Ladybug Hill is a tiny (8 acre) farm
nestled in the Alleghany Mountains near Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Chris Tolar owns and runs this small horse and goat breeding farm.
With a lifelong interest in horses, Chris started riding over 35 years
ago and began breeding hunter horses more than 30 years ago. Most of
the breeding program has focused on the classic Thoroughbred
hunter, with an occasional Welsh cross pony.
Chris enjoys breeding horses that are sane,
beautiful, and a pleasure to ride. Selecting good breeding stock
and then taking the time to develop young horses to the start of their
under saddle career are key priorities at Ladybug Hill. Chris
frequently gets remarks from vets, riders, breeders, and other horse
people on how easy Ladybug Hill "graduates" are to handle. Care is
always individualized for each horse to make the most of their
personality. Horses are treated kindly, but are not made into
spoiled pets that are unpleasant to handle and ride.
The horse breeding business has been scaled
back considerably due to the market. Instead, the Boer goat herd
has been expanding and improving. The Boer goat is ideal for small
farms and the breed is multi-use. The herd here is focused on
correct conformation, style, muscle, maternal qualities, parasite
resistance, and temperament. The goal is to have a show quality
herd without sacrificing hardiness.