Mountain View Sport Horses is located in San Luis Obispo and is owned by Jackie Ahl-Eckhaus. The farm is dedicated to breeding and training quality dressage prospects for the professional and amateur rider. Over the course of 20 years the breeding program, which began as a dream has blossomed into a reality with success in the breeding ranks of the KWPN-NA, open Sport Horse breed shows and open dressage competitions through the FEI levels. The goal is simple, find the best bred and talented stallions to pair with the farms well bred and talented mares. As a breeder, it gives Jackie great pleasure to compete and win with the horses she has bred, raised and trained.
The primary focus of MVSH is breeding Dutch Warmbloods. Selecting the best dressage bloodlines through the use of frozen semen, Jackie is able to continually improve the quality. Movement, conformation and disposition are bred into each horse. Foals are imprinted at birth and learn to accept human touch. Self-confidence in the foals is established by consistent daily handling. This effort is all designed to give the foals the understanding they will need to succeed in todays demanding competition atmosphere.
The foundation stallions used in the early days of the breeding program included Wanroij (Symfonie x Jagermeesterr), Galoubet A (Almé x Viti), Contango (Contender x Kronprinz), Uniform (Wahtamin x Liris), and Jazz (Olympic Cocktail x Ulster). The unifying factor in all of these stallions was the outstanding success of their stallion testing as well as the individual competition success of each stallion. As time has gone on, these stallion have left a powerful mark on the Dutch breed and you will find one or more of these lines in the majority of Dutch horses today.
These stallions along with Jackie’s foundation mare, Getaway Road, a Thoroughbred who was approved and ended 2nd in the nation for the KWPN/NA laid the foundation for the early success of MVSH. Jackie met Willie Arts of DG Bar Ranch and the pursuit of dressage began on a more serious level. Getaway Road became successful in dressage and she was often used in breed class demonstrations because of her type and good movement. She went on to produce many wonderful foals for MVSH.
The offspring produced in the beginning of the MVSH history out of Getaway Road include Madrigal, who Jackie competed to win numerous championships through Intermediare II and Glisten, who was sold as a three year old and went on to compete at Grand Prix. Parker MVS, placed in the top 5 for the USDF In-Hand awards and showed through 2nd level, Talisman and Ustano went on to compete in eventing and jumping. Olivia Can Tango MVS competed as well as produced Tyco MVS who competed through 4th Level before being sold.
As part of the farms growth a proven performance producing mare was purchased and imported from Holland. Thus began the Lumara legacy which has promoted MVSH to the top tier of the KWPN-NA breeding ranks. Lumara has only produced 1st premium foals. They have all gone on to performance careers that include reaching the Grand Prix Level. Some of these offspring include Wisdom MVS, currently competing at Grand Prix. SiDonna MVS, had a clean sweep in the in-hand division winning the USDF Region 7 title 3 years in a row. She was also the USDF Training Level Champion in 2014 and was 5th in the National FEI Young Horse Division and 11th at the FEI 5 yr. old Young Horse National Championship traveling all the way to Chicago for the competition. Genius MVS showed in the in-hand classes as a 3 year old and ended the year undefeated. He has also qualified and competed at the National FEI Young Horse Championships. Lumara passed away in 2015, so her daughter, the beautiful black mare, Ember MVS (Westpoint x Lumara) has moved into the MVSH breeding program.
As Jackie’s knowledge and experience grew she zeroed in on some of the new blood coming into the the ranks of the KWPN. These stallions were proving themselves throughout the breeding industry by producing solid riding type horses that had outstanding movement. These stallions included Farrington (Wellington x Doruto mare), Prestige (Silvano x Goodtimes mare), Westpoint (Jazz x Michelangelo mare), Sir Donnerhall (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall mare), Uphill (Oscar x Apollonios xx), Bretton Woods (Johnson x DeNiro mare), Charmeur (Florencio x Jazz mare), and Rousseau (Ferro x Roemer mare).
Mountain View Sport Horses is a beautiful facility that promotes a healthy atmosphere for both horses and riders. The facility includes a barn, covered paddocks, a round pen, turnout pens, pasture for mares and foals and a covered arena to ensure that training can stay consistent regardless of the weather. Jackie is already bringing internationally known clinicians to the area which provides riders with learning opportunities that might not otherwise exist. If you are looking for a future dressage star then take the time to contact Jackie about seeing some of the young stock she has available. You can go to her website at www.mountainviewsporthorses.com for a complete list of horses for sale as well as pedigree information. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainViewSportHorses for updates about performance, availability of horses and activities being held at the ranch.