Celestina Ranch – Peruvian Horses

The Peruvian Horse is born with a smooth, natural way of going stamped into their genetic heritage by hundreds of years of selective breeding. Peruvians are shown barefoot – the gait cannot be influenced by weighted or other special shoes.

The smooth gait and tractable temperament make Peruvian Horses an ideal choice for the rider who wants to avoid the discomfort of a trot. The quieter horses are ideal for the adult novice, while the fiery individuals are a thrill for even the most experienced rider. We look forward to working with you.

When you ask what makes a Peruvian Horse different from many other breeds, the concept of “brio” is likely to be one of the first things that come up.  Wikipedia defines brio as “quality of being spirited, active, or alive and vigorous” or another word for “the force of life”.

Quickstad Quarter Horses

Founded in 1974, Quickstad Quarter Horses was originally located near Hettinger, North Dakota. The foundation of their broodmare band was carefully selected for foundation breeding, speed, and conformation. The original mares were daughters of Jackstraw Jr. (TB), Steelmark (TB) by Depth Charge, Bay Leo by Leo, Top Show by Top Deck (TB), Magnolia Bars by Three Bars and a race winning granddaughter of Triple Chick.

Within six years these original mares had produced state and regional halter class winners and the North Dakota State Champion HS heeling horse who went on to compete successfully at the National HS finals rodeo under Danny Lambourn’s guidance.
In 1981 a job transfer for Bob brought the Quickstads to their current location near Sturgis, South Dakota. The historic Bismarck to Deadwood Stage route borders their ranch on the north. And the original wagon wheel ruts can still be seen just west of the ranch house.

Horseback riding in Arizona and Utah

This vast, sparsely populated section of Arizona and Utah is ideally suited for horseback riding vacations. The landscape in this part of the Southwest has a haunting, nostalgic quality and at times the feeling of déjà vu can be almost overpowering. Film directors and artists have long recognized that the landscape here is some of the most dramatically beautiful in the world.

Spectacular, red-walled mesas tower abruptly a thousand feet above the surrounding plain, rivers have carved out immense, multi-colored canyons, outcroppings of rock have formed weird shapes and the unusual form of the tall saguaro cactus dots the desert. Equestrian holidays constantly provide magnificent and ever-changing views which help make the experience unforgettable.

StoneHaven Farm

StoneHaven Farm has been in the miniature horse business since 1980. They have been slowly building their collection of exceptional AMHA miniature horses. They are just about where they want to be, with a small herd of fine, show quality broodmares, and a few top-notch breeding stallions.

At StoneHaven, they own a 70+ acre farm where they raise Christmas trees in addition to the horses. The arrangement works very well for them. Judy and Jody are the horse breeders/showers, and Peter is the Christmas tree person and Trap Shooter.

When Judy and Jody go to shows, Peter is the caretaker of the horses, when Peter goes to shoot, Jody and Judy are there to care for the trees and animals. At Christmas time, all hands on deck from Thanksgiving to Christmas, they are all at home and selling trees on the weekends.

StoneHaven’s pride and joy is their blue roan gelding, LBFs Commodity Blues, one of the top driving horses in the country. The horses are also featured on many gifts for horse lovers. You can get them here on this website about horse care.

He has won multiple National championships and top tens in both AMHA and AMHR in Gelding single pleasure driving, Gentlemen’s single pleasure driving (with Mike McCabe), Ladies single pleasure driving, and Amateur halter geldings with Judy Stadtlander. …