Who we are. . .
Sugar Hill Farm has been in existence for nearly two decades. It's growth since the days when it was simply a vision, has been felt not only in the number of horses, friends, and ribbons, but in a growing, shared philosophy that puts the horses first.
In 2018, after many successful years in business, the focus at Sugar Hill is one of rededication and renewal. Our breeding program will produce better horses, improving on the generation before. We strive to bring wonderful, well-mannered horses to the market with the efforts of a devoted and involved staff. We are motivated to continue to educate ourselves to ensure we remain appropriate stewards for the Arabian horse.
In April of 2018, farm owner, Betsy Kubiak welcomed renowned judge and horse trainer, Mitch Sperte to the dedicated team at Sugar Hill.
Team Sugar Hill (left to right) Mitch Sperte, Caitlyn Soudan, Patrick Schoeneman, Chelsea Quinlivan, Jerrika Crawford, Lily DeBrock and Betsy Kubiak
For over 40 years, Mitch has dedicated himself to being an accomplished horseman respected by his peers. From his early years working with American Saddlebred's to his current work with Arabians, Mitch has held a strong believe in giving back to the horse community. Following this mission, he served three terms on the board of the Arabian Professional Horsemen's Association (APAHA), an organization he helped to establish. Mitch was also the guiding force in introducing the Junior Horse Division at the Arabian National shows. Mitch served as a key member on the original Hoof Study Committee and was a proponent for revising shoeing standards to ensure proper support and balance for the competitive show horse. In addition Mitch has served on USEF Drugs and Medication Committee. Mitch was 1997 APAHA Horsemen of the Year and a five time nominee for Saddleseat Trainer of the Year. Mitch has been a Large R Judge since 1982.
Betsy's commitment to breeding quality Arabian and half Arabian show horses with great minds and natural talent was the perfect fit for Mitch. The emphasis on quality rather than quantity and the collection of Arabian and American Saddlebred broodmares with bloodlines that are coveted industry wide is exactly what Mitch was looking for in an employer. Betsy strives to breed the best to the best and hopes to improve her herd one generation at a time.
In 2018, with Mitch's assistance, Betsy purchased the impeccably bred stallion, Royal Nobility to further enhance the Sugar Hill breeding program. The 2014 Arabian stallion, bred by Tim and Marty Shea is sired by VJ Royal Heir and out of the MHR Nobility daughter, Joleen WB. Lovingly known as #PrinceHarry in the barn, this wonderfully mannered stallion has been named Champion in Junior English and Pleasure driving multiple times at the industry's finest horse shows. Everyone at Sugar Hill is waiting with bated breath for his first foals to arrive in 2021!
Sugar Hill Farm has grown over the years to encompass multiple buildings that house brood mares, foals and youngsters while hundreds of years of family farming continue today on the rolling acreage that surround the buildings.
Situated on 175 acres, Sugar Hills training barn features 21 large stalls, a 72 by 204 foot indoor arena with state of the art footing, 150 x 300 foot outdoor arena, large grooming bays, heated wash rack, restrooms, offices overlooking the arena, laundry, feed & tack rooms and hospitality area.
Multiple pastures and strategically placed turn out pens lead the way to the mare barn that is equipped with 6 extra large, foaling stalls, each with cameras for seasonal foal watching. The mare barn includes a well designed and fully equipped breeding lab as well as individual turn out pens attached to the foaling stalls.
The Facility. . .
Team Sugar Hill consists of some of the finest and most dedicated young horsemen and women in the horse community. We are honored to have such talented and dedicated horsemen and women handling our horses on a daily basis. Pictured left to right: Mitch Sperte, Caitlyn Soudan, Lily DeBrock, Chelsea Quinlivan, Jerrika Crawford, Patrick Schoeneman and Sugar Hill Farm Owner, Betsy Kubiak.