Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Havarah Christmas Tale

Night check is done.

And all stockings are hung by their stalls with care.

The ponies are tucked in, exhausted from a long day of fun.

Wrapped in cozy blankets, so not to raise a hair.

All 26 horses wait on the edge of their seats.

Hoping they have been nice and not naughty.

Praying that Santa does not only deliver to those who walk on two feet.

Keeping their eyes open, but their vision's getting spotty.

Waiting to catch a glimpse of this man red

But alas, morning will come, the sun will shine through

Not a whinny would have been said

And what is in their stockings but a new shoe!

Ok it was quick and I'm not the best at rhyming but Merry Christmas everyone!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another Cali Transplant

Today the crew welcomed Cooper from way out West! But this time, we got a Cali transplant that's a horse!

Cooper belongs to the Hulmes' daughter, Sophie, and for those of you who don't know who the Hulmes are, they own Principia stables which is where Havarah calls home!

Two Irish Sport Horse mares now occupy the majority of Sophie's time back in California, so Cooper has traveled coast to coast to hang with us at Principia.

"Coup de Ville" was Sophie's main man from 2008 through 2009 and he took her beginner novice and novice.

He just arrived today and is a) wondering "why is it so cold?" and b) why was that such a long trailer ride? Needless to say Coup will be chilling for a while as he traveled probably about 3,000 miles this past week.

Other than this new addition, we at Havarah are just gearing up for the holidays and excited for the Hulmes' arrival this weekend! We always love having them around and they will be here for Christmas and through the new year.

So happy holidays everyone!

P.S. Molly is really excited for her first Christmas tree - it has yet to be decorated but it's glorious.

Monday, December 12, 2011

A New Pair is Born!

Riding horses can be very unpredictable, but in a very good way. An ideal horse/rider situation sometimes just pops out of thin air when you least expect it - and you never know when you might establish a bond with a special horse. That is the beauty of it all!

I'm happy to announce that Hannah has recently decided to lease Zhen!

It has been a pair in the making for some time but became official after Hannah took Zhen cross country schooling a couple weeks ago.

Hannah is extremely excited with this new development and is ready to rock and roll! Molly is always happy when she is able to find a great match for her students. So look out for Hannah Metz aboard this Warmblood/Paint cross in Aiken where they will start competing!

Hannah will lease Zhen for three months (till February) and upon the end of her lease Zhen will either be back up for sale or Hannah will determine if the partnership should become a permanent one.

In addition, Hannah's current mare, Anna's Band, is now on the market!

Anna is a 5-year-old, 16h, dappled grey, OTTB mare. Anna has been at Havarah for just over a year where she has learned a lot from Hannah and Molly.

This pretty girl has competed up to novice and would be the perfect eventing or hunting prospect for someone who would like a project.

Anna really is a very sweet, willing mare who loves to jump! If you're interested email She's currently priced at $5,000.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Congrats Steve!

Dr. Steve Berkowitz had, like any horse-shopper looking for the perfect mount, a few requirements for a future horse.

1) Bay... and I mean bay. No white markings, just straight up brown!

2) Tall - Steve is no short stack.

3) It HAD to be a thoroughbred.

4) Something fancy enough to beat out Bryce (Molly's boyfriend).

Finding the perfect horse can take months, even years. Even so, one may end up with a horse that isn't necessarily the mount they thought they wanted, or maybe you might have to make some compromises based on budget etc.

Nope. Steve got exactly what he wanted, and it couldn't have worked out any more perfectly.

Steve purchased Pockets from Patricia Vos who has a farm in VA. She takes in OTTBs and trains them into event horses - Pockets was just meant to be Steve's future eventing partner.

Being a vet, Steve has always been fascinated by and devotes his life and career to taking care of horses. With the growing "man team" at Havarah, Steve found himself wanting to be part of the man fun.

Thus, he borrowed some half chaps and boots and hopped back on the horses with the intent of finding his own.

Molly says Pockets and Steve could not be a more perfect pair. It's like Steve acquired a custom-fit horse and they are absolutely adorable together.

You bet you will be seeing this pair hitting the Area II eventing circuit shortly! So check out these photos and be prepared to root the two on!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Nancy and Alyssa Klavens

We hear of many selfless people in this world. Those who are always pushing others to succeed, donating funds when they can, and boosting you up when you are down.

These people are called: owners.

The life of a professional horse-back-rider is not parallel to that of a professional football player. There isn't the glitz and the glamour, or parties and bling. More like mud and sweat, blood and tears - and we just keep coming back for more.

You fall off, you get back on - doesn't matter that you just fell into a ditch at the last show, there is the next one to prepare for - you have a sponsorship to uphold, and people to impress, but you are working with a variable object: a horse. A live animal.

So Molly is fortunate to have wonderful owners. Ones who understand horses, and understand that she, and they, are not always going to be perfect.

The Klavens are some of those amazing owners.

Nancy Klavens grew up obsessed with horses. As a child, she got her hands on every horse novel she could find from National Velvet to the Black Stallion. It is no wonder that her daughter, Alyssa, caught the bug.

The family has had horses for over 15 years. Alyssa says they started with a horse for her sister, then one for her, and then one for her mom.

While Alyssa's sister found joy outside of the horse world, Alyssa knew it was where she wanted to be. Soon after she started taking lessons, Alyssa became enthralled with the sport of eventing.

She bought Puttin' on the Ritz "Benny" in 2007 when he was just over a year old. Whereas her first horses were school-masters, her last three have been under the age of two as she has always enjoyed working with younger horses and watching them learn and grow.

Alyssa fell in love with Benny because he has a certain personality. She never wanted a boring horse and she definitely didn't get one. She describes him as a horse you have to develop a bond and relationship with if you want to be successful. He can be the sweetest horse in the world but he also keeps you on your toes. When everything clicks, she says it is the most wonderful feeling in the world, especially because he doesn't click with everyone.

