Saturday, January 28, 2012

On Our Way

Good morning to All,

We are up feeding this morning, to get on our way to Aiken.  It will be quite an adventure as we have to stop every few hours to feed Tag his Equine Senior, since he still is on no hay.  In hour 7 we also will take him for a about high maintenance, but he is so worth it.

His staples have come out of his belly and his incision looks great.  Another two weeks and he can go out again....yippee, we will all be happy for him then.

The rest of the horses are looking forward to some lovely turnout in Aiken as we have been inundated with wet weather at home and so turnout has been limited.

Hope, Nev and Vegas are all getting ready for their debuts next weekend and everyone will get some time jumping cross country.  The first cross country school can always be a bit exciting and with 16 horses in work in Aiken I am sure there will be some good comedy to report.

Hope all of you are doing well, look forward to talking to you soon, and feel free to call me on my mobile as I will be driving probably for the next 12 hours...looking forward to seeing you there.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Winter has arrived


As many of you know we have been blessed by a very mild Winter in the Mid Atlantic and last night we got our first real snow.  It is pretty but it does not make it easy...

Neal, my wonderful husband, has been picking up my slack since I had a fall earlier in the week and today I finally was able to be more helpful than not, so I am glad for that.  The timing of the snow forced us inside to work on the less exciting but just as important side of the business, taxes, and other miscelaneous paperwork.

This week has been great one for business as one of our favorite horses Older and Wiser has been leased to a student of Erin Sylvester, Olivia Saber to teach her the ropes of eventing and competing and Quick Pick lived up to his name as the first person to see him, Leslie Favre and her daughter Madeleine, quickly picked him up.

We wish the best for both families and look forward to hearing about all the adventures.

We are looking forward to heading down to Aiken next weekend and to seeing all of our friends and clients down there and to get the horses out and about.  It should be a fantastic Winter season.

Talk soon,


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Comings, Goings and An Update

Hello To All,

I had promised to do this more religiously so at the end of week 1 of 2012 I am  writing...better late than never.

We have had a whirlwind around here getting ready, me having a cold, and a root canal, and selling and leasing some horses.  2011 was a great year for us, selling or leasing 49 horses for our clients.  We look forward to helping more clients both selling and purchasing this year and making good matches...

We are also looking for a big competition year, we had hoped to start Tag out at Advanced in February but that will need to wait until Summer, more on this later.  Hope, Nevaeh and Vegas are all going great and I plan on moving all up to Prelim in the Winter/Spring seasons.  They all seem to be enjoying the work and the exercises and I look forward to seeing how things progress with them.
Nevaeh - Ready for Prelim

We also have a full barn of sale horses now, with 3rd level dressage horses and event horses through Prelim and some really nice young prospects so let me know if you have a need.

On an unfortunate note, Tag had to have colic surgery on Friday.  He was uncomfortable and it was deemed necessary to go in and see what was wrong.  Luckily not much, and he had his colon rearranged and is headed home tomorrow.  So he will be enjoying some quiet time with me on the end of a rope leading and grazing him.  He should be back in full swing by April.  I am very glad to have him healthy and happy and can't wait to see his head looking at me over his stall door soon.

This will delay our start in Aiken to the beginning of February as Tag will need to be comfortable to travel.  I want to thank Dr Chris Foster and everyone at UPenn's New Bolton Center for their outstanding work.

So here is to wishing the good weather in Pennsylvania continues.

I hope everyone else is well and their horses are looking great.  I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

See you soon,
Courtney and the crew