Thursday, February 9, 2017

February Update!

Our clinic with Mary Werning was a hit! Everyone enjoyed their lessons and watching the others, and most want to return for more!
On that note, we are having another certified student of former SRS Chief Rider Karl Mikolka, Anita Adams, coming for a clinic! She, like Mary, has been certified by Herr Mikolka to teach through the Grand Prix level. Anita has also ridden in the quadrille and worked in the airs above the ground portion of the Tempel Farms performances. She is a wonderful teacher and is excellent in the work in-hand. This clinic is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the various aspects of classical dressage. The clinic is March 3-5, and there are still a couple slots left and rides available for people interested in lessons. We have an event set up on Facebook, and you may also email us at for more information.
Stay tuned for more updates as they come!

Monday, December 26, 2016

We're Back!

It's been a few years since I've posted to the Tempus Renatus blog, and now I'm back! Some new exciting developments have happened...
We've added some horses and bred others, including:
Maestoso Orcia "Nico" 1995 Stallion (Maestoso XXIX-32 x Orcia)
Primablanca "Prima" 1994 Mare (Siglavy Dalea x Primabona)
Bresciana "Bresci" 2001 Mare (Favory Ilka x Ballestra)
Linnea 2007 Mare (7021 Neapolitano XI-21 x 6908 Maestoso X-27)
6942 Conversano VI-20 "Mila" 2000 Mare (imported from Topol'cianky)
Maestoso Primablanca II "Milo" 2014 Colt (Maestoso Orcia x Primablanca)
Maestoso Bresciana "Tony" 2015 Colt (Maestoso Orcia x Bresciana)
Belafiamma "Fi" 2016 Filly (Conversano Belamilana x Bresciana)
TAF Dempsey's Bog Star 2007 Kerry Bog Pony Mare, and her 2016 colt by TAF Gil-Galad
Evita JC buckskin Lusitano mare (Royalsstar "Rondero" x India), in foal to Orfeo
Pacificus "Max" 2014 Knabstrupper colt (Pegasus vom Niehaus-Hof x Walkyria)

Pictures will come when their pages are added, and more pictures will be added to existing horses' pages.

We also will be having a series of clinics in the new year! For the first quarter, we have Mary Werning coming January 29th for a one-day clinic, and we have Anita Adams coming March 3-5 for a clinic. These are two of Karl Mikolka's few certified students, and both are accomplished dressage trainers and riders.

Ruya also had another litter of puppies, this time by Ancient Warrior, Aslan's sire. Only one male is left available at the moment; a female may come available in the future. They were born October 12th, 2016, so they are ready to go to their new homes. The male will be put into training as a livestock guardian dog if not sold, and his price will increase with training after six months.

Email if you want more information about horses and dogs for sale or about signing up for the clinics!


Bellangela 2013 Filly

Tony, Milo, and Max

Incitata 2013 Filly


Kaplan Gozu, Kangal male from the 2014 Litter

Maestoso Orcia


Milo and Tony


Monday, June 17, 2013

Last foal of the year has arrived!

Jasmine just had her baby this morning! Orfeo has given us a chestnut filly, very similar to Ilse's little girl. As both parents are grey, there is a chance she might gray out, but she has at least started with a red coat! "Incitata" is super leggy, much like her parents, and already shows athleticism, starting to canter at a few hours old. Will upload pictures as soon as I can get them off my iPhone.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kyrie's baby is here!!!

Kyrie just had her first Knabstrupper foal! True to form, it is another colt, making this three colts for Kyrie and no fillies. This little guy is, so far, a bay blanket Knab, but he might shed out into a leopard. He has Kyrie's white hind legs and a funny little star-strip marking on his face. He is very friendly and sweet and was a dream to imprint. Will post pictures once they upload.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Reflections: Ruya

