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The Hedreens

What a journey! I knew from the age of six that I wanted to breed horses. When I started breeding, I wrote that I wanted to breed international caliber horses – I am not sure I even knew what that meant at the time. I began studying conformation, movement and type. In the mid-1980’s, I met Dr. Walter Hartwig, then President of the Hannoveraner Verband (HV) and Dr. Ludwig Christmann; both men would become my mentors and friends. They taught me the importance of bloodlines, but not to the exclusion of the horse standing in front of you, and about great mare lines.

In the early 1990’s, Sue Williams took our young stallion Agincourt, along with his father, the famous Abdullah, to compete in Wellington, FL. Sue and the Wellington experience taught me what international competition looked like, how big and technical jumping courses really could be and how incredibly thrilling the sport is. Seeing these amazing athletes taught me the caliber of horse needed to compete at this level. During this time the USEF (then AHSA) and USDF offered training to become a licensed judge, of which I took advantage. My good friend Mary Giddens, DVM, then Managing Director of the KWPN/NA, and I continued our education with many trips to Europe-studying and developing our ‘eye’.

I would not have been able to achieve the many successes I have had during the past 30 years without the help and knowledge of Mike Boggs. He is a horseman in the truest sense. He knows a horse from the ground up, has an intuitive sense about training them, and has bred and foaled out literally hundreds horses.

During this exciting journey, I have made many wonderful friends throughout North America and Germany. As I was mentored, I have tried to give back and share my knowledge with many new to the breeding industry via judging, articles, clinics and seminars.

With help of my friends and mentors, I have achieved my dreams. Sylvan Farm-bred horses have competed successfully at the regional, national and international level in dressage, hunters and jumpers. Using education and culling (not a negative word among serious breeders), we refined our broodmare band, establishing two prepotent mare lines that are beginning to produce their fourth generation. Each of these mare lines produced a licensed stallion and competition horses. A third stallion was licensed in Germany.

Thank you to each of you who were there for our fantastic journey, sharing our sorrows and triumphs.

I couldn’t possibly name each and every one of you that supported me along the way but here are a few that I would like to give special acknowledgement to for their extraordinary contribution to my program:

  • Mary Giddens, DVM
  • John Q. Mitten DVM
  • Dr. Walter Hartwig
  • Gerd Zuther
  • Lilo Fore
  • Andy Hedreen
  • Mike Boggs
  • Anne Schmidt
  • Dr. Ludwig Christmann
  • Sue Williams
  • Hans-Henning v.d. Decken


Judy Hedreen

Our retirement auction would not have been possible without the generous contribution of these businesses and individuals:

Medallion Hotel

The Medallion Hotel – Marysville
Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express – Marysville
Gunn’s True Value Hardware and Feed The Arlington Coop
The Gift Horse Saddlery Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital
Equine Veterinary Associates Evergreen Equine Veterinary Associates