About Us

The beginnings of Firefly Farm began 25 years ago when I, Deb Reda, wanted to breed horses that could, hopefully, stay sound and be sane for a lengthy career of performance in the disciplines of lower level eventing and dressage that appealed to me as a part-time competitor. I had owned thoroughbreds, and quarterhorses and watched them get smart and fun, and then fade away due to soundness issues that were inevitible due to their breeding or former use. With the lucky pairing I had with a friend and veterinarian, I promised to shed myself of all of my other horses, with the exception of one part-Percheron filly, and an Appaloosa mare.  I was able to get one young Hanoverian mare, Seesturm, by Sandsturm, out of Oxalis, and off I went. Seesturm was purchased as a three year old, from Upstate New York, and came home big, unbroken, wild and wooly as you can imagine. She won her MSB Inspection, later passed her performance test and became an Elite Mare, and I sold her after a few years and kept her daughter, Elite Mare Darn Lucky.

The fall after I got Seesturm, I purchased another young Hanoverian mare, Gojira (which means Godzilla in Japanese), who was in foal to the Trakehner stallion, Merkur. I had bred my Appaloosa mare to Merkur that year as well. He was the most magnificent bay stallion. I loved Merkur, and by buying Gojira, I had two foals coming for that next year. Over the years, there have been many,many horses, and foals have come and gone, Hanoverians, Trakehners, and Oldenburgs and with a wide variety of talents. I still love them all.

It became apparent after a number of years that it was smarter to breed purebreds that would typically bring in more money than partbreds, and it was also apparent that certain mares produced better athletes. I chose to not purchase or keep a stallion, because I wanted to be able to go to different stallions with each mare.  Actually, the stud fee is not the biggest expense in breeding, by far. 

I also wanted to define to some extent what market I envisioned.  While I want my market to include all potential buyers, I really want to appeal to those people that want to keep their horses for a long time, and hopefully for much of the horse's life.  To do this, I wanted to produce horses that could hold up for a long, sound life.  That meant a good temperament, good conformation, and  good athletic ability so that doing the work that the owner wanted them to do was not terribly difficult.  The temperament issue would make it so that the horse did not have to be schooled over and over to get them "ready" to do something.  The conformation would make it possible to do something well without a lot of wear and tear.  I also want all of my horses to have great personalities, and be real "people" horses.  As a result of this, these are the horses that will follow you around in the barn, and you can do almost anything to them.  Imprinted at birth, and played with as babies, these are the horses that everybody loves wherever they go.  They are easy to do anything to, and never a problem to give shots to, to bathe, to clip, to load in a trailer, to tie, or do whatever you want to do.  Sometimes when they get loose, they will run into someone's open trailer looking for treats, or feed, or some other goody they might have found there as a youngster. 

Are they spoiled?  Maybe some times.  But they are willing workers, lovely individuals, and as some of you have seen relaxed but successful competitors.


Rocketmann FF at three years