November 26th, 2016:

Catherine Reid posted the following: Skywalker HW and I teaching at the PNW High Performance Masterclass... This photo makes me laugh.... I know I've said I can't talk without using my hands but I think Shorts (aka SkyWalker HW) is seriously wondering what I'm doing. Such a wonderful event! I'm so proud to be a part of this.

USA takes the top 3 places in the PSG! Congratulations Gwen, Morgan, and Catherine Reid (on SkyWalker HW).

Catherine says: I got 3rd place in my first ever CDI PSG today! Had a mistake in the 3s that was expensive and I had no ability to shorten or move his back-- tense pony. Shortaroo spooked for the first time in his life. lol Score: 65.6% Pretty happy, overall

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Catherine Reid (on SkyWalker HW) - still smiling

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Catherine Reid (on SkyWalker HW), with Lilo Fore

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And here, what a delight, FULL SIBLINGS at the same show in Canada!

SkyWalker HW lives in the US, Sydney HW (aka Shakira HW) lives in Canada - they are full siblings to the world famous Selten HW, who lives in the UK and make head lines themselves - how amazing is that?!!!!

 Very proud to have bred these horses and witnessed their birth right, at our farm in Florida, they for sure are worldwide successful, it’s not bragging, if you can do it.

Sydney HW (aka Shakira HW)- red means victory in Canada - won all of her 3 classes, she was a broodmare until quite recently, what an accomplishment to start out like that at a big show, with heavy competition. Sydney HW (aka Shakira HW)is owned by Sheryl Williams.

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April 20th, 2016;

HWfarm Horses Keep Breaking Records and Collecting Victories World Wide! 

HWfarm is a name synonymous with quality and in the tradition of classic German breeding practice, HWfarm's horses continue to excel in modern equine sport world wide. International victories keep coming from Selten HW (bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold), he was out and about to win his first time out at Intermediare I, as well as his first outing in Grand Prix in the UK. Selten HW’s Grand Pix debut with a 75.05% was a big attraction and Linda Whetstone, judging on the three quarter line, commented “The horse's expression, paces and way of going are of star quality.” and Sally Merrison added “It’s a privilege to judge them and the partnership between horse and rider is lovely to see”! Anders Dahl and his partner keep dancing their way to victory and Anders reports that Selten HW is probably the best horse he has ever had and ridden. The pair has become quite an amazing team and are definitely a team to watch as they continue to dominate on the European Dressage circuit.

Selten HW and Denmark's Anders Dahl, warming up at the horse show.

Here in the States, Selten HW’s younger full brother SkyWalker HW, also bred by Irene, has made his way up the levels as well, now the proud owner of an Intermediare I Championship title, with his owner Catherine Reid, scoring as high as 72.7%! At the Golden State Dressage Festival in California, the High Point of the entire show, a 82.2%, went to Sir Niro HW, aka Sotto Voce, with Jennifer Schrader-Williams in the saddle. The pair also won the FEI 5-year-old class, with a score of 8.2, making owner Heidi Schneller-Cook very proud, she says "He is a Diamond! One very special horse! Thank you Irene!!". There were other horses as well and they did fantastic, winning their classes, collecting ribbons, scoring beautifully. ShowMaster HW, aka Sueño Hit, won both Developing Prix St Georges classes scoring over 70%, owned by Rachel Saavedra Dressage. El Capitano HW, now known as Elysian or Ely, placed 3rd at FEI Prix St Georges and 5th at his first outing in the FEI Intermediate I, owned by Tracey Lert and Sugarland HW, winning two 4th level classes and placing 4th at Developing Prix St Georges, owned by Lynn Welge.

Regularly updated show results and more info can be found on several pages of the News Flash section at You can also find several pages of Testimonials from owners and trainers that are thrilled with their partners purchased from! A 5 star review of HWfarm was given by Carol McPhee, her Fendi HW won both of his classes, first time out, shortly after import and she wrote: "5 stars for Irene and her team in Germany. They deserve the highest regards to their breeding, raising, training and selling amazing horses. Purchasing a horse of their value sight unseen was a bit skeptical but once the process started I was immediately at ease. Irene provided complete medical records for my vet to review and history of Fendi HW to allow me to make the best decision ever to purchase him. Irene kept me up to date on his complete travels from Germany into the US. She has continued to keep in contact with me and Fendi HW and has been there for me 24/7, literally, to answer any questions I have had. Fendi HW is everything and more than they advertised. His elegance and fanciness is a product of such professional and successful training from Irene's team in Germany. I will not hesitate to make my 2nd purchase from HW Farm and highly recommend anyone that wants the full package (select bloodlines, elegant correct confirmations, sane well-mannered dispositions, and stellar training) to purchase one of their beautiful horses sight unseen. Keep up the great work Irene and thank you for Fendi HW. He is loved to eternity and back."

