Nashwa Farm

Nashwa Farm, Equestrian Center, and Performance Horses sit proudly in the heart of Camp Verde, Arizona, owned by Tonya Freeland Wiertzema and Terry Wiertzema, both hailing from a lineage deeply rooted in ranching and farming traditions, spanning four generations. Ray and Marge Freeland were team roping producers for over 20 years plus 4H & FFA leaders for a decade.

Terry, a fourth-generation farmer from Minnesota, and Tonya, bred and raised amidst Arizona’s rich equestrian culture, stumbled upon this historic farm over three decades ago. It was love at first sight as they envisioned it as the perfect canvas for their aspirations of farming hay, raising horses, and nurturing their family. Established in 1876, this farm has a storied past, once catering to the needs of miners in Jerome with its produce and beef.

You’ll often find Terry immersed in his work, whether tending to his tractors on the hay farms or gleefully casting lines on a fishing boat. Tonya, deeply rooted in Arizona’s horse and ranching heritage, has not only excelled in the rodeo arena but has also instilled the same passion in her family, ushering them into the vibrant rodeo and ranch lifestyle. Marge and Tonya have been barrel racing producers for over 20 years. The entire families competed in USTRC, America West, Wpra, PRCA and AQHA events.

“Our parents have imparted invaluable lessons on transforming our passions, dreams, and sense of purpose into enduring careers,” Tonya reflects. “It’s about laying robust foundations in horsemanship and professional acumen right from the outset.”

Nashwa Farms & Equestrian Center and Performance Horses, once known as the Legacy Ranch/Farm, represents more than just land; it’s a repository of history, culture, and conservation values passed down through generations. This legacy is evident in the family photos, untold anecdotes, and the unique ethos that transcends traditional agriculture.

Versatility reigns supreme in Nashwa’s breeding program, boasting some of the finest stallions in the industry. Among them is Frenchman’s Magic Mike, a 2014 Palomino stallion sired by Frenchman’s Guy out of Dashing Katye by Dash Ta Fame. Frenchman’s Magic Mike exceptional skills span barrel racing, team roping, and breakaway roping. Notably, he clinched the Palomino World Champion Heading title and emerged as the AQHA World Reserve Champion Heading, besides consistently ranking in the top tier across various competitions.

Frenchmans Magic Mike’s performance in barrel racing demonstrates exceptional skill and consistency, especially considering the fierce competition at events like the Royal Crown Open Barrel Race with Jockey Karsen Jackson Team Nashwa. Placing 16th out of 726 competitors, with a 17.185 on a standard pattern and 11th in the 1D on Sunday running a 17.0, 11th out of 693 horses, is a testament to the horse’s abilities. Winning the 1D Average at the NBHA Arizona Super Show is an accomplishment that brings to light how consistent and talented this stallion is.

Another standout is ASNY Prime To Be famous, a 2015 Buckskin stallion sired by Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet out of Buckett Bear by Orphan Bear, boasting prowess across disciplines such as barrel racing, heading, heeling, breakaway, and versatility ranch riding. His pro rodeo debut at the Yuma Pro Rodeo showcased his blazing speed with a 17.79 just behind fast time Kathy Petska with a 17.54.

ASNY Prime To Be Famous’ achievements at the Xtreme Million and NBHA Super Show in Arizona are certainly impressive. Placing 12th out of 240 riders in the 1D at the Xtreme Million demonstrates exceptional speed and agility, while finishing in the top 5 in the 1D average at the NBHA Super Show and running a 17.3 on a standard, highlights consistent performance over multiple runs.

Tonya really gives credit to Karsen Jackson, her Jockey. “She’s an exceptional athletic with a heart of gold. Our Stallions just love her they try so hard to please her. We are sponsors for her and for her goal to try to qualify for the nfr…she’s only 19 yrs old.” Exclaims Tonya.

Nashwa’s breeding program extends comprehensive professional services catering to broodmares, foals, weanlings, and yearlings, ensuring their optimal growth and development in a natural environment. With lush pastures tailored for boarding, senior turnout, and broodmares with foals, along with meticulously managed care programs, horse owners can rest assured of their animals’ well-being.

For those seeking a getaway with their equine companions, Nashwa offers a perfect retreat just four miles off I-17, conveniently close to Sedona and Cliff Castle Casino. Whether it’s vacation boarding, short-term stays, layovers, or camping with horses, the ranch provides a range of options. Trails meander through the farm and hay areas, offering serene vistas and river access for leisurely outings with or without horses.

The facility caters to diverse boarding preferences, including retirement, seasonal turnouts, pasture boarding, indoor stalls with runs, and outdoor covered stalls, ensuring a comprehensive care regime. Moreover, professional services such as veterinary care, farrier, dental care, chiropractic sessions, and therapeutic treatments are available on-site for clients’ convenience.

In essence, Nashwa Farm embodies a harmonious blend of heritage, excellence, and holistic care, promising an enriching experience for both horses and their owners alike.