Farm/Family and Authorship
The first WVH farm property was purchased by the couple in Dutchess County. More a farmette than a farm, the land was vacant of fencing, barns or arenas, but had a lovely old farmhouse that had been custom built for a local dairy farmer in 1928. Over the years Paul and Nikki added 4 horse barns, an outdoor arena and paddocks. Here they would embark on horse breeding, horse importations from the Elite auctions at Vechta and Verden, Germany, and host notable trainers for private clinics. Intensive training trips to compete abroad ensued, with winter training often completed in Florida.
The couple were also blessed with 3 children that included a set of twins. The kids would accompany their parents to horse shows and training trips abroad from birth through teenhood.
As their experience grew, Paul and Nikki began giving instruction as well as being the students in the yards of the likes of Klimke, Rehbein, Grillo, and Boldt. The couple also began to breed horses abroad, Iberian horses in Spain and warmblood horses in the U.K. for import to their U.S. base.
In 1992 Nikki had her first article published in Dressage and CT magazine, and she began working in her spare time as an event journalist and feature writer for The Chronicle of The Horse. A plethora of published articles across the equestrian press ensued.