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Joint Venture Farm is an extraordinary Trakehner breeding facility that offers exceptional mare care, boarding and training. Joint Venture Farm offers lessons in dressage, and jumping for the serious equestrain and upscaled boarding and training for the equine athlete. In addition, Joint Venture Farms is soon to be a US Pony Club Center!

Our indoor arena is 60' X 250' and is surrounded by 30 12 x 14 concrete stalls, breeding facilities area, wash racks, medical room, screened sitting area for visitors, bathrooms and employee residence.

Our licensed veterinarian, Dr. Blair is a graduate of the University of Florida Veterinarian School and specializes in Large Animal Reproduction. He officiates and orchestrates the breeding operations at Joint Venture Farm. The new state of the art AVS Equine Hospital is approximately 45 minutes away from Joint Venture Farm in neighboring Monticello, FL.


The many sides of Joint Venture Farm

Joint Venture Farms originated in Miami, Florida in 1986. It was at this time and during the late 1970’s that warmbloods became the preferred equine mounts of experienced riders for hunting, jumping and the dressage disciplines. We purchased our first two Trakehners from Manfred Haertel a breeder in Germany. Senator was a 17’1 hand chestnut Trakehner gelding (out of Index/Pregel) who had incredible scope and accuracy for jumping. With his sure footedness I knew I would always have a terrific ride. At one point in Senator’s career we consulted Margie Goldstein-Engel as to whether Senator might be a horse Margie thought she would be interested to campaign on the jumping circuit. Margie asked me to get him fit throughout the summer and she would take him on the circuit in the fall. Senator’s half brother, Santos, was a 15’3 hand grey Trakehner gelding also out of the Index/Pregel lineage. Santos went on to succeed in dressage and to help me teach many riding students the art of dressage.

Kosake and Katalina were the next two Trakehners to come from Germany and the Haertel breeding farm. They say you have one great mount in a life time and Kosake is my one great mount. He is a registered American Trakehner and Elite American Warmblood stallion who excelled in dressage. He was third in the Region Three Dressage Championships and Dressage Grand Champion in Miami Dade Dressage. At 22 years old Kosake accompanies me in the Madison County Mounted Patrol, Madison County Trail Riders and spends time in the breeding shed during breeding season.

On August 22, 1992, Hurricane Andrew came barreling through the Florida Redlands and demolished the original Joint Venture Farm. After Hurricane Andrew, Miami and the Redlands never seemed the same to us so we decided to move to North Florida. We came across our wonderful farm of 110 rolling acres nestled in the heart of North Florida on State Road 53 just outside of Madison County in Cherry Lake. Joint Venture Farm has an indoor arena with 30 stalls and a farm house that was falling down. We decided to repair the farm house and make it our home since it was part of Madison County’s heritage.

We have been blessed with several foals from Kosake and his sister Katalina(Kastella). Kailem by Advocate *Ps* out of Katalina(Kastella), Callie by Kosake out of Candy Coated by Donaushimmer and Sedona Breeze by Kosake out of Scarlett Breeze an ATA approved racing Thoroughbred mare.

We recently acquired Apache*Pb* the approved American and Canadian Trakehner stallion. Apache*Pb* is by Merkur *E* by Schwalbenflug out of Marchenblute by Maigraf xx. Apache’s dam was Alouette *E* by Tannenberg *E*, out of the immortal Abiza *E* who produced the famous Olympic Trakehner stallion Abdullah *PG*E*. Apache*Pb* is a dream come true for Joint Venture Farms. Apache*Pb* was an alternate for the Canadian Pan American and Olympic team and Quebec’s Dressage Horse-Of-The-Year in 2000. His wonderful personality and magnificent gaits are imprinted in his foals.

Joint Venture Farms future endeavor is to continue breeding these splendid, majestic and stately horses called Trakehners.

Ruthanne Gardner. Owner/Operator
Joint Venture Farm
10671 North SR 53
Madison, FL 32340


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