More and more HW horses are present in the US and all over the world. Nancy Smith just welcomed her 3rd HW horse, Lord Lennox HW and he is a welcomed addition to the wonderful Damon’s Design HW and Hudson HW! They winter in Florida right now and she reports, the horses are her true loves and they make all her dreams come true.

Lord Lennox HW and Nancy Smith

There are too many HW horses, victories and ribbons to count and name them all - right now, but another great impression came from Fifty Shades HW, competing successfully at 4th level, also known as Finley, who is wonderfully ridden by Janine Little, owned by Shawneen Jacobs, scoring 9’s and 10’s already. Festival HW, loved by Donna Gatchell and his owner Karen Kerchner Baillie, is already successfully competing at 4th level and continues to collect an amazing amount of ribbons again, and like every show, year after year, more victories, championships and more. They write "HW horses are the best and thank you for this wonderful horse".

Dr. Amanda Apesos says, "Bentley HW won the USDF Region 7 Training level Adult Amateur championship class and he is the horse of her lifetime". This is what stands for - happy horses, happy customers! Success all around, due to very careful selections and breeding, consequent handling, training and hard work, over many years of raising and bringing these kids along for their new mommies and daddies.

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Image Gallery

Fifty Shades HW - Westphalian gelding  Bundes Championship Winner (Fidertanz / Ehrentusch) Golden Sate Dressage Festival High Point Score Report for Sir Niro HW - Westphalian gelding (Sir Donnerhall / De Niro) SkyWalker HW - Sandro Hit and SPS High Princess (Hohenstein/Donnerhall/Bolero) ShowMaster HW - Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit / Relevant / Donnerhall / Pik Bube)
SkyWalker HW - Sandro Hit and SPS High Princess (Hohenstein/Donnerhall/Bolero) Lord Lennox HW and Nancy Smith - Rhineland gelding ( Lord Loxley / Rocket Star) ShowMaster HW - Oldenburg gelding (Sandro Hit / Relevant / Donnerhall / Pik Bube) Fendi HW - Westphalian gelding (Floviono / Ferragamo)
Selten HW - Sandro Hit and SPS High Princess (Hohenstein/Donnerhall/Bolero) Andreas Dahl  Selten HW - Sandro Hit and SPS High Princess (Hohenstein/Donnerhall/Bolero) Some of Festival Hw's many ribbons Tracy Lert El Capitano HW - Hanoverian gelding ( Earl / Wolkentanz)


March 2nd, 2016:

Catherine Reid and SkyWalker HW (aka Shortaroo) keep on collecting the ribbons, now at Intermediare I, how amazing. Congratulations to this super team and partnership. Here is what she posted:

Woot! Look what we got! USDF AHS All Breeds award for Intermediare 1

4th in the USA!!

Yay, Shortaroo!!

Missy McGan: Look at Jordan Stansberry beaming after her ride on Skywalker HW. Thanks again Catherine Reid!

Born in Florida, bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold (, SkyWalker HW, aka Shorts and his owner Catherine Reid.

It's heartwarming to know how much loved and adored our horses are, not only is he the full brother to worldwide known and successful Selten HW (bred by me too), but also the life partner for this beautiful lady.

Many years of love and training, from baby age on, many ribbons, victories and champion-titles, including Intermediare-1 Open CHAMPION, 2015 and many, many more. LOVE my job, horses, friends, customers - in no particular order - just LOVE it!

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September 28th, 2015:

Skywalker HW is 2015 GAIG Region 6 USDF Intermediare 1 OPEN Champion! …honestly, we can’t believe either, that he’s already 9 years old, he was just a 6 month old baby at our farm!

Time truly flies. Catherine Reid posted: So super proud of Shortaroo (aka SkyWalker HW). I can't believe he is 9yo already!! Maybe there *will* be a GP horse in there :-)

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September 25th, 2015:

OMG - they made it! Catherine Reid feels ecstatic - wow, check this out: She and SkyWalker HW are NWDC CHAMPION Intermediare I OPEN 2015!!!!