Both Nancy and Alyssa always wanted to see Benny succeed, and recognized his true potential. Alyssa never saw him as a buy and re-sell project, she wanted to watch him grow and reach the top. However, being in college she realized she didn't have as much time as it would require to train him.

She wound up leasing him for a while with the intention of selling him - hoping someone would bond with him and find the same potential that she always saw and believed in. However, many tried, and unfortunately failed.

A good neighbor of ours, Roddy Strang, recommended Alyssa bring Benny to Molly. Initially, Benny came to Havarah to sell - but it became very apparent to all of us that there was something in this horse. I don't know what it was, he was just intriguing.

We were fortunate enough to have Benny come down to Aiken, SC with us, and it was there our thoughts were confirmed this horse proved to be a natural confident event horse.

So I guess the question still stands... why do owners front the bill and allow professional riders to ride their horses without much financial gain in return?

"Its been amazing to watch him compete!" Alyssa said. "I always felt like Benny's abilities were limitless if you were willing to work with him, and its so wonderful to see him start reaching toward his potential. Every time I get to see him, whether at a lesson, hacking, or a competition, I can see how much he's learned since the previous time. Even though I'm not the one riding him, I am so proud of what Molly has been able to accomplish with him."

This is why horse people are a certain "breed". Whether we are gutless, nuts, or just like to spend money - our horses are our children, our best friends, our partners in life, and to see them flourish is like a proud mother watching her child graduate kindergarten, enter middle school, graduate high school, and then enter the real world after college.

Most importantly, I think it's really important to find the right owner-rider combination. Alyssa recognized early on that Molly and Benny established a great relationship, and this was important to her.

"Molly has a way of understanding the individual horse's need and adjusting her riding style as needed. She has a rare combination of ability, patience, and the humility to understand that she never stops learning from others," Alyssa said. I think one of the most important qualities in a trainer is the understanding that horses learn at their own pace. Molly never tries to push a horse past its ability just for the sake of a competition or a sale. I have never heard her label a horse as "bad", rather she looks for the root of problems, whether its mental or physical. She is all about the horse's needs. In addition, she is an integral part of these horses lives. Horses are not solely her "business". Molly's dedication goes past just riding each horse, she makes an effort to bond with each of them on the ground. In that way, she understands more about their individual personalities."

Sorry for the long quote but I really couldn't have said it better myself. Alyssa, Nancy, Molly and of course Mr. Benny, vibe well together, and this is what makes this relationship so much fun.

Alyssa and Nancy's plans for Benny are really flexible at this point. Alyssa wouldn't dream of changing anything as long as Benny is still happy with Molly and after years of trying to figure out what he wants to do in life, she's just amazed to see him succeed.

Alyssa says that for so many years, people just labeled Benny as bad, and she would defend how sweet he could be. She is so happy to have found a place who recognizes and realizes not only his potential, but his potential sweetness. After all, he's her 1,200 pound baby (aren't they all!).

We love Benny for who he his and are excited for his international level debut which we are sure he has the potential for!

We appreciate you not only as owners, but as people, and we are always thankful for the wonderful people horses bring into our lives.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Havarah's Blue Light Special!

I can almost smell the turkey roasting in the oven, taste the tangy gravy and am continuously dreaming about the fluffy mashed potatoes.

Then, it won't be long until the snow falls and we are hearing the ringing bells of Christmas and lighting the candles of the Menorah.

So, with this holiday season upon us, you know what that means.....

$1,000 off horses. Wait, WHAT?

Yup. Molly is calling it her "Blue Light Special". She's offering a $1,000 discount on every sale horse we at Havarah have offered for sale.

We have a few new Kynymont Connemara's who are fresh off the trailer. Pictures and information coming soon! So stay tuned or just come see them!

Our horses range from green to a Young Rider 2* ready horse. So yeah, you can say we have quite the range available. Here they are!

Zia - 2007 Thoroughbred

15.1 Bay Mare
Zia has a lovely natural suspension to her step and is very well balanced over fences at an early age. With her eager to please behavior combined with her outstanding work ethic she's shown real promise as either an event horse or a jumper!

Zhen - 2004 Dutch Oldenburg Pinto
Out of Chasing Rainbows by Rainbow
By Sarpedon by Olympic Ferro

16.2 h Black and White Pinto Mare
Zhen is super sweet. Easy to handle on the ground and under saddle. Showing great promise as future packer for just about anyone. She's simple, honest, brave and not to mention beautiful to look at. If you looking for these qualities in your new event horse, this is the one for you!

Alpine- 2007 Dutch Oldenburg Pinto
Out of Chasing Rainbows by Rainbow
By Sarpedon by Olympic Ferro

16h black and white pinto mare
Piney shows tremendous athletic ability as a future sport horse. She was bred to jump and she's certainly shown us that she is very capable of that. Nice movement on the flat as well. Her athletic size will suit her well as a serious upper level prospect.

Kynymont Indelibly Irish- 2001 Connemara/Cross
By Kynynmont Dublin(sire)
by Greystone Ian McVai (grandsire)
Out of Greystone Irish Rose(dam)

16h bay gelding
Indy is half Connemara and half TB/Selle Francais/Canadian Hunter. This horse started his eventing career in Aiken 2011. By summer he was in the ribbons at the training level. Easy to work with on the ground and under saddle. This horse could fox-hunt, event, or even do straight dressage. Lovely movement and a very kind personality.

Kynymont Grady- 2004 Connemara

14.2h Dun gelding
Grady has all the makings of a super fancy event pony. He is a lovely mover, has great form over fences and is starting his eventing career as we speak. Keep your eye out for this one at the shows!

Kynymont Cody- 2002 Connemara

14.1h grey gelding
Cody has started his eventing career and seems perfectly suitable for a junior to clean up in eventing, dressage, or jumpers. Ideal mount for your junior rider.

9 year old Selle Francais cross bay mare - 16 H. Supermodel, enough said! Sabrina has all the pieces to be a NAYRC Gold medal winner, nothing would make Molly happier than to see her new rider on the podium. This mare just began Intermediate late in 2011, in 2012 I think all the pieces are going to come together. She has fabulous movement for dressage and is a super honest jumper.

