Looking for a confidence building jump show series for your young students and horses? Sandamar Farms and Evolution Equestrian in Poulsbo, Washington has created just the environment for easing show time jitters and preparing for the summer show season. Just two more months left of their five month series offering local hunters and jumpers simple courses, easy striding and inviting jumps (Husky, Cougar and Seahawk fans will enjoy their team-themed jumps!). There is easy access from Gunderson Rd, ample parking and good footing in their 80×160 indoor arena. Check out their schedule and contact info by clicking HERE.
Amanda Gelderman, owner of Evolution Equestrian, is the quintessential Northwest horse trainer. Her barn attire says it all. When I pulled up to the farm on a dreary, cold peninsula day she was dressed head to foot in Seahawks apparel, covered by an indispensable knee length quilted jacket, and she was holding a grande Starbucks coffee! Amanda grew up on this farm always knowing that she wanted to be a hunter/jumper trainer and with the help of her family, her dream became reality. I was excited to hear that she spent time in Montana attending University of Montana Western in Dillon where she coached three years of IHSA and gained invaluable experience teaching a winning team. Today Amanda and her students travel to and compete at Thunderbird in Langley, Canada, the Cascade Horse Series at the Washington State Horse Park, Cle Elum, and many other H/J shows on the Pacific coast. She was just married in July of 2015.
Amanda Gelderman, head trainer at Evolution Equestrian/Sandamar Farms, with her mount “Spring”, a Trakehner/Oldenburg mare.
If you live nearby on the Olympic peninsula and don’t know Amanda or her mom, Julie Gelderman, you may want to stop by the next show on February 8th. For many years, Julie has been a local emergency contact for horse owners trying to get horses to Pilchuck. “So many people in this area don’t have trailers” she explains “and the closest clinic for colic surgery is across the sound in Snohomish”. Positioned within a few miles of the Kingston-Edmonds ferry, Julie keeps the truck hooked to the trailer in case she is summoned late at night. She’s on speed dial for many local veterinarians and has a unique relationship with the WSDOT ferry terminal so when time is of the essence she can call ahead and pull the truck and trailer onto the ferry first. In this position, they can get disembark the ferry in Edmonds and shave off valuable time to Snohomish. “One trip, knowing that they had a colicing horse on board, the ferry kicked in two extra engines to speed up the crossing,” says Amanda. That kind of dedication and service to the local equestrian community is touching.
Sandamar Farms truck and trailer is ready to shuttle horses across the ferry in case of emergency!
In order to prevent scary colic surgeries, Amanda and Julie pay special attention to their feeding program. Their attention to detail is impressive including daily counting of fecal balls! No joke! Guinness, a boarded young Fresian, has frequent cases of impaction colic that can be preempted when his fecal ball count drops below a suspicious number. In addition, the water and hay has been tested in order to better understand the overall nutritional needs of their active horses. They were introduced to the Equis Element by Alicia Helsel at the CHS Poulsbo feed store when trouble shooting for a special needs horse. The controlled carb, high fat Equis Element efficiently balances out the high quality Eastern Washington grass hay being fed, and the multiple prebiotics in the feed help prevent future serious colics. To find out more unique traits of the Equis Element product, go to www.equisfeeds.com/products.html.
Capri- the “old man” of Sandamar Farm and Equis Golden Senior enthusiast!