About Us

In the beginning, the story of Boisvert Farms was typical. Suzanne Turner and Scott Purdin got into Arabians because their daughter, Amanda, was horse-crazy. Today, the Purdin family owns Boisvert Farms, a picturesque nursery outside of Baton Rouge, La., that is home to more than 60 horses. They have been focused on breeding candidates for the English division since 2001—a notoriously challenging task given the expertise, time and investment it requires. Now, any observer at the national shows can testify that they have done well: Amanda Purdin Standish, Rhein Standish, and trainer Joel Gangi, are seen often collecting ribbons. What may not be apparent until the statistics are tallied is just how successful, how quickly, the farm has been— and more importantly, how that happened and what it means for the future.

Boisvert’s presence is best seen in the English pleasure and country English pleasure futurity and junior classes, the earliest glimpses of raw talent in the saddle seat division. The Purdins’ record there opened with horses selected and purchased, but swiftly transformed to homebreds. Every year since 2002, a Boisvert purebred or Half-Arabian has scored a U.S. or Canadian national championship or reserve in one of those competitions, and increasingly they have won multiples. Add to that, most of the young titlists were scoring concurrently with Amanda, first in junior exhibitor and now in amateur ranks. By 2012, Boisvert’s national totals stood at 29 championships and 41 reserves.

The key fact to note is that as of 2005, “BF” appears after most names. Within four years of founding their program, the family saw their top horses bred, not purchased. Importantly, most of those horses went on to more national titles after graduating from junior and futurity competition.

How did Boisvert do it? “The Purdins didn’t start off experimenting,” Joel Gangi says. “They started off on the correct foot and just proceeded.”

It was a joint effort. “I think we were very lucky in the broodmares we got from Joel in the very beginning, and his guidance,” says Amanda Purdin Standish. “And my dad did an extensive amount of research. Most people, when they start, look at the horses and who they want to cross them with, but my dad did much research into past breedings. That helped a lot.”

For the broodmare band, Gangi recommended mares he knew well, ones deep in credibility as producers, with pedigrees that recalled the *Bask days at Lasma. And for Half-Arabians, the family acquired Saddlebred mares with game, substantial bloodlines that reflected some of the top names in that breed. “They were very good listeners,” Joel says of those days, “and they’ve added their own spice to it. They’re intelligent people; they saw what they wanted and they pursued it.”

There was also Amanda’s knack, even as a junior rider, for identifying top-class English sires. Early on, she was interested in Allionce, a multi-national champion in the division, and as the program came together, the team added Alada Baskin, MHR Nobility and a few others.

Now the stallions of choice are the MHR Nobility son Nobilistic BF (from the Wisdom daughter, Love Of Wisdom) and the youngster purchased to be their next step, GSF Rizing Son (Apollopalooza x PWA Tusea, by HF Toluce).

Nobilistic BF’s first foals were 4-year-olds as of 2012, and right off the bat, his son Megatropolis BF was named U.S. National Reserve Champion in Country Pleasure Junior Horse. Last year was the first in competition for the Nobilistic get, and they propelled Boisvert to fourth place in Arabian Horse Times’ list of Top Ten Futurity Producing Farms, with six titlists earning their stripes in the ring.

In the meantime, GSF Rizing Son, the 2012 AEPA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Arabian Futurity Reserve Champion, welcomed his first foals in 2012.

This is where the real fun begins, Amanda smiles. “We’re starting to get to where we can breed our Nobilistic daughters back to Rizing Son. We finally have a couple that are old enough and are really nice mares.” The mission? “We are breeding what we can sell,” she says. “Some are for sale young, and we’ll keep some for us to show because that’s why we got into this to begin with. We enjoy showing, and there are horses that my mom and I and my dad especially like, so we’ll show them for a couple of years and then we’ll sell them when they are 5 and 6 years old.”

Part of the farm’s amazing record of championships over the years has been with Gangi in the irons for the professional events, Amanda up in amateur, and Rhein riding as well; a lot of trophies coming home to Louisiana.

Everyone involved is aware that amateurs represent the future: in the Arabian business today, almost all good horses must be able to show in amateur competition, so a willing temperament has been a priority in the breeding program and the right preparation has driven the training barn. The philosophy at Boisvert is that most horses should be ready for an amateur partner by the age of 4. “It’s really about getting your horses ready to be competitive with everyone,” Joel says, rather than the level of talent in most amateurs. “I think when the horse is 4, an amateur should be able to ride and exhibit the horse on a national level.” In 2012, Amanda proved his point; forced to show in the amateur class rather than the maturity when the age requirement for horses changed, she promptly rode 4-year-old Sal Mineo BF to the U.S. National Championship in Half-Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR 18-35.

