We "switched" to the smooth gaited fox trotters - Here is our story.
We love all horses but Missouri Fox Trotters are the breed we love the most. Their
smooth gaits are frosting on the cake - that we enjoy with less stress on our body parts with hours of trailriding.
Our first Fox Trotter was Southern Belle by Traveler's Nod-A- Lot. Jo started riding her for a friend when her
arabian mares were all pregnant and the local riding club had a rule about stallions. Jo had a bask son out of a Khemosabi
daughter named Tahr Bask and he was an awesome stallion that produced exceptional foals but due to a career change - Jo closed
her breeding operation. After that, Jo was down to Musxit, my russion bred arab gelding, and bought Belle because after
3 yrs of riding a fox trotter in the Blue Ridge Mtns - her smooth gaits made it a no brainer decision. Later, we also
bought Belle's mother, Lady for the kids to ride. Belle won Mike over with her smooth ride and versatility to do team
penning to trailriding. Jo then went looking for fox trotters that were not show stock but ranch bred good minded,
smooth gaited, strong and stocky fox trotters. Mike wanted palomino. We purchased three fox trotters from Ron Jackson
in Calgary, Canada. We had them transported to Kansas City and met the trailer there. The three were Ron Rico,
6 yr old palomino gelding, Northern Belle (nickname Tinker), 2 yr old palomino filly and Northern Pride (nickname "Bo") a
black 4yr old gelding. What a great experience!! If you know the book, Fox Trot Trackings,Too by Nadine Moeller, Rico's
picture is on 261 and 262 - he is the palomino fox trotter that Ron Jackson purchased in Powell, Wyoming from Dusty Franklin.
We didn't know he was in Nadine's book until 2012. As of 2013, Rico is semi-retired and lives in Louisa County, Va and
Bo lives in northern virginia but we still have Tinker. She is Jo's prize mare with many many trail miles and makes
a gorgeous baby with our stallion Bomber. In the years since, most of our fox trotters were brought in from Wyoming.
In 2008, after looking long and hard for that perfect stallion - we bought "The Manhatten Project" aka "Bomber".
We wanted a family horse with smooth gaits, calm disposition, superior confirmation, beautiful head and a proven producer.
We found Bomber has it all and he has exceeded all our expectations. His foals are the proof.
Missouri Fox Trotters have the temperament and attitude that you want in a good trail horse.
They are sure footed and smooth gaited. We do a lot of trail riding and we enjoy the mountains "on a fox
trotter" most of all. We have many fox trotter friends - See Photos on Friends & Past Fox Trotters page.
Spending time trail riding on a beautiful smooth riding horse is the therapy we need to deal with the stress in
our busy lives. When we match the right person to the right horse, it is a good feeling.
Saddle One Farm moved from Albemarle County to Augusta County in 2007. We are located
at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains at approximately mile post 11 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can see
our red barn roof from "Raven's Roost" and "Greenstone" overlooks on the parkway. We moved to be near the
George Washington National Forest which is a vast area with many miles of trails.
Having Bomber provides the opportunity to breed and raise our own. Check him out
on the "stallion" page. He has the bloodlines, the physical attributes, smooth gaits, and beauty that we
look for in a fox trotter. Most importantly, Bomber has a wonderful disposition that he passes to his foals.
Our goal is to breed a few of our mares and some outside mares in the coming years.
We appreciate your visit to our web site. If you have any questions or need any
additional information, please send us an email.
Happy Trails to you!!
Mike & Jo