Heavenly Gaits Farm
Robert & Debra Goldmann, owners
458 Howard Beavert Rd.
Dunlap, TN 37327
Heavenly Gaits Farm is owned and operated by my husband, Dr.
Robert Goldmann and myself, Debra Goldmann. We are both
remarried and, together over the last 13 years, have explored the
joys and pains of the blended family. Four of our five children are
now adults, out and about, exploring their own world. Our youngest,
Samantha, remains at home with us.
Born in New York City, Bob attended college in the Midwest and
medical school in New York. He returned to the Midwest in 1978
realizing he was much more comfortable and at home in Wisconsin.
For the past 30 + years, Wisconsin has been both residence and
the place he has chosen to practice medicine
Bob has a number of interests and hobbies that serve him well on
the farm, from woodworking to auto mechanics to all around fix it
man. He enjoys keeping the farm running and in good repair. He
loves working on his tractor, be it summer chores or managing our
winter snows. A lifetime woodworker, he has built a variety of horse
related projects, from furniture quality custom harness boxes to
outfitting our trailers to safely transport our show equipment. He
likes to call himself "the man behind the horse obsessed woman."
I was born in Elkhorn. As an adult I had a variety of jobs and
amassed a considerable fund of knowledge in banking, accounting
and management. In the 90's I attended nursing school and moved
to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I spent about 10 years working in
Milwaukee as a bedside nurse and billing supervisor, as well as
clinical assistant in Bob's medical practice .
I have many hobbies that work well with our farm. I am an
accomplished seamstress, which allows me to create many of the
costumes used for the show ring. I also love taking care of our
horses. I am the stable hand, groom, rider and everything else
required for the health and well being of the animals on the farm. I
am also the primary instructor for our home schooled daughter,
Samantha is crazy about the horses. She enjoys her home
education and has a wide variety of activities and hobbies . She is a
member of the local 4-H club where she has excelled in dog showing
and training. She plays the piano, and is a member of the local
swim team. She is also involved in the daily upkeep of the farm.
She grooms, cleans and has become a very good rider, competing
at the junior level and taking a USEF Youth award for 2009. She
truly enjoys everyday that she spends with the horses. She has
been a willing assistant, eager learner and a blessing to us.
Heavenly Gaits Farm was built in 2002 as the affirmation of a dream
and an ideal place to raise our family. We decided that it should be
as complete a horse facility as we could create. To that end, we
built an eight stall insulated barn with wide, well lit aisles, heated
wash rack and tack room. We also attached a heated indoor arena
to the barn. We then directed our attention to the outside. Ten
acres of fenced pasture was divided into six large paddocks with
plenty of good grazing for the horses and an additional arena. We
continue to improve our farm as the need arises.
Our philosophy on horses is simple. Help the horse discover the
type of work that makes him happy. I have never believed in one
size fits all, or the make- the- horse -into- what- the -human- wants
method of raising and training. With such a belief we have had to
learn a lot. The disciplines of driving, jumping, dressage, and saddle
seat are all represented in the barn. I have been blessed with a
couple of horses ( a Friesian and an Andalusian) that are happy
being all-'round horses. This diversity has provided a number of
challenges. I have learned how different baroque horses behave
and learn. While this has allowed me the satisfaction and pleasure
of becoming a good rider in multiple disciplines, I also have the
blessing and curse of showing in a wide variety of shows and venues.
Oh well, if I didn't love it, I wouldn't be doing it.