Our Team

"Breeding the best to produce the best"

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Judy Hedreen

Judy has been breeding sport horses since 1981. She is the breeder of Far Star that represented the USEF and American Hanoverian Society (AHS) in the 2003 World Championships for Young Jumpers in Belgium, ridden by Laura Kraut; Animation, winner at Spruce Meadows and Champion at Indio; Agincourt, winner at Spruce Meadows and Champion at Indio under Hap Hansen; and USDF Horses of the Year Ghita and Coco Chanel. In addition, EM Francesca and EM Fair Lily were co-winners of the AHS's Benchmark Perpetual Trophy in 2004 and 2005 as best jumping mares. Nine of her mares have been selected for the AHS's Jumper Breeding Program. With her German connections, Judy now breeds a few horses in the Verden area and has had two offspring from her mare SPS Casandra selected for the Elite Auctions. Most recently, one of her young stallions has been selected for the Young Stallions Action in Oldenburg.

Judy was a USEF 'R' dressage/sport horse breeding judge for 14 years, a member of the USDF Sport Horse Committee for 10 years, and is a current member of the USHJA Breeder's Committee. She has written and contributed to articles for USHJA's InStride, The Chronicle of the Horse, Dressage Today, Hunter and Sport Horse, Horse Illustrated and USDF Connection, in addition to organizing clinics and seminars for the USEF, USDF and AHS. With her avid interest in Hanoverian jumping horses, she helped initiate the NA Jumper Breeding Program. In 2007, Judy was appointed as a judge to the Hanoverian Mare and Stallion Committee. Judy recently developed and implemented a 4-day educational seminar for the AHS.





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Michael, our farm manager, is a master horseman in the truest sense of the word. He knows horses from the ground up. Whether it's training, starting, showing, rehabilitating, collecting stallions, breeding mares, foaling out – Mike has done it all. Owners can be confident that their horses' will received the best care with Mike in charge.

Here's his story: Michael began his career with horses working for several renowned hunter jumper trainers including Jay and Claudia Campf, Don and Joan Kerron and Robert Woodington. He then went to work for NW trainers Dianne and Johnny Johnson at Sterling Stables. Later he moved to British Columbia to work for George and Diane Tidball as manager at Thunderbird Equestrian Center. This gave Mike the opportunity to travel to the major East Coast hunter/jumper shows. Seeing the top US and Canadian horses and riders helped Mike train his eye, both as a trainer and when selecting horses.

In the early 1980's, Mike moved into the management of large facilities and breeding operations. He worked for Ursula Shaw at the original North Star Farm in Redmond, WA. This was a large nationally recognized Arabian breeding farm. Mike bred, foaled and trained young Arabians successfully for many years. This was at the same time that Warmblood horses began making an appearance in the NW. Mike saw an opportunity to expand the business, and North Star became a stallion station introducing some of the first Warmblood stallions to the Northwest. North Star eventually stood as many as 11 Warmblood stallions, breeding and foaling out hundreds of mares.

In 1987, North Star Farm relocated to Arlington, WA. Throughout this period of time the Northwest Sport Horse Breeders Association and Canadian Sport Horse Association organized breed and in-hand shows. Mike devoted much of his time preparing and showing young horses in hand in both the dressage and hunter breeding divisions earning hundreds of local, regional and National Championships for the owners. With his well-developed eye for a horse, Mike became a licensed USEF hunter breeding judge.


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