“One of the things that has really engrossed Amanda and her family in this industry is that they breed their own horses,” Joel Gangi says. “Starbucks, Alada Attitude, Sparkafire, Allegience, Sal Mineo—they all came from Amanda and her family. They bred them, saw them foaled and raised, saw their training—these are things that keep people in the industry.”

“We have a different scenario because we have all of our horses at our farm,” Amanda reflects, considering her family’s dedication and success. “It’s not a situation where we have them all across the country and we see them at horse shows; my dad and I see them mostly everyday. We’re there everyday.”

Old-time horsemen call them “blue hens” in recognition of how rare they are—those broodmares who turn out stellar foals year after year, who can make or break a breeding program. At Boisvert Farms, there are two special stallions, but just one undisputed equine queen: the Saddlebred matron, Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck.

“We’ve bred her to lots of different stallions and we’ve gotten different horses,” says Amanda Purdin Standish, “but they are very similar and most are very successful.”

Very successful. With Afire Bey V, “Lucky” offered Blaze Afire BF, Sparkafire BF and Afire Phantom BF; with Bolt WB, Get Rhythmn BF; with Mamage, she produced Sal Mineo BF; and with Nobilistic BF, Megatropolis BF. And before joining the Boisvert herd, she was the dam of Job JF, by Defiancce, and City Slicker JF, by Jubilation JF. Between them, those eight have nailed 11 national championships and eight reserves—and there are siblings and half-siblings at home who have yet to grow up and hit the show ring.

“She stretches those horses out and puts a real show horse attitude on them,” says Joel of the mare’s contribution. “They all have real good hind ends on them, with a real show horse attitude. I think the Purdins feel forever blessed with her.”

Amanda can testify to the fun of riding her sons and daughters. “They all consistently have an extreme amount of talent, and they all want to go forward and do their job,” she says. “They’re all exciting in their own way, but very different. Even the ones that are full siblings, like Sparkafire and Afire Phantom, they are very different horses, but they were enjoyable to show for different reasons.

“Lucky is a huge part of what we have been able to accomplish and why we’ve been able to accomplish it so quickly,” she continues. “For me personally, three of the U.S. national championships I’ve won have been with her babies—three different babies. Two of those have been in the last three years.”

Like most of the horses at Boisvert Farms, Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck is not just a successful individual. She is a unique personality. “She’s a character,” Amanda reports. “We enjoy her. She has one friend at a time that she is permanently attached to; if you want to take her anywhere, her friend has to go with her. She’s pushy. She thinks she’s special and she loves attention.” Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck, she says, is a diva. But as everyone notes, she’s earned that distinction in the Boisvert story.

 

 


 

GV Bey Phantom
(Huckleberry Bey x PHP Micha Rappora)
1989 Gelding

2004 U.S. Youth National Champion Pleasure Driving JTD 17 & Under
2003 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion English Pleasure JOTR 14-17
2002 U.S. National Champion Informal Combination
2002 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion English Pleasure JOTR and JTR 13 & Under
2001 Canadian National Reserve Champion English Pleasure JTR 17 & Under
2001 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion English Pleasure JOTR and JTR 13 & Under

 

AZ Cyanide
(Cytosk x MC Jabaskenade)
1994 Gelding

2004 U.S. National Champion Ladies Side Saddle Western
2001 U.S. National Reserve Champion Ladies Side Saddle Western
2001 Canadian National Champion Western Pleasure JOTR and JTR 13 & Under

Job JF
(Defiancce x Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck)
1996 H/A Gelding

2006 U.S. Youth National Champion H/A Country Pleasure Driving JTD 17 & Under
2006 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champ H/A Gelding Saddle/Pleasure Type
2001 U.S. National Champion Country Pleasure Junior Horse

 

Awe-Gus Tus
(NW Awesome x Miss Rippin Rascal)
1997 H/A Gelding 2010 Canadian National Reserve Champion H/A Western Pleasure AATR 18-39

 

DA Tremor
(Allionce x Afection MSC)
1997 Gelding

2011 U.S. National Champion Country Pleasure Driving AAOTD

Allisun+//
(Allionce x Hucks Lucky Charm)
1997 Gelding

2003 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure JTR 14-17
2002 U.S. National Champion Country Pleasure Junior Horse
2002 Canadian National Champion Country Pleasure JOTR and JTR 17 & Under

 

Pcychedelic+//
(Cytosk x AH Calico)
1997 H/A Gelding

2003 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion H/A Western Pleasure JOTR and JTR 14-17