HUGE congratulations, what a beautiful and successful team!!! SkyWalker HW was bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold / and is the full brother to Selten HW (Horse Of the Year, 3 x Young Horse Champion and many more titles)

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August 24th, 2015:

Whidbey Equestrian Center Intermediare-1 Open CHAMPION!!! Huge congratulations!!!!

Skywalker HW (bred by and his owner Catherine Reid - what a match. Another milestone, they accomplished to get a personal best for Catherine, at I-1 with a 72.7%.

She writes the following: Still room to improve- we broke in one medium trot (I pushed for too much) and a mistake in the 3's (he added a change) But, I'm happy to say we got 8s for both canter pirouettes- a movement Shorts is still not 100% confident in The collectives give me hope for better still to come! Catherine is — feeling proud.

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August 9th, 2015:

Congratulations to this super team, Catherine and SkyWalker HW

Catherine Reid posted: Great show at WEC this weekend 70.78% in the I-1 today!!!! Finally broke a 70 at FEI-- and still room for improvement. Super proud of SkyWalker HW

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July 14th: 2015:


Catherine Reid posted the following about her ride with SkyWalker HW, more congratulations are in order: 69.6% and 1st in the I1 today... So close to hitting a 70% at FEI

Costly mistakes in the 2s (doing 1s DOESN'T get you bonus points?!? ?) and one pirouette Still, proud of my little black donkey ??

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July 13th: 2015:

Catherine Reid posted the following, so happy her (she trained him all his life!) and “our” homebred SkyWalker HW, amazing result, these guys rock! Better in the I-1 this show. Some bobbles still but 68.8% and 1st place! 

 Not bad for his second show at this level!

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June 20th, 2015:

Big step for this baby, Skywalker HW, bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold , born at our farm in Florida, raised and trained by Catherine Reid - we are pleased to see they are now at Inter I - wow - congratulations, well done, you two!!!

 Catherine Reid posted: June 19th

Pretty pleased with Shortaroo's first try at I-1.. Some issues on the centerline (hard for him to believe that we DO NOT always halt on the centerline) And a few 1's instead on 2's Still, super feedback from Lilo Fore and a respectable 64.4% and 2nd place!

Catherine Reid added 3 new photos. June 20th

Less mistakes (major OOPS in the 3's) today but RIDER needs to stay focused on the test 64.7% and 3rd in the open I-1 We had a pre-ride nap/conference, too

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January 31st, 2015:

SkyWalker HW (full brother to Selten HW), turns 9 today, where did the time go!!???

Bred by, loved by us and his mommy/owner Catherine Reid.

 Congratulations!!! Amazing, how time flies!

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December 21st, 2014:

USDF Connection Magazine - SkyWalker HW and Catherine Reid in the news - congratulations, that is awesome!

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October 13th, 2014: 

Skywalker HW and Catherine Reid – congratulations again and well done as well as very welcome. So happy to see your continued success with this boy. Skywalker HW is the full brother to Selten HW, both bred by

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September 20th, 2014:

And they keep on collecting the ribbons, so very happy to see this, congratulations Catherine Reid and Skywalker HW!

Catherine posted: Tough class today! A few bobbles cost us. Rallied for a 67% and change for 3rd place in the GAIG/USDF Prix St George OPEN Championships Congrats to my fellow competitors, Shauntel Thompson-Bryant (Champion) and Morgan Barrows (Reserve)

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September 18th, 2014:

NWDC Championships, congratulations to Skywalker HW (bred by and Catherine Reid. She just posted the following, so happy for them and sure proud to have seen this boy born here, at our farm:

Catherine Reid posted: - 2 mistakes- one was me one was Shorts aka Skywalker HW. So we are even, at least... But still a good effort for an overall 67.3% and NWDC RESERVE PSG CHAMPION

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September 2nd, 2014:

Official pictures are in: Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships

Catherine Reid deserves all the credit for trusting us with her purchase and to train her own FEI horse, she broke this child and works with him since many years and now can call herself 8th in the nation and placed 5th in her PSG class, what a huge accomplishment.

Skywalker HW (bred by and full brother to Selten HW) and his mommy make us really proud, well deserved, so happy for you, huge congratulations again and again and also, a huge thank you, for staying in touch and keeping us informed all these years.

It’s very rewarding to see these horses grow up and make their mom’s smile until the face hurts (quote Catherine).

