Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MKE working student bragging rights....

Twas only a few months ago we were wondering who it was and what kind of person we would have as our next working student.

As luck would have it we got Miss Katie Mays.  This girl ticks off a lot of boxes.
1. She's from NY so PA cold is NOTHING!
2. As of today she's an official college graduate with a 3.91 GPA - finished within only 3 years!
      --- Meaning I'm not holding her up from her studies AND she's used to expedited learning :)
3. Her and Hannah Metz get each other- an absolute must as they work and live together hand in hand
4. She smiles, she laughs, she jests; all while grooming, sweeping, walking, organizing, prepping, etc
5. Last but definitely not least she's a lovely rider and true learner of the horse.

Here's a picture of her giving Kynynmont's Cassidy a nice ride out on the Andrew's Bridge Paperchase (Cassidy is for sale, but hands off of Katie!)

Masterel ... my french bred OTTB

Masterel is a 5 year old OTTB that is french bred and was quite successful overseas, but lucky for us didnt enjoy the racing lifestyle as much here on US soil.  With the help of Dr. Arensburg's keen eye and Denis Glaccum's eagerness to see  some good OTTB's into good event horses Masterel landed a home here with us at MK Equestrian.

We have had this horse for a year and I am incredibly excited to let 2015 be his true start in the eventing world.  I feel it's important for the OTTB's to settle after they finish their first career.  Masterel spent 2014 learning about hacking out, tagging along to low stress fun adventures, figuring out this whole "dressage" stuff and quite enjoying himself showing off over fences- he's quite the natural.

This video is of Masterel at a dressage lesson with Silva Martin on quite a cold day in November.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

VIDEO of Rio- winter schooling

Kynynmont's Rio
Connemara/TB/Clydesdale cross
2004 Bay Gelding 16.2H

Competed up to Novice level in eventing.  GREAT on trails, could be a wonderful fox hunter.  This horse is lovely to work with on the ground and so much fun to ride.

Currently based in Kirkwood, PA until January 21st.

Other horses available for sale; contact us to see what we have!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cute as a Bug- VIDEO :)

"Cricket" is a 10 year old dark bay/black TB gelding that we have offered for sale.  I have competed Cricket at Beginner Novice and Novice level events and his owner has also competed him at jumper shows.  As you will see in the video Cricket is flashy on the flat and is quite a nice jumper.  This horse will excel in dressage, jumpers or eventing.

Please email me if you're interested in scheduling a time to try out Cricket to see if he could be a good fit for you!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fair Hill Re-cap and slideshow

Fair Hill is one of the most amazing events I've ever been to.  We work years to get horses prepared for this event, or any event of this level and sometimes at the end of the day, timing is either on or off.  Benny really loved the atmosphere and all of the attention, big shows are definitely his thing!  I learned that Benny has the heart that it takes to be a top horse,  and I'm extremely eager to get out on our next FEI course.  Fair Hill wasn't our weekend in the end- but I know a lot more about Benny and what we need for brilliance in 2015.

In the meantime enjoy Benny's photo book!  Thank you to Pattie for the great photos :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cross country times are up!

The CCI 2* starts at 8:30am and Benny and I leave the box at 10:18.

This course is one that requires a fit horse, skilled rider and a brave partnership. I can't wait to give it a try!

For up dates and pictures be sure to 'like' my Facebook page.
Hope to see many of you at Fair Hill!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Morven Park Intermediate

This last weekend was totally the "Benny show" as all the other horses had the weekend off of competition while I was at Morven Park with Benny.  I have to say as much as I love competing multiple horses and I think that it really helps you fine tune your skills to get out on course more- it was great to really schedule each day around what was best for Benny.

Our dressage is still a work in progress, but he seems to enjoy it and I know that one day soon we will have a pretty solid test.  The show jumping proved quite difficult for many horses; it was set out on a grass hill so whilst trying to be careful horses also had to manage the terrain and slippery footing.  Benny shined in this phase and put out a double clean.  Saturday night Leesburg, VA received a welcome amount of rain, which made the early going pretty slippery in some spots. Benny seemed just right on point and totally un-phased by the ground.  It was like he just galloped above it... a remarkable feeling!  I couldn't be happier with how each jump and combination rode.  Phillip, my coach, gives very clear guidance of how a combination will effect the horses and what you should do to help them out.  It's not often that us NON Phillip Dutton's can replicate these rides, but this time I feel Benny and I truly hit the mark.