Not Pictured:

6 year old Kynymont Connemara/Clydesdale/TB cross. He is a 16h bay gelding. Molly emphasizes he is "so so so cool". Fairly green still but he shows tremendous movement and the wonderful, honest and easy Connemara jumping ability. This one will start eventing in 2012 in Aiken... and his price WILL go up!

7 Year old Connemara/Selle Francais/TB cross. He is the full brother to Archie and Indie. Tipper has just started in training and is a sweet heart just like his brothers. This one is gentle enough to be brought along by a Junior or Adult Amateur, otherwise Molly will be enjoying starting him out in Aiken!

See... all types! For more information on these fabulous horses please email for more information or to set up an appointment!

~Molly Gasiewicz

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

To Come...

Hello all!

I'm in between spoiling the beans and getting you all stoked! But... I'm too excited about this one.

In the coming weeks we are going to take a break from the horses... well kinda... and talk about their OWNERS.

We have some wonderful owners here at Havarah and Molly wouldn't be on such wonderful mounts with out their dedication and support of her and their horses.

We have enjoyed so many laughs and memorable moments with all of them and we are going to share a little about them and less about their lovely animals.

So get excited and stay tuned!

~Molly Gasiewicz

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Havarah Updates

Ankhe Pass has sold! He went to a wonderful new home here in Kirkwood, PA (so he's still a local!).

Besty and Steve Harris are the lucky new owners- Ankhe and the Harris's will spend their days enjoying the countryside out FOX HUNTING! You may know them as the family who raises all of Andrews Bridge's awesome hounds AND super cute Border Terriers.

Ankhe will now get to live out his life long dream: running and jumping!

John Nunn's daughter's horse, Maiden, has also sold and will now spend her time being a teacher to Kristin Scali. Kristin rode as a teenager but now spends most of her time being mother to her young child. But Kristin is getting back in the tack! Maiden will be teaching Kristin some more dressage and will enjoy a luxurious life of trail-riding... until that is Maiden convinces her that jumping is oh so much fun! Maiden will be in good hands as Kristin rides with Molly's good friend and fellow CWD rider, Erin Sylvester.

These two horses are wonderful citizens and will be greatly missed from the Havarah team but we are confident they have lovely new homes and will be oh so happy there!

This past weekend the Havarah crew hopped on over to Unicorn Farm for a starter trial put on by St. Augustine Pony Club. Molly loves taking the horses here because it is not only beautiful, but the footing is phenominal. Hannah and Bryce rocked it at their first novice, Kim successfully completed her first training, and Zia and Zhen entered the eventing world at beginner novice.

Our newest working student, Robyn, competed beginner novice as well, and Adrianne competed Doctor for the very first time! Molly says it was the perfect way to end the 2011 season!

Unfortunately, I must report that Miss Maddie had a fall at her house today and broke her collar bone. She should be just fine with some surgery and rest, however!

Also, check out this photo of Tux in CA! What a good boy! ~ Molly Gasiewicz

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Paints on Parade!

We have two wonderful sisters for sale here at Havarah: Zhen and Alpine a.k.a. Piney!

Piney is a 4 year old warmblood/pinto mare from Rainbow and Olypmic Ferro breeding. In case you may not be familiar with these names this means SUPER jumping and dressage bloodlines. Perfect event horse poss??

This young mare is very inquisitive and brave. She has not said one "no" to Molly out schooling cross country and she was tied for first at Loch Moy at beginner novice. Her ambitions are novice in 2012 with potential for much, much more!

Besides just her potential... Piney is a super sweet horse and gets along with others (she's bff's with my mare so I'm partial to this one!). If you're looking for a young prospect, this is your girl!

Zhen is a 7 year old warmblood/pinto out of the same breeding as Piney (Rainbow and Olympic Ferro). Yup, they are full sisters!

Though, 100% related, these two only look alike in their coloring. Zhen is much thicker than Piney who has more of a slender physique.

Zhen has some experience in the hunter/jumper world but would be the perfect match for a lower level eventer or hunter rider.

This mare's sweet disposition is hard to beat as she just wants to be your best friend. The more you pet her, the happier she is!

If you are interested in either (or both!) of these pretty girls, email for more info and to set up an appointment!

Happy shopping!

~Molly Gasiewicz

Monday, October 31, 2011

Zia the Princess Warrior

Ok, that's not her ACTUAL show name - but wouldn't it be awesome!?

This little, talented mare is for sale!

She is a 4 year old TB mare, 15 hands, athletic, and cute as a button. She is a blood-bay, with a very pretty and interesting marking on her face. I'll call it a blaze - but check out the pics to see!

She has just started competing but is ready for more! Molly is confident she could be doing novice and jumpers shows by next year (two months away) but has the ability for training and beyond.

Zia has a lovely natural suspension to her step and is very well balanced over fences at an early age. With her eager to please behavior combined with her outstanding work ethic she's shown real promise as either an event horse or a jumper!

Plus, she is very smart and is fast to learn! For more information, email! AND check out these awesome photos!

~Molly Gasiewicz

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fun in Kentucky

The crew arrived back from their long trip to Kentucky around 11 p.m. Sunday night. Man what a trek!

From the photos and reports it looks like it was a great weekend for our friends at Havarah. It was quite a crew that ventured to the bluegrass state. Molly, Robin, Kathy and Quinn Anderson, Nancy Winnings, and Nancy and Alyssa Klavens.

This was Miss Quinn's first large road trip competing and she handled it like a rock star from Molly's reports. She rode the best she's ever ridden at a show with an improved dressage and beautiful stadium round.

Nancy rode her mare, Violet, in their second training competition and with a clean cross country round they finished 7th individually and 6th as a team.

Benny, competing prelim, just continues to prove himself and show Molly his true potential. Molly was able to notice him mentally mature from just Thursday through Sunday so this obviously was a huge deal for him.

