Friday, November 28, 2008

New Email Address
My comcast email account has been deleted.

I also have a new snail mail account, it'll be a Baltimore, Md address. If you need it, send me an email request.
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fresno Clinic / November Ram Tap

Some of my fondest memories from growing up are from the November Ram Tap in Fresno, Ca. It always seemed to be a great show, and a whole lot of fun. I may have just really liked the fact that Saturday night I got to go home to a full Thanksgiving meal full of great food and surrounded by friends and family.

This last weeks trip back to Fresno lived up to all my expectations; The weather was phenomenal, food was great at mom's T-day dinner which was well attended to, and my students all impressed me with their progress they've made throughout the year.

Our clinic was held over 4 days all out at Silver Rose Ranch (thank you Carol!!!). I once over heard one of the riders refer to it as boot camp. It was great having most of the riders be able to participate in each of the days, the progress I saw through each of them was remarkable. In fact, the beginner novice group was riding through a pretty hard coffin simulated exercise on Sunday... just ask them, it was quite impressive!

In the competition at Ram Tap, Havarah had three riders; Aubrey is our latest addition to the group and she completed her first event with only one rail added onto her dressage, Jestine rode her very cute "Pink Pony" and is definitely in contention for most improved of the year (they looked totally professional on the jump rounds and will be a dominating force in the dressage within a few more shows), and last but not least Kelcey had a very impressive weekend as she rode to give her grandmother the best last weekend she could've asked for! Kelcey's grandmother was extremely supportive of Kelcey and our entire Havarah group, she will be terribly missed.

Stanford Equestrian Center

On November 11th and 12th I had the pleasure of giving my first clinic at the lovely Stanford Equestrian Center in Palo Alto, Ca. Meg Finn has is the resident event trainer at this site and she did a great job organizing this clinic. Her students all did a terrific job and I think we are already planning our next clinic for the second week of December!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

A Rising Star!!!

"Willing and Able" aka Thatch had his first big day in history, he finished #1 out of a big class in one of the Novice Horse divisions at the Plantation horse trials in Pennsylvania.

This horse full-fills his name, he is the most willing young horse I have had the pleasure to work with. This weekend he broke the 30's and received a 29.5 in his dressage and never took a mis-step after that. Thatch will soon be taking a long trailer ride back to California to unite with his now owner, Alyssa Hatai, and I'm sure we'll have many more exciting posts about this great little young horse.