Friday, May 27, 2011

Summer has started....

Hi Everyone,

The Summer has started, our first working student Anna Schmitt has arrived, the heat has began in earnest, a farmers tan has developed, and we are headed to Fair Hill with 6 for Memorial Day weekend....what could be better!

In other news, Hope got her first set of shoes yesterday, just fronts but she was very good for them.

We await her next sibling...Faith's official due date is still two weeks off, however she is starting to get a bag, and it may happen sooner than later; we will keep you up to date!
An Expectant Faith Grazing

Hope your Memorial Day is a good one,


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jersey and Thoughts...

Well, as usual, my blog is not as timely as I would have liked.  I had all the best intentions however Peyton's good snoozing at the hotel turned out that she was just storing up her energy so she could vanish right before the first horse inspection and not return until late on Thursday, which as you might guess led me to have to make lots of phone calls and visits to local homeowners, police and animal control!  I want to thank Lynne Mathews at  Jersey especially as she helped so much to try and locate Peyton...

You might wonder where we found her as an aside...Neal drove up from home to help me look on Thursday afternoon, knowing I was very unhappy and by the time he let Jenny, our other dog, out of the car Peyton was looking at him like "Hi Dad, what are you doing here...."  To say we were all relieved is an understatement and she was under house arrest from that point forward.

Onto the event...I went to Jersey with the thought I was going to try my best, stay present in my decisions and reactions, and to try and have fun.  I tend to be serious and very hard on myself, and I got to thinking about how amazing the horses in my life are and have been, and that in the moment, sometimes it is easy to forget how much we appreciate, enjoy and love them and the people in our lives.  I know that might sound a little corny or strange, but I thought about how sometimes you will hear someone say after a horse gets hurt how every jump is a gift, and I thought well, every jump and every time we try with them it is a that is how I started to think about it.

I was really happy with Tag all weekend.  For the dressage we had the opportunity to work with Kim Severson again which we had done in Aiken.  She was a big help and very supportive and lead us to an energetic and positive performance in the dressage that had a big smile on my face as we left the dressage ring!

Saturday was cross country and we were second out of the box and he jumped fantastically all the way around except at the last where I just did not see a thing and just held it together and got it done.  I was a bit disappointed to have the time faults I did, but I made the conscious decision at the 4 minute mark when he started being a little dull to my half halt to make sure that I had him on his feet and that he and I were smart on the presentation we made to our fences.

He came out of cross country no worse for wear although he had pulled his shoe and jogged up like a champ on Sunday morning and so it was off to show jumping.

Jim Wofford helped me course walk and warm up, and Tag was jumping like a million bucks, unfortunately we were unable to get back on our haunches enough to get the last vertical in the last combination done cleanly and had that rail.  We ended up in 11th and while I wish somethings had been different.  He was excellent,  and improved on his last two CCI** results.

Also we were tapped by the USET to jog in front of the vet panel for the Pan American Selection Trials.  That was an exciting opportunity and we will see where we go from here...Neal has the videos up on the website, and I also want to give a big shout to Page and Gillian Cowley who were huge supporters of mine on Saturday and Sunday.

Talk to you soon,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jersey Fresh Day 1: 1st Horse Inspection

This post by Neal back at the farm in Nottingham

Courtney and Tag finished the first horse inspection and are looking ahead to dressage tomorrow.  Based on the tentative time schedule and their number, 3, they should do their test before 9 am Thursday.
Courtney and Tag at the First Horse Inspection
While they have yet to do any hard work there, Courtney reports that another member of the team has already found the event tiring.  Luckily, Peyton knows how to make use of their hotel accommodations.

Peyton Tuesday Night
Stay tuned to the blog and Twitter (!/csquarefarm) for updates throughout the event.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

MCTA and Jersey...

Good morning to all,

The sun is shining, birds are chirping and I'm blogging!

We spent Saturday at MCTA horse trials with Hope, Ho Hum and Gabby and Gillian.  Gillian led the crew with a lovely test and two clear jump rounds to finish 3rd.  Ho Hum was also very good, and ended up 7th out of 26 in a novice section, and Hope put in a better dressage test, added a rail and was super on cross country!
Courtney, Gillian, and Gabby before Stadium at MCTA

Neal also got to take Hope out cross country schooling the weekend before and is chomping at the bit about getting to take her out...we will do another cross country school first!

We have a few new horses that have come in, mostly Training packers with the ability to go on.  We also have sold a few, including Jeeves who went to a wonderful man, Matt Morrison from Ithaca, NY who trains with one of my first working students Chloe Ota.

His sale makes 26 sold for the year, so let me know if I can be of help with any others.

Also we are looking for some additional horses for me that show some potential for upper level eventing.

Speaking of upper level eventing, Who's A Star, goes to Jersey Fresh CCI** today.  He has been training really well and has matured this year.  It is hard to believe he is 8 already.  Having his sisters around definitely reminds me of how things start and proceed with young horses, big improvements and then like watching grass grow they make slow and steady progress.

I am very lucky to have been able to breed and train our own.

I also want to thank everyone who has helped my riding and training develop, it is very exciting to consider that I have put in an application to be considered for the Pan American Team.

Please remember..."It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

We will be keeping up with you from Jersey....stop by if you are there....