Monday, July 11, 2011

Maryland Horse Trials Take Two....

So back to Maryland we went on Sunday and boy was it hot...!

Both sale horses were super.  With Walking on Broadway doing a good job in the dressage and jumping a super double clean to finish 3rd.

He was point and shoot and a lot of fun in the dressage.

Magill, our super cute grey horse went to his first event or horse show ever and by the end of the day had a pretty good fan club.  Magill is a very flashy being dappled grey with 4 high white socks and a blaze.

He was very well behaved in the dressage ring once he realized it was ok to be surrounded by a small white fence and he was also very good in show jumping although he had not seen as much filler underneath the fences as they had at Maryland so over the first 4 -5 fences he stared at the fences before jumping them resulting in a couple of awkward jumps and downed rails, however as he went things got better and better.

On cross country he was awesome and jumped in a beautiful rhythm and balance.  He finished the day in 8th.

Both should have videos up hopefully by tomorrow.

Hope everyone had a good weekend wherever you stop Stuart!

All the best,

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Really cool ears...

Hello everyone,

We spent a great day today at Maryland Horse Trials.  Mother Nature was kind to us and gave us some much needed rain which made the going much better.

I was meant to have 4 in the Novices today however Tsu Tsu has a new Mom....Jen Holmquest has purchased her to pursue her own eventing dreams!

So that left me with R Star, aka Hope, American Outlaw, aka Wyatt and Vegas.

Hope was a star and had a wonderful dressage test, including some floppy ear moments.  Her mother, Heavenly Star, used to flop her ears when she was relaxed and it looks like Hope is following in her hooves...She finished with two double clear rounds and a blue ribbon,  and is now qualified for the American Eventing Championships in September and then there was the best comment of the day by her dressage judge..."really cool ears."

Wyatt is a new horse for us as he just recently came in to be sold.  His owner Kenyon Brewer is unfortunately needing to sell him.  He is exactly what every person should have in their barn, kind, easy, and uncomplicated.  What a pleasure he was....He finished 3rd in a large division as well with two double cleans.

Vegas is hopefully our next superstar.  We recently purchased him.  He is a 6 year old, 16.1h TB gelding and he has all the makings of a very nice upper level event horse, at least we hope!  This was his first horse trials.  He did a good dressage test, although he did spend a good bit of time calling out to his friends...He then was jumping a great stadium round when he spooked off an aqueduct wall that had been moved to the side of the ring and crossed his path.  Unfortunately this gave him some time and 4 faults for crossing his path.  He tried hard and jumped double clean cross country and finished 10th.  We were super happy with him as well!

The Scary Aqueduct

Tomorrow we head back with Magill and Walking on Broadway two other sale horses, so we will see how that goes.

Additionally I want to give a big shout out to Maria Granello and Laura Gilliken who were fantastic help today at the show and to Gillian Cowley and Becca Gilbert who took care of things at home...thanks for all the wonderful help!
Maria and Laura at the Maryland Horse Trials
Video and more info on the website.

Talk later,

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th....


Its been a busy week with horse being showed for sale and prepared for their upcoming events.

Gillian Cowley and I took two horses to NJ Horse Trials this weekend.  Tag and I had a good outing before moving back to Intermediate and won the Prelim at Jersey.  He was super and some of the things we were working on worked out, others are still working themselves out.

Gillian won the dressage, and had a learning opportunity in show jumping and then went clean cross country to finish in 4th.

Driving home on Sunday we were already making plans for a cross country school with 5 horses on Sunday.

We took Neal on R Star, myself on Walking on Broadway and our new horse Vegas, Anna Schmitt on sale horse Magill, and Jen Holmquest trying out Tsu Tsu.

All the horses were outstanding with all of the horses and riders challenging themselves.We hope to have some video up this afternoon.

Today will be a quieter day at the farm.

Neal and I on this celebratory weekend would also like to give thanks to all of those who serve our great country and keep us free from harm and to the families that support the soldiers in all their endeavors.

Happy 4th of July,