We have our sights set on the CCI 2 star at Fair Hill - we aren't there yet, but I'm starting to get a bit excited! Until then we will be focusing on keeping Benny relaxed and happy - anyone that knows him will understand why this is so important!  Our dressage, jumping and conditioning will all be heavily concentrated as well, as long as he stays happy the rest is icing on the cake!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Best.Event.Ever... even better than last year!

Most of my younger years of eventing were spent in California and at that time I would have day dreams about galloping across golf courses because their grass looked like it was made for horse hooves.  We were actually told specifically at the Pebble Beach course that it was a $100 fine per horse hoof on the turf!  This last weekend I was living the dream.  Bright green grass, rolling hills, fun HUGE jumps and I was sitting on three great horses.

Above is a video clip of Puttin on the Ritz at the first combination on his 2* course, the angled houses. This horse was foot perfect that day- I mis read how to ride a combination late on course and so we got a run by penalty there.  As far as I'm concerned he has no idea that he didnt win, as he did in my eyes. That was a great ride.  I feel like I'm back flying across the land on a smart and scopey horse that likes to have fun- just like it was in the Charly days.  Soon I'll have the whole video- so check back in :)

The Diesel Boy came to Plantation ready to dominate- then I sort of mis handled his dressage warm up and created a wild child instead of a fancy obedient one.  Lesson learned!  He ended up with clean jump rounds across a tough 1 star track, I am so amazed at how far this boy has come.  Bristol Indian was my last dressage ride and he put in a real solid effort, I love that this horse is the same in the arena as in the show ring- we will keep doing our homework and will just keep remembering that turtle and the hare story.  :)  This guy was a blast to show jump and although a little sleepy like on cross country he was extremely honest.  Next time I'm going to practice finding the gas pedal.

Robyn Weaver and Azrael are a new partnership at the Preliminary level and wow were they put to the test with the jump rounds this weekend.  In a way only Robyn could she took "Kevin" from being totally overwhelmed and nervous in the beginning of the show jump course to being confident and proud of himself.  This was amazing to watch and the confidence carried over to their foot perfect cross country course.  This pair dominated at training level this year and I'm so proud of them for tackling these BIGGER questions and figuring out a bit more about the game every time out.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RIDE TIMES for Plantation CIC September 18-21st

Here is a link to the overall schedule for the weekend and below are MK Equestrian's ride times.... come and visit!

2:02 Puttin on the Ritz- CIC 2 star dressage

8:41 The Diesel Boy - CIC 1 star dressage
9:38 Robyn Weaver - Preliminary dressage
1:38 Erin Nolan - CIC 1 star dressage
4:25 Bristol Indian - CIC 1 star dressage

7:36 The Diesel Boy - SJ
8:38 Erin Nolan - SJ
9:20 Bristol Indian - SJ
10:08 Robyn Weaver - SJ then XC
2:44 Putitn on the Ritz - SJ
2-4pm CIC 1 star xc - Erin, Bristol and Leto

8:15- 11am CIC 2 star xc - Puttin on the Ritz

Monday, September 15, 2014

How does MKE prepare for the biggest events of the fall....?

We keep busy!

This up-coming weekend is an event I've been preparing for and waiting for pretty much all season.  The best event ever.... Plantation Field!!!!  I'm absolutely beyond excited as I'll have 3 horses competing in FEI classes, pretty much a life long dream to have the ride on 3 great horses at a great event with wonderful people around me.  I've got it set up right where I want it-- well hopefully!  I did loose my stupendous coach to the WEGS and 2 other huge events over seas, so preparation was unfortunately more on my own that I'd love.  But I kept his voice in my head every time I jumped and this next weekend we'll see how that worked!

I don't think it's very healthy to agonize over small details for too long so my weeks preparing for big events like this I like life to be normal. Which for me means busy.

Last event was every bit that and added to it I'd like to say we all had a pretty great time :)  On Saturday I rode Masterel in his first BN event to a 2nd place finish.  Masterel is a horse that Denis Glacuum and I picked up as an OTTB project about 8-9 months ago.  I believe firmly in letting the initial months of non race track life be nothing but relaxing good stuff... and that's what we did.  Masterel went to Aiken and learned how to hack, step over solid logs and has been attempting to toughen up and be a pasture pony (at least for a few hours every day!).  This summer his training has really stepped up and I am beyond thrilled with the horse we have.  Masterel is one of the most independent horses I've ever trained; he absolutely loves his training time and mostly his time out on the xc course.  His gallop stride just takes him right in stride to his jumps and gives you an amazing feeling.  This is all in due thanks to the vets of Equine Veterinary Care who saw him and forwarded on his information to us.  Dr. Arensburg has a good eye!

