Originally founded in the Hawkesbury district of Western Sydney, Badlands Farm is now located at Grenfell NSW, in the beautiful Weddin Mountains, a mere two hour drive North West of Canberra, or four hours from the Sydney CBD. I have been a horse owner and lover for as long as I could walk, but I only commenced my lifelong dream of breeding and showing quality Miniature Horses mid 2006. My aim is to breed well conformed Miniatures with traditional tobiano markings and pleasant temperaments, making them suitable for everyone. Our home-grown stock has also been consistently demonstrating aptitude in the performance side of things, particularly harness and jumping.
As our breeding goals develop and change, so does our herd, but these days we usually have up to twenty horses and ponies at any given time, which includes our resident stallions, some young stock, a decent herd of broodmares and our trusty little geldings. We are proud to have horses with some of the finest US bloodlines to be found in Australia, including Rowdy, Dell Teras Paycheck, Komokos Little King Supreme, Marks Lucky Streak, Dels Cowboy, Samis Kloudy Rowdy and Smithdeals Ima Pepper II. We are not afraid to have older bloodlines - why change what works!?
Sadly, in June 2007 I lost my dear old Miniature, Kitty, the one who started the Miniature obsession way back in 1988! She died peacefully at the ripe old age of 29. In February 2014, we laid to rest our founding broodmare, Mini World Belinda. The heartbreaking decision was made to have her put to sleep aged 21 after an ongoing fight against arthritis. She was joined by Mini World Mindy in January 2015, who was put to sleep at the age of 19; and then Mini World Blue Wren in December 2018, who was put to sleep at the age of 22. And with that ended an era of Mini World mares, the cornerstone to our stud.
Jabiru Salt 'N Pepper (affectionately known as Obi)
was our founding sire and integral part our breeding program for a
decade. He was 100% pinto producing, and 50% American. He was also a 75%
sibling to MHAA Hall Of Fame and multi-Supreme and National Champion
sire, Pixieland Pepper's Painted Perfection. Even though Obi himself
never made it to the show ring, virtually all his siblings have been
very successful showing in both halter and harness. He continually
stamped his progeny with his trademark even markings, long legs and high
stepping action, which has also allowed us to have ongoing success in
the show ring. It was with a heavy heart that we laid him to rest in
September 2019. We have retained some of his sons, including Badlands Panic In Detroit, who took over stud duties in 2019.
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