Deedee (now deceased) is a registered, 15 year old Percheron mare. She’s very docile and affectionate. I broke her to drive and ride when she was two years old. She was the easiest horse I ever broke. When she was two and a half years old she almost died when she was trapped in a frozen beaver pond. Read about her harrowing rescue - Saving Deedee Deedee was bred by my grandpa Jake Sheaffer. Jake is 99 years old and is still breeding horses. She was named after a waitress at the local diner. Unfortunately, Deedee died, doing what she loved to do in the Mississippi accident on 2/10/09.
Joyce (now retired) is Deedee’s half sister (they both have the same sire - Smokey). She’s also 15 years old and a registered Percheron. Her mother - Model lived to be 22 years old and had 17 colts. Both Joyce and Model are decedent from a registered mare that Jake’s father bought in 1920. Joyce is a very willing horse, but listens to me well. She was a very difficult horse to break. She’s named after another of the waitresses at the diner in Muir, Michigan. Joyce is currently retired and being used as a saddle horse.
Dolly (now deceased) was a recent addition to my team before I left New Hampshire. At that time, she was 10 years old and very well trained. She’s was not a registered mare, she’s what is known as a Grade horse; although she was mostly Percheron. Unfortunately, Dolly also died in the Mississippi wreck.