Quicksilver Farms, LLC
Beautiful Welsh hunter ponies from proven pedigrees.
We are an active farm specializing in breeding/training registered Section B Welsh ponies and half-Welsh ponies for the "A" circuit hunter ring. Our ponies are handled daily, have wonderful dispositions and are competitive in the Welsh and hunter competitions. They are selected for their conformation, temperament, movement and excellent pedigrees.
We have been breeding and training Welsh ponies since 2001, but our experience in the equine world has spanned over 4 decades. Melinda Zalesky, owner and trainer, grew up on a Quarter Horse farm in Mississippi and competed across the United States for many years. She later trained and rode for a Quarter Horse ranch in Argentina and then began concentrating on riding hunt seat while living in Mexico City. Upon returning to the United States in 1997, she began training ponies and teaching riding lessons at the family's farm in Kingsport, TN. In January of 2003, Melinda and her family moved to Chardon, OH where they lived until July 2012. The farm was relocated then to the beautiful Charleston, SC area and all the ponies and people are loving the new place. They also maintain a second farm in Jonesborough, TN.
Quicksilver Farms, LLC is owned and operated by Alex and Melinda Zalesky. Melinda handles the day to day operations of the farm and oversees the training and breeding activities. She is assisted by Tatiana Parker, Head Trainer and Director of Riding Instruction. Tati manages 4 additional qualified instructors that help with training and riding lessons.
Tatiana (Tati) Parker grew up in Iowa where she began riding and showing horses at the age of 5. She competed from Short Stirrup through the Junior Jumpers as well as qualified for several national finals including USET and Marshall and Sterling. Throughout high school and college she spent each summer being a working student for different trainers across the US as well as a summer abroad in the Netherlands training and showing sales horses.
She has participated in clinics with many top trainers including George Morris, Joe Fargis, Todd Minikus, Archie Cox, Bobby Brown, Kim Barone, and many others.
Tati graduated from Lake Erie College with a B.S. in Equine Studies in 2016 She majored in Equestrian Teacher/Trainer which has a heavy focus on the correct ways to teach riders of all ages, levels of experience, and confidence. During college she was Captain of the Intercollegiate Hunter/Jumper team for two years. She also represented Lake Erie and the entire Zone 6 Region 1 at the Intercollegiate (IHSA) National Championships as the Cacchione Cup rider in 2015 and 2016.
At our farm location in Huger, SC, we offer a select lesson program for hunter/jumper riders of all ages and sizes from beginner to advanced riding levels. Our students lesson on current or retired show horses and ponies. We are also accepting a few outside ponies in for training.
Our pony breeding/training business is based on the premise that a proven pedigree helps to provide a solid base for future success. We strive to breed top quality hunter ponies from breeding stock with excellent proven hunter pony pedigrees. Quicksilver bred ponies are competing at venues nationwide and have won top ribbons at Devon, WEF, Capital Challenge and Pony Finals to name a few.
Visitors are always welcome, but we do request that you call for an appointment prior to stopping by.