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Jannie Giles Opens Black Horse Manor


Jannie Giles and Leo look out on the paddocks

 behind the 11-stall barn at Black Horse Manor.


by Leeann Mione

PLEASUREVILLE, Ky. – Even on an unseasonably cold and rainy weekend in Shelby County, Ky., the home of trainer Jannie Giles and horse show announcer and manager Peter Fenton is warm and inviting. Purchased in January of this year, Giles’s new facility, Black Horse Manor, is located just a few short miles from Shelbyville, Ky., off I-64, and offers training, lessons and sales for a select group of Saddlebreds, Morgans, Friesians and Hackneys.

The gorgeous picturesque property includes 40 acres with miles of black Centaur fencing, a cozy 11-stall barn with an indoor work arena and show tack room, separate hay and equipment storage building and an adjacent barn that holds two very large stalls.

One of the most impressive features of their gorgeous home, besides the fact that it is built of cedar, is its panoramic view of the entire property. Whether upstairs or down, light floods each room from the combination of windows and skylights which offer spectacular views of the barns, paddocks and lush green landscape. The open floor plan also includes a stone fireplace that stands alone and dominates the center of the living room.

“We looked and looked for months for just the right place in Kentucky,” said Giles. “We were beginning to lose hope and just when our realtor was ready to give up, this place came on the market. It has turned out to be just perfect and I am so excited to have my own place and settle here in Kentucky.”

Giles and Fenton, both from New England, made their way to Kentucky via California where Giles trained Saddlebreds and Friesians until that facility was sold. She then took on the training duties with the young stock at Misdee Wrigley Miller’s Hillcroft Farm in Paris, Ky., before opening her new facility in Pleasureville.

Giles currently has a gorgeous young filly, a half sister to Wild Eyed And Wicked, in training. Her Wicked Ways is out of the same dam and shows a lot of promise. She will debut with Giles later this year. Hillcroft Sweet Kiss, a two-year-old by Callaway’s Northern Kiss, is also in training with Giles and is owned by Dave and Kim Karels Clements of SaddlebredWeb.

Giles holds a deep and special love for Friesians and her beloved Robin ut de Warren’s presence is felt here in this beautiful farm everywhere you look. Giles is expecting several young Friesian colts that will be arriving at Black Horse Manor in the next couple of months to go into training with her. The yearlings, two- and three-year-olds will also be available for sale.

Robin was famous for his personable nature and served as a sort of ambassador to the Friesian breed with Giles by his side. Leo, a Friesian owned by Jennifer Pitt, shares that same delightful personality that seems to be a trademark of the Friesian breed. Giles is looking forward to bringing her entries, including Leo, to the Kentucky Spring Premier where Black Horse Manor will begin the 2007 show season.

Giles also offers lessons for amateurs and junior exhibitors and conducts clinics. She recently did a clinic in New England that was very well received and looks forward to doing more. In addition to a busy horse show season, Giles has planned two Friesian camps at Black Horse Manor. One camp will host adults and the other will be reserved for junior exhibitors. Dates for the camps will be announced at a later time.

Giles can be reached by email at or by phone at home 502-461-9371 or by cell 859-321-9278. Peter Fenton can be reached via email or by cell 859-321-9281.

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