 

Halstead Jackson+
(Halstead’s Muskatll x Gara-Miss)
1998 H/A Gelding

2008 Canadian National Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure JOTR and JTR 17 & Under
2006 Canadian National Reserve Champion H/A Park Horse AOTR
2004 Canadian National Reserve Champion H/A Park Horse AOTR
2004 Canadian National Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure JOTR and JTR 17 & Under
2004 Canadian National Champion H/A Mounted Native Costume
2004 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion H/A Mounted Native Costume JTR 14-17
2003 Canadian National Reserve Champion H/A Park Horse AOTR

 

Mysticc Star
(Hucklebey Berry x RY Azma)
1999 Mare

2005 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure JTR 13 & Under
2004 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure JTR 14-17
2003 U.S. National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Junior Horse
2003 Canadian National Champion Country Pleasure JOTR 17 & Under
2003 Canadian National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure JTR 17 & Under
2003 Canadian National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Junior Horse

 

Stormy Red WB+
(Hucklebey Berry x Amoree WB)
2000 Gelding

2004 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure JOTR 14-17
2004 Canadian National Champion Country Pleasure JTR 17 & Under
2004 Canadian National Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Junior Horse

 

Alada Attitude BF
(Alada Baskin x Adagia)
2002 Mare

2007 Canadian National Reserve Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse
2006 Canadian National Reserve Champion English Pleasure Junior Horse
2006 Canadian National Champion English Pleasure JOTR and JTR 17 & Under
2006 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion English Pleasure JOTR 14-17
2006 U.S. Youth National Champion English Pleasure JTR 14-17
2005 U.S. National Reserve Champion English Pleasure Futurity

 

Allegience BF+//
(Alada Baskin x MC Jabaskenade)
2002 Gelding

2010 U.S. National Reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure Open
2010 U.S. Youth National Champion Hunter Pleasure JOTR 14-17
2010 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure JTR 14-17
2008 U.S. Youth National Champion Hunter Pleasure JOTR 14-17
2007 U.S. National Reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse
2006 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion Hunter Pleasure JOTR 14-17

 

SparkaFire BF
(Afire Bey V x Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck)
2005 H/A Gelding

2010 U.S. National Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity
2010 Canadian National Champion H/A English Pleasure AAOTR 18-39
2010 Canadian National Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure Junior Horse
2009 U.S. National Champion H/A English Pleasure Junior Horse
2008 U.S. National Champion H/A English Pleasure Futurity (Unanimous)

 

Blaze AFire BF
(Afire Bey V x Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck)
2005 H/A Gelding

2011 U.S. Youth National Reserve Champion H/A Country Pleasure JTR 13 & Under
2010 U.S. National Champion H/A Country Pleasure AAOTR Maturity

 

AFire Phantom BF
(Afire Bey V x Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck)
2005 H/A Mare

2012 U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Country Pleasure AAOTR 18-35
2012 Canadian National Champion H/A Country Pleasure AAOTR 18-39
2011 U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Country Pleasure Select AATR
2010 Canadian National Champion H/A Country Pleasure AATR 18-39
2010 Canadian National Champion H/A Country Pleasure Junior Horse

 

Nobilistic BF
(MHR Nobility x Love Of Wisdom)
2005 Stallion

2011 U.S. National Reserve Champion Pleasure Driving AAOTD

 

Sahara Jewel V
(Jullyen El Jamaal x Sweet Sanadika V)
2005 Mare

2008 U.S. National Reserve Champion Western Pleasure Futurity

 

Vallejo Cylver Moon
(Rohara Moon Storm x Vallejo Buckle Up)
2005 Mare

2010 U.S. National Champion Cutting Horse Futurity

 

Get Rhythmn BF
(Bolt WB x Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck)
2007 H/A Gelding

2012 Canadian National Reserve Champion H/A English Pleasure Junior Horse

 

Starbucks BF
(Afire Bey V x Haute Chocolate)
2007 H/A Gelding

2012 U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Country Pleasure Driving Open
2011 U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Country Pleasure Junior Horse

 

Sal Mineo BF
(Mamage x Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck)
2008 H/A Gelding

2012 U.S. National Champion H/A Country Pleasure AAOTR 18-35

 

GSF Rizing Son
(Apollopalooza x PWA Tusea)
2008 Stallion

2012 U.S. National Reserve Champion AEPA $100,000 Saddle Seat Futurity

 

MegatroPolis BF
(Nobilistic BF x Clover Hill’s Blazing Luck)
2009 H/A Gelding

2012 U.S. National Reserve Champion H/A Country Pleasure Futurity

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