In addition to hosting Road To Independence, Chakola’s Place is home to the endangered breed, Cleveland Bay horses.
About the Farm
Chakola’s Place is owned and managed by lifetime horsewoman Penelope de Peyer. Penny had a longtime dream to breed and promote Cleveland Bays and when the opportunity presented itself, she started her venture at her mothers’ farm in Scotland, CT.
Penny was born and raised in England and moved to the United States in 1959. She started riding in England at age 10. When she came to the US she followed horses – first with a job at a riding school in CT, then to PA to work at the Radnor Hunt Club and then to Gladstone, NJ to work for the United States Three Day Team. While with the team, Penny groomed at Burghley and the Winnipeg Pan Am Games. From there she took Mason Phelps’ horse to the European Championships in Puncherstown in 1967. After her team work, she worked for Mr. and Mrs. William Steinkraus.
Penny’s involvement with breeding Cleveland Bay’s started with the opportunity to breed the late Cholderton Yeoman to a few Thoroughbred mares. In 1981, Yeoman’s owner and Penny’s friend Joanna Dorman, the daughter of Cholderton Stud, UK owner accompained Penny to see six recently imported 2 year old Cleveland Bay colts. Penny purchased one of those colts, Fryup Marvel and never looked back. Penny and Marvel promoted the Cleveland Bay breed in as many stallion shows and parades as the could: including Dressage at Devon and rare breed exhibitions at Equitana USA in Kentucky and then to the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, Toronto, Canada. In addition to campaigning Marvel, Penny was breeding 2 additional stallions and raising and selling foals.
In 1998, Penny moved to her current farm, Chakola’s Place in Goshen, NH. Penny currently owns 2 purebred Cleveland Bays – a 4 year old mare Chakola’s In Style and broodmare Chakola’s Calgary.
A broodmare Foxhollow Nautica, sired by Fryup Marvel now resides in Cornish, NH and has produced two lovely purebred Cleveland Bay foals. Her homebred stallion Chakola’s Huckleberry also resides in Cornish, NH at stud. Another purebred mare, Foxhollow Regatta, sired by Fryup Marvel resides at Chakola’s Place.
Owned by Margaret Coulter, Regatta has competed in lower level dressage and eventing, a competative trail ride and represented the CB bred at Equine Affaire in Springfied, MA. Her homebred gelding Chakola’s Foreman is currently competing and doing well at training level events.
Penny’s Cleveland Bays are not the only equines on the farm. Five mini donkeys and a mammoth Poitou part bred donkey keep the Clevelands company.