Belveu Farm and Montgomery Farm have become partners
to achieve their vision of a family of calm, trusting walking horses that
perform the true running walk and canter.
The breeding program designed by Mikal Spooner and Hal Bowden is based
on the following beliefs: The mare is the major influence on the foal; ability
is the best driver of breed development; the most important indicator is generational
changes; and that a long term commitment of 8-10 generations of horses is
To start, five Montgomery Farm mares were selected to be the foundation mares for the program. In 2007 we began testing our second generation horses. All horses added to the breeding herd must meet the following criteria: They have no obvious genetic defects; they have a true and fast running walk; they have the desired temperament to be a safe and pleasant family horse; and to be a top show horse in the NWHA show circuit.
We are excited about the progress of our breeding program. Our first all-in-house colts, colts bred within our breeding program, will start arriving in late 2014. Our 3rd generation horses will begin showing in 2015. We are thrilled about the future and the potential of our breeding program.