Saturday, November 25, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
The commumity of horse people is like nothing you could imagine, or at least it is completely different than anything I've ever been around. Everyone somehow knows of everyone, in some shape or form. There is an Irish Pub that is totally dedicated to the racing community, quiantly named "The Whip". On Sunday just as some would go and watch a soccer game, us girls went and watched the famous "Pennsylvania Horse Cup"; a horse from my work was ridden (and finished 2nd) in the youth race, and 3 horses from Asia's work were ridden in the real races, one in the actual "Cup" race. The cup race is 4 miles long and was finished in 8 and half minutes, you do the math, it's fast... oh ya the timber fences are outrageously huge.... Green grass and rolling hills, many fancy ladies in funny hats wearing breeches and boots or the men often seen in tall boots and vests on, a very different fashion statement than home! The horses get grain morning and evening, some places they recieve 3 feedings of grain... hay is just a filler. The woods have hack trails, filled wih various log jumps; the fields have mowed edges for "gallops", and the farms have jumps in all the fence lines.
Charly is currently found out in a big pasture trying to be the top dog, mainly everyone really is into eating and could care less; he has basically sucomb to this idea that he should enjoy vacation. His last outing wasn't his best of the year on paper, only due to a error in judgement on my part in XC, but a fabulous showing by him that he does have what it takes to be a great eventing horse. His dressage had improved from the previous one star by three points, this put him in second by just a hair... the rain came again and the steeplechase had to be removed, but we were left with a long and fairly difficult XC course; Charly came out of the start box like an animal I hadn't yet met! I guess the steeplechase from Morven left an impression on him :) Charly felt like a racing machine and was so on, I was having the time of my life. Unfortunately my watch decided to fog up and I couldn't read it until 2/3 of the way through! I knew that on all the gallop parts I would need to boogie; there were a lot of gate crossings with sharp turns in them, there were also 3 waters; with all of those places needing a bit of a balancing I was pretty sure to need some flying time... I was right, when my watch finally came to I put the petal down and asked for even more speed, Charly was right there and very happy to give it to me (that was at over 7 minutes into the course!), however then we had two very big and wide tables on a turn; he flew over the first and we just couldn't get back to the second... I couldn't believe it was happening, trying to not let it get to me we quickly made a half circle to this huge table and flew on; Charly was amazing I just couldn't be disapointed, I was sooooo excited about him and his ability AND desire to run fast for a long course and handle all the technical questions. He is such a great horse. Sunday was no exeption, he put in one of his fabulous clear rounds that had everyone's jaw dropped. Without our, or mine, XC penalty he would have won the CCI *, instead he finished 6th... still a very great accomplishment.
Malibu has become a stellar eventing horse as well; his last event was at Waredaca, training level with cross country been timed at 470 mpm... Malibu finished 20 seconds early... I'm soooo proud of him! Even more exciting, after getting a tour of the country Malibu will return home to eat Sanger grass and have the love and admiration of not one but 3 riders... he'll be in complete heaven with cookies and carrots from Betsy, Jestine and Val... however I made him promise to give them all fun and enjoyable rides so that he deserves all his treats!
Mark, my fiesty little bay TB, is also enjoying some vacation time in pasture. He will be starting back up in December and is currenlty looking for a partial owner, or owners to help get him out into the limelight this next year. Mark needed a few months to grow up; with some hacks in the woods and a few starter trials this horse should be better than ever and ready for some winning rounds.
With the horses on vacation I'll be hopping on a plane and getting to visit my Havarah group back in Cali...we've got a busy week filled with lessons and then finishing off the west coast season with the Ram Tap HT. Then I'll head back east and pack up out of the little Jethro place and head to the next destination of this tour.
Til next time....
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Anyhow that aside Morven is a great event with a fabulous real steeplechase course and tons of crazy things on the XC course. Soon I'll post pictures of a few of the XC combinations that I photographed.
