Lilyana (above and 3 shots below as a long yearling) is Rubizza's eight foal and seventh daughter. Her sire Londonderry is by the famed Thoroughbred stallion Lauries Crusader who has made a permanent and renowned spot for himself in the German Hanoverian Verband's record books. Londonderry is probably the best Lauries Crusader son with numerous stallion sons, performance horses, states premium daughters and auction horses as offspring.

I had hoped to keep Lilyana, but she had a bad allergy to gnats and needed to find a home further north. She is now owned and loved by Holly and Jeffrey Taylor, Ohio. She has been started under saddle and shows talent for dressage and jumping. She is shown below with the KY-OH contigent of Home Again Farm homebreds. Left to right Lilyana (won at Training level), Royal Don with Holly Taylor (won at 2nd level), Flamboyant with Eileen Beckman (winner of the AA trophy), and Hampton Roads with Jeffrey Taylor (won at 2nd level).

Lilyana at her first show

Above and below, Fifi on the left and Lilyana on the right at about 1 year and 8 months respectively

As we had hoped, Londonderry brought a hefty dose of TB blood to this cross. Lilyana is a tall filly whose height is largely in her long, long legs. She is refined and elegant and at day one was already showing the most wonderful outgoing, bold and friendly personality. Lilyana was sold to Holly and Jeffrey Taylor in 2012 and will be started under saddle and shown.

Lilyana in Ohio, soon to be started

Lilyana head

I have named Lilyana in honor of a beloved aunt, who was the lady who gave me my first horse when I was a horse crazy girl of ten. He was a grade gelding named Bob who sported a Wyoming shipping brand and was quite long in the tooth when we found him. He cost $90 including all his tack and lived to be over thirty years old. Aunt Lillian was a very special lady who taught me more about being a good person than she did about horses. I will never forget what she gave to me in so many ways. I think Lilyana will help me remember her for many years to come.

Here is Lilyana at about three weeks. She just gets better and better.

The three pictures below are from when she was 28 hours old — already a strong, well formed little girl. Stay tuned for more pictures as she grows.

Last updated May 12, 2010