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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. …