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August 24th, 2014:

Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships

Check out that smile, Catherine Reid and Skywalker HW (bred by and full brother to Selten HW), just finished 5th in her class and 8th best in the country!!! More info to follow, huge congratulations to this pair, they looked amazing, totally lovely ride and great partnership!

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August 8th, 2014: 

Please help Catherine Reid and SkyWalker HW - if you can, raffle tickets or donations. Every single $$$ will count. . 2014 USEF/MARKEL DEVELOPING HORSE DRESSAGE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS .

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August 5th, 2014: 

Well, well, well, Catherine Reid, it’s time to show off Selten HW’s full brother SkyWalker HW some more. Go, go, go - the 2014 Markel/USEF Developing Horse Dressage National Championships are waiting for you! Good luck - so happy that you got the invitation! Couldn’t resist to add this “dreamy” picture of the two of you, by Carolynn Bunch Photography, so pretty!

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June 17th, 2014:

Skywalker HW (full brother to Selten HW), in his first FEI test (Developing Horse PSG) with his owner Catherine Reid. They look wonderful together, she raised and trained this baby from the ground off, bred by, but raised by Catherine, it’s so nice to see them compete successfully all these years, the sky is the limit. Well done Catherine, what an amazing partnership. Captured by Carolynn Bunch Photography

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10/11/2013: We are the Champions....we are the Champions.......

 Woohoo, our homebred Skywalker HW and Catherine Reid are NWDC Champion 4th level OPEN and USDF REGION 6, 4th level Open Reserve Champion (Tied for Champion!) I can't tell you how proud we are of this match, she is doing an awesome job with this boy and he truly loves her. Huge congratulations to Catherine and Skywalker HW!!!

And here is the next title and ribbon for Skywalker HW (bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold / and Catherine Reid. Huge congratulations, Skywalker HW is only 7 yo and was the youngest competitor in the class. Just amazing, so very proud. Catherine, well done - AGAIN!!!

GAIG/USDF Fourth Level Reserve Champion! Feeling great.

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Huge congratulations to Skywalker HW and Catherine Reid, his owner and rider. Well done you two, especially considering that Catherine trained him all by herself, here is another one who makes all my breeders dreams come true. So amazing. Thank you Catherine!

From her site:

We did it!

Skywalker HW- NWDC Fourth Level Open Champion for 2013!!! Award ceremony is tomorrow AM- pictures to follow - feeling awesome.

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August 11th, 2013: 

Awesome, so proud of Catherine Reid and Skywalker HW - 70% at 4th level and victory, with mistakes, how amazing!!! Yeah, congratulations!!! Well done! And to add, that she brought him all the way up the levels herself, makes it even better. What a great match, you both rock!

April 10th, 2013:

OMG, that's like out of a fairy tale. Catherine Reid and her love, Skywalker HW, bred by me / Catherine, this looks amazing!!! He's all grown up now, time truly flies.

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August 29th, 2012:

We are so very proud, as the breeders of Skywalker HW, read the following from Catherine, Skywalker HW's owner:

Skywalker HW in the 6yo Finals. We came 6th overall. I believe he was the 2nd or 3rd highest placed US bred horse in the 6yo class. It was a great experience!


August 26th, 2012

FINAL Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships 2012: HUGE congratulations to Catherine Reid with Skywalker HW (bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold / ) on her Young Horse Championship final 6th place in 2012, 6 year old class. We are so super proud and happy to have bred the 6th best 6yo in the US! Yay - Catherine, thank you so much and keep it up!!! Picture shows Catherine Reid's mom and Skywalker HW.

August 24th, 2012 

This is so awesome! Skywalker HW, bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold / - ridden and owned by Catherine Reid, check out this exciting certificate. Woohoo, another HW horse successful at the Young Horse Championships, again a top ranked United States bred horse! A huge thank you to Catherine!!!! You rock!!!!


August 22nd, 2012

Young Horse Championships 2012: Look, what Skywalker HW and his mommy Catherine got! Love it!!!



"Skywalker HW"

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In 2006 SPS High Princess (Hohenstein/Donnerhall/Bolero)  produced another phenomenal foal. Welcome a black colt with a nice star into the world, sire is the famous Sandro Hit.

We thought we saw them all, but this is the third full brother and oh my gosh, let me tell you, he seems to be born to walk on clouds, that’s why we called him Skywalker HW. He barely ever touches the ground, is healthy, strong and has airtime to spare. This colt loves to come up to “help” and cuddle, can’t wait to see how he will grow up and fill out. Here are the very first pic's:

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