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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Stunning Stables....

During my mini vacation last week we attended the Dixie Classic Fair in 
Winston-Salem, NC.  One of the highlights of the trip was seeing
these gorgeous horses.  It was crowed and very hard to get all of these gentle giants in one photo..
The collage below is of pieces and parts of them.
Rolling Hills Percherons

3024 Sell Rd
Winston-Salem , NC 27105 

Phone: (336) 399-3837

The first pair of registered Percheron draft horses came to Rolling Hills Percherons in 1938. William W. Sell purchased two mares, Pat and Queen, to farm a 50 acre tract of land. He had a herd of Holstein dairy cows and raised tobacco, corn, grain and silage. He farmed and gardened with his Percherons. He plowed his garden with his Percherons hours before his death in August of 1994. That fall, William W. Sell was inducted into the Percheron Horse Association of America Hall of Fame.

William W. Sell's son, Robert, carried on the tradition through the 70's, 80's and 90's with the help of his daughter Robin, her husband Jerry and son Jeremy. The family raised all of of their own grain and hay to feed their horses up until 1994. Today they still raise their own hay. The grain for the horses is provided by the Walkertown Mill, Farm, Lawn & Garden Inc in Walkertown, NC owned & operated by the Hancock family.

Today Rolling Hills Percherons has over 20 head of Percheron draft horses housed on the original farm. The family is still dedicated to showing, breeding, selling and promoting the Percheron breed across the US. 

A 4th generation farm dedicated to the promotion of the Percheron draft horse

The farm features a fenced outdoor arena, a newly renovated barn with 13 box stalls, 3 ties stalls & 2 wash stalls, 4 large turnout lots, a large pasture and ample acres to drive horses.

Percherons can range in height from 15-19 hands. The average height for the breed falls between 16.2-17.3 hands, which makes them one of the taller breeds in the world today. They are also above average in weight, with some Percherons topping out at 2,600 pounds. In comparison, that is about the same weight as many Clydesdale horses.

Breaking news:
Tomorrow, Monday, October 8th,  we have to leave home at 
O' dark 30 for  cataract surgery in hubby's right eye.
 We'll be gone most of the morning. Back on Tuesday 


  1. I love all those huge horses.....

    Speedy recovery for the cat op.

  2. What beautiful big horses :) Sending POTP for a speedy recovery :) Milo, Jet & Arli

  3. Oh my! What gorgeous big horses! This must have been a lot of fun for you - visiting these beautiful critters! We will be sending Mr. Bryan a load of POTP for his cataract surgery to go smoothly like the last one.

    Hugs from Pam AND Teddy

  4. They are such gorgeous horses! We're sending lots of AireZen and positive vibes for Mr. Bryan!

  5. prayers for the 2nd eye surgery, and new sight by Tuesday when you return. the horses are so beautiful and BIG, even bigger than Big Boy... beautiful faces and very much like Bob's grandfathers work horses were Belgium Draft horses and much like these, same size but bigger hooves and legs. I think there is not much use for them now and so happy to see they are here and healthy on a beautiful farm

  6. What a fun place to see. Percherons are really nice horses and they are very big but gentle. Sending lots of good thoughts for the eye surgery tomorrow. Have a great Sunday.

  7. Gorgeous horses! What a cool thing to do. Prayers for Bryan but I know he will do well! Good Morning!

  8. Those horses are gorgeous. Purrs and prayers for a nice and easy surgery.

  9. Draft horses are amazing. We will purray for a successful procedure and quick recovery.

  10. We love seeing those big horses. That looked like a fun place to visit. Our paws are crossed for hubby's surgery tomorrow.

  11. And here I was waiting for a photo of houses that never came. On reading again, it turned out it said horses. Time to turn off the computer I think.

    Oh, lovely horses by the way. Are they still used for ploughing as well? Or did they stop doing that in the 90's?

  12. Good luck with the surgery, we hope it goes as well as the first.

  13. Pretty horses!! Paws crossed for the surgery that all goes well
    Hazel & Mabel

  14. Those Percherons are magnificent creatures. Our friends at The Pouponette in France have Percherons, Vidock and Violette. Their human is on her way to the U.S. for a BIG Percheron show here in the U. S. She would love to visit that stable, we are sure.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  15. That was a lovely visit to see the Percherons.As the OP pack said above, Virginia from the Poupounette lives in the Perche in France where the breed originated and has two of her own.
    Sending best wishes for Bryan and his cataract surgery.

  16. So cool you got to see those guys up close. It has been a long while since I've been up close to horses.
    Virginia is in IOWA for the World Percheron Congress. I can't wait to see her pictures.
    And We are purraying the cataract surgery goes well.
    Purrs and Love
    Marv and Barb

  17. Mom said she likes horses as long as she isn't on them! Yes, these are some beauties! Tell B-cat good luck but we know it will go well and he'll be seeing great!

  18. I know that the cataract surgery will go well. The fastest part is the surgery...just a few minutes once you are prepared. The difference is amazing!

  19. Such beautiful horses. Good luck to your husband on his surgery. XO

  20. Those horses are so gorgeous. Good luck to the hubby with his surgery.

  21. OMD, those big doggies are beautifuls! (Ma says they are horses, butts I thinks they are just realllly large doggies). I gots my paws crossed real tight for hubby's cat a rack surgery! If you needs some healin' slobbers, just lets me know! heheee
    Ruby ♥

  22. Those horses are magnificent! It must have been so much fun to see them in person! Great photos!!!!

    Good luck with the surgery tomorrow. We will be thinking of you.

  23. oooh how great to visit the french giants... I'm sure the big V's from the poupounette blog will love that ;O) potp and crossed paws for the surgery today...

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  25. Dearest Uncle Bryan, I am sending you healing licky kisses and will be crossing my paws fur you. Hope all goes well in your op today. Mum tells me that Aunty Peggy came out of her eye op and demanded fish and chips to eat...I recommend fish and chips, they are pawsome medicines and are VERY tasty
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  26. What beautiful horses!!!
    We will say a prayer that surgery goes well!

  27. Wow! They are gorgeous. I'm praying surgery is a success. ♥

  28. Such beautiful horses!!! Sending POTP to B-Cat!!

  29. #1 at is very involved with Percherons! In fact, although she lives in France, this week she's in Iowa for percheron activities. Beautiful horses.

  30. They are giant beautiful horses.


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