Unfortunately Spritely, who was competing in the 1* as well, met her nemisis at a triple brush but she will hang out at home and compete at training level for a few more well-deserved years with her owner, Quinn and they will tackle young riders as a team when they are both old enough!

There's a pretty cool clip of Molly riding Benny on Eventing Nation (Via YouTube).

It was a beautiful weekend (following a rainy, rough week) enjoyed by delicious food and good eats! Check out these fun photos to really see how the team represented in Kentucky!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A little Belated - Baby Leto at Fair Hill!

Last Thursday was a proud moment in my book when I opened up Eventing Nation to do my normal Fair Hill stalking when I saw it - low-and-behold there was Molly riding Baby Leto in the 4 y.o. YEH division. I almost screamed in the middle of the work place and might I say - he's not a baby anymore!

I watched the beautiful test unfold, and I must be truthful by saying I haven't seen Leto go in AWHILE! He has matured so beautifully. Consistency followed by lovely action from behind truly shows this horse's full potential.

Molly said she hasn't been on a horse who was so confident at a large spectacle of an event since Charly - which brings us all to a sentimental state.

Molly and Leto rounded out the weekend fabulously ending up in 6th place. Check out these fantastic photos courtesy of Shannon Brinkman and enjoy the growing up of our baby boy!

Molly, Robin, and Quinn are now off to Lexington Kentucky to compete Benny and Sprite in the 1*. So stay tuned for some bluegrass updates!

~Short sweetness by Molly Gasiewicz

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tux has been Shipped FedEx - Literally

Hold on, let me take a moment to compose myself and hold back the tears... Tux has sold.

But these are happy tears - because he is going to a WONDERFUL new home. As always, it's hard to see them go, I mean they are family - I see their hungry faces every night at night check. Maddie, Hannah and Robin make them glisten everyday and Kara makes sure every one is happy, well-fed and has all four legs. Lastly, Molly creates a bond through training and competing these horses. So when one leaves, everyone feels a little sad.

But as I say in every post of this nature, that tinge of sadness is always replaced with happiness and excitement for our past Havarah team members. They are moving onto wonderful futures with wonderful people - we are truly grateful that we have managed to sell our horses to such great homes.

The new fabulous home is in Malibu, CA - come on Tux really? Jealous. Like these Irish Connemara's really need to sunbath - apparently Tux and Archie had a discussion about enjoying the finer things in life.

Tux flew out yesterday via FedEx accompanied by a handsome stud (he's a stallion) from Hilltop farm who also decided to leave the East and move out West.

He arrived in the hands of Ofer Shepher, his new owner. He apparently went on his first trail ride today and was on the buckle like such a gentleman.

Ofer trains with Michelle Emermann, an advanced level event rider who also spent some time in Europe. She'll watch over and train the pair, hopefully eventing Tux herself at a few events.

Ofer and Michelle spent an entire weekend with us at Principia and are truly wonderful people. They really care about their horses and Molly is so excited our little boy is in such good hands.

"It's exciting to develop these horses out here where we are lucky enough to have lots of natural schooling opportunities so that they are ready to have good fun lives with their new owners," Molly said.

We all feel the same way. We all get a sense of pride when we watch these horses develop. It's like watching your children grow up and mature in school, but it is so rewarding to send them off to college.

Tux will have a very successful eventing career on the Wast Coast and will be well-loved we are sure.

Now, on to develop more great Connemara's and eventing horses for you and your friends!

For more information on sale horses visit Molly's Website and email her at

Molly Gasiewicz

Monday, October 10, 2011

Maryland Horse Trials Quick Wrap

It truly was the domination of the mares this past weekend at the Maryland Horse Trials.

With Piny winning in her beginner novice division and Sprite taking home 4th preliminary - it was hard to deny the serious girl power which rounded out the weekend.

The boys still put in good performances. Doctor had a fantastic show jump round and gained some compliments from high profiled on-lookers.

Indy had a great weekend and was fabulous through all three phases, just had a couple of unfortunate rails in stadium but he still rounded out the weekend in the top ten - as usual for him.

The men of Havarah also had great weekends. Bryce, John Nunn and Andy made up the "dream team" this weekend and though no one took home the blues they all had very positive, fun weekends.

We will say goodbye to Tux tomorrow as he, at 9 a.m., will set out for his new journey and life in California (following in his brother Archie's footsteps!).

We will have more information for you on that shortly but for now - stay classy PA and we will have more detailed updates for you shortly!

~Molly Gasiewicz

Thursday, October 06, 2011

H20=Awesome Healing Power

Because horses will be horses, and sometimes a playful buck in a paddock could lead to an annoying injury, it is always beneficial to be backed by those who can help remedy the situation.

Molly is proud to be sponsored by the Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center.

"Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center is a state-of-the-art facility that houses the latest in technological equipment, designed to promote a safe and rapid advancement for horses recovering from injury. We give your horse every chance to make a successful return to competition by providing a variety of the latest effective physical therapy options that allows your horse to receive the care that benefits most." - Fair HIll ETC

Eventing is not only demanding of us riders, but is extremely demanding of our horse's physical abilities, especially at the upper levels. So it is a no brainer that they need a little R&R sometimes.

Molly has always been diligent about checking horses legs, wrapping with poultice or a Back on Track wrap when necessary - but a few certain characters at our farm have been lucky enough to experience the AquaPacer and salt water spa.

Cough, cough! Sabrina and Charly.... but again, these two athletes deserve the H20 Therapy as they are upper level competitors, and let's face it, we want them to last!

