Shiredale Farm was nothing more than a dream in 2002, but we all know if we stop at nothing; dreams do come true! Shiredale Farm started in 2003 with a Shire Mare (Heidi) and a Clydesdale Mare (Belle). So I combined Shire and dale from Clydesdale to get the name Shiredale! I was born and raised in New Jersey, when my dad got a job transfer to Colorado when I was 9. This introduced me to my life passion, horses! Soon discovered my favorite breeds were the Shire and Gypsy Horse, and better yet when the two are combined to create a Drum Horse! Got a Bachelors degree in Equine Science from Colorado State University in 2006. Worked for Black Forest Shires & Gypsy Horses before leaving them in 2007 and moving to Arizona. I started working for Desert Jewel Gypsy Horses in 2007 and worked there thru 2016. Left Desert Jewel in 2016 and started working for Voliva Equine, a local veterinarian. In 2018, I was offered and accepted a job working for Scottsdale Police Department's Mounted Unit, caring for their Police Horses part time!
Shiredale Farm's goal is to promote high quality horses of the different breeds that have exceptional personalities and temperaments in addition to conformation! The horses are handled extensively from birth and are taken to local community events at the Church, Parades, Trail Rides, etc.
I discovered with anything in life, there are less than perfect specimens even with horses. So it raised me to question what happens to them? Some get passed around from home to home, some get neglected, some get sent to slaughter/euthanized, and some are blessed to find bleeding hearts that will care for them till the end of their days. Should come as no surprise I am a bleeding heart and have provided sanctuary to those that I can help! As you may have noticed on the Horses page, 1/2 the horses here have "issues". That makes them no less special than the others, and here they will never have to worry about their future. They have a permanent home full of love, and attention, and the best care that I can provide!
Annie and Alex are horses with Kyphosis otherwise known as curved spine. Both were born with the condition, neither are related, is just an anomaly with the breeding for whatever reason. Due to their spines they can not be bred, ridden or driven. They are literally just pasture pets!
Cassie is a Wobbler, meaning she has a compression on her neck or spine that causes neurological symptoms. As a result she is never to be bred, ridden or driven, is just a pretty pasture pet!
Victoria is dam to Cassie, Cassie has an older brother that is also a Wobbler (he wasn't confirmed till Cassie was already in utero) so the decision was made to remove Victoria from the Gypsy gene pool. She can be ridden and is enjoying retirement!
Sara is a National Champion Shire mare and as age has creeped up on her, she developed Ringbone, Sidebone, Arthritis and Navicular in her front feet. As a result she is retired and is just a beautiful pasture pet that lives on Equioxx that keeps her sound :).
Violet I knew for years while working at Desert Jewel. She was sold to an unethical woman that embezzled money to buy several horses, then neglected them and they were confiscated by the FBI. Violet found her way here and will live here forever! In 2018 she was diagnosed as Equine Metabolic Syndrome (basically Diabetic), so she lives on Thyro-L now!
As you can see there are horses here that are just pasture pets and ones that are just retired and living out their days! I'm happy to be able to provide them a soft landing to live out their days!