WELCOME TO HAWTHORN HILL FOXTROTTERS
Thanks for visiting my site! Updated 05/30/2023
The goal of Hawthorn Hill Foxtrotters is to promote usefulness and versatility in order to restore the breed’s credibility as a true working horse that quite frankly, it lacks these days. Gaited horses were the first choice of mount for cowboys “back in the day” when they needed a comfortable horse with good worth ethic that could work all day long. Now, all you see in the working pens are Quarter Horses. Achieving change in perception toward our breed requires producing safe, athletic horses with naturally good disposition, conformation, correct gait, and substantial size. A range of horses are offered for sale from weanlings to finished riding horses, ready for the trail, show ring, and everything in between. These horses are loved and handled daily from birth, and it shows in their love and trust toward humans.
COMING FALL 2023
Katie had been bred to HHF Bentley this fall for an October 2023 foal. Read more about both in their respective sections under “Horses.” I’m extremely excited about this cross- Bentley’s correct gait, fantastic bone, amazing hooves, wide build, and pretty head with large, kind eyes, combined with Katie’s height, high set neck tapering to a thin, clean throat latch, phenomenal endurance, and the intelligence & trainability of both, I can’t imagine a better cross! This is going to be a BIG foal! To top it all off, color possibilities include black, smoky black, smoky cream, bay, buckskin, perlino, sorrel, palomino, and cremello.
COMING FALL 2023
Hollywood Ellie Mae S. is in foal to HHF Bentley and due in September 2023. Read more about each under their respective sections in “Horses.” This cross will produce perfect gait, combining Time To Tango with Hollywood Playboy bloodlines, size (likely 15.1-15.3 and wide), amazing hooves and gentle dispositions from both, with Bentley adding bone, a more refined head, and his natural curiosity. If you’re wanting the perfect western horse, the idealistic ranch horse look and agility level with but with GAIT, this is it. Color possibilities include black, smoky black, smoky cream, bay, buckskin, perlino, sorrel, palomino, and cremello.
COMING FALL 2023
Perfect Tango is in foal to C.I.A. and due in October of 2023. Read more about Perfect Tango under “Horses.” There is so much to say about C.I.A. A performance World Grand Champion, National Association of Breeders Champion, as wide as he is tall, with draft-like bone and hooves, a huge, muscular shoulder and hip, with a pretty little dished face. This foal will have perfect gait, perfect conformation, and a perfect disposition. A stud colt out of this cross would undoubtedly be a fantastic stallion prospect. This cross checks every one of my boxes except for height. As someone that likes a taller horse, I still can’t imagine a better cross for my mare. This will be a 14.1-14.3 horse with the barrel of a draft and the quality to stand out in any crowd.
COMING FALL 2023
Mouse’s Magic Misty Gray, “Misty,” is in foal to HHF Bentley for a September 2023 foal! She is due to be the first of my mares to foal, making hers Bentley’s first offspring. Mixing old and modern performance lines with great dispositions, this foal will have fantastic gait, around 15 hand height, and the mind to do it all! Color possibilities include gray, black, smoky black, sorrel, and palomino with a 25% chance of being homozygous for black.
COMING SPRING 2024
Sheza Whole Lot Of Chocolate "Maddie" has been bred to C.I.A. for a March 2024 foal. While I'm excited to cross her with Bentley in the future, C.I.A. was undoubtedly the best option for Maddie while Bentley is away for show season. With the big motors and amazing front ends on both sire and dam, this foal is guaranteed to be a show prospect. This foal will be conformationally solid, stocky, and fancy as it gets- the color possibilities of silver dapple, black, sorrel or a sorrel silver carrier are truly just a huge bonus.
Horses range in price due to their natural abilities, training level, future potential, and ability to reproduce. Prices on young horses will be updated every few weeks to reflect their training.
$45,000/$750 stud fee
Bentley is a September 2019 colt by Time To Tango and out of a Sunrise Tradition mare. He has a World Grand Champion title in the Open Weanling Model division, Reserve Champion Yearling at the National Breeder’s Championship show, and Reserve World Grand Champion in the Amateur division in 2021. He will be shown by Mike Rutledge this year in the 3 Year Old Futurity, NAB Show, and World Show & Celebration. He has absolutely blown us away with his immense talent in the training barn and I can't wait to watch him in the main ring! He is what I believe is an ideal representation of the breed. The ground shakes when this guy fox trots and I've honestly never been on such a powerful horse. He has such a quiet, gentle soul in the body of a giant. Bentley is currently 15.1 hands and around 1,200 lbs at just 3 years old. He has the traits of a true working horse that I want to preserve in this breed- with his disposition, bone, fantastic hooves, and all around solid conformation, he is built to get the job done and to last! He began his breeding career in the fall of 2023, being bred to Katie, Misty, and Ellie Mae. Being smoky black, he can produce black, bay, smoky black, buckskin, palomino, and chestnut with a “plain” chestnut mare, though he was not bred for color. Get the best of every trait when you breed to HHF Bentley. Bentley will be available to stand to a limited number of outside mares this fall and I plan to make him available to outside mares for both the spring and fall breeding seasons in 2024. I am offering live cover only at this time. Mare care $10/day.
PLAYBOY REMEDY’S GOLDEN SPELL “KATIE”
Katie is a 16 hand 2016 mare that is Southern Playboy line bred. I have not run out of good things to say about this mare since I bought her from Clyde and Samantha Connelly in February of 2018 as a long yearling. She has the disposition, speed, athleticism, gait, conformation, and size I’ve always dreamed of having. She is the easiest horse I’ve ever broke to ride and has carried me many, many miles in the past few years and is a proven competitive endurance horse up to 55 miles. There is absolutely nothing this horse will not do under saddle and gives 100% effort every ride. She has TONS of rhythm and shake, with her flat foot walk and running walk being her strongest gaits, though she does have a lovely fox trot, and produces gorgeous, performance style movers when bred to the right stallions. She produced Lila, a stunning, confident, people oriented, black filly by Cardinal’s MVP in 2021. She has been bred to HHF Bentley and confirmed in foal, due October 2023.
