Nepenthe

Nepenthe is a Dutch Warmblood that Sarah has shown to Fourth Level.  Nepenthe is the last son of Sarah's 17 hand event mare and has lived his entire life at Forth Downs.  Nepenthe is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement.  He would like you to stop by and give him a carrot after you take your lesson.

Chili Pepper
Chili Pepper crossed the rainbow bridge in 2013.  Many children had their first ride on Chili

Valka

Valka is another Valbjorn daughter, out of a proven dressage mare, Katrina.  She has taken several students to shows, and also participated in the Jamul parades.  Valka is our best long line horse and will go steadily in circles as long as is required.  Valka is also beautiful and has extensive tiger striping on her legs.  Valka is a scopey jumper and in currently being shown third level in dressage at USDF recognized completion. .

Nika


Our beautiful mare, Nika (born 2001) is to our knowledge, the only Flotren daughter in California. Her dam, Annica, was an excellent eventing horse at the novice level.  She had her first colt in January of 2008 and a filly in May of 2010. In addition to producing babies she has taken countless different beginning riders to their first dressage schooling show and had been in the annual Jamul parade many times. She really likes the part of the parade where she got hugs from all the little girls!  She’s a kind little mare and takes good care of younger riders.    She also loves to jump.  Nika was evaluated at the 2009 Fallbrook evaluation and got rave reviews for her extraordinarily beautiful face- a score of 8.5, and overall a red ribbon in conformation.  We are hoping for a foal from Nika in spring of 2018.

Hviske has proven herself as a second level dressage horse and also as a gentle enough horse for beginners to trail ride in the fjords of Jamul. She also assisted 3 boys age 11-14 to earn their horsemanship Merit badge. Hviske's athleticism and versatility come as no surprise. Her sire Valbjorn was a CDE winner and her dam Misty was ridden, jumped and driven in many different situations. She has now proven herself as a wonderful mother, having presented us with 3 lovely fillies, who have her steady temperament.  Hviske was evaluated at the 2009 Fallbrook evaluation and received the highest score in English riding and a red ribbon in conformation.  We are hoping for one or possible 2 more foals now that we have our 2 new stallions.

Hviske

The whole family has ridden Hviske, born in 1999, including Jay, Sarah, 2 sons, a daughter and 2 nieces. But best of all, as Sarah continued with Hviske's training, she realized that even though she was safe and gentle for beginners, she could still be trained to be a real dressage horse. For some Fjord owners versatility is defined as being able to show dressage and western, for some it is defined as riding and driving. For us versatility is defined as a horse who can give a satisfying ride to both a 10 year old kid and his mom who has riding for 50 years!  The whole family has ridden Hviske, now age 10, including Jay, Sarah, 2 sons, a daughter and 2 nieces. But best of all, as Sarah continued with Hviske's training, she realized that even though she was safe and gentle for beginners, she could still be trained to be a real dressage horse. For some Fjord owners versatility is defined as being able to show dressage and western, for some it is defined as riding and driving. For us versatility is defined as a horse who can give a satisfying ride to both a 10 year old kid and his mom who has been riding for 50 years

After breeding Dutch Warmblood dressage horses, we have now turned our attention to Fjords. We first bought a mare, Hviske, and we have raised and trained her to be a lesson horse first for our boys , then for other students. Sarah has also competed with Hviske in dressage earning a 60% at 1st level. In 2005 we began acquiring and breeding additional Fjords.
Why did we want to change from Dutch Warmbloods to Fjords? As a young adult Sarah competed at high levels of dressage and eventing. Warmbloods can certainly excel at the higher levels of sport. They also can be just a bit high strung, especially those who are over half Thoroughbred! When we first got Hviske, Sarah was amazed at how quickly she learned and how un-flappable, and cheerful she was. New experiences that stressed out the warmbloods (clippers, trailer rides to strange places, trail rides with weird obstacles) she took in stride.

The core of our instructional program is horses that are reliable, safe and kind.  The majority of our lesson horses are registered Norwegian Fjord horses. Forth Downs began as a modest idea to move into San Diego's East County and have Sarah's horse live in the front yard. The plan was to buy a pony once kids came along, and possibly a trail horse for Jay. In the early eighties, Sarah and Jay saw a Norwegian Fjord Horse, for the first time, at the Calgary Stampede. Jay said right then that if he ever got his own horse it would be a Fjord. After breeding Dutch Warmblood dressage horses, we have now turned our attention to Fjords. We first bought a mare, Hviske, and we have raised and trained her to be a lesson horse first for our boys , then for other students. Sarah has also competed with Hviske in dressage earning a 60% at 1st level. In 2005 we began acquiring and breeding additional Fjords.
Why did we want to change from Dutch Warmbloods to Fjords? As a young adult Sarah competed at high levels of dressage and eventing. Warmbloods can certainly excel at the higher levels of sport. They also can be just a bit high strung, especially those who are over half Thoroughbred! When we first got Hviske, Sarah was amazed at how quickly she learned and how un-flappable, and cheerful she was. New experiences that stressed out the warmbloods (clippers, trailer rides to strange places, trail rides with weird obstacles) she took in stride

Yeti
Yeti was our first home grown fjord, born here while we ate dinner in 2007.  She is all grown up now and teaches jumping and dressage in our lesson program.  Of all of the Malcom offspring, Yeti looks the most like her sire.  She has been shown both in dressage and in rail shows at the Jamul arena.  She also has participated in 2 of the Jamul parades.  She is also my son’s favorite horse to just take on a trail. In 2016 Yeti was shown by Sarah in USDF recognized dressage competition earning several scores in the 60’s.  She was the Temecula chapter Open champion at 1st level.  She is currently showing 2nd level dressage in open competition 

Amulet

Amulet, born in 2010, is Nika’s most recent foal, and our last Malcom daughter. .  She is a petite, and very balanced young lady.  We think she will do well in both dressage and jumping. She has been working under saddle since late in 2013.  She is currently showing 1st level dressage at local schooling shows under her junior rider Jessica; Dressage judges consistently use the word ‘adorable” in her collective marks.  We are hoping for her first foal in spring of 2018.

.Lesson Horses - Our Assistant Instructors

Missy

Missy is an off the track thoroughbred.  She was born on February 14, 2011.  She is so calm that we call her an honorary fjord.  She has been learning dressage since she left Santa Anita race track by mutual agreement between herself and her trainer that she had no aptitude nor desire to be a racehorse.  She is currently under a special lease arrangement with Nicole.

Malcom Locke

The handsome Malcom Locke, sire of Amulet, Yeti, and Mistral is enjoying retirement in North Carolina

Sierra

Sierra is a quarter horse mare on loan to the lesson program.  She is a calm babysitter for beginner riders, and is a little larger than some fjords, which some riders prefer.