Charly again improved himself from one dressage test to the next; he recieved all 8's on his trot work, the canter in my oppionion was SOOO much better than before, but the judge thought he was a bit low in the poll, but he was a bit lazy into his halts. The above was good enough to put him into second place in the dressage phase..I was super proud of him and he apparently was as well and by his next hand walk he seemed to have instictively known what was next...he was now acting like superman and ready to take on the world!
Unfortunately the weather changed and dropped from 80 to 50 and started raining, basically never stopping. Saturday became a game of riding smart versus chasing the clock; the steeplechase track was so wet that your path was chosen by finding the road less traveled instead of the fastest line; This was a whole new game for Charly and even with the icky footing conditions and the pooring rain making it terribly hard to see he finished B with time to spare.
I came off of B so proud of Charly but still feeling very unsure about the conditions I was about to send the two of us out in; I saw Danny and a smile on his face, that was enough to know we had done a good job, and feeling a bit confused about my path at that moment I trotted off to finish C. The whole way knowing that something was missed, knowing that somehow I missed C1 but not realizing where I had gone wrong. A long ten minutes later I passed back by my "team" and was told that I missed C1...the day, the weekend, was over. I could have tried to finish, but with the footing as bad as it was we didn't feel that Charly needed to have that go, there are other days, this was obviously not meant to be ours.
There was a lot of mud and mess to clean up before we could pack up and head back home. A long day of disapointment.
Currently I have a call into the Midsouth CCI * event organizer to try to get Charly signed up for that. He's fit, doing great and really should for his education have a full one star. The Midsouth one star is held at the Kentucky Horse Park in two weeks, October 18-22nd.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Charly and I have been hard at work at 2 things; XC toughness and throughness in the dressage. Both came together in a great way last weekend; Charly seemed to know how big of an event this was and boldly paraded around the edge of the dressage court past BOTH judges and as we powered down center line and saw Loris Henry herself at the C box I smiled and knew I better ride the test of my life if we were to have any chance at a top placing. The test finished with a lengthen trot across the diaganol then up center line, Charly put in the ultimate of lengthen trots that literally gave me goosebumps and the biggest smile to our final halt...I knew that no matter what anyone thought Charly gave it his best and truely performed.
The cross country course was big and extremely well decorated and designed, it was a sight to see. One of the jumps had a running faucet filling the top of a big table another set of jumps looked like the back drop to a high class wedding. In the morning I headed out to watch the water complex, 21 ABC and 22 ABC, it wasn't riding well however I did get the good news that the 1st place horse had 2 time faults. Charly warmed up perfectly, never getting a bad spot, although we only jumped 4 fences, vertical twice the oxer and then a very extreme angle over a solid roll top. Charly's final minutes were precisely planned out by Danny and kept me totally calm and cool, in fact I was excited I felt just like I was heading out for a race. And that's pretty much exactly what Charly thought it was, he went like gangbusters, luckily he isn't a runaway in any fashion! However he was the strongest he's ever been and I didn't get the stride I wanted for the water complex and for sure gave everyone a scare when I left out a stride in 2 separate spots on that last water... Charly got iced twice that day, a few nice easy strolls and a heavy poultice.
The show jumping was so pretty, the fences looked like things you'd see at a Grand Prix. Many flat cups and lots of related distances, it was set for rails to fall. The morning was a bit hectic as we planned for 2 minutes a horse and they must have run at 1 and a half... nonetheless everyone grouped together got Charly all set up and we were on our way. Again he was so good in warm up, Danny again did a fabulous job getting us perfectly prepped for the ring, he did his best to give Charly a pre round rub, but twinkle toes wouldn't do it...by the looks of our pictures he wasn't going to touch a thing!!! Some how I actually managed to enjoy the ride, I truely went in there feeling just as I would in a lesson, determined to not mess up!
If I haven't made it clear, myself and many others are completely 100% in love with this horse; Charly hasnt lost his character, his fancy tail nor his sharp knees but he has definately gained a competitive spirit!
