For over 20 years, Sunnyside Farms has been breeding Fjords destined to help less privileged youth who are faced with special needs. Primarily, we strive to assist those suffering from educational hurdles, traumatic experiences and social challenges. We bring peace to those who struggle by breeding and sharing Fjord horses suitable for development, learning and growth. With the help of our horses, we foster physical and educational opportunities for early childhood learners while bestowing a sense of responsibility and empowerment to developing youth. Our focus includes generating grey Fjord Horses because this recessive color is said to be paired with a gentle disposition. There once was an old adage, “if you want a ‘reliably good’ horse look for a grey.”
In 2016, only 45 new foals were born and registered within the US Registry (NFHR). By this, we are faced with an obvious dilemma. We have one simple mission: To preserve, protect and promote the Norwegian Fjord ensuring its future through therapeutic use.
Sunnyside’s team is led by our founder, Wendy Bauwens. She offers her farm, facilities and life’s work consisting of 25+ years of full time breeding, foaling, raising, training and using Fjord Horses for therapeutic purposes. Supporting Wendy is a small but talented Board of Directors who are dedicated to the mission. We are mentored by a regional Advisory Board who share a wealth of working experience and expertise. On the farm, we are often assisted by a caretaker, farm manager, intern and up to three volunteers.
The soul of the program, however, is a team of amazing grey dun Norwegian Fjord Horses. Our senior stallion, Smedsmo Gråen has been the heart of Fjord Horses in America for 17 years. Our junior star, Brigg has begun his training and will soon follow in Smeds’ footsteps. Both stallions were imported from Norway (at 5 years and 5 months respectively) and represent the foundation of our program in their temperament, balance, conformation and quality. Many of our exceptional mares who orbit them are also of imported stock and provide superior genetics from which our foals are spawned. At Sunnyside, the horses ARE the program.
Sunnyside Farms is a small Norwegian Fjord breeding program devoted to securing the future of this great horse and all those who benefit from their impact. In November of 2016, Sunnyside was granted a 501(c)3 status. We hope that our mission and this status will give donors the incentive to make sizable contributions to our cause. May the Fjord horses capture your heart, as they have ours, and may your passion grow so that your desire to help in preserving this great breed be strong!
With your help, the horses can continue to provide the opportunities that the children in our community deserve. Throughout any given year, the horses of Sunnyside Farms contribute to the aesthetics and cultural enjoyment at various community events and activities. Whether it be conducting kids’ camps, participating in parades, celebrating historic events, making an appearance at special events, or giving wagon rides at a farmers market, Sunnyside Farms continually provides its neighbors and community members with a more rich and enjoyable life experience. Primarily, we strive to help those in need and bring peace to those who struggle by breeding horses suitable for therapeutic purposes.
The power of the Fjord horse can deeply move the soul of a human.