Where we are located:
Wintersteen Arabians is located a mile and a half north of Elizabeth, Colorado on County Road 17. The farm is situated on 80 rolling acres with 3 barns (23 stalls total), round pen, hot walker, riding arena, several turnout pastures ranging from 15 to 40 acres, and smaller paddocks. Visitors are always welcome, appointments appreciated.
Our breeding philosophy:
Our breeding philosophy was fashioned through our numerous trips to Poland, and is driven by a love for that country, her horses, and a husbandry and horsemanship that is not found anywhere else in the world. The Polish ideal of beautiful athletes is not a hollow claim, but built on centuries of breeding decisions and generations of proven individuals. As the Arabian breed becomes more fractionalized into various disciplines, we endeavor to breed beautiful and athletic Arabians that will stand as a constant reminder of the inherent versatility of the breed. We also believe it is crucial this be done with a gentle horsemanship and husbandry that puts the Arabian horse first and foremost, and never uses artificial manipulation or drugs in either showing or racing. After all, showing and racing are merely tools to evaluate breeding selections, not a means unto themselves. It is in this spirit and philosophy we show and race our young prospects for evaluation and marketing, and remain above all a breeding farm.
Our management philosophy:
Our horses are handled in a "Polish" manner, including being turned out in large herd from the barns. We do not believe in stalling a horse for long periods of time and so all horses are turned out to pasture daily -- including stallions, and horses in show or race training. We show all our horses in halter and performance classes, starting at a young age. We also believe strongly in the Polish tradition of breeding stock proving themselves on the track. While we do use outside trainers, when possible all our horses are raced and shown from the farm. Young foals are turned out with the rest of the herd as soon as they are able. All foals are imprinted (handled right from birth) and are treated like favorite grandchildren. This serves well for training and starting under saddle, as well as making them real people lovers.