Monday, October 25, 2010

Waredaca- BIG week :)

Marissa Hughes and ODIE took my advice of "eye of the tiger" and got passed an unfortunate and scary slip in the warm up to hold onto their lead in their first Preliminary to WIN the division!!

Sabrina also had her first Preliminary outing and I couldn't be a more proud rider/trainer. Sabrina had WAY too much energy and was not her usual graceful self for dressage but after that she was all buisiness and we had a slow but perfect SJ and xc round.

Rivan, competed in his second novice and was second!

Sprite and Beau competed in the Training 3 day - Sprite's one more year of "life" proved important, as the T3D with the classical format was a bit too much for young Beau. I'm not too concerned, that Pony is going to be somebody someday, he just needs some time. Sprite at 6 years old came in 3rd place and established to me that she is ready to tackle some preliminary in 2011!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dissapointment at Fair Hill....

At this year's Fair Hill event we had spectacular weather and for me, nothing too grand about my finish.

I am proud and lucky to have qualified for and entered such a spectacular event, I realize that this in itself is a great accomplishment. I went there feeling like I had the skills and the mount for the task at hand. Fair Hill is a championship level 3 star course, if you complete there, Rolex 4 star is within grasp. Hind sight is 20/20 and I wish that I had done a lot of things different in 2010. Charly had half of 2009 off for an injury- obtained from stepping in a big hole en-route to the Bromont 3 star June of '09. I don't believe I gave him enough lower level events to prepare him back for the challenges of a 3 star. If I could re-do it, we would not have tried to get back in the game so quickly. There are a few wise people that I should've headed their advice, such is growing up I guess... I've learned from this mistake!

At present Charly is sound, fit and very healthy- but in need of a change. Un-fortunately for me his contract is up for renewal and I'm not sure where things will go. Charly could still be a champion eventer- he just needs a better path in 2011. I would love to be the jockey to do this, but don't know if I'll have the financial backing to still do so. If he does end up with a new owner and/or rider I hope they realize what a magnificent athlete he is. Charly is a horse of a lifetime and no matter what discipline he does in 2011, he'll be great at it. I hope to be astride- dressage, eventing or jumpers. But I am starting to face reality and almost willing to see what options are out there for him. I have always thought I'd have a way to see him grow old in a beautiful grass pasture- and maybe I will. Maybe I'll help find him a home that can afford to give him what he deserves and take him to his next set of achievements.

Even writing this out is painful for me. I ride, teach, train and sell for a living. Charly is my friend and partner- it's not the same.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hellllllooo FAIR HILL !!

Charly and I are proud to announce that we have started our CCI *** at Fair Hill International. This is a dream come true for me.

The first veterinary examination was on Wednesday afternoon - this went very smoothly, Charly was well behaved and passed on his first jog down the lane. That day I took my initial walk around the 3 star course- my first impression is that I "love it". Beyond that I'd be silly not to tell you that it's VERY long with a long hill climb the first half of the course and the jumps are HUGE with a lot of very accurate riding being not only asked but mandatory if you and your horse want to finish. The jumps are solid and ask for bold riding. There's a lot for spectators to see and I hope that Charly and I have a big cheering section to keep us going for 10+ minutes!

I will be doing dressage close to 3pm on Friday. I was quite lucky to not be competing on Thursday during the solid rain- however, Thursday is supposed to be pretty hopefully Charly can keep his concentration while the tents are blowing over into the dressage courts!!

I wish I had each one of the Minyan Syndicate owners here watching first hand this weekend. There are quite a few that live in California and haven't gotten to visit Charly in quite sometime. I'd like to persoanally thank each one for the years of support and guidance they have given us.

The Minyan Syndicate is made up of the following people and their families-

Betsy McCarly
John Marshall
Ann Nunn
Judith Rosin
Bryce Kinnamon
Molly Rosin
Riverland Farms split share- Cleery Clinger, Aaron Rosin, Judith Rosin, John Marshall
Carla Hays
Midtown Sports/Charles Steinman

Currently there are 2 open shares that are available for purchase- email for information

Without the Minyan Syndicate I wouldn't be at this event. They took a chance in Charly and myself. THANK YOU!!!!

I hope to make you all proud this weekend :)

Thursday, October 07, 2010

October = EVENTING = horses=every day~!!

October started off with a beautiful weekend at Morven Park where I rode Havarah's Charly, owned by the Minyan Syndicate to a wonderful dressage and show jumping. I then withdrew to save him for the Fair HIll 3 star... which is Sooooooooo close! Charly was great and I can tell that he knows he has the Big One coming up. I also rode Sprite, owned and bred by Kathy and Quinn Anderson- this little connemara Tb x is a JUMPER, she may get a little wound up but when she settles in the dressage Quinn and I will have such a great eventer. Then there was the handsome Beaujeste. I have had so many people tell me that if he was 17 H they would pay anything for him. I think those people should get on and ride this BIG pony, cause he feels like 17 H!! Beaujeste is still young and has some learning to do, but he is craZy cool. Barb Strang and her Dutch horse Sultan (also for sale) made an impressive go out of their second training level event.

Life didn't slow down after the event as there's lots of horses to train, students to teach and most importantly SIR CHARLES to prep for his big three day.

BUT first- we found my working student a super cute new project filly, grey with a big forelock, She's pretty much gorgeous with a personality to match- thank you Dr. Anderson!
THEN this Saturday Hannah will try her hand at her first recognized event before handing "Ben" back to his owner with a tear in MY eye for how wonderful this horse has been, I thank him every day for his presence in my barn. At the event on Saturday I'll ride RIVAN; a very cool horse by CONTANGO who is starting eventing. I really like this big guy, hopefully you'll see me and him going along next year at Preliminary.... but he is available for lease.

AND THEN some schooling at Radnor for the young horses....


and and then... Waredaca Three Day with Sprite n Beaujeste (T3D) and Sabrina and Marissa doing there first Preliminary event!

Is October over yet/? No

Plantation Field starter trials... sign up and join us! Ankhe Pass will be at his second event, along with.....????

See ya all around, we'll have time to sleep in November!