Spring has actually been fairly cool so far. We've had a few days of highs in the 80s, but apparently, this is the coolest month of May in decades so far. Perfect weather for foals and chores!
With the hot days, Ruya has gotten spoiled, as she well-deserves. She gets to come inside during the day and laze around next to the sofa. Most of the time, the Kangals stay outside with access to any number of shelters with a few dog beds here and there, and they are happy socializing with the guys working on the barn or mowing around the pastures. However, Ruya has been less active than usual and just wants to sleep all day and bark on her patrols at night. I figure since she's pregnant, she deserves to be treated like a queen. Usually, all she does is lay down by the stairs and sleep, sometimes snoring and twitching but mostly just snoozing. If I just say her name, the tail starts wagging ever so softly. Unlike Golden Retrievers, Kangals have a very quiet, soft wag that doesn't make the notorious "thump thump thump" like Goldens (my sister has one, and he could wake the dead with that tail thumping...)
Well, since I'm resting a sprained ankle, I haven't been riding as much, which means more time for music practice (and crafts, and housework, and anything to keep me from going stir-crazy!). One day, Ruya decided she wanted to come in around the time I was going to practice, so I let her in. After a few minutes of reading, I went over to practice piano, and after a piece or two, Ruya joined me, curling up on the carpet right next to my left foot. She was so much at peace as I was playing, just sleeping quietly and occasionally inching a little closer to my left foot. I'd reach down to pet her, and she'd roll over and show her belly.
Ruya is such a special girl. She has such a quiet, peaceful presence about her. Yes, she can play exuberantly, and yes, she chases any threat off the property, but with her charges and her family, she has this incredible ability to put everyone at ease. I have pictures somewhere of one of the cats trying to give her a bath, and even the most dog-aggressive of the horses don't mind her passing by through the pasture. I have never had a dog that is just as sweet and peaceful as this one, and every day I can't help but offer thanks for such a wonderful dog.

Orfeo's first American Filly!

Orfeo's first American foal is here! This one belongs to his previous owner, who decided to breed to him after we bought him. Much to my surprise, the filly is a CHESTNUT! So far, Orfeo, like Conversano Ivey, has produced mostly fillies, but we'll see with Jazzi's baby. I'm excited to see that he has produced a chestnut out of a mare that is completely unrelated to him and is black/bay. Once I get pictures of the little redhead, I'll post more.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Reflections... LGDs

     When Bella was born, Ruya was in strong heat, therefore she was restricted to being either inside or in the kennel until we could get her to be bred. The very day after Bella was born, Ruya found herself at Darlene's. A week went by before we could get down to pick her up, thanks to a sprained ankle and other surprises. During that time, however, Aslan had introduced himself and checked out Bella when we brought her in, sniffing her legs and rump with a tucked tail and afterward hanging out by the stall, occasionally trying to kiss Bella when she was exploring the stall door.
     Well, it wasn't until after we turned Bella out that I remembered Ruya had not been introduced. Ruya, of course, ran the fenceline barking with worry. What was that black thing running around Doo Dah?!?!?!  I knew that without a proper introduction, Ruya would not be at ease, and there was a risk of something happening to her or to Bella. So, I got out a leash and dragged Ruya into the pasture while someone held Doo Dah.
     There is something magical about watching a LGD bond with a new member of the "flock." Ruya kept her tail low and gently sniffed Bella. Bella ran away a few times, but Ruya patiently tried again. After I knew all was well, I let Ruya off the leash. She very quietly walked up to Bella and sniffed her feet and her tail. After maybe 30 seconds, her tail started to wag and she started to give Bella kisses on the nose. Of course, Bella took off and hid behind the other side of Doo Dah, but Ruya quietly tucked her tail and tried again. After Ruya and Bella had gotten accustomed to each other for a couple minutes, I left the pasture and called Ruya to give the baby some space. It was obvious that Ruya did not want to leave her baby for two seconds, but Doo Dah's glare made up her mind, and she squeezed out of the pasture and went with me to chill out in the house.
     I will never cease to be amazed at the way these dogs are wired. All it took was a short introduction, and Ruya was all over it. I could see in her eye that she felt bound to the little foal for the rest of their lives. For Bella, she now knows that Ruya is her friend, and I hope that she develops a trust of Ruya that will stay with her forever.