Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Clinic in Ct...

Hello Everyone,

I had a fantastic time yesterday clinicing in CT.  Actually my old home town of Wilton...

The first group were a couple of C Pony Clubbers, Elisha and Shannon.  Shannon I had previously met as she owns Star Dazzler, our second homebred.  Elisha was new and a delight.

We worked on staying straight and forward and in front of the leg and jumped many exercises to test them on their skills.

The next group was at Wilton Riding Club and was a mixed group of adults and pony clubbers.  Sloan and Elaine were the dynamic duo with cute chestnut ponies who were invincible.  Katie had her generous bay gelding and the adults of the group Charlotte and Alicia had two lovely horses with loads of talent.

We continued on the same exercises as the first group and finished with jumping a corner, the first for some and a great gymnastic with the horses really jumping well over an oxer.

All in all it was a beautiful day with lots of gifted horses and riders who I hope to see again soon.

Talk to you later,

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wow, kudos to all of you Mothers!

Fathers Day is fast approaching but kudos to all the mothers out there, and to all the foal watchers...

We had our 6th foal a week ago, which thankfully put an end to sleepless nights.  The funny thing is she had been dripping milk for two days, and her calcium was off the chart, so we knew she was close, so last Thursday afternoon I tried to make the barn extra quiet early and she rewarded me with a beautiful filly at 4:30 in the afternoon.
Landon and Faith

Landon is a healthy girl who is working on getting her long legs straightened out but she looks like the others, low hock, long ears and not any white!  All stamps by her mother.

We also competed last weekend at Plantation.  Saturday was the recognized event and Gillian &Gabby made their training debut.  After showing some nerves in show jumping, they jumped clean cross country, clean and fast on XC to win their division.  Additionally Gillian told us she was on the Junior Novice Leaderboard in 6th place which is quite an accomplishment...too bad she is moving up to Training!

I also rode on Saturday with my new ride Ambassador's Rose.  She is a lovely mare produced by Boyd and Silva Martin for her owner Jackie Gilbertson.  It was felt a change needed to be made to get her to sold, so I was suggested.  I am honored that I could be of help and hope to get her sold quickly.

Rose made a great debut with me and finished 8th, I was quite pleased.

On Sunday Neal and I returned to Plantation for the Starter Trials where Neal rode Hope for the first time in competition finishing 7th, and I rode Pippen (Clovermeade Stilletto) in his first beginner novice where he was 3rd.

Talk later,


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Waredaca, Boyd and Fair Hill

Hello to All,

Last week I kept meaning to blog however, like most of us horse lovers and especially eventers I had an overwhelming sadness for Lillian, Boyd, Caitlin, Woodsy and everyone else at Winburra and True Prospect.

A lot has been said about the tragedy and I don't know how much more I can add but to say our thoughts and prayers will continue with all of you through the weeks and months ahead.

Fair Hill was a great success.  Our student Gillian Cowley had a fantastic all around go winning her division of Novice, she now moves up to Training at Plantation next weekend.
Gillian and Gabby
I rode 4 in the Training, 3 were sale horses...Ho Hum who won, he is a lovely classy TB gelding who is ready to go Prelim and will make someone a great partner.  A Midday Star who was 4th has been a training packer for her YR for a long time and now is regrettably offered for sale, she too will make a great partner for someone wanting talent and good jumping style, and then Celidah Dancer who jumped two great rounds, she is a fantastic jumper!

The other Training horse was our beautiful Neveah and she finished 3rd to bring a great finish to our training horses...then I trotted back and hoped on R Star, aka Hope.  She is starting to get the whole dressage thing and got a 33 which we all thought was great and put her 12th out of 14.  She jumped great but finished out of the ribbons.

We had also ran Hope this weekend at Waredaca and she came home with her first set of ribbons.

She was second in the Young Event Horse class earning a score of 75.55 which qualifies her for the young Event Horse Finals at Fair Hill this fall.

Me & Hope - YEH Confirmation
Today she again put in a good dressage test which scored a 26.5 and she was tied for 5th after dressage.  She jumped her first double clear ever and finished 4th.  I am so proud of this lovely week she is going to start her double career of also being Dad's competition horse.

Neal is going to take her to Plantation starter trials on Sunday so stayed tuned!

Good thoughts to you all,