Starbound Equine specializes in the development of young sporthorses for dressage. Our focus is on bringing up confident and willing partners with correct training that are safe for the amateur mount. We have a limited number of exceptional prospects for sale. Contact us today for more information!
Starbound is owned and managed by Melissa Clelland. Melissa has been starting young horses since 2001. In 2007, she managed LWF Sporthorses, her family’s breeding farm in Michigan. Melissa ran the beautiful 54 acre farm while managing the Young Horse Training program. For the next 6 years she developed horses from foal to show horse before moving to Florida to start Starbound Equine Services in 2012. Melissa is still riding one of her favorite LWF mares, Petite Belle, who she brought to the USEF/Markel Young Horse Championships to compete against the nations top 4 year olds in 2011. In 2021 Belle and Melissa made it to their first CDI small tour at Global Dressage Festival and the pair competed successfully against the top riders in our sport. Belle is now semi retired and we are expecting her first foal by Glamourdale on the ground for spring of 2022!
Melissa picked the name ‘Starbound’ after her favorite broodmare at LWF who foaled most of the horses she worked with there. “She was a sweet mare and a good mother. She set strong boundaries for her foals and made sure that they respected them. I believe that her foals were easier to train as a result. “I try to follow in her footsteps and it has helped me teach horses to respect and trust me so they develop into a willing and confident partner,” says Melissa. Starbound aka ‘Libby’ passed away May 27, 2011.
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2017 16.3 h Imported KWPN gelding by George Cloony out of a Negro mare
COMING SOON… “Matty” is the PERFECT blend of type, sensitivity and brains. You could not ask for a more perfect horse. He is as willing as he is talented, in your pocket on the ground, and laid back around the barn with a little extra spice on outings. He is incredibly intelligent, and quick to answer questions and always ready to deliver for his rider. Matty was started spring of 2020 after being imported from the Netherlands. We then sent him to Ocala to enjoy a few more months of being a baby. He arrived back in Loxahatchee May 2021 to begin serious training. He has been started correctly and slowly to ensure he remains sound for the rest of his career.
Matty is currently schooling 1st level movements. His training in the ring is evenly supplemented with work over poles and hacks around the neighborhood – where he typically leads the pack of adult horses.
Matty will make an excellent prospect for a serious professional OR amateur looking for a prospect to bring up to the International levels of competition.
**SOLD** Scandal LWF **SOLD**
2013 Oldenburg Mare by Wittershausen (Welt Hit II)
Shown Training through Third level Dressage with scores in the 60s and lower 70s as well as Hunters at WEF and baby jumpers at Fox Lea in Venice, FL. This gorgeous mare is a work horse with the perfect mouth and a strong hind end through all gaits and over fences. Very confident and attentive and easy to ride with a clean change.
She is smart, not spooky, loves to go for hacks and is safe enough for an amateur. She would love a young rider to spoil her and take her into the fields to jump and play, but she would just as much appreciate an older, laid back adult to feed her cookies. Currently schooling fourth level movements, she will be a change machine and the ability for Piaffe and Passage are certainly there.
She IS a chestnut mare. She is sweet and affectionate and eager to please her rider but she occasionally thinks she knows more and she may be telepathic. If you don’t get along with mares, she’s not the horse for you, but if you enjoy a laugh while you ride, you should definitely inquire today!
Priced mid 5 figures and will significantly increase when she reaches PSG. Recent Radiographs available.
Scandal has her very own page on our site, Cross-training Scandal with many additional jumping and dressage videos.
**SOLD**Fuerst Grande P, ‘Grady’**SOLD**
2012 Hanoverian gelding by Fuerst Romancier out of a Graf Top mare.
Shown in the Jumpers at WEF Spring 3 and went double clear for 1st place. Also shown at Jim Brandon with 2 clear blue ribbon rounds.
Forward ride with a soft mouth. Auto changes in the ring. Brave, forgiving and incredibly willing. Never bucks, rears or bolts. Safe for a confident amateur.
Grady would also be suitable in the hunter or dressage ring with an experienced, light rider.
Click here for more info. Priced mid 5 figures and will increase with more training and show experience. Also available for in barn lease for a VERY reasonable price.
Check out Grady’s personal page, Gridwork with Grady for many additional videos and to follow his progress.
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