"I've had three horses use the aqua-pacer and all three are better competitors than they were before their time on the aqua-tred. I feel like the aqua pacer is very beneficial for strengthening areas of the horses bodies that are tough to target under saddle. All three horses felt stronger on the flat and over fences. Havarah's Charly and Sprite developed their collected canter from the use of this machine and Sabrina's jumping form drastically improved... I'm a big fan!" Molly Rosin

When Charly gets his therapy sessions, those who work at the Therapy Center are always excited to see him- Olympico was his standard nickname! He's a regular. Sabrina, has taken easily to the therapy. Shocker. She absolutely LOVES it-being pampered is right up her alley. Sprite also got a few goes on the pacer, and as smart as she is, she took right to it. Luckily the crew at FHTC are exceptional with horses, a few times with BIG TONY and the horses look at the facility like a dream palace... which it sort of is!

Basically it is an above-ground treadmill with controllable water levels to allow horses a large range of motion with less impact than regular work. The AquaPacer also promotes more bone and cartilage development. It helps reduce the risk of injury AND helps in the rehabilitation process for those horses who have suffered injuries.

It's pretty much awesome. For more information about the AquaPacer and to learn more about other services offered at the Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center visit their website.

Most likely all of the Havarah horses will get to experience this luxury in the near future, but mostly we all are super thankful to have such an awesome device at our finger tips. Thanks Fair Hill ETC! Sabrina and Charly extend their thank you's as well.

~Molly Gasiewicz

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Havarah's team in development

As a horse trainer and professional rider my life seems to be constantly evolving. I love this as, there's never any time to get bored! This year I've had some wonderful things come about. The biggest and most helpful has been the feeling of stability. I'm now training and managing "Principia Stables", a fabulous facility in Kirkwood, Pa owned by the Andrew, Allison and Sophie Hulme. This has allowed me to really help horses develop because now I have the facilities for them to train out of.

So this year I started with a group of horses in training, some had a year of eventing under their belt and others were JUST starting. Now I've got a solid Intermediate mare, 3 at Preliminary and more coming up the ranks in BN, N and Training (depending on who sells this week!)

Im excited about many of them but currently the most proud of Sabrina. This mare gives it all she's got all the time. She started out as a horse that was too hot for the dressage world so she came to eventing. Then eventers werent sure if she'd make it all the way or not. Im not saying it's been all blues all the way- but I can feel that I have a solid horse under me that wants to do well.

This last weekend at Morven didnt pan out for us, but it doesnt matter. She'll get a well deserved break after a long season and I can not wait for next year.

As for me and the others its show time! Maryland Horse Trials this coming weekend with Prelim horses on down to BN. We will be bringing out our MAN team of John Nunn, Andrew Goodwin and Bryce Kinnamon... so all you single ladies look out, well not fully two of them are TAKEN!! :)

Bye for now, off to ride and prep for Loch Moy MD HT and Kentucky Mid-south.

Molly Rosin

Monday, October 03, 2011

Quick Morven Recap

Molly, Quinn, and Maddie packed up and headed to Morven Park on Friday to give Sabrina another run at Intermediate and Quinn a go at Novice.

Molly had a great dressage ride on Sabrina scoring a 36 and only had a couple rails stadium on a very sloppy course due to mother nature's persistent rain.

Molly was hoping to use Morven as a stepping stone to qualify Sabrina for the Dansko Fair Hill International CCI2* this October, however Sabrina didn't feel quite right so Molly decided to withdraw from cross country.

Sabrina will now get a well-deserved break and will aim for the Jersey Fresh 2* in May. She'll of course start back up in Aiken but now gets to hang out and be a horse for a little bit.

Molly's students, Quinn and Nancy, on the other hand both had some good rides making Molly a very proud trainer this past weekend.

Stay tuned for a recap from Molly to get her insights to the weekend!

~Molly Gasiewicz

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saddle Up! But First You Need the Right Pad

The witty, no-pun-intended-title really says it all. Molly is sponsored by a company that makes saddle pads.

But this isn't just any company, it's EcoGold!

From the horse's mouth: "By using the latest developments in textile technology and smart design, we are able to make the most advanced products to give horses a competitive edge." - EcoGold

But what does this mean? There's always the latest and greatest thing with horses, and well of course Apple as well.

EcoGold's difference comes from the teams expansive career, over 40 years, in developing and creating high performance fabrics.

They also have various lines for a horse and rider's various needs because let's face it. We humans come in all shapes and sizes but horses are sometimes twice as hard to fit! Here's their range:

- the Frictionless™ line to prevent friction
-the Stabilizer™ line to keep the saddle stable
-the WitherCare™ line for high-withered horses and solve saddle-fitting issues
-the Secure™ line to make eventing safer
And Protective Horse Boots provide superior impact protection without compromising on breathability, flexibility or comfort.

Molly's Favorite line???? "ALL OF THEM! I've used each pad, in different instances. However, I say that no barn should be without the front and rear risers- these are definitely a necessity at one time or another!"

All of EcoGold's products are 100 percent breathable, hypoallergenic, quickly evaporate moisture and do not compress or slip reducing the effect of friction and hair loss.

Molly has been riding in EcoGold since 2008. There are many instances that these pads are not only nice to use but necessary. Havarah's Charly had some of the most sensitive skin around and when using the eco gold pads he never ever got a rub. This says A LOT!

In addition, when conducting saddle fittings, or to figure out how her students and their horses are most comfortable, Molly will play with the EcoGold pads and inserts to figure out the pair's needs.

We all love how light-weight the pads are and how quickly they air out. At competitions we are flying through and re-using saddle pads. There's nothing I hate more than putting a heavy, wet pad back on a horse, so it's nice to take a pad off, let it air and then re-use it in a short amount of time without so much guilt.

Thanks EcoGold for your sponsorship of Molly and we at Havarah are happy to use your products!

Monday, September 19, 2011

A big weekend at Plantation CIC

IF you weren't at the Plantation Field CIC International and HT you missed quite the weekend. The community really seems to have gathered together to provide an amazing event from a riders perspective and a spectators point of view. Although I was in the HT so I didnt get to enjoy it, the CIC riders had an amazing new arena to enjoy dressage and Show jumping on... thank you Iron Spring Farm for that very generous donation!

