Small town Indiana boasts lots of country and back roads, and among those roads is Rose Hill Ranch. Owner, Shandalyn Hoge (Fuller), manages the small Quarter Horse breeding facility in Reo, Indiana that has been in the family for thirty-four years. The town is so small that they don’t even have a post office!
The ranch was named after the old road, Rose Hill, and to top if off, her mother planted her favorite flowers all over the ranch - roses! They are even there to greet everyone at the front gate when you’re entering the property. Upon retiring, Shandalyn’s parents took up their love and hobby for camping and turned the farm over to her, and have allowed her dreams to flourish. She has since remodeled the barn by adding stalls and a few new pastures for her growing business.
Shandalyn is forty-three, and been married for twenty! Her and her husband have no children, but have fallen in love with the Chinese Crested dogs that now hold that spot in their hearts. Her husband enjoys building hot rods and taking them to cruise ins & car shows. The running joke between them is that Shandalyn may have horse power, but he has MORE!
Growing up, she was the youngest of four kids. They all showed horses together in 4-H, open shows, and some small AQHA shows. Needless to say, it was a family affair. The families first barn was built from old skids and a metal roof that her father built by hand. They didn’t care about that at all. It didn’t need to be elaborate because they had their horses and that’s all that mattered.
Her first love was a pony named Bambi, and at 7 years old this little pony was born on a bitter, cold, snowy day in January. It was a complete shock to the family when this little filly was born to her sister’s pony that they had no idea was pregnant! As the children grew up, her oldest brother went on to be an electrical engineer, her sister owns her own dance studio, and the other brother pursued his love for music and is now the drummer for Florida Georgia Line.
Shandalyn is the only one who stuck with horses, even while in college. She showed open and more AQHA shows. After college she hopped right into being an investor accountant, but quickly realized that she was not meant o sit at a desk all day. So she changed careers and joined her husband by becoming an IBEW LU 16 Journeyman Wireman. And as soon as she got established in her new career, the thought struck- becoming an AQHA breeder.
If you can dream it, you can achieve it. -Rose Hill Ranch
It had always been a dream, even as a youth rider. Shandalyn had always read about the breeders that had made the industry what it is today and how she had looked up to them. And to this day, her dream still is to see her babies go out into the world and be as successful as the one’s she's read about were. And missing the equestrian world, her older brother has decided to join in on the adventure.
Being a small breeder does have some struggles. Knowing the bloodlines, learning the market, challenging trials, and enduring some heartbreak have been a few that have been faced. The hardest thing she has to endure is losing an unborn foal or a premature foal that you were so excited to see foal out. Luckily for Shandalyn, seven years ago she met Amy Gumz & Renee Higginbotham. These ladies have been super supportive carving out wonderful friendships, and allowing for mentorship for Shandalyn’s small business to help during difficult outcomes.
Thru trial, error, and the learning curve, Rose Hill Ranch is up to 6 fantastic broodmares that Amy also agreed would fit wonderfully into their program. Shandalyn says there is always things to learn and always more room for growth. Her goal is to offer a bit more variety to the all around competitor while maintaining the natural ability of the western pleasure horse.
Currently, her favorite stallion is It’s A Southern Thing, or as his owners like to call him, Moonpie. Shandalyn says even if your mare isn’t the greatest mover, he stamps them with his natural ability. Rose Hill has had three foals by him with one hitting the show pen this year as a two year old.
This two year old is named AbsoluetlyImSouthern and she’s a gorgeous bay. She was out of their daughter, Absolute N Rose’s, by Absolute Investment. This filly to watch is owned by Alyssa Ypparila and they are anxiously awaiting to see how far this team goes.
Rose Hill Ranch currently has two yearling minipies as well, and have three of six broodmares bred to Moonpie again this season. One mare, Luxurious Goods, proven producing daughter of Good Asset, is due with a Moonpie this year. And new in the horizon is the hope for their first colored foal! Ima Good Kisser, by Zippos Mr. Good Bars, is due this Spring and in foal by He’s Berry Blazing. They can’t wait to see the color on this one! And a new breeding is hitting the ranch this year with their maiden halter bred mare to the stallion Good Machinery, whom they are excited to see what this cross brings.
The ranch is home to 11 Quarter Horses, a mini stud pony they call Fluffer, and a donkey. Their donkey, George, has his own unique story- being rescued from a Kansas kill pen before being shipped to Mexico. His jobs entail babysitting and of course keeping the naughty nuisances away. Shandalyn says he is just perfect at both jobs!
Day to day activities at the ranch is pretty cut and dry. Shandalyn works her full time job and cares for the horses so it really is a full days work. Horses are turned out based on the weather, the mares are spoiled and never get rained on or out in harsh weather. The ranch also gives a lot of credit to Tribute feeds. Several years ago they had a Tribute nutritionist lay out the diets and she tests to them never having so much bloom and just a great overall condition. The stalls are picked daily and stripped accordingly. They also have a babysitter (when her mother isn’t camping). The ranch is also working on installing a new camera system for easier monitoring.
Rose Hill Ranch is super excited about their future. With the plans of some expanding and always looking out for that next great mare, it’s something to look forward to! Their dreams of being able to stay hands on with the horses is something they think about as well. They love watching their customers go out and have amazing rides on their foals. Getting their named called, a potential big win, watching them smile and feel like they have achieved anything is just going to be the icing on the cake for Rose Hill. That is what makes Shandalyn strive harder and make all their hard work and dedication worth it.