Eleanor Hamilton is once again hosting an Open Barn and Seminar on Saturday, November 9th at her farm in Rogers, Minnesota, a short and easy drive north of Minneapolis-St Paul. Eleanor has been offering these “good excuses for a get-together” in November every few years since the 1990’s. Her last one in November, 2010 attracted nearly 300 people to celebrate her Eleanor’s Arabians 25th Anniversary.
This year’s party is scheduled for the second Saturday in November and promises to be the best one in years. Eleanor Hamilton has been carefully collecting special Quarter horse mares for a decade to breed to her great, Arabian reining sire, the Xenophonn son, Hesa Zee+/. Sires of these mares read like a “Who’s Who” of top AQHA sires, including Peppy San Badger, Mr Melody Jac, Colonel Dark Glo, Coyote Colonel and Tuf N Busy. For his part Hesa Zee+/ is famous for his national winning reining sons and daughters, including winners of over $125,000 in National and Scottsdale, Purebred and Half-Arabian Reining Futurities and the Hesa Zee+/ Futurities. The farm’s original foundation sire, Crown Musc+ (*Muscat) passed on to greener pastures recently, but his influence among the Arabian broodmares is still profound. Conversely, in 2009 Eleanor brought home the Quarter Horse breeding sire, Little Sorrel Peppy, a son of Peppy San Badger, a major foundation sire for the King Ranch in Texas and an NCHA and AQHA Hall Of Fame Sire. In 2005 Peppy San Badger was voted the Number One Cutting and Reining Quarter Horse Grandsire. Eleanor is excited about the fact that her first youngsters from these special Quarter Horse and Arabian crosses are now coming of age and in training. Open Barn visitors will have the opportunity to see the bloodstock, watch the weanlings and yearlings play in the paddocks and perhaps take the time to ride some sale horses. There’s always a good selection of finished open Arabian and Half-Arabian reiners, amateur and youth horses, and a number of pleasure and trail horses as well.
“My horses are bred to be athletes with a trainable and quiet disposition,” says Eleanor. “I couldn’t ride and enjoy them otherwise. I also want a horse with Arabian type, quality and intelligence. Anyone who loves Arabians wants to ride a pretty one! That said, I now breed a lot of great Half-Arabians, among them some really fine athletes and, just for the heck of it, some Palominos and pretty color horses to boot. When the mix is right, there’s no better working horse on earth than a Half-Arabian.”
The party begins at 11 am Saturday morning, though some folks come by even earlier. Following coffee, welcoming chitchat and a relaxing walk through Eleanor’s barns, the focus will graduate to the much anticipated buffet lunch. Eleanor’s Arabians is famous statewide for their Open Barn pig roast with marvelous accompanying dishes and desserts. It’s inevitably a huge favorite with the crowd. After lunch, the fun continues with a Seminar/ Clinic featuring top reining and working Western trainers. Finally, there is the early evening closing when folks will sip some coffee, visit, talk pedigrees and ride a few horses. It’s pleasant in the country and they will be reluctant to leave. Late in the evening, Eleanor will still be smiling. She’s a lady who knows how to enjoy herself and how to throw a really good party.
Contact: Eleanor Hamilton (763) 767-1381
Directions: Coming North from Minneapolis/St Paul take I-94W toward St Cloud, Exit 207B, N Main St – Mn 101, Right onto 147th Ave N, Farm is on the left at 19320 – 147th Ave N
Accomodations: Hampton Inn and Suites, Rogers, MN (855) 271-3622 and the Holiday Inn Express, Rogers, MN (800) 423-0908