Friday, September 08, 2006
The farm I work for is called "Break Away Farm", owned and operated by two of the coolest people I've meet since I've been here, Wendy and Travis. So far I've done gallops on grass lanes, hacks through the woods, and gallops on the neighboring sand oval track. Tomorrow is the big day, my first "breeze"... I'll be sure to let you know how it all goes. SO far I've stayed on, despite the valiant effort of my very first mount who immediately tried to un-load me...as far as I'm concerned we've been going pretty fast so I think after tomorrow I might have a whole new idea of what fast is :)
Today I accompanied a horse to Delware Park to recieve his gate card and a tatoo...all firsts for me, did you know a horse had to pass a test to be able to participate in a race? This guy not only passed but had a super fast work time, Monday's his race, very first one ever, he's little and squirly.
Sunday is the big day for the three at home, Malibu was the star ride of the day, I'm quite excited for him this weekend. Charly is behaving, but him and I are definitely due for our gallop and cross country run, we feel it's been too long! Mark is most likely going to be only doing the combined test phases, but his progress is really coming along. I think this horse needs to be syndicated out like Charly and stay around for the long haul, he's showing tremendous talent.
Our friend and newest roomate, Meg, arrived yesterday and is a welcome addition to the team. A happy smiling face always does wonders for the atmosphere.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I will be back to coach at the November Ram Tap... make sure to have that on your calendars. Also I will be still in charge of the volunteers for the October Ram Tap, help is needed Friday the 20th and Sunday the 22nd. I would LOVE everyone that is competing in November to volunteer in October, this will help you in many ways and get you a Ram Tap buck so we can XC school!
Remember to use your friends for help while I'm gone. Our team should be a great asset to you, help someone and then have them help you... video taping is a FABulous way to improve as well.
Keep in touch!
If you get a chance to talk to Jestine you'll hear that a 'few' things are slightly different back east. One of the differences is the application of poultice, as Danny would say, we're all too cheap and don't use enough. At the Wayne HT in July I had a poulticing lesson, and Rosella kindly captured the moment :)
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Today we did a cross country school (I took Malibu and Mark, although Mark got an educational trip from Danny not me on this one) at a facility named Unicorn. This place is owned by DuPont family... lots of history around this state! Malibu prepped for his up-coming weekend where he'll do his first training level event... he's pretty bright eyed and busy tailed just thinking about it :) Rosella and her big boy Lance will also be heading to Waradeca with us and tackling the Sr Training level class.
I continue to learn more and more EVERY day, and I think I continue to realize that us California girls do more and more things differently EVERY day! I'm coming home for a visit the 24th - 28th of August. A short stint of fun for my best friends Baccalorette and Bridal shower but otherwise I hope to see all of you for lots of lessons and catch up time!
Monday, July 24, 2006
This has been a truely stellar week, in addition to the home find, we also found a great "beach" that is truely just down the road, a fun little crab house hang-out, discovered that we have talents outside of riding (WAKEBOARDING :) ), and the ponies had an incredibly diverse week with a cross country school on Tuesday a dressage show on Saturday and a light gallop on Sunday (of course a bit of training in-between!)
Rosella and Asia have both quickly aquainted themselves with the roads, I myself continue to just be shoffered around by one of them... and admittedly am a bit nervous about when that ends! This place is confusing, no square blocks like where I grew up at!!!
So at the end of my first complete week of re-riding on Charly I can honestly say he's a changed man (and most definitely for the better). First of all you can rest your hand on his head, way cool; secondly if you correctly put a spur in his side (I say correctly b/c I still have a bad habit of not doing correctly, but I'm working on it...) he not only moves away, but he jumps away while asking how high, thirdly the horse is now more forward thinking that I on the cross country course...so I'm ALSO working on fixing that, fourthly the man can freakin RUN... yes you guessed it I am ALSO working on keeping up with that!!!! :) I am happy to report that it is not only me that has things to work on, he isn't perfect (yet) (I suppose if I had given Danny another two weeks of fixing him he might have been), Charles (aka Chuck or Chuck-A-Doodle as I foundly call him) needs to work on a rounder frame in his gallop, best described as more like a TB less like a fancy show jumper...hehehe So basically he has one huge lesson left and I have many... :) The real test is how quick of a learner am I really...Charly had four months, I only have a few more weeks....then we are off to Millbrook, NY for our first outing back out. I know lots of you have been anxiously awaiting a schedule; I'm going to list what I know of so far, however the schedule for Charly and I will be more complete after our first run at Millbrook.
