Got this from
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Rockroot FarmsWhere is it located?
Central Massachusetts. (There's actually a pretty well known irl Hanoverian operation out here, called Greengate, which kinda inspired this in the beginning. Although it my harpg farm doesn't look anything like that now.
)What is your mission,[ why do you have a stable. Or what does it specialize in?]
Driving and draft horses for everyone! Specifically Drum horses at the moment. (My horse irl is a standerbred and when I first got him we tried to go into driving with him, so that's where the idea was from. It's not as popular as the ridden disciplines, so when I made my harpg stable I wanted to focus in driving because I thought I could get better recolonized if I picked a discipline that wasn't super over saturated. As I've built the stable up it's changed to more just trying to get people aware of driving as a discipline as a whole. It's also a great way to challenge yourself as an artist- drawing harnesses is hard!
)What else does your stable do?
A side focus in breeding colorful, versatile driving horses- drafts or draft crosses. Georgian Grandes are something I want to get into to, as well. Color is fun, but confirmation comes first.Who are the staff?
Owner is Joyce Mycroft. A bit of wild card with ideas, but really motivated and a hard worker. She doesn't have a ton of horse experience prior to owning Regal, but she's always been an equine enthusiast if that makes sense. After she graduated college and started working as a nurse, she bought the farm from a family friend and has been trying to run a successful business ever since. She works nights as a nurse and on her off days putters around that farm, either taking lessons herself, doing research( on breeds, genetics, farrier techniques, training styles, or anything else that catches her interest), or just checking on her horses.
Current head trainer is Mary Aden . She was a three day eventer in her youth, and has experience in several disciplines-including a bit of marathon driving and driven dressage, although that was never her competitive focus back when she was active on the circuit. She handles a lot of the stable's day to day activities, Joyce lets her have a free rein over pretty much anything relating to training, plus some. Mary is also currently looking to hire someone to hire who specializes in harness horses, as some of Rockroot's horses are moving into upper tiers of competition. Her husband, Rich Aden , also occasionally helps put, but his experience was more western based. He'll offer occasional advice, but you're more likely to find him fixing on the grounds instead.
Ross Cunningham is the head stablehand. He is a college student currently working towards becoming a large animal vet. He's been working at Rockroot since it first opened, and has somehow also ended up as there go to driver. He's quiet, patient, but he tends to resent changes in his routine. Joyce refers to him as the resident party pooper. His first name is actually Rawson, but he never goes by that as he hates it.
Liz St. James is Ross's girlfriend. She came to take lessons from Mary after a falling out with her last trainer, and has a long history of competition. She was a serious dressage rider, and does a lot of dressage work with the horses who have potential for it. Of course drafts don't usually match the high level of the warmbloods she was working with before, but she has found herself enjoying the training work more than she initially thought she was going to, and some of the horses show talent she would have never guessed was possible from a draft breed.
Sean Aden is the latest new comer. He is Mary and Rich's son, competed seriously in the National High School Rodeo Association before he enlisted at 18. He's 26 now, back with his parents after losing his leg to an ied and his house (along with the majority of his money) to his ex wife. He's sort of the odd one out, he doesn't like to talk about his problems, and so far has only gotten back into riding to do jousting-long story- or work with Rockroot's one western horse- a little mustang. It's more a therapy than anything at this point, but time will tell what happens with him.
There are a few boarders, lesson kids and part time staff members, but not really important enough to bring up yet.How do they like life at the stable?
For the most part, everyone seem to enjoy it. Joyce is the only one who actually lives on the property, but there's a couple cots and now a futon in the office for nights when people stay over, and she's working on finishing a guest room in her house that will be suitable for overnighting as well. While Joyce is the head of the overall operation, and makes most of the breeding, buying and selling decisions, Mary is the one who decides training regimes, work routines and most of the shows- although Joyce tends to bring up shows she wants the horses to go to, and does have final say on anything. It works pretty well- although at points this has caused confusion amongst the staff when Joyce wants one thing to Mary's other. Sean is probably the most unhappy, but that's more to do with having to rely on his parents again - after living on his own for so long and serving overseas. How did they come to work at the stable?
Ross- he was on an internship with the vet who treats Rockroot's animals, and Joyce offered him a job when he admitted he only had experience handling cows, not horse. He only meant to stay on for a month or two, but it's been three years and he's even somehow been roped into competing, so it might be more permanent of a side job than he lets on.
Liz- Ross told her about his job and who the trainer was, and Liz recognized Mary as a rather well known eventer back in the day. She deiced to actually ride under her a few months later after she had a bit of a falling out with her previous instructor, and has been one of Mary's best students ever since.
Mary and Rich- Rich and Mary moved to Massachusetts over a decade ago, to be closer to Mary's aging parents (Rich had lost his parents years ago, before even Sean was born) Rich works in an assembly plant , Mary had been looking for a steadier training job- she had been working with a few different farms, but all part time. When Rockroot opened, two towns over, she contacted Joyce for a position, figuring it was going to be another part time affair, but at least a shorter commute than some of the ones she had been making. Joyce hired her initially as part time, but then asked her to train full time as well as give lessons, and Mary accepted.
Sean- The Aden's son. Mary convinced him to come ride because he was languishing in a depression at home, not really doing anything. He's not officially employed, but he does do a lot of work with Rocky Mountain Way and Rocki Rogue. What is their favorite horse breed?
Joyce- Drum horse currently, but she likes anything really. She loves her standerbred gelding too.
Ross- "The ones that are well behaved"
Liz- Trankheners or Fresians.
Mary- TB's and TB crosses.
Rich- Quarter Horse
Sean- Paints/QH'sWhat job do they do?
Feel like this was answered alreadyDo they enjoy there work?