At fair hill we finally got rain, we got wet and we loved it :)  Sarah Dawson and her horse proved that they have been great pupils and finished novice like it was elementary with no help by me (time conflicts!) Bri Beiler and her "camp" horse were 2nd after dressage and just had a few xc slipping problems but finished like the true champs they are and last but not least Vanessa Stolzfus and her new addition Teddy Sarco completed their first event to bring home a 3rd place ribbon!  Thank you so much to Ryan Woods and his crew for the great training on Teddy!

As if that wasn't enough fun we did it all over again starting at 4am on Sunday, but this time at Seneca Valley PC horse trials.

I rode Kynymont's Rio at his first Novice and Cute as a Bug also in novice.  Both of these horses are with me as sales horses learning the ropes as we go.  Both horses were phenomenal, I couldn't have asked them to be better.  Dr. Steve Berkowitz set down the grill/camera/thermometer for the day and enjoyed himself a near perfect Novice event on Zoomalong.  In my mind it was perfect, I think Steve would agree as well.  Steve has worked hard all season on getting him and the Zoom-ster to be in harmony on the flat and over fences.  This they were.  Smooth dressage - in 3rd, clean and PERFECT sj to move to 2nd, faultless cross country with just too big of turns incurring some time faults to give away the red ribbon.  I know they'll dominate next time, so watch out!

All of this excitement while keeping the CIC horses in condition in prepped for the best event ever--- takes an amazing support group of a very understanding husband and SUPER hard working head groom.


Monday, September 08, 2014

Cute as a Bug- FOR SALE

Cute as a Bug finishing without any jumping penalties at his first recognized novice.  This guy has lots of ribbons and levels ahead of him.  Priced to sell, owner has too many horses and not enough time.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

MKE gearing up for the fall season after a great summer

I knew that things had been rolling along at a quick pace here at MKE but I didn't realize that it was nearly 4 months ago since I really made a proper up date!

Here in Area II we are lucky to have an abundance of things to do with our horses.  Having said that I'm a firm believer that you shouldn't wait for your horse to have a problem (health or otherwise); you should choose times within the year to lighten up on their work loads.  "The dream team" aka Benny, Bristol and Leto all competed in the CCI at VA in May and after that had an "easier" month - no competitions just lots of flat work and hacks.  Then they competed at the New Jersey Horse Park, MD horse trials and Millbrook.  We are aiming at the CIC at Plantation in a few weeks so my game plan was to give them a few easier weeks after Millbrook then work on their conditioning and skill sets (jumping and dressage) as our Plantation prep- I felt we had done lots of competitions and should stay home with our heads focused with our fall goals ahead.  If Plantation goes well I'll be looking towards a CCI with Benny and a possibly move up with Bristol and Leto... fingers crossed!

At the barn theres been some exciting horse switching going around.  We found "Rissa" her dream home with a wonderful long time eventing supporter.  Rissa now lives in luscious Virginia and will get to do some jumping and show off her lovely dressage gaits.  My student, Vanessa, was doing some horse shopping this summer and I'm super excited to say that we have a wonderful chestnut Irish gelding in the barn named "Teddy Sarco".  Vanessa is one of the most interesting young ladies I've had the pleasure to work with so I very much so look forward to many adventures ahead!  We also have welcomed in Densey and Ron Juvonen who have brought over their group of hunt horses.  The Juvonens and their right hand man Goyo have brought a lot of joy to the farm and you'll most likely see them out hunting with Andrews Bridge as that's their true horse passion :)

At the moment we have 3 horses with us for sale; all very athletic and promising individuals.  More videos and pictures to follow on these guys- ranging from 15 hands to 16.3hands- let me know if you're in the market!

It feels weird to have taken a few weekends off of competing, something about being an eventer... we aren't allowed to miss anything!  I am so far very happy with the schedule; I feel like it's giving us time to really get things ready for our fall season.  This last Saturday I put on my first "Dressage Play Day" aka DPD as it'll be known from here forward.  This was an in-house fix a test of sorts - but was held for so many more reasons.  I made sure to make it as "show like" as possible; flowers, judge canopy, etc... and it worked!  Some horses were nervous at first and more than one rider forgot a movement, had a show panic, etc etc... but most of all they all got to practice a test they've never ridden and figure out how to make it even better for the second go round.  I had a great time watching MKE's lovely riders and equally nice horses.  I can't wait for more of these!

