Allan J. Hamilton, Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses
The YARD Sport Horse Center is located in Wellington, FL, where for 40 weeks a year, the heart of American sport horse competition beats at full-tilt.
We offer our Boarders a “home away from home” during Show Season. We understand the stress & challenge of world-class training & competition and do all we can to provide a well-built and well-maintained facility for your equine athletes.
The YARD Sport Horse Center is a 5-acre farm conveniently located in Little Ranches, close to all equestrian competitions as well as tack shops, groceries, banks, etc. We offer 28 large & airy stalls and our main barn is constructed of CBS/stucco with concrete & matted aisles, industrial fans, auto fly spray & waterers in each 12×12 stall, every stall has a door & a window, 3 air conditioned tack rooms, full bath with shower, fridge & microwave, hot & cold wash racks, grooming racks, longeing ring, sprinklered GGT dressage arena with oversized mirrors, judge’s stand and observation pergola, 6 grass paddocks all with new hot-wire and automatic waterers and miles of hacking trails. We have easy in- easy out parking for your horse trailers & our Staff does all your horse laundry (polos, saddle pads & blankets) FREE of charge on a daily basis. We also offer complimentary horse weighing for Boarders on our hyper-accurate digital weighbridge.
The YARD has no “hidden fees.” Trailer parking and manure collection is included in our stall price.
Dry stall reservations are on a first-come/first served basis & require deposits. We offer discounts for Trainers bringing multiple clients.
I live at The YARD and am fully committed to running a facility worthy of Wellington’s world-class equestrian reputation. We hope you will consider making The YARD your base of operation during this coming Show Season.
Ann Clements, Owner & Manager
© 2012 Jonah Borum
About Ann CLEMENTS
Pictured above with FREDDIE MERCURY, the Prix St. Georges Oldenburg gelding that Jane Forbes Clark leased for 2 years and then purchased from Ann in early 2015.
Ann Clements started saving her pennies to buy a horse at the tender age of 6 and still treasures the tiny cardboard jewelry box her mother saved upon which Ann had written My Horse Money. Her father, a military man who moved his family every two years, did the best he could to satisfy his youngest daughter’s attacks of “horse crazy” by taking her to the nearby polo grounds where, with luck, she was allowed to sit on some of the ponies cooling off. The day near her 15th birthday that she and her dad picked up the 10 year-old quarter horse gelding named Billy Sweet he had bought for her was perhaps the happiest day of her young life.
Although she went on to spend many years in hiatus from the horse world raising her family and growing businesses in Nashville & New York City, Ann returned to her oldest passion in 2008. Settling in Alpharetta, GA she started training in dressage and purchased DAVIDOR (Davignon/Donnerhall), a senior Grand Prix level Hanoverian breeding stallion, who, with his Trainer, was the 2008 USDF Reserve Champion Intermediare I Region 3. DAVIDOR passed away in 2012.
In 2010, Ann had imported a lovely Oldenburg dressage gelding she named FREDDIE MERCURY (Florestan/Donnerhall). In May of 2011, FREDDIE was rated 6th in the country in PRIX ST. GEORGES with an average of 73.35% and was later short-listed for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Freddie was purchased by Jane Forbes Clark in April 2015. Ann had also purchased, in 2011, a young Oldenburg gelding she named QUASAR (Quando Quando/Forrest) who is currently competing at the ADVANCED 4**** Level with Trainer/Rider 3-Day Eventing international superstar Buck Davidson. In 2014, QUASAR qualified for the 2015 Pan American Games as well as being named the United States Reserve Champion in the American Eventing Championships’ Merial Open Intermediate Division. Buck & QUASAR’s notable 2014 competitions included 1st Place at Morven Park Intermediate, 2nd Place at Chattahoochee Hills Intermediate and 1st Place at Rocking Horse Preliminary. In 2015, Buck & QUASAR placed both 4th & 2nd in INTERMEDIATE during the Rocking Horse Winter I Horse Trials near Ocala, was moved up to ADVANCED and continues to be qualified to compete at the US Eventing Team Trials in Gladstone, NJ in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, August 5-21.
the majesty of the horse has long been expressed by artists…poets, songwriters, sculptors, painters and photographers. A lifelong favorite of mine are Leonardo DaVinci’s classic sketches done for a future larger-than-life bronze sculpture he never saw come to fruition. Our logo represents the strength, grace and anatomical beauty of all equines as envisioned by perhaps the greatest artist who ever lived.
Leonardo’s horse is a sculpture that was commissioned of Leonardo da Vinci in 1482 by Duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro, but not completed. It was intended to be the largest equestrian statue in the world, a monument to the duke’s father Francesco. Leonardo did extensive preparatory work for it, but produced only a clay model, which was destroyed by French soldiers when they invaded Milan in 1499, interrupting the project. 500 years later, in 1999, after Leonardo’s surviving design materials were used as the basis by a coalition of artists and private & corporate sponsors, the completed gigantic bronze horse was gifted to the city of Milan by the United States and has become a top sightseeing stop for international visitors to Italy.
In late 2012, Ann bought a farm in Wellington, FL, the home of the Winter Equestrian Festival and a world center of high-level, international equestrian competition. She undertook a massive renovation in January of 2013 of the 28-stall barn, the land and the house she now calls home. The YARD Sport Horse Center is the beginning of a multi-phase development that focuses on the care and training of upper-level sport horses. Ann’s business philosophy is simple: work with the best and learn from them while they work.