PERFECT TANGO “CRICKET”
Cricket is a 15 hand fall 2018 filly by Time To Tango and out of Twilight Tradition (by Sunrise Tradition). She is a full sibling to HHF Bentley. She was bred to be a performance quality show horse and that’s exactly what she is and then some. Her stride length at her breathtaking fox trot is absolutely unreal. She eats up the distance on the trail, has been started on roping and sorting, rides bridleless with a neck rope, and has really turned into an all around safe, useful horse. She performs well for timid riders as well. She has so much try & is an absolute joy to work with. On top of her promising career under saddle, she is also the 2022 Open Junior Model Reserve World Grand Champion. She is exactly the type of horse I wish to continue to produce. She is in foal to C.I.A. for an October 2023 foal. I recently was in need of a good cow horse when helping a friend with some difficult cattle and couldn’t believe this mare that I hadn’t ridden in 7 months, heavy in foal, went tearing after them, over hills and through heavy brush- I’m just as pregnant as she is & I was definitely the one slowing us down! She has proved her worth time and time again.
MOUSE’S MAGIC MISTY GREY
$4,500 after foaling- can be bred back
Misty is a 2004 mare raised and loved by Terry Record. Though she has changed hands numerous times through the years, I have contacted numerous previous owners and heard many wonderful things about her. I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to own this mare. She has an easy, natural flat foot walk and big, flashy fox trot, and will not surprise you with any alternative intermediate gait. She is an easy keeper with likely 10+ more years of riding left in her with proper care. She is so incredibly sweet and will follow me anywhere with the largest, kindest eyes. She was shown in her younger years, used to check cattle, and was a good, solid trail horse. She is safe in foal to HHF Bentley for a September 2023 foal!
She is the sweetest, most gentle mare I’ve ever had. She has such a quiet, calming presence that is just amazing to be around. I hesitate to say I’d be willing to let her go, as it would have to be to the perfect home & I would want to keep in contact with the option to buy her back if she ever ended up for sale again. I would like this fall’s foal but could breed her back to Bentley with a live foal guarantee.
HOLLYWOOD ELLIE MAE S.
$10,000 or best offer after foaling
This Hollywood Playboy daughter belongs to my grandfather, Jerry Finke, and is a huge asset to the breeding program we created. Though we no longer run a business together, I am excited to see what she produces with HHF Bentley and am looking forward to keeping this site up to date with her offspring as well. I have ridden Ellie Mae a handful of times and am extremely pleased with the quality of this mare. She had extensive Parelli training before purchase, hundreds of trail miles, and on top of that, she’s sired by one of the leading performance sires in the breed today! She is truly a “full package” horse, with disposition, quality, and extensive training.
*Update May 2023*
My grandfather no longer rides and wants to offer her to the public at a very reasonable price to someone that will appreciate her. $10,000 or best offer after foaling.
Birdie is a February 2022 filly raised by Susan and Gary Thomlinson. I have immense respect for their breeding program and jumped on the opportunity to own this filly. She has the disposition that their herd is famous for and is as gaited as it gets. She will be an amazing model, versatility, ranch horse, and beginner friendly trail prospect. She is a Chocolatier granddaughter out of a Gone N Dun It daughter. She is homozygous for black with one copy of the silver gene. I bought her knowing that she would cross extremely well with Bentley someday to produce some seriously stocky offspring and perfect all around prospects. She is currently 14.3 hands at 15 months old. Like most of the ones I’ve raised, she’s much taller than expected and I would bet she’s going to reach 15.1-15.2 hands. I’m in no way sponsored by Purina but all of my huge babies have been raised on their Ultium Growth feed!
CARDINAL’S GOLDEN SPELL
I am extremely excited to announce that Lila, one of the last offspring of Cardinal’s MVP, and out of Katie, has returned home. This April 2021 filly is everything I dreamed she would be. Photos do her no justice; she is extremely well built with kind eyes and Katie’s pretty Arabian-like neck, shows absolutely amazing rhythm in her flat foot walk and fox trot at liberty, and is so smart and easy to work with. She is on track to mature at around 15.2 hands. I put two very short, very slow rides on this filly, even after knowing that I’m pregnant and that was good enough for me- I’m tickled to death with this girl and know it’ll be easy to pick up where I left off next year. She could go in any direction and will cross extremely well with Bentley someday.
SHEZA WHOLE LOT OF CHOCOLATE “MADDIE”
Not for sale.
Maddie is a stunning 2013 daughter of the world famous Chocolatier, who was purchased and shipped to stand at stud in Austria, and out of a very nice performance mare with greats on her papers such as The Cardinal M., Cast Iron Willy, and Traveler’s Jester. She has really stood out in the show ring, being one of the few horses of rare color in the performance ring to really hold their own and place well, even at Ava and the NAB show. I’m excited to see what she produces- she is such a high quality mare, regardless of color, and will produce great performance prospects with bright futures, color or no color. She has been bred to C.I.A. this spring and will be bred to Bentley in the future. She is not for sale due to the fact that a friend entrusted me with her in hopes that I would be her final, forever home, and I happily respect that.
Elinor’s Southern Rhythm
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Claire Clevenger is a lifelong equestrian with a passion for Missouri Fox Trotters. She enjoys raising high quality, large, athletic fox trotters and could not have started this breeding program without the help of her grandfather, Jerry Finke. Jerry is very passionate about the breed and has played a large role in the daily care and upkeep of these wonderful horses.