Rolling Hills Farm and Equine, LLC
Hi, I’m Jim Dennis.
My wife, Lynn, and I have been at Rolling Hills since late 2014. I had mandatory retirement because of age in January 2014 and needed something to fill my spare time. As it turned out, horses have more than filled that void.
Lynn and I had taken a dream retirement vacation that summer out West and decided to take a trail ride while there. We fell in love with riding but I had not ridden much since a teenager and Lynn less than that. When we returned home we began planning our next vacation out West, which included many trail rides. We decided to take lessons in order to become real riders and not just tourists.
We Googled riding instructors in the Cape Girardeau area, and found an amazing instructor, cowgirl and friend, Kristin Carlton at Rolling Hills. She had purchased Rolling Hills Farm not long before that from her mother and was developing her horse boarding ranch.
We took lessons from Kristin for a couple of years and during that time Kristin came across several horses that were available to purchase. In 2015, I purchased a 15 year old grade quarter horse buckskin gelding. Buck was a big 15.1 hands and beautiful. I had grown up watching Gunsmoke and my hero, Matt Dillon, rode a buckskin so the first time a laid eyes on Buck I knew he was the horse for me. Lynn also purchased a horse at the same time. We have boarded our two horses at Rolling Hills ever since and would not consider another place for them.
Kristin and Clint are the best caretakers and I think of them as family. Buck and I took additional lessons from Kristin and have become inseparable. We love to trail ride, sort cattle at Rolling Hills, and I have shot off of him when Matthew Jobe put on shooting clinics at Rolling Hills. Buck is a great horse and as he has aged (now 21 years old); he has settled down and will do anything asked of him, although he may still freak out sometimes when he sees a plastic bag (haha).
We have became friends with many of the other boarders at Rolling Hills and always look forward to the boarders only trail rides Kristin has once a month. Many of Kristin’s lesson riders know and have ridden Buck as he is used as one of her lesson horses.
I don’t know how long my body will allow me to continue riding, old age and my previous job played havoc on it (always tell everyone that in the last 10 years I had surgery that put 2 screws in my neck that are holding my head on, 6 screws in my lower back holding my butt on and last year a hip replacement). But as long as I can mount Buck, we both along with Lynn and her horse, Max, will continue to ride into the sunset at Rolling Hills Farm.
Hi, I’m Sophie!
I’m the owner of Leroy a sorrel quarter horse gelding.
In 2016, my sister and I started volunteering at Rolling Hills and shortly after started taking lessons. In 2017 my family decided we were ready for a horse, we went and rode Leroy, and he was exactly what we wanted. He was great on trail and in the arena.
I’ve always slightly worked him on the barrels and after 3 years he will finally lope the pattern. He started biting and crow hopping a couple months after we got him and it took awhile to get that under control and he still gets sassy at times.
Last year, my sister and I, got our second horse, Strawberry.
I’m very thankful for Rolling Hills Farm and all the people I have met because of them.
Hi, I’m Chloe! I own Strawberry, a red roan Tennessee Walking Horse mare.
I started volunteering at Rolling Hills almost 4 years ago back in the fall of 2016. I had very little experience with horses and started volunteering in hopes that I would be able to learn more and eventually get a horse of my own.
My sister and I got our first horse in the spring of 2017 after working and taking lessons at Rolling Hills for around 6 months. When I turned 16 I started scooping stalls everyday and that became my job.
I got Strawberry from Kristin in 2019. I wasn’t planning on getting a second horse at the time, but she was such an amazing trail horse and after riding her a couple of times I got attached.
Strawberry is incredibly sweet and gentle to people, when it comes to other horses though she gets pretty sassy. It has been so much fun to be able to own a gaited horse and learn more about them every day.
She was used as a trail horse and didn’t have any experience in the arena, but I feel like we both have made so much progress in the year that I’ve owned her.
I’m very grateful for Rolling Hills and all of the opportunities I’ve had since working there!
#2 on my bucket list - get a horse! Check!
Hi, Linda Engelmann here. It had been 50 years since I'd had a horse. I had always loved horses, played horses as a kid, and knew upon retiring that I needed to get a horse.
Enter Jazzi! She is a 20 year old Arabia mare. I did everything wrong when buying a horse. I saw her on the internet, bought her without riding or visiting her first, brought her to Rolling Hills, and here we are going on 5 years.
She is a rescue from a kill pen (she was in line to load on the slaughter truck). A lady saw her, pulled her, rehabbed her and got her well. She was a wild child to begin with and more than once I thought, "what have I gotten myself into?"
She has come a long way in her behavior and trusting me and I am happy to say we are doing great. There are still [those] moments but we have learned how to work them out.
If there comes a time I have to give up riding, she will never go to auction again.
Keep riding everyone!!
Our boarder of the month is Abby Worley and her horse Pepper!
This last year and a half with Pepper have been the best days of my life. We have had our ups and downs, but she always finds a way to make me smile. When I got her it was my 13th birthday and my mom told me we were going to the barn to have a lesson for my birthday. I was so excited and I had no idea what she was actually planning for me. Once we got to the barn I "speed-walked" into the indoor arena and saw Pepper with ribbons and balloons tied in her hair. My mom turned to me and said "this isn't a lesson, we bought you a horse!"
I will never forget those amazing words and that amazing day that changed my life forever.
Since then, Pepper and I have had many adventures: we have gone to one horse show and won 5th place on obstacles, we ride often on the trails with my friend, Katee, we have met so many amazing people and best of all I get to do it with my closest friend, Pepper!
Rain and I came Rolling Hills at the end July 2018. After years of searching for mostly a quarter horse, gelding, not too tall, hoping for bay in color, trying to stay open minded- well, never in dreams would I ever thought a little paint Spotted Saddle Horse would be my choice.
I knew nothing about a gaited horse and she knew nothing about me. Her little head strong, wild eyed personality reveal it's self quickly. She never tried to hurt me.
The first time I fell from the mounting block with my foot stuck in the stirrup, flat on my back, she just stood there looking at me. I'm sure she was thinking, "Please get up, you're embarrassing me."
I knew she was a good girl. We managed to come to terms. I think, we've got this.
I don't ride as offer I as I would like. I have a few trip planned in the near future.
My husband calls her my psychiatrist. I love my therapy. The only thing she wants from me are apple baked treats and carrots.
Hi! My name is Evelynn LaVenture, and my mom and I own Cricket (the sorrel) and Roxy (the bay) both mares. We have had both horses for over one year and we love them so much. They mean so much to us even when they act up.
I have been coming to Rollings Hills for lessons and boarding. I also work on the weekends filling all the water buckets. When I came I knew nothing about horses and riding them in general. But I learned to love horses and spend most of my free time at the farm.
I ride in the arena and out on the trail, just for pleasure. We don’t have a whole lot of experience showing but Roxy was shown in barrels and speed events before we got her.
As for Cricket she only had one owner before us who had passed away and she needed a new home. I wasn’t very fond of her at first just because she had a bad attitude but she has mellowed out and has become a very good horse.
I normally ride on the boarder trail rides, cattle sortings, and when it is sunny out.
Rolling Hills Farm & Equine, LLC is owned and operated by Clint and Kristin Carlton.
Rolling Hills Farm has been in the family for over 100 years. Constructed by Kristin's great grand parents, Kristin and her children are the 4th and 5th generations to live on the farm.