Ivan has always had a love of horses. This was inspired by his love of chivalry and all things related to knights. His dream was to learn to joust.
He spent summers on an uncle's farm as a child where he owned his first pony. As he grew older his interest was put to the side as other things took up more of his time. 18 years ago that his passion was reignited. He purchased Ebony a Percheron/Friesian mare and took a few riding lessons. He then proceeded to teach himslf to joust.
Ivan loves spending time out in the field with his horses and looks forward to continuing to improve his horsemanship. He has many plans for the farm and is continually improving the property. He has built a jousting list to help attain his jousting dream.
He enrolled in the University of Guelph's Equestrian Science program and earned his Equestrian Science Certificate with distinction in the spring of 2011. These courses covered subjects such as Nutrition, Health and disease prevention and management of the environment.
Ivan can trace his ancestry to Clan MacLeod.
The sons of Leod.
The fascinating origins of the clan can be traced to Leod, who was born about 1200, the son of Olaf the Black, King of Man and the Isles. Leod married the daughter and heiress of MacRaild about the year 1220. Through his son, Tormod, came the MacLeods of Harris, Dunvegan and Glenelg, and through his second son, Torquil, came the MacLeods of Lewis.
Throughout the centuries MacLeods have been known for their devotion to their chief, the tenacity with which they have maintained the ancient Dunvegan castle, their appreciation of music and Gaelic lore, their outstanding record in the professions, and their loyalty to one another. A Clan is not just one family, but a collection of families.
Sherry found the joy of riding 12 years ago and looks forward to spending more time in the saddle. She has consistently rescued older horses to ride and give love to. 3 years ago she bought Trixie. This is the first non rescue horse Sherry has owned and she is looking forward to spending many years with her. She loves going out for short rides around the property.
She has completed a course on the care of horses and taken riding lessons to help her be more confident in the saddle.
Sherry can trace her ancestry to Clan Fraser
Clan Fraser (Scottish Gaelic: Clann Frisealach, French: Clan Fraiser) is a Scottish clan of French origin.
The Clan has been strongly associated with Inverness and the surrounding area since the Clan's founder gained lands there in the 13th century. Since its founding, the Clan has dominated local politics and been active in every major military conflict involving Scotland. It has also played a considerable role in most major political turmoils. 'Fraser' remains the most prominent family name within the Inverness area.
At Albannach Acres we pride ourselves on being a community. We have wonderful boarders who are willing to help each other with schooling, training, advice, or as company out on a hack.