Rocking L Acres is a small horse farm located about 5 miles southeast of Madison, Wisconsin, just east of the Village of McFarland. Wes and Jane Licht work with their fine Morab horses, as well as training others, at their stables year round.
In 2016 Jane and Wes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. To honor the occasion, they enjoyed a wonderful weekend with family and friends – and horses, of course – at the Villa Louie Carriage Classic.
Wes and Jane Licht moved to McFarland with their young daughters over 40 years ago. Wes’s father, Emil Licht, was an Iowa farmer and an expert horseman. He brought two little black Shetland ponies to Rocking L Acres for his granddaughters to ride. Over the years, other horses were purchased and many were raised from foals, including larger ponies and Half-Arabs until the Lichts discovered Morabs in 1992. Today, most of their horses are Morabs, including Windmere Royal Topaz, a Palomino Morab stallion well-known in Wisconsin as a champion halter and driving horse.
After teaching 4th and 5th graders for 32 years, Wes took early retirement and now trains horses to drive and people to drive them full time. He also gives sleigh rides in winter, provides carriage service for special occasions, lessons to beginning riders, horse driving clinics to various organizations, and he enjoys competing in all sorts of carriage driving sports. Wes has long been active in Dairyland Driving Club, Midwest Distance Driving Association, the McFarland Historical Society and other local community organizations.
Jane is Wes’s bride and she also grooms for Wes at combined driving events, carriage classics, and distance driving events. Jane serves on the Board of the International Morab Breeders’ Association, the Board of the McFarland Historical Society, and as facilities director of the Larson House Museum in McFarland. Jane retired in 2007 after serving 18 years as the Register of Deeds of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin.
Wes and Jane both enjoy time with family, prairie restoration and gardening, reading, attending McFarland Lutheran Church and backing the UW Badgers.