Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pine Top

Thomson, Georgia holds a fabulous event that I was lucky enough to compete three very nice horses at this last weekend.

Sabrina, a warm-blood mare I've been training for the last year has officially moved up to Preliminary and become a very solid event horse. I'm so proud of her and the progress that she has made. This mare loves this sport.

Spite, a Connemara/TB cross owned by Quinn Anderson, is quickly becoming well known on the east coast for her crazy amazing jumping ability and her some-times equally wild antics. She's all that and then some :) Sprite jumped around the training level with ease and if the next two weeks go well, we will be trying out the Pine Top Preliminary course!!!

Rivan, a Contango son owned by Pamela Benfield, is new to eventing and has quickly moved onto training level. He is still learning the ways of the world for jumping but its seems very easy for him and his absolutely enjoys it. This training level had plenty of questions and he seemed to really take to the challege!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Competition in Aiken has started for Havarah!

The week isn't over yet and I've already been in 3 competitions on 11 horses and 4 rides by students. Oh yes, and a wonderful full day at GIBBES farm cross country schooling.

The first competition was at Sporting Days on Sunday- a schooling combined test. The second event was a recognized at Full Gallop and the third a schooling combined test again at Sporting Days. Saturday and Sunday we'll be at Pine Top in Georgia.

We have almost all the horses competing now- only Havarah's Charly and The Diesel Boy have been left at home, they will both compete within a few months, but right now they are enjoying living the life at Pine Ridge Stables!

Many of my horses are for sale, so if you see something at one of the events that you like let me know! :)

Here are some highlights so far;
Spritely 1st training level SD
Rivan 2nd novice Full Gallop
Archie 2nd SD
Ankhe Pass 3rd Full Gallop
Tux 3rd Full Gallop
Puttin on the Ritz 3rd SD
Sabrina 4th Training Full Gallop

.... more to come!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Wonderful start of our 2nd week in Aiken

To catch all of you up-to-date- week one in Aiken was slightly painful for me and lots of work for my three great helpers. I had a very blonde/clutsy moment walking down some too well cleaned wooden stairs at 3am in PA (getting ready to take the last set of horses to Aiken). My little feet were too excited to get on the road and I slipped and fell. Not wanting to stay for another storm I sucked it up and got on the road- all was good until I couldn't get out of bed the next day. Then the panic came that perhaps I broke something (it definitely hurt that bad). Long story short- I didn't. However, apparently bone bruising and muscle straining in your back and hip can really take an active girl out of duty for awhile.

I didn't stay off of the horses for long, but I do have to say I'm enjoying riding a lot more this second week!

In fact, I felt good enough today to pull out the BIG horse- Havarah's Charly. Chuckles was full of smiles as I showed him the sights around the farm and the great riding trails and track that we have. I don't know if his smile was the biggest or that of his helper, Hannah. (my smile was waiting until I knew I was safe back at the barn!) Chunky Monkey gave me a nice ride, enough pep to let me know he's feeling great but no overly bad behavior.

I've been getting some training help from the master himself, Phillip Dutton, on the younger horses and sales horses. Soon Charly and I will go together and get a proper good kick in the *** to get us back into proper winning form.

In 3 days we'll be in our first event of 2011!!!

Make sure to check out the up-dated sales section on my website.