I competed the wonder mares, Sprite and Sabrina. Neither one received the gold but in my heart they are getting closer and closer to medals. Sabrina gave me a great dressage test, getting a 29.5 in her second Intermediate start! She is just getting better and better. The show jumping is her toughest phase and we rode on the grass hill, not suited to helping us! We had rails down, but I still feel her jumping style is so much improved, one day soon, clean rounds will be normal for her. Cross country day at Plantation was hair raising to say the least. For whatever reason, a coffin complex, that has been there forever, caused a lot of grief. Luckily everyone that fell ended up ok. I was one of the falls on Wonder Pony, Sprite. This was mentally tough for me to get past when I rode Sabrina and although she was being foot perfect everywhere, my mind got the best of me and I pulled her to a stop at the in of the coffin. After re-grouping mentally I gave it a second shot and she was so honest and wonderful. I cant fault this mare across the country.

Sprite was a bit more excited this event for dressage than our last time out, but she managed a pretty nice show jumping round on a course that was causing plenty of difficulty. Cross country day she was ready to go- for the first part of the course she had some great fences- until the coffin. Before the coffin was a big hedge in the woods, Sprite jumped this so nicely, then as we came out of the woods towards the coffin I thought we had a great line and set up - but in hindsight I think that she didnt see that there was things behind this vertical tall log (ditch, etc). As she jumed the log, she mustve seen the ditch and the front legs just didnt get up high enough. Luckily for my great air vest as I landed back first on the side of the ditch, I was safe. These vests are truely a must have. It's Monday as I'm writing this, two days after the fall and although a massage sounds great- I'm really ok. Its amazing.

Luckily Sprite is ok as well, she seems mostly dissapointed that she didnt get to finish her round, she LOVES to jump. I told her there's another xc run for her soon, but first we have some practicing to do!

Please enjoy these cool pictures taken courtesy of Steve Berkowitz.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mmm.... Mmmm.... Good Eating!

Here's a thank you to one of Molly's most important sponsors: McCauley's Equine Formulas: because let's face it... we have some hungry horses and they are always whinnying when they are hungry!

Molly has been used McCauley's for two years now and originally was impressed by the interaction she had with their nutritionists and has always been super pleased with their availability for different needs and all of top quality.

"The horses's body conditions speak for the feed. Every horse that has started in bad shape completely turned around using their feed," Molly said.

Here's a little bit about the MC:

"Established in 1938, McCauley Bros., Inc. is headquartered in the heart of Kentucky Bluegrass country, home and nursery to the world's finest horses. Devoted to the care of these special animals, McCauley's is engaged in the manufacture of premium quality feeds and nutritional supplements exclusively for the horse. In addition to maintaining the high quality of our products, sound and timely information is an integral part of technical service offered by McCauley's. A team of equine nutritionists is on staff to provide technical assistance and nutritional consultation to our clients. Armed with the latest reliable information and years of practical experience in the field, our technical team can provide a level of problem solving unmatched in the feed industry."

McCauley Bro's have recently built a state-of the-art facility in Chambersburg, PA so they can readily serve not only those in the blue-grass state, but also the horse lovers of the Mid-Atlantic region. Plus, these guys are ALWAYS researching, collaborating with universities, nutritionists, and more to make sure the horses that munch on their feed are receiving the best nutrition. I mean, could you ask for more?

I mean... I can't say it any better my self so here is another straight quote from the source: "From affordable maintenance products to the best of the best, our family of brands covers a wide range of needs with the same strict commitment to quality control and risk management. Every McCauley's facility is ISO, HAACP and FCI certified – a distinction unmatched by any other equine company in the United States."

So basically... our horses eat REALLY well and are happy creatures. You know what they says: Happy horse - happy owner. Plus, Molly gets to be sponsored by another company she believe in. Win, win!

Our feeds of choice here at Havarah? WB100™:an Oat-based pellet for maximum efficiency with the highest quality ingredient standards in the industry and nutrient sources proven to promote normal gut function. Top Breeder™: High levels of vegetable oil and beet pulp with the highest quality ingredients in the industry for high levels of usable energy and nutrient sources proven best for improvement of hair coat and body condition (this is FACT! My horse has the worst coat and she now glistens...). Top Ten™: High levels of vegetable oil and beet pulp and nutrient sources proven best for rapid improvement in body condition.

In addition, we feed McCauley's supplements including their Hydrolyte®, and McCauley's® BIOTIME®.

As always, Molly is super meticulous when it comes to horse care, so we at Havarah only feed the best: the best being McCauley Bro's Feed.

For more information please visit McCauley's Website.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thank You CWD Sellier

It's time to take a break from talking about how fantastic Havarah Equestrian is and delve into why Molly Rosin and her business are able to be so awesome: her wonderful, generous sponsors.

Today I'd like to share some information about Molly's saddle sponsor: CWD Sellier.

A couple years ago Molly was teaching a clinic in California when she climbed atop one of her clients horses, experiencing the soft, supple leather and incredible balance that makes up a CWD saddle for the first time - she was hooked and didn't want to sit in anything else.

Shortly after Molly was able to gain a sponsorship with CWD and she has been nothing but satisfied. More than being satisfied, since Molly believes in the product so much our barn has started to become a sea of red saddle covers.

Here's a little info to help you all get better acquainted with these amazing saddles:
"CWD is where tradition and innovation meet. The art of fine craftsmanship…" The CWD range includes traditional jump saddles, mono-flap jump saddles, and dressage saddles. Recently the company came out with its newest saddle called the 2G, the first sports saddle to be made of a composite material. The 2G offers a dynamic carbon tree to allow greater flexibility of the saddle during training. It actually moves with the horse over a jump! CWD also makes bridles, boots, girths, breastplates and more! For more information visit the CWD Website.

Molly rides in a all-calf leather jump saddle and dressage saddle. Being someone who rides multiple horses of all shapes and sizes she has a standard tree and narrow tree in both types of saddle. These saddles see a lot of time atop many horses and they have weathered the hard work beautifully.