August 6th- "OLNEY HT" - Malibu and Molly/Lance and Molly/Gem Lion and Asia
August 11-13th- "MILLBROOK HT"- Discover the Power and Danny AND Charly and Molly
August 19-20th- "WAREDECA HT"-Makers Mark, Malibu, Charly with Molly ; Gem and NZ Swag with Asia; Lance and Rosella .... plus Danny's entire crew
September shows will be decided here shortly but I think it will be as follows...
September 9-10th- "SENECA VALLEY HT"-
September 20-24th- "AEC's"-
Well I'm off to give it a shot at being domestic...We've got to make this house on Jethro a home
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
The first leg of the trip was supposed to be 15 hours, ending us in Wyoming at a fair grounds for a night of rest. Lesson number one of horse road travel, always add lots of time to map quest estimations (apparently they don't understand that we have to stop and water horses and feed the trucks). So this trip actually took 20 hours which meant that we weren't asleep til 4am the next day... needless to say we were exhausted.
The second leg was originally going to be 17 hours and take us all the way to our destination of the Wayne Maui Jim horse trials in Illinois. Being quick learners we new that 17 hours was a far off hope and we (Asia) found a really quaint nice place in Atlantic, Iowa. The land of corn fields. SO a shorter trip that day, but it was either driving or sleeping, we learned lesson number 2... if you aren't needing to watch the road take a nap. Oh yes, lesson number 3... always take a Verizon phone if you want any service after you leave California until you get back into more civilized states... my Sprint phone finally started working in Illinois.
One more day of driving and we made it to the show grounds. The best news of all is that we stepped out of the truck and un loaded happy, alert, and healthy ponies. We quickly got to work setting up a little camping community with my long lost buddy Heather Morris who was at the show with her Texas barn mates. I of course couldn't let myself catch up on sleep or even try to just chill; the next morning started off super early with 4 horses on my list to braid all needing to be finished by 7am. Well worth it when I watched our handsome horse Charly parade around the warm-up looking like a million bucks.
The show grounds was immaculate, GREEN grass and perfect weather made it the perfect way to lay over. Charly flew around cross country coming in 25 seconds under the time... I think the boy can run! The next day he jumped beatifully and finished his first CIC *. Not only does he seem to really enjoy the sport he also seems to be much more mature than the Charly that left California.
The final leg of the trip started at 3am Monday morning and we arrived into the ponies new home away from home at 6 pm that night. The horses have a great big barn to live in and lots of green grass in the big fields for turn-outs.
As for us girls, we still have a hotel. I hope to be bringing news of a cute apartment or cottage in the next post! If not I might have to be looking into a flight home for Mr. Wiggles... anyone ever flew a dog before?
Off to bed... I'm still trying to catch up!
Monday, June 26, 2006
Our plan was that if Charly was doing well then I'd be heading east to ride him under the same conditions that he's been training under and compete out at the big shows with the big "players" of the east coast. IT'S TIME :)
My trip will start on July 3rd, leaving from Clovis and arriving in Illinois on Wednesday at the site of Charly's next competition. I'll be bringing back my other horse, Makers Mark and three other horses (and their owners/riders) will be joining for the trip as well. We'll stay and watch Danny ride Charly at the Maui Jim horse trials and then that Monday head to MD where we'll call home for the next few months.
Entries go in tomorrow for Charly's and mine first competition at Millbrook the second weekend of August. I'm so excited to get back in the tack!!!
So at the moment I'm super busy, and a bit overwelmed!!! trying to figure out how to pack for such a long visit.... AND the facility I'm currently staying at in Clovis was robbed, taking many important items, to me the most important being my laptop. Until that is either found or I replace it I am going to be using this email address, since the other one is accessible to whoever is borrowing my laptop, and un-accesible to me. So please use firstname.lastname@example.org ...thanks!
