all her
owners, producing 8 foals now - 4 fillies and 4
colts. Only one of her foals has been shown, Ibn
Ibn Bee, who was twice named Top 6 Stallion in
the Eastern Canadian Breeders Championships. Her
2003 colt will be shown this year and even Kiera
may make it to the ring this summer!
is everything I wanted in this cross so far. She is
personable, very typy with teeny tippy ears, lots of
substance and bone, not to mention tall and leggy. I was
"hoping" for a filly and born black and going
grey. This is my most favorite colour in all of its
Watch for more photos!
one day old and outside already
4 days old - someone stole my blankie!
all that running and playing has me zonked.
One week old, January 23rd...
It is super cold, just where is that blanket???
Photos by Pat
January 28th... finally warmed up enough to snow, what
Kiera has a special "joi de vie" that is
wonderful to behold. She has her own personality already
and is quite the character. She refused to wear blankets
indoors when she turned 10 days old, worming her way out
of them. Insists with ears pinned and making faces for
you to back off while she piggs out on Mom's grain &
bread. We have never seen such a greedy, hungry little
girl at such a young age. She is also Miss Independent
for a filly and likes touring the yard before gracing
the barn with her presence... follow Mom... whatever
for? For a Hennessy kid, she isn't quite as
"easy" as the others, but has a charisma and
charm all her own.
At 8 weeks of age, Kiera measures in at 46" and
255 pounds! We call her "tank" as she is built
like one! I go away for 9 days and she gains more inches
and another 25 pounds... growing like a weed for sure.
We will likely wean her the first week of April as she
is taking quite a lot out of mom and eating more than
her fair share of the meals. She is getting friendlier
and easier to handle with time, not quite so skittish
and a lot more curious about people and those wonderful
hands that have fingers to scratch her with. Needless to
say we are just in love with this girl.
We weaned Kiera just shy of 3 months
of age. She weighed practically 300 pounds and her dam
was losing weight. Since about day 2, Kiera has been a
real piglet and even with weaning, never went off her
grain and it was quite uneventful. When it came time to
put them all out again after a day or so, she refused to
stay in the paddock with Amberlysa and her foal and we
ended up letting Hennessy 'babysit' his kid. They get
along great and there are no issues, not surprising as
this isn't the first youngster that Hennessy has weaned
(That is Henn's eye in the last photo.) She gets upset
when I take him out for rides, but isn't totally stupid
about it. She is slowly shedding out and will likely
have to be body clipped in May before going to the Tulip
show as she is just covered in very thick January baby
fuzz. She is now leading and trotting along with her
handler and has become quite friendly now that her dam
has left the property. Still very much a tank and sport
horse looking, yet very feminine.