To produce top quality Sport Horses, with proven pedigrees, excellent minds and movement, and to offer them at reasonable prices, with honesty in all our business dealings.
Brookstone Farms, owned and operated by Don & Sharon Enderlein, is located 45 minutes south of Atlanta, in Brooks, Georgia. We started our breeding business in 1996, with the purchase of Forged Metal and Iron Maiden, who are mother and daughter. Forged Metal, a well-bred Thoroughbred mare, was approved as a broodmare with SWANA (Swedish) and AHHA (Holsteiner) registries, and later approved with the AHS (Hanoverian), where she was the Champion non-Hanoverian Mare, as a 13-year-old. Her daughter, Iron Maiden, who was only 2-years-old when we purchased her, was very small (only 14.2 HH), but had that something special about her. The following year, at 15.2 hands, she went to her SWANA Inspection, where she was the highest scoring mare. Fortunately, we were right about both mares, which went on to produce some very nice foals for us.
We couldnt breed the mares until 1997. We chose the same stallion for both mares, but unfortunately, we were unaware that he was sub-fertile. Between this, and vets who never checked his semen, we couldnt get the mares pregnant. We not only lost the entire breeding season, but also a lot of money. Frustrated, I decided to take some courses, to learn to do Artificial Inseminations myself. I attended breeding courses at the University of Georgia, and learned how to palpate, Ultrasound, inseminate, and flush a mare, as well as how to collect a stallion, evaluate his semen, and prepare it for shipping. This new knowledge gave me a whole new desire to own my own stallion. We began our search in Germany, and ended it in Sweden, where we purchased a 3-month-old colt, Donnermeyer, by De Niro. We were very impressed with his movement, conformation, and World Class pedigree, and had very high hopes for him, as our future stallion. We knew we did well, especially after hearing that the Swedish State stud tried to purchase him, 2 weeks after we did, but couldn't, because we had already bought him, and were only waiting for him to grow up, so we could import him.
After a rough start, and acquiring a third mare, we finally had our first foal crop in 1999. We were very pleased with all 3 foals, but one really stood out. Akkurat, the son of Iron Maiden. He was nearly perfect, and we knew he was very special. We discovered how special he was, when he was the highest scoring foal on the 99 SWANA Inspection Tour, and determined, by the judging committee, to be a stallion prospect. He went on to be USDF HOY Reserve Champion Colts/Geldings in 2001, approved with the AWS and RPSI registries, as a breeding stallion, and won several Breed shows (including Top 10 at Devon). He was definitely proof, that the purchase of his dam was a very good decision, and a very good start to our breeding program.
2002 was spent preparing Donnermeyer for his stallion approvals. He was approved with both the AWS (American Warmblood Society) and the RPSI (Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar International) registries. We breathed a sigh of relief, as this was what we had hoped for, and it seemed as if our plans were falling into place. Finally, we would have our own approved stallion, to breed to our own mares, so we could more readily produce the top quality Sport Horses we had always wanted. After a year or two of breeding, we decided to drop our RPSI membership, and breed exclusively through the AWS, as their standards are high, and their fees are reasonable.
We narrowed our mare base down to two top producing Swedish Warmblood mares; Satina, an imported Diploma mare, and Iron Maiden. We bred both mares to outside stallions, for 2 fillies, and future broodmares to breed to Donnermeyer. Savignon and Winsome, were the resulting fillies. One other mare that we added to our broodmare list, is my long time partner, Pams Easy Cupcake (aka Baby), who gave us our first Donnermeyer foal, Daphne. She produced such a nice filly, we decided to keep her in the breeding program.
In 2002, we bred Donnermeyer to 10 mares, which resulted in 10 pregnancies, and 8 foals in 2003. We were very pleased with the resulting foals, who were from a variety of different types of mares. He proved himself to be a pre-potent stallion, improving on every mare. In 2003, Donnermeyer bred another 10 mares, all across the nation. In October 2004, 7 of his foals attended the Atlanta area AWS Inspection, winning the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals (the 3 top scoring horses of the inspection). We were also proud to say that his foals were the top 5 scoring horses at the inspection, with 2 receiving the "Supreme" ranking (only 4% ever receive this high a score), and 3 receiving "Blue Preferred" (only 14% ever receive this high a score).
In 2005, due to personal issues, we almost got out of breeding horses. During this time, we sold Iron Maiden (Maddie) & Savignon (Savy). In 2007, after they were sold, we made the decision to stay in the business, but were sad that 2 of our best mares were gone, even though they went to great homes. So, we had to start over in a way, with Winsome being our main mare, having her first foal in May of 2009. In 2008, unfortunately, we had to put Satina down, due to her age, but fortunately, I was able to get Maddie back, so she is back in-foal to Donnermeyer. Pam's Easy Cupcake is now retired, as a broodmare (she's now 22, and my main riding horse), but I did keep her last Donnermeyer foal, Denali, who was born in 2004 and will eventually replace her, as my riding horse (he's absolutely wonderful!).