I have a terrific group of students here in California and I want to make sure that everyone gets the help they want/need. I plan on coming home roughly once a month for a 4-5 day period of teaching. Currently I'm thinking the first trip will be July 12th-16th... let me know how these dates work for all of you, and how many lessons you would like with in that time frame.
Please keep in touch and thank all of you for your support!
The rest of the horses and riders were stellar as well. My Makers Mark was a star in the dressage court and FUN on XC... I'm so proud of him! Meghan Dayka's young horse, Destination Houston, finished his first event and recieved a 4th place ribbon, what a great young prospect.
Alyssa Hatai and Tammie Hoffman also competed at the BN level, first event taking 6th and 5th place..way to go!!!
Kelcey Collins came back out with a great new look and went home with a third and Jestine Burch-Butts finished Sienna's first novice with lots of confidence ready to tackle more!
Meghan Geiluffe guided her fancy black mare around the training and finished with a lovely Sunday show jumping round, a pair to definitely watch out for.
Special thanks to John Marshall and Rosella who brought their horses for a Sunday school, you were both excellent help all weekend....THANK YOU!!!
Monday, May 01, 2006
May 4th and 5th Danny Warrington Clinic
***clinic is full but we would love to have you audit, free of charge
May 6th SJ course work, contact Molly for details
May 7th Ram Tap XC schooling
May 10th MVC lessons
May 12th schooling show at Galway Downs
May 13th and 14th Galway Downs, combinded training event
May 15th-23rd --- Molly is traveling to the east coast to watch Charly at the Virgina Horse Park
May 24th MVC lessons
HAVARAH camp, possibly at Connie Arthurs June 17th-19th
Stay tuned for details!
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Galway goers.... I have a tack room reserved, so make sure to bring some bridle hooks and saddle racks, I might be looking for some grooming help that weekend.... any takers?
Moorpark riders; the pipe pens are fine IF your horse is friendly next door to others IF not then reserve a regular stall (these are VERY limited so enter now)
Monday, April 10, 2006
We lucked out and had terrific weather (and footing!!!) at Connie Arthur’s last weekend, I think I can speak for the group and say we all had a blast! I really like Connie’s for the nice introduction to XC in a calm relaxed environment. I would like to set up another trip over there and want to run a few dates by everyone and get feed-back as to what would work.
May 27-28 (this is also the weekend of Woodside)
AS for recognized horse trials we are planning on trips to
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Spring break is coming and we're in the midst of getting some exciting events put together;
we've invited Danny Warrington back for a clinic (call or write for details)
and I'm planning a schooling trip to either Connie's or Woodside...
ALSO remember that Ram Tap has their Easter Horse Trials, April 14th-16th ; Ram Tap schooling fee is up to $40 and if you volunteer you get a day of schooling for FREE... we need dressage scribes, ring stewards, sheet runners, show jumping timers, scribes, ring crew and a back gate person...
Secondly I'd like to be the first to say that having a day off in the middle of an event is a terrific way to gather thoughts, stay calm, have fun and most of all catch up on well needed sleep :) It's about as good as a daily siesta (sp?)
Our Havarah horses did great in the mud; Debbie Davis and her great stallion finished 1st in the Prelim rider division with a HUGE lead; Makers Mark was 2nd in the Open Prelim and both of the Sport Equine horses that Jim and Debbie rode did a spectacular job at their first events. Christina held her own with a 3rd place dressage ride and a terrific start to her first preliminary cross country ride...you go girl!
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Twin Rivers Horse Trials is just around the corner; stay up-dated on their website; www.twinriversranch.us
Havarah is proud to welcome Danny Warrington back for a full 4 day clinic, all auditors welcome!