In addition, it is incredible how quickly and easily these saddles mold to you as a rider and you don't have to bare months of that uncomfortable brand-new-leather-feel.

Earlier this year our CWD rep was looking for a facility to train out of, luckily he chose us! We are so grateful to have Andrew Goodwin around for those saddle fitting emergencies and it only allows us to be that much closer to our sponsor!

CWD is somewhat of a younger company in the US, but their experience in Europe along with their dedication to quality and innovation allows them to soar above other companies in their field and Molly is so proud and honored to be a part of this company's journey.

~Written by Molly Gasiewicz

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A trainers delight....

Im back... again!

In my last post I forgot to mention one of the most rewarding parts of my week at the AEC's. Last year I sent a student to the AEC's, I was not able to attend but my student was golden with or without me. Last year Marissa Hughes won the Junior Training aboard her mighty horse Odie. This year Havarah was proud to be connected to another winner. Collin Reynolds and her wonderful horse MIDAS won the Junior Preliminary Championships. Collin is a dear friend of mine at this point because she has moved on to go off to college, I call her a friend and no longer "student". I hope to have her back in the barn by summer time (maybe even winter breaks!!) but for now she is a "student" at SMU in Texas. Collin has grown into a wonderful woman and has so many years of hard work behind her she earned every prize she won this last weekend. (I think there were a LOT of prizes!!)

Best of luck to Collin in Texas and all of us here at Havarah will keep the light on for ya!

Thoughts and reflections on the AEC's

Greetings everyone! I am home from a fabulous week. That sentance really sums up our experience but since you weren't there I'll try my best to expand on how and why things were so great.

First of all, as an eventer, I lead a busy life. This means that sometimes to get all the horses worked and prepared for their events some things get sacrificed. I felt like I got to spend some quality time with my great clients, LONG LOST friends and fantastic sponsors. We had a good time, not too crazy, but just a lot of laughs and shared moments.

Secondly, as an eventer we work hard, and it's so wonderful when all this work gets recognized. I've been teaching John Nunn and his wonderful mount Smilelikeyoumeanit for a few years now. John is probably the busiest person I know, but this year he has really buckled down with his riding. This all came to fruition for him as he was recognized for his outstanding cross country riding from Charles Owens. WAY TO GO JOHN!!
Speaking of working hard, Miss Maddie has been with me since Aiken this winter and comes to the barn nearly 6 days a week, rides a lot and is all about learning about the whole process. This girl makes me so proud. I love when a youth has a determination about something and gets it done. She above and beyond achieved her goal of going training level in 2011 and qualifying for the AEC's. At 13 years old, she was amazing to watch.

Thirdly, I have some amazing horses for the future. I brought along Puttin on the Ritz and Rivan for a grand experience. Tents, flags, MUSIC, loudspeaker, CROWDS, etc etc. They got all of it and I feel like they will be so much better off now when they go to their first FEI competition. Benny is a jumping machine, dressage is coming along, but for 6 years old, I am so pleased. Rivan, if you've seen him you know that words cant express his desire to please or clear everything. This guy came to us as a second career and he is really taken to eventing.

Last but not least Hannah Metz and Kynymonts Indelibly Irish were the stars of the show. Indy is such a special horse, one of the horses we have for sale. He put in a class act performance in all three phases finishing behind the leader by .5 faults. Indy has only been competing for less than a year and Hannah helped this guy get used to the atmosphere with lots of love. This girl has a thing with horses, if they need a "helper" she is always there, they love her. Especially Indie... however, when he sells I'm not letting her go with him!

Thank you to Kim and Steve for all the help this last week, and thank you to Kara and Robyn for keeping all the horses at home in top notch shape.

On to a big weekend at Plantation Field... come and watch the Wonder Woman and Wonder Pony in the Intermediate and Preliminary divisions.

~Molly Rosin

Monday, September 12, 2011


Molly and Clyde stopped by to visit the Omega Alpha booth

I have said it a few times and I will say it again: The AEC was a blast! Thank you to all of those who made this event happen: The USEA, Nutrena, Bit of Britain, Chattahoochee Hills and all of the volunteers... thank you!

Molly rode a double clear stadium round on Indie yesterday moving her into fourth place in the Novice Horse division. She was all smiles as she lined up for the awards ceremony. And who was there to present her the award and shake her hand? Why Mr. John Nunn of course!

Congratulations Pam Liddell for owning such a wonderful horse and many thanks for letting Molly compete him. Many onlookers commented on how nice of a horse he is and it just gave us that much more Havarah pride!

However, after Molly took her lap in the victory gallop it was back to business: pack, load the horses, and hit the road! The crew said goodbye to Chattahoochee HIlls at around 11:30 a.m. yesterday and arrived home to a fog-covered landscape at around 2:45 this morning.

Though tired, and somewhat delirious, Molly was happy to walk in her house and find some homemade brownies from next door neighbor Dr. Steve Berkowitz. We are so fortunate to have such lovely neighbors and friends!

I was personally hoping Molly would take the day to relax... maybe veg a little... but hardworking as she is she was back to work and riding as she has horses entered in the Plantation International Horse Trials this weekend.

A life in horses never ends... but that's why we love it!

Yes, I know, another quick post... but I wanted to update you all on how the fabulous Indie did. See you this weekend at Plantation!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

AEC Update

I can't believe it. There is only one day left of the Nutrena/USEA American Eventing Championships Presented by Bit of Britain.

It seems like the time has flown, and we can't believe a week has gone by so fast! The venue is absolutely beautiful and we at Havarah are overwhelmed with the maintenance and hospitality of the Chattahoochee Hills Eventing Facility.

Thank you to the USEA for holding the eighth annual AEC. Obviously, we all love the sport of Eventing and this championship gives everyone, upper to lower levels, a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Most importantly, the Havarah crew has had a BLAST here! This was a great learning experience for both prelim horses. Benny put in a fantastic stadium round for Molly today making her one of the few double clear rounds in her division. Rivan learned a lot from this event and we believe he will only continue to grow from this experience.

