Open House at Shooting Star Farm, NH, USA

October 4, 2023

Open House at Shooting Star Farm, NH, USA


Open House at Shooting Star Farm

Scot Tolman and his family are hosting an Open House at their facility ‘Shooting Star Farm’ in Spofford, New Hampshire on October 13th & 14th.

Scot Tolman has been breeding Dutch Warmbloods for over 30 years. He is a KWPN- NA Platinum level breeder since 2017 and was named KWPN-NA Breeder of the Year in 2015. Shooting Star Farm has bred many first premium foals, top ten keuring horses, Ster, Elite, Preferent and Prestatie mares, and several sport horses, including four Grand Prix horses. Next to that, SSF has imported several stallions of which Gaudi SSF (Totilas x De Niro) is the most well-known. Scot manages his own breeding and has an extraordinary success-rate with frozen semen. Scot has written articles for Warmbloods Today, including the popular column,”Warmblood Whoas”, KWPN-NA newsletters and has maintained an active blog with his reflections on breeding and bloodlines for almost 30 years.

Scot explains his motivations for organizing this Open House:
“My primary goals for Shooting Star Farm over the last 30+ years have been trifold:
1. Develop an internationally important breeding program
2. Educate breeders and riders to improve the overall breeding pool of Dutch horses in North America
3. Help people afford the horses of their dreams
Our new facility is a physical representation of these goals, and, with this schedule, I’m hoping not only to showcase our program and celebrate our successes, I’m also hoping to provide an educational opportunity aimed at giving people an opportunity to learn about KWPN horses and network with other breeders and experts from around the world. There should be something here for non-horse people, new breeders, and those of us who have been in the business of breeding horses for decades. “

This Open House will be a great educational and networking event for breeders, owners and enthusiasts, with lots of top KWPN/ KWPN-NA horses! 

The schedule:

Friday, October 13th:
Dinner and social time. There will be plenty of food and libation to augment the conversation and festivities. Scot is making one of his favorite dishes, Pastitsio, along with one of his most popular desserts, Tiramisu Trifle.
*please, RSVP if you’re planning on being here Friday night, so there will be enough food.

Saturday, October 14th:
9:00 am    Barns Open
10:00 am  Welcome – Floris and Scot Training Session
10:30 am   Educational Module: KWPN Breeding Directions – with Scot Tolman, Floor Dröge and Chantal van Dijk
                     Discussing the four primary breeding directions within the KWPN, Jumping, Dressage, Harness, and Gelders. A horse from each
                     breeding direction will be presented, and we welcome discussion and questions.
11:00 am    Premier SSF – Presentation with Wim Cazemier on the Lunge line
           11:30 am    Atleet Keur – Retirement Ceremony with Bill Duffy (outdoor arena)
           12:00 am   Lunch – Graciously sponsored by Poulin Grains and Horse and Buggy Feeds.
           1:00 pm     Mini Clinic with Tracy McReynolds – Round pen work and backing a young horse
           1:30 pm     Jaleet Presentation – with Wim Cazemier (outdoor arena)
           2:00 pm    SSF Offspring Under Saddle
      • Outrageous SSF (Gaudi x Bon Bravour) with Jane Hannigan
      • Patronus SSF (Vivino x Contango) with Christina Major
      • Notable SSF (Governor x Sir Sinclair) with Kathi Bruce
2:30 pm    SSF Youngstock
2:45 pm    Gaudi SSF Presentation in Hand
          3:00 pm    Mare Championship
Since the heart of any breeding program is the quality of its mares, we end the day with the real stars of the SSF program. KWPN jury member, Floor Dröge, and successful breeder and trainer, Chantal van Dijk, will judge SEVEN of the SSF keur- eligible, keur, and elite mares, from multiple breeding directions, but all used in the SSF dressage- breeding program.
4:00 pm   Let the Party Begin!
Sarah and Tony Baribeault of Half Tone Brewery have donated a keg of an orange Belgian wheat, created just for this event! We’ll also have a variety of hors’ devours on the patio. Additionally, there are a few MAJOR giveaways during the day! Cheshire Horse has generously donated three prizes that will be much coveted:
      • a Yeti Cooler
      • a Warmblood-size, heavy weight blanket
      • a pair of Muck Boots
The Tolman family is also offering a free breeding to the SSF stallion of your choice.
***Please note that you must be in attendance when the tickets are drawn to win***

Scot: “Thank you ahead of time to all the people behind the scenes who are making this event possible. It should be a great day! I hope you can join us. Text me at 603-209-3243 for more information, directions, travel accommodations.”

Gaudi SSF


Floris SSF


Jaleet SSF


Premier SSF