Ross grumbles but he's still here. I'm pretty sure no one dislikes what they're doing.Do they own pets?
Joyce has 3 miniature goats named Snap, Crackle and Pop and a cow named Butterbutt, plus a recent stray cat and her litter of 4athat have been spotted in the barn. Ross is trying to catch Mama cat and her kittens so he can get her spayed and them their shots, but hasn't had any luck yet. Ross has a dog of his own, a mutt he's named Aspen. Liz lives on campus for the most part so no pets there. Mary and Rich have two dogs of their own (Lucky and Buddy) plus an ancient cat that was present to Sean as a kitten, back when he was 7 or 8, that was named Orange. Sean only recently moved into his own apartment after coming home, so he doesn't have any pets living with him, although he pays special attention to Orange when he goes over to his parents house.Who is the oldest?
Rich, at 56. Mary is second oldest at 49.Who is the youngest?
Liz, she's 21.Do they have a weakness? [ what makes them sad, or something that limits them at times.]
Sean's is the most obvious, he has a host of issues and is too stubborn to admit he might have some problems.
Joyce is impulsive and her decisions can annoy those under her. She's definitely not always right either, but doesn't seem to vary her approach. Her lack of knowledge is a but of a limiting factor at times too, but she's been working on that.What is it? [ Don't have to share if you do not want to.]
Everybody here has character bios so feel free to read through them-->revolver-waffle.deviantart.com…What do they study? [when not at the stable, a hobby, or special interest.]
Ross- stuff for school. Medicine, micro, pharmacy, biology, and anything related to large animal vet. If he's at the barn and has time to kill, he's usually face first in a textboook. He does ride along with area vets occasionally as well, so he's quite busy- it's school most days, usually them to Rockroot from 5:30 pm till 7 pm on weekdays - (usually kids who come for lessons clean stalls as well, he just comes through to make sure the horses are fed and watered, check on everyone, and throw down hay for the night. He'll do treatments on injured or sick horses too if need be, although usually Joyce or someone else will be around if it's serious) then homework and study after he gets home till he falls asleep. Saturday is his lesson day and when he is usually at the barn the longest. Sunday he calls his catchup day, he'll rarely be seen unless it's important, and even Liz has a hard time getting ahold of him. He tends to sleep in and play video games all day Sunday, usually League of Legends.
Liz- she's goes to the same college as Ross (it's how they met) but her focus is dental hygienist. She's not nearly as good as a student as Ross, though, and tends to leave all her work till last minute. She's does her lessons on Wednesday afternoon, and works the younger horses under Mary's direction usually for a few hours each afternoon on Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays. Outside of that, she likes to go out with friends from school, write short stories (she has a tumblr) and recently started joining Ross in his gaming hobby, although she claims she's just doing it for him. Ross tells anyone who cares to listen that's she's bought 150$ worth of ingame items in 2 months of playing though, so there's that.
Sean- outside of horses, he used to enjoy working on cars and bikes, and has always been a bit of an adrenaline addict. He went through several cars while enlisted, all of them usally sporty, fast things. Since his injury though, his current car has been sitting in the garage and he's been taking the bus to work. Lately he's been spotted taking pictures of the horses when he's at the barn, but hasn't shown anybody them yet.
Joyce- likes to either run or go work out in the gym at least twice a week, more if she can manage it. Also likes to paint, although she's admittedly not very good and doesn't have much time for it.
Mary- a bit of a bibliophile. Reads pretty much every night before bed, usually can get through a book in a week or two. She likes to garden as well, vegetables and herbs and flowers. She and Rich will cook with what they can and give away the excess stuff to neighbors and friends. She likes to make arrangements from the flowers, but not to often as she thinks it's somewhat sad to watch them wilt in a vase.
Rich- likes to tinker, Sean got the cars thing from him, although Rich will work on more than just cars. He likes to watch sports and play cards also, but he's happiest trying to build a wall or make a fence or doing anything that requires concentration, patience and just a bit of skill. A real do it yourself type.What horse is the Lead horse of the stable?
Probably Rocki Rogue. She's definitely the bossiest when it comes to shoving pasture mates around. Why?
She's a mustang, with the blm tattoo and everything, although it's been at least 6 years since her initial BLM capture. She still has a lot of the instinct though, and tends to use her heels on her pasture buddies who she seems to think aren't responding fast enough, even though most of them outweigh her.Do the other stable horses get along well?
For the most part. Some are a bit meaner than others, but most tend to be ok. There are a few that cannot be housed next to each other because they'll start biting over the door- Shine is the biggest problem right now, as she is way way overprotective of her foal.Do they like to work?
Ehhhhhhh....Some do, some don't. What are their favorite treats? [as many horse as you would like to include.]
Will just do the weirder ones-
Kvit is fond of bananas. Warrior goes a bit nutty for peppermint. Sky and Saint both seem to like soda, but this has only been tried once, and Charm seems to like those sandwich wafer cookies. Who is the most active?
Charm and Chica. They get into everything and seem to encourage each other to get into more trouble that they would alone.Who is the laziest?
Either Saint or Lucky. Probably Saint.Are there any new foals?
Two! RRF Nueč Ardente (Volly) and RRF Morning Glory (MG) Which two horses are the closest?*orginally the question said "like lovers" but I decided to ignore that because reasons.
Charm and Chica are almost inseparable. They're quite good buddies. Raindance and Sky are close too, but that's probably because they're sisters. Which horses are close to staff members? [ soul bound, or friends.]
Tyrik and Ross have bit of special relationship going on. Both of them hate sudden change and being rushed, and sem to have a bit of an understanding. Who is the oldest horse?
Iggy, I think. He's going to retire soon.