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Baum’s Hilltop Farm
Clinton, Illinois
baumshilltopfarm@hotmail.com

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Baum’s Hilltop Farm is managed and owned by Rhonda Baum-Kern and her family. Growing up on a Jersey dairy farm, Rhonda always had an interest in animals. Rhonda got her start in horses early in life, breaking ponies to ride and drive and re-selling them.  She was involved in 4-H and FFA, and drove ponies in parades and for competition. In 1977, Rhonda married Steve Baum. Together they had two children, Rachel and Janell. They purchased a 30 acre farm shortly after and so began Baum’s Hilltop Farm.

Rhonda moved her favorite childhood horse, Patches, a grade mare, to the new farm. Soon after, she purchased another mare, an appaloosa. Together, Rhonda and Steve added new horses to the mix until a full-fledged breeding program was in operation.

In 1984, Rachel was born. When she was six, she received her first horse as a gift, and at 10, she purchased another horse, TJ Lacy. Lacy has become a foundation of the Baum’s herd, and was on APHA’s Top 20 list of dams with top point earning progeny in 2005. Very active with the 4-H horse program in DeWitt County, Rachel showed all-around classes with Lacy as well as speed events with her quarter horse, Bolo. In 2000, she became involved in the Illinois Paint Horse Association and began showing in 14-18 events. She continues to ride, and stays involved by announcing horse shows for the Illinois Horse Fair and, from 2005-2008, the IPHA. She is a 2008 graduate of the Agricultural Communications program at the University of Illinois.

Following her sister into showing, Janell recieved her first horse in 1994 and began showing in 4-H, as well as trick riding with Henson’s Silver Dollar Trickriders. In 2000, Janell began showing at Illinois Paint Horse Shows. She purchased Justa Real Pleasure in late 2004 and began training for the 2005 show season, eventually earning several all-around titles. Also in 2005, Janell showed Fantastic Lucky Charm to several circuit awards and an honor roll championship with the APHA in youth geldings. She is a 2012 University of Illinois graduate with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications.

Fantastic Buck, Baum’s stallion, was purchased as a two-year-old in 2000. His first foal crop hit the ground in 2002. He continues to produce flashy progeny for a variety of disciplines.

In 2003, Steve suffered a severe heart-attack and passed away at the age of 45. Rhonda continued on with the horse business, and became even more involved when she saw potential in Fantastic Lucky Charm.  Enlisting the help of Morse Show Horses to fit and train the young gelding, Rhonda achieved success with Lucky when he matured into a yearling, and later a two-year-old. Striving for a top honor roll position in Youth Geldings for Janell and Lucky, Rhonda and the Morse Family hauled across the country throughout 2005, eventually achieving their goal. In 2008, Rhonda was chosen as the IPHA Horseperson of the year.

In 2007, Rhonda remarried. Her husband, Chuck Kern, brought another daughter into the family, Tennyson. Tennyson has become active in 4-H and enjoys showing Fantastic Royal Lady in youth all-around events. She is a student at Bloomington Junior High School in Bloomington, Illinois.

Baum’s Hilltop Farm continues to produce quality animals for work or play. Contact them today for your next prospect!