About Us

BRIDLEWOOD FARM – A HISTORY OF TRADITION

Bridlewood Farm, located in Union, Kentucky, between Cincinnati and Lexington, is the base for Barbara Schmidt DVM’s equine veterinary practice. She and her husband Frederick Abblett purchased the farm in 1990, providing them with the opportunity to expand their horse breeding operation, at that time focused on Hanoverians.

Their first Stallion was Adios III (Arsenik/Diplomat/Wöhler), who was imported from the Hanoverian State Stud at Celle, and proved to be an outstanding sire. Determined to bring the finest European bloodlines to North America, Bridlewood Farm is noted for offering some of the most requested Hanoverian stallions including Donnerkeil (Diamont/Lukant/Kemir ox), Guarantor (Grossfürst/Aktuell/Cardinal xx), and the extremely popular Fabuleux (Fabriano/Augustinus xx/Absatz). Leading sire Dacaprio currently stands at Bridlewood Farm producing highly sought-after offspring.

ADIOS III – Bridlewood Farm’s First Hanoverian Stallion

Dr. Schmidt brings over 35 years of knowledge to breeders, not only through her equine veterinary experience but through years of travel to Germany where she did extensive research into bloodlines and pedigrees. She and her husband are Life Members of the American Hanoverian Society (AHS) and over the years hosted many AHS inspections. She has served on numerous AHS committees and still continues to serve on the society’s Board of Directors.

Bridlwood Farm has their own carefully selected broodmares who are thoughtfully paired with stallions to produce exceptional offspring. Dr. Schmidt is always happy to impart guidance on stallion selection, mare care and foaling. Her equine veterinary practice provides services for all stages of the breeding process. Bridlewood Farm offers mare boarding and care options, before, during and after foaling.

Bridlewood Farm not only stands their own Dacaprio, but resident stallions including Leatherdale Farms’ E.H. Herzensdieb, Fairbanks, First Dance and Hampton; showjumper Orbetello, owned by Hampton Farms, LLC; amd the well-known Welsh Pony hunter stallion *Telynau Royal Charter, owned by Saddle Lake Equestrian Center.

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AUF WIEDERSEHEN – OUR FIRST BROODMARE

Auf Wiedersehen (Adios III/Woermann/Marconi) was purchased as a four year old from Graf Bae Farm. She was subsequently bred to Graf Bae’s successful Grand Prix stallion Domingo (Durkheim/Bleep xx). From the very beginning Auf Wiedersehen was a successful broodmare. Her first foal, D’Esprit, was champion mare at her American Hanoverian Society (AHS) mare inspection. Briana by Bordeaux (Bolero/Grande) tied for the highest scoring mare in the US of all mares inspected by the AHS in 1999. She went on to have many successful offspring who excelled in dressage and the jumper arena.