Maddie put in her usual class-act performance atop Carson, and although she wasn't boosted into the ribbons she finished on a fabulous ride and completed her first AEC! I would say she has reached all of the goals she has set for herself this year.

John Nunn really let his hair down this week. Seeing as he had both of his Bit of Britain areas covered, he was able to compete, for the first time, in the AEC. He put in a solid dressage test, improving a lot from the beginning of the season.

His cross country round was phenomenal. He road like a professional and ended up receiving the Technical Merit Award from Charles Owen meaning judges believed his ride was the best out of his training division. Today's stadium allowed him to finish on his dressage score and put the cherry on top of a glorious weekend for John and Smilelikeyoumeanit.

Hannah has yet again proved she has some major skills as a groom (no shock there :) ) and thanks to Steve and Kim Parisan who served as Hannah's helpers all weekend.

Molly will ride Indie tomorrow, who currently sits in 6th after cross country. According to Molly and Hannah Indie's cross country round made the course look like a walk in the park.

After her ride the crew will then pack everything and everyone into the truck and trailer and head back on their 14 hour trip back to PA.

What an amazing trip. For those of you back home stay tuned for the many pictures which will be sure to come!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

At the AEC!

Well the good news is I have internet... the bad news is it's crazy busy here so I apologize for delayed blogging!

Yes, the Havarah Team all made it safe and sound!

Everyone arrived at the beautiful Chattahoochee Hills Eventing Center on Tuesday and we must say: the facility is impressive.

The crew got the horses all settled in and hand-walked, with John Nunn leading Smiley behind a golf cart... this was either laziness or brilliance as I told him... and so not P.C.

But anyways... everyone wore a smile Tuesday because A) the long trip was over and B) we get to be at the AEC!

Dressage went underway today and tomorrow is the best part: Cross Country! With Molly competing Indie at Novice she will have two cross-country rides and one dressage ride tomorrow.

John had a great test today and is overwhelmed and excited to be competing at a tremendous event which he's backed since its inception.

Well, that's all for now... sorry for the short post but I figured you all were worried about us and wanted to know we made it down here safely! :).

I will do my best to keep you in the know for the rest of the weekend!

Hope all those at home are staying dry....

Monday, September 05, 2011

Seneca Recap Round Two

It was a busy day for the Havarah crew yesterday at Seneca with eight horses. But it was a good one.

Molly claimed first place on Kynymont Sterling O'Grady and in the same division she took fourth on Delaware Love Doctor which is awesome considering this was his first event!

Her other two rides on Kynymont Cody and Alpine were good as well, just a couple of green moments with both horses but they will only continue to get better!

Bryce and Hannah were pretty proud of their rides at their first recognized event with their mounts. Both came in seventh and had great rides.

Miss Maddie gave Zia an incredible first show and they finished up double clean cross country and show jumping!

Lastly, Robin was a rock star for her first time grooming at a show. With Hannah riding, it was up to her to make those horses sparkle and she did a great job!

The crew was running around like energizer bunnies today furiously packing for the American Eventing Championships. Halters were fuzzified so no one gets nasty rubs on the 14 hour ride to GA, Molly's entire tack room (well pretty much) was loaded into the trailer and all four horses were getting prepped for travel.

Now it's time for the crew to hit the road tonight and drive straight through the long hours. The crew will arrive at Chattahoochee Hills tomorrow and then it will be a crazy buzz to get all the horses settled in and the tack room set up.

Again, if you're going to be down south for the AEC make sure to say hi! Otherwise stay tuned because I'm sure it's going to be a crazy good time with lots to talk about!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

AECs or Bust!

On Tuesday five horses from the Havarah crew will leave PA and head for Fairburn, GA for the eighth annual Nutrena/USEA American Eventing Championships Presented by Bit of Britain.

The little rock star, Miss Maddie, has been talking AEC since we met her back in December. Like she was bound and determined to make it to training level (which she did) she had a goal set on qualifying for the AEC (which she did... again).

Molly originally was just going to fly down and train Maddie but instead decided that since she had three horses qualified, what the heck! It's great exposure for all three horses and it will be a great experience for them.

Benny and Rivan will fight for number one in the preliminary divisions while Indie will be easily galloping around the novice course.

John Nunn also decided that since he had his handy PR girl there to man the BOB Publicity tent (Moi) that he would actually use his qualification and ride for the training gold.

It's a long haul (14 hrs) but us California transplants view these shows as a vacation. It reminds us of the good old days when all the shows were three days, thus constant long weekends including dinners with your barn family.

Plus, none of us have been to Chattahoochee Hills and since we've been hearing all the great reviews we thought we'd go check it out for ourselves :).

But even before Tuesday, the crew is heading to Seneca tomorrow (I don't know how they do it... just thinking about all the showing makes me feel tired... they must actually be REALLY tired!).

Molly will be riding some new-eventers: Delaware Love Doctor "Doc", Kynymont Cody "Cody", Kynymont Sterling O'Grady "Grady", and Alpine "Piny", These baby eventers will be testing the waters beginner novice, all four show great promise in this line of work.

Maddie will also be taking Zia Zabbata "Zia" to her first event and Quinn Anderson will be riding her pony Google. John Nunn is taking his new ex-racehorse "Red Horse Harry" to his first recognized event and John's daughter, Jennifer, will be riding her appaloosa mare Made to Show "Maiden".

Last but not least, Hannah is doing her first recognized event on her young mare, Anna's Band "Anna".

So tomorrow should be a nice, fun show for everyone and then pack up and head to Georgia!

If you're going to be down south for the AEC make sure to look for us and come hang out!

To check out Molly's ride times at the AEC go to The Chattahoochee Hills Website.

I'll try and keep you all up to date when we are down there, however no promises... I'm not sure how the internet situation will be... if not I'm sure there will be a live scoring that you can stalk us all with :).

That's all for now! Can you believe it is already September?