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Heavenwood Farm has been owned and operated by Steph and Mike Spiece since 2005. We started with a small, simple farm where we were able to start cultivating the lesson and training program. Over the next 10 years, the program continued to grow and we started to outgrow our small farm. We were able to purchase some bare land and began work on building our new facility. Our new, expanded facility opened on October 19, 2019. The spacious farm has 22 acres with a large amount fenced in for pastures. It boasts a large outdoor arena equipped with jumps, an LED lit indoor arena with dust control, hacking areas around the property and pastures with cross-country jumps. There are also several quiet road loops around the farm to ride should you want to do a nice hack with your horse. Our resident greeters are barn cats (Oscar, Grommet, Trinket, Button, and Pocket).
Heavenwood Farm was named after Steph's first purchased horse, Junior, who was shown under the name "Heaven Sent" and the wooded area surrounding the farm in privacy. We like to think of this place as our own slice of heaven! Junior was laid to rest after losing his battle with cancer in 2012. He was an extraordinary equine who left hoofprints on each life he touched and who will always be remembered fondly by so many.
In time’s own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some Paradise where horses go.
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again.
Sadly, we said goodbye to our beloved Willie in March 2016. Willie Make It "Willie" was Steph's 23 y/o Thoroughbred who had rightfully earned his retirement in his later years. He was one of the most talented horses that Steph has had the privilege of riding in her career and was her partner all the way up to the Preliminary level in Eventing. He earned high praise from top eventers Lucinda Green and Sally Cousins and won many awards for Steph over the years. He will now run in peaceful, green pastures with his best buddy, Junior.
In September 2020, we said goodbye to a very special Heavenwood Farm resident. Simply Me "Mickey" gave so much to so many riders in our lesson program and his spirit lives on in the hearts of those whom he touched. He was one of the best and most patient horses I have ever worked alongside. He has now joined his buddies, Junior and Willie, in peaceful, green pastures.