About Old Mill Farm

Old Mill Farm, Inc. is nestled in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania. Consisting of more than 100 acres and adjacent to miles of trail, it is the perfect setting for an all around Equine Facility!

Old Mill Farm's rear paddocks.

About us

In 2001, Old Mill Farm founders and owners, Fred and Rhonda Zeigler were walking through a popular book store, when they stumbled upon a calendar containing horses that could only be described as something that one would dream about. From this calendar they embarked upon a journey, of research and development of two new breeds here in the United States, The Gypsy Horse and The Drum Horse.

What started out as a fascination, quickly turned into a business! The once charming family operated farm, evolved into a full service Family Operated Equestrian Facility!

About our Trainer/Breeding Manager – Daniel LepleyDaniel Lepley and his horse Dakoda compete in team penning and other western events

Daniel has been involved in horses since he was a young child. The Lepley family has been breeding and competing Pulling Horses for over ten years. At any given time, you can find 40 Belgians on the family farm, located in Meyersdale, PA.

Daniel’s training focuses on natural methods, to ensure an excellent learning experience for both horse and horse owner. Each horse is carefully evaluated and then taken through a general training program, with a focus on the horse’s overall purpose and owner’s level of training.

Some of the horses Daniel has trained at Old Mill Farm that you may have heard of!

“Slainte”, our own Gypsy Vanner stallion who has won 3 Supreme Grand Championships and One Reserve Championship at sanctioned GVHS shows across the country. To date, Slainte holds the most domestic won championships.

“Cobalt”, a stallion co-owned by Old Mill Farm and Wildcreek Farm. As a three year old, Cobalt already has a Reserve Grand Championship and a Supreme Grand Championship, as well as winning two and placing in the top placings in all of his performance classes.

“The Headliner”, Who was here to be started, owned by N’CO Gypsy Vanners, seen in the top halter placings at the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society’s Gypsy Vanner horse show in Ohio, August 2005 and the winner of the largest class.

“Roamie”, Horse Illustrated’s centerfold Gypsy Vanner! Owned by Jacque in MA.

As Breeding Manager, he works side by side with our Colorado State University Collection Tech and Repro Vet. He keeps our stallions and mares in tip-top shape both reproductively and physically! He is also an alumni to the “Equine-Reproduction.com” courses.

On top of all that, Daniel is a certified farrier from Oklahoma Horse Shoeing school, specializing in founder and navicular, working under three different area vets as well as in conjunction with Ohio State University!. Daniel Lepley, a certified Farrier trimming, Ebony, Old Mill Farm's Drum Horse mare. We do offer farrier services on and off property, please contact us for more info.

About our Farm Manager/Instructor – Vonnie LepleyVonnie Lepley with Chew Mill Guinness at Equine Affaire in Mass.

Vonnie began her horse obsession at the age of five, when a neighbor down the street got their first pony. She quickly became involved in riding lessons at a near by facility. She has 8 years experience showing and training in the Hunt Seat/Equitation field, 2 years Dressage, 2 years Stock Seat/Western Pleasure, 4 years in Saddleseat and 1 season in speed/games events! Also included in her Equine experience is 1 year vet clinic training, one college Equine Genetics course, several Instructor’s and Breeding certifications as well as 7 years experience teaching various disciplines in riding. She too is an alumni to the “Equine-Reproduction.com” courses.

Old Mill Farm’s Mission as a Equine Facility

Our goal as a team is to breed and own some of the best available stock in the country, a goal we feel we have surpassed! We are focusing on quality offspring and not quantity. All of our horses bred and private have a purpose, they are not just market horses!

Want to own your very own Gypsy treasure or rare Drum Horse?

We offer sales of quality Gypsy and Drum Horses. If we do not have what you are looking for, we will find it or put you in contact with a reputable breeder/agent. Visit our Sales Page for our current sale’s list.

Want to breed your own?

At Old Mill Farms we offer several different breeding options to suit your situation. All methods are Live Foal Guarantee. Visit our Services Page for details!

Drum Horse, Chew Mill Guinness

Old Mill Farm is home to, 20 to 40 horses at any given time. The farm features 4 large horse barns.

Our newly remodeled barn consists of 2 foaling stalls, 2 quarantine stalls, 8 10×10 box stalls, a heated tack room and an indoor and outdoor wash rack. Adjacent to the barn are 3 paddocks and a 50 acre pasture with 3 natural water sources and shade trees.

The new Monitor style barn (aka “the Training Barn”) is 36’ x 60’ and houses 12-12 x 12 stalls. The stall walls are “double” lined with kick boards and finishing board. The entire barn is constructed out of cedar. Also housed are a heated tack room/bathroon/office and utilityroom.

Adjacent to the training barn is an 80 x 240 indoor riding arena, with overhead sprinkler system, Elevated viewing room, Sound System, full bathroom with changing area and computerized lighting! Our outside facilities include a 6 horse hot walker and 60′ Priefert Round Pen! We are proud to say we have one of the most state of the art, privately owned indoor arena/training centers in a three state radius!

In April of 2007 Old Mill Farm added two more stables with an additional 17 stalls! Along with the two barns, came another indoor and an outdoor all on about 18 acres of additional paddocks.

Stalls in all 4 barns are lined in 1 inch rubber for the horse’s comfort. Our barns are also fitted with technologically advanced fire and smoke alarms and security features.

To complete our breeding facility, the addition of a “breeding shed” has also been added. This houses our own collection lab, phantom, palpation stocks, critical foal unit and foaling stalls equipped with foaling alarms.

Contact us for more information or to arrange a tour!

Old Mill Farm's Riding Arena rear view.

Below: Left. Partial rear shot of our Breeding Barn. Right. One of our many machine Sheds!

A rear shot of our Breeding Barn and a partial shot of the foaling paddock. One of Old Mill Farm's many machine sheds.

Below: The newly built Monitor Style Barn.

Gypsy Vanner stallion Slainte peeks out of the stall!

Below: Some inside shots of our Indoor Arena. See some of our students

Inside shot of the Rising Arena Another shot of the riding arena and elevated viewing room

Nearly a full shot of our indoor. That is a Drum Horse gelding of ours, Zeus being worked.

Below, Left: A few of the Preifert Stalls. Middle: The entrance into the Indoor arena. Right: Our elevated Viewing room with Office, Bathroom/Changing room and Storage room below.

Preifert Stalls Viewing area, utility room, bathroom and office

Below: An inside look of our elevated viewing area, which overlooks the indoor arena.

Viewing area viewing area

viewing area

Below: Our 6 Horse Hot Walker.

Our 6 horse hot walker

Field and other photos

breeding barn from a distance on the hill

back pasture top pasture

Breeding barn Lower pond Wood carving

Below: Our Barn decorated for Christmas!

We love the holidays! Here is our training barn decorated for Christmas.

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