Arlington, WA – After more than three decades of breeding top sport horses, Sylvan Farm’s Judy Hedreen announced her retirement. Hedreen has been a fixture in the industry since becoming the first Executive Director of the American Hanoverian Society in the late 1980s. During her tenure as head of that organization, and for many years thereafter, Hedreen worked tirelessly to develop an exceptional herd. “Retirement comes with mixed emotions,” explains Hedreen. “I have enjoyed the journey, relished the successes, made many friends along the way and most of all lived a life-long dream.”
As part of Hedreen’s retirement, Sylvan Farm will offer the majority of their herd to bidders around the world. This is the first and only time for this type of offering. On Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. PDT, they will sell nearly twenty homebreds, via auction, at their North Star Farm in Arlington, Washington. Bidders will be able to celebrate Hedreen’s retirement with cocktails and light fare while they shop. For those unable to attend in person at the farm, bids will also be accepted by phone and via the Internet. In addition to the horses that will be auctioned, a collection of frozen semen will be offered for low, per dose minimum bid.
Rarely does an opportunity like this come along for those looking for a well-bred individual. “My program has focused on producing outstanding athletes, but my goals have always included breeding horses with good work ethics, manners and temperaments,” states Hedreen. Not only do the pedigrees of her horses reflect that mantra, the environment where she is based is ideal for that undertaking. The mild climate, lush fields and abundant rain create an environment nearly identical to that of northern Germany and Holland. Their horses are able to spend the entire year outdoors in fields with large loafing sheds. This quiet, serene setting is perfect for raising strong, athletic and rideable sport horses.
“I knew from the age of six that I wanted to breed horses. When I started breeding, I wrote that I wanted to breed international caliber horses – I am not sure I even knew what that meant at the time” explains Hedreen. In the mid-eighties, she met Dr. Walter Hartwig, then President of the Hannoveraner Verband, and Dr. Ludwig Christmann; both men would mentor Hedreen and develop a lifelong bond. “They taught me the importance of bloodlines, but not to the exclusion of the horse standing in front of you, and about great mare lines,” asserts Hedreen.
Sylvan Farm-bred horses have competed successfully at the regional, national and international level in dressage, hunters and jumpers. Over the years they refined their broodmare band, establishing two prepotent mare lines that are now producing their fourth generation. Each of these mare lines produced a licensed stallion and competition horses. A third stallion was licensed in Germany.
The many winners of the Sylvan Farm program include Grand Prix jumper, hunter and FEI dressage stallion Agincourt SF. Veteran Hap Hansen rode this grey son of Olympic Gold medalist Abdullah to many wins. Far Star SF represented the United States at the 2003 World Championships for Young Jumpers in Europe under Olympian Laura Kraut. His full sister EM Fair Lily is offered for sale during the auction.
Ramzes SF, a young Hanoverian stallion, is producing wonderful babies and is ready to show dressage in the FEI small tour classes. This well-mannered sire is approved for breeding with both the GOV and Belgian registries. All of his offspring have been awarded either Premium foal status or earned the Foal of Distinction award from the GOV. He is proudly offered at auction on June 1, 2013.
The collection includes a variety of hunters, jumpers and dressage horses. Show horses, young prospects and breeding stock are all on offer. They represent some of the finest Hanoverian, Oldenburg, Holsteiner and Dutch bloodlines available anywhere in the world, including those of Donnerhall, Landgraf, Cor de la Bryere and Pik Bube.
Judith Hedreen has proven her extensive knowledge and enjoys mentoring others. She is a former member of the USDF Sport Horse Committee, current member of the USHJA Jumper Breeder’s Task Force, contributor to multiple equine publications, and organizer of numerous educational seminars. With an avid interest in Hanoverian jumping horses, Hedreen helped initiate the NA Jumper Breeding Program. In 2007, she was appointed as a judge to the Hanoverian Mare and Stallion Committee.
Flashpoint Bloodstock, LLC, known worldwide for its exceptional sales in several breeds and disciplines presents Saturday’s auction. Tim Jennings and his team will by on-site taking your bids in person, by phone or via the Internet.
The event begins on Monday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. with horse trials and inspections continuing through Friday, May 31. A horse sales preview takes place on Friday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m. PDT and is available via live webcast for potential offsite buyers. On Saturday, June 1, gates will open at noon and the auction and broadcast will begin at 3:00 p.m. PDT.
As if acquiring a well-bred sport horse wasn’t enough to motivate you to visit the area, Seattle is a mecca for travel and outdoor enthusiasts. Early summer is delightful and visitors will find something for the whole family. If you are a wildlife lover, to advantage of a day trip to the nearby San Juan Islands to see the orca whales, seals and bald eagles. If you are a foodie, the fresh seafood and produce at Pike Place Market will bring you bliss. The list of destinations to explore in the area is varied and extensive.
In addition to details on each horse, you will find photos, videos, pedigrees and the online auction catalog on their website. It also includes complete bidder registration information, travel details and frequently asked questions to make your experience seamless.
For more information, please call Sylvan Farm at 360-435-0235 or 206-550-4010 or visit