About Maple Run Farm, LLC

Maple Run Farm, LLC is a small Hanoverian breeding farm located in South Central Wisconsin. It is owned by Dr. Douglas Langer, DVM and his wife Shannon. They are commited to breeding quality Hanoverian sporthorses that have the mind, conformation, breeding, and talent to become FEI level dressage partners.

Horses have been a life-long passion for both Doug and Shannon. Dreams were made early on, and in 1999 they took the first step into breeding and were totally hooked. Research into pedigrees and performance records, and careful selection of stallions to mares, has evolved their small breeding business into one that has been very successful in producing outstanding foals. While only breeding 4-5 foals each year, they have been fortunate enough to produce inspection site champions every year but one, and that year both of their colts were called back into the final ring. They have also produced several USDF Region 2 in-hand champions. Their goal is to improve the Hanoverian breed in this country, producing foals with excellent minds, correct conformation, and the ability for upper level dressage work.

An owner, and doctor, specializing in surgery and lameness at The Wisconsin Equine Clinic, (a large equine referral hospital) Doug also has a strong interest and Masters Degree in nutrition. That knowledge has been pertinent in not only providing a balanced diet for our horses, but also in educating horse owners on the importance of a correct balanced feeding program for preventing growth related problems in young horses.

Shannon Langer is a competitive dressage rider, who has earned her bronze medal as well as scores towards her silver, on her home bred, self trained Rotspon gelding. She has been training with Shelly Reichart of Paradigm Farm since 2006 and is currently working with Shelly on bringing up Dahlcinae MRF (DeNiro/Britania) through the levels. In 2011 she competed 5 year old Dahlcinae at First Level  USDF Region 2 Championships where she placed 5th out of 36 horses.

Care of Our Horses

Starting even before mares are in foal, diet has a tremendous effect on the health of future foals. An individualized, balanced diet is created for each of our horses. We have been strong supporters of the Progressive and Buckeye Feeds, which have done extensive research in providing the proper vitamin and mineral balance for the pregnant, growing, performance, and aged horse. Along with this feed, high quality grass/alfalfa hay is fed free choice when pastures are not available.

In addition to the optimal diet, we feel it is very important to the young growing horse to have access to fresh air, and lots of room to stretch and build growing muscles and bones. All of our horses are raised on well-managed pastures, and are turned out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The companionship of horses their own age enables them to have the socialization that is as important for a growing mind as exercise is for their bodies.

All of our horses are handled on a daily basis, building good ground manners, trust, and friendly confident minds. Routine fecals are run and a rotational worming program is part of our horses' management. Regular farrier work is very important for maintaining sound, correct youngsters, as well as older horses. Having a veterinarian as an owner is certainly a benefit, and insures the health of all of our horses.