SUNDAY @ Ram Tap
8am Janelle Dunn –Private SJ
9am Jestine Burch-Butts & Betsy Lumbe - BN/N XC
10:30am Janelle Dunn –Private SJ
11:30am Meghan Perry –Private flat
1:00pm Katie Slater, Ashley Crowles,
3:00pm Deanna & Tammie –elementary
4:30pm Julie & Meghan Perry novice/training XC
7:30am – 2:00pm
Molly Rosin and horses
TUESDAY @ Ram Tap
8am Janelle Dunn w/ Merit & Molly Rosin w/ Charly
9:45 Barbara George w/Tikkun & Molly Rosin w/Rockmill
11:30 Janelle Dunn w/Tax? & Molly Rosin w/Mark
1:30 Barbara George w/Aruba & Molly Rosin w/Smarty
Possible line work with Nick & Presley
5pm Sienna & Colt
AM @ Sport Equine
1pm Meghan w/ Vinnie
2pm John w/Cutamo
3pm Rosella w/Lance
5pm Bianca & Blair
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The next clinic with Danny is at the end of the month and is filling up fast with outside riders (non Havarah's) so make sure to contact me quickly if you want a spot. See you all at Ram Tap this weekend; I still have volunteer spots available on Friday and Sunday.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
6th Lessons at Silver Rose
8th Lessons at Mountain View Corrals
12th and 13th Clinic at Twin Rivers with Danny Warrington ---call for details
**** Regular lessons on the 13th at Silver Rose will be rescheduled
15th Lessons at Silver Rose
17-19th RAM TAP HT --- VOLUNTEERS needed ---call for details
20th Lessons at Silver Rose
22nd Lessons at Mountain View Corrals
26th-28th possible Danny Warrington Clinic
3-5th Twin Rivers HT
Lessons at Silver Rose will continue on Mondays, other days to be determined
Lessons at Mountain View Corrals will continue every other Wednesday
CONGRATULATIONS to Christina and Griffen for their first place finish at Galway in Junior Training and to Debbie for her third place finish in her FIRST preliminary competition...way to go rockstars!!!!!
Monday, January 30, 2006
This coming week is the Pomona Equine Affair; this "convention" is held Thursday-Sunday and is a terrific venue for anyone that has any horse love in any discipline.
Charly, Mark, Cimarron, and Griffen are heading out in the Davis's new elite rig for a road trip to Galway....let's see if we all did our winter homework!
Sunday, January 22, 2006
So today I pondered this question and presented it to myself for my actual golfing issues...the first attempt at hitting the ball I would almost always unbend my knees to early as I went to look up to see where the ball was going (after all whats the point in hitting it if you don't get to see the results!) This never worked well, it would always just top the ball of the tee and I'd look silly. Then the second attempt would involve about the same exept I think it was caused by my embarrassment over the first mess up. Always before the third try I'd review the few things I knew that I needed to be able to accomplish to actually make contact with the ball and get it up in the air. Low and behold that third shot worked!
SO for those of you that have contiued reading this far, you're probably wondering why I bother sharing about my sketchy golfing abilities; well as you would could probably have guessed I cut the golfing short to head back to the barn and get in some horsey time and during a lesson that afternoon I discovered a REAL correlation for this theory.
I've noticed the third times a charm rule in my students and hope to break this cycle. Think about some of your schools, how often do you get that great feel on your very first jump? How about your first canter transition? I personally challenge each one of you to do your mental homework BEFORE starting any pattern, transition or course...let's all try to be prepared the FIRST time and see if we can break the "third times a charm" curse that plagues us way too often..... We all need to dig down deep and give our horses the preparation they need in order for them to be able to perform for us. Let's remember this riding thing is a partnership and the horse's need us to prepare them properly so they can perform like the rockstars that they are. We've got a great talented group of horses and riders, let's show Area VI what's up!!!!
Good luck to our first set of competitors at the first show of 2006...hope to see everyone at Ram Tap cheering on!
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Currently I am also going out on the morning of the 19th and afternoon of the 21st....
Keep those ponies fat and happy :)
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Sport Equine will need to be used soley for the training of horses under the Davis's or my guidance. We hope this can be resolved soon... please call for details and any questions you may have.
Debbie and Cimarron recieved the following for 2005;
Area VI Training horse of the year
Area VI Traing rider of the year
Area VI RIDER OF THE YEAR ---- that's for all levels!
USEA Training Adult Rider
USEA Training Horse of the year ....