We are very excited about our farms progress, and look forward to what the future holds. Look for us, and our horses, in upcoming shows. And please feel free to come by for a visit, if youre ever in the Atlanta area.
I was born in Orlando, Florida, loving horses! I can remember starting to beg my parents for a horse at age 3. It took another 11 years before they gave in, during which I never gave up. I knew I would have my own horse one day, even at such a young age. Strangely, I felt like I was born with a knowledge of horses, and never had any fears. When I was about 5 or 6, my parents visited a friend who had a horse. Of course, my sisters and I begged to ride it, and my parent's friends agreed. The man walked the horse on a lead, for each one to ride, but when it came time for me, I asked if I could do it on my own. He asked my father if I knew how to ride, and he replied, "I don't think so", but I said, "yes I do". The man told my father that the horse was pretty quiet, so they put me on and they handed me the reins. They were both amazed that I looked like I knew what I was doing, so my father asked me where I had learned how to ride. I just replied, "I just know, and from watching TV" (I loved to watch anything with horses). It was apparent then, that I had a natural gift with horses, and was meant to be amongst them.
I was 14 when I found our first horse, and convinced my parents to purchase her. She was a 2-year-old Quarter Horse filly, named "Monday", who had not been properly taken care of. She was thin and looked mangy, but I didn't care, I loved her the first time I saw her. She was all of $100, which my father thought would be the most he'd have to put out on this horse...boy, was he mistaken! We were told she was "green-broke", but didn't really know what that meant at the time. I was able to ride her for a week, while we fattened her up, groomed and loved her. After she got her energy back, we soon realized that "green-broke" didn't mean she was willing to let you ride her, and she promptly started bucking me off. I was riding her bareback, because my parents couldn't afford a saddle, but I was just happy to finally get a horse, so was agreeable. By the time we had her for about 2 weeks, I was the only one who still had interest in her, and would go out everyday after school, and all day, every day in the summer. I worked with her on the ground, and we developed a great relationship. I was determined to ride her, so I just climbed up on her and did what came natural to me. I was bucked off a few more times, but after a few months, I had her riding really well. She was such a smart horse, who loved me and took great care of me for the 8 years she lived.
I developed a desire to breed, at the young age of 15. Somehow, I talked my parents into allowing me to breed Monday to this beautiful black Appaloosa stallion, who also boarded at our barn. Unfortunately, she aborted the foal at 10 months, but we bred her back the next spring, and had a beautiful filly when I was 17. By this time, my younger sister realized she had a similar love for horses, and was able to have her own. We spent all our time at the barn, riding, training, and caring for our wonderful horses. My parents were happy that we had such a great interest, but just knew we would grow out of it...well, until I was nearing my 40's, and the owner of 12 horses. At that time, my mother realized that it truly was a life-long passion, and there was nothing temporary about it. Even my sister is still into horses, although she doesn't own one any longer, she has plenty of time with them, since her job is taking care of the Orange county, Florida, mounted patrol horses.
I've tried a lot of disciplines with horses, but have found that training and breeding are my biggest passion with them. I have trained many horses in the 30+ years I've owned them, both for myself and others. I use the natural horsemanship basics, which is really just common sense, and developing trust. I've never had any formal training, but just follow my instincts, which have not let me down. I will attend clinics and am always open to learn new ideas from other trainers. To me, especially when you're talking about foals, training is just a way of life...a daily thing, teaching the horse good manners and how to communicate with humans.
On a more personal note; I work as a hairdresser, out of my home, 4 days a week. After 17 years in the salon, I decided to work from home so I could be here for the horses, especially during foaling. It has worked well for me, and my clients absolutely love it. They've also been very accommodating when I have to reschedule them, due to a foal's birth or when I have to collect Donnermeyer. It really is the "best of both worlds"! I am also a very strong Christian, and believe that God gave me horses instead of children. My success in breeding, showing, and just horses in general, are all due to God giving me the desires of my heart. I'd love to take the credit, but He is truly the one who has blessed me with all this success. If you'd like to learn more, you can read my personal testimony.
Our favorite vacation:
Take our horses to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and ride in Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, as well as the Teton National forest, where we pack in for miles and several days.
Don on his Tennessee Walker, Dakota, and Sharon on her TB/Appaloosa mare, "Baby".
Updated: April 1, 2007