Probably the most exciting part of this summer came just about a month ago.  My two favorite boys have joined together and became a team.  HAVARAH"S CHARLY IS BACK!!!!!!  Charly has been hanging out around the barn for awhile now, just waiting for the right situation to come about and then it happened.  My husband decided it was time to utilize Charly's SKILLZ and learn some dressage.  He even rode in the DPD and it was a glorious sight, Charly is moving so well and with just a few weeks of dressage riding Bryce has really turned a corner.  Charly is still pretty young, '98 baby, but at this point in time we are going to keep him just strutting his stuff in the dressage arena so he can stay healthy and fancy for many years to come.

11 day countdown to the BEST.EVENT.EVER!  Can't wait :)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Working Student position available

MK Equestrian is looking for a new working student.  I feel like there are many barns available that offer such positions and as many things in life each barn is going to offer a slightly different learning experience and will suit different people and their needs.

We have "raised" quite a few eager junior riders and I think that with the right attitude and ambition we can provide a really good education in horse care and help grow your skills as a rider/trainer and competitor.  Some of the past working students have gone on to compete at the NAYRC, Pan Am games, American Eventing Championships and some have gone on to other careers in the horse industry while others have decided that the more traditional true college/career path was right for them.  

We are based at Principia Stables in Kirkwood, PA for most of the year.  At this facility we have some sales horses to train, compete and advertise and some "competitors" getting ready for events throughout the year from BN to CCI levels.  At most times we are caring for 20+ horses.  The facility includes an indoor arena and outdoor fields and access to wonderful hacking and gallops.  We are centrally located to many events and XC schooling opportunities.  For 8 weeks of each year we stay in Aiken, SC to utilize the kinder climate in the winter and to get the horses out XC schooling and competing.

I can tailor the program to fit the needs of each individual.  Housing, board and training all available in exchange for the working student.  For further information please send me information about yourself including your goals and needs.  

Looking forward to hearing more about you and seeing how MK Equestrian can help you and your horse!

Molly Kinnamon

Monday, May 19, 2014

Spring in PA getting ready for VA CCI

Tis the season for a little (sometimes a lot!) of rain and sun to give us eventers what we love best….good ground for training and competing.

This time of the year we are doing a lot of hill work to either help the youngsters get stronger to develop their "canter" or the hills can also be used to give the older horses the sprints they need to be ready for their spring 3 day events.  I hope that our program has worked as this next week I have 3 horses entered in the VA CCI event in Lexington VA.  At the one star level I feel you don't really know how much conditioning work your horse needs as this will be the first maximum exertion they've ever had on course.  I have one TB going and 2 warmblood crosses.  To be honest I felt the TB would get fit the easiest and at the moment I'm not thinking that was the case!

Leading up to this coming event all my horses have done winer flat work, then long slow canter sets, a handful of horse trial events and now hill work.

I'm absolutely thrilled to get the ride on these three great horses and I hope that I do them justice this coming week.  I'll be keeping posts up-dated on my MK Equestrian FB page/Twitter… so if you have time follow along :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fair Hill wrap up...

MK EQUESTRIAN riders and horses enjoying some great footing and perfect weather at the April Fair Hill in Elkton, MD.  Photo credits to Steve Berkowitz and Steve Parisan… thank you!!
Top Video: Puttin on the Ritz owned by the Klavans family in a double clean Intermediate SJ

Then from top picture on down… 
Maddie Parisan and Carson finishing their first Intermediate HT with just a few time faults. 
Robyn Weaver and her own Azrael putting in a double clear Training level XC
Camilla Grover on her Queen Bee also with a double clear in the Training level XC

A large part of my career is dedicated to helping riders achieve their goals- everyone's goals are so varied but each are just as important as another.  Every rider has an individual way of learning and coping with challenges along their way to success.  I am blessed to have come across so many talented and hard working individuals.  Many congrats to my Maddie, Robyn and Camilla this last weekend and of course many thanks to the parents and friends that helped them make this possible.

This last weekend I was lucky enough to have a win on my very own THE Diesel Boy- a black American Warmblood bred a few miles away at MouseHouse Farm.  "Leto" has been a preliminary horse for a year now and it's exciting to feel him so confident at the level.  I believe he has what it takes to be competitive in all three phases and currently his talent is un-tapped.  So exciting!  

I also rode my American TB, Bristol Indian, in the preliminary.  I am so happy that Phillip Dutton convinced me to go try this horse  out.  His gallop and his jumping style are something I've never felt before.  Truly classy.  I now know why so many people have no intention on straying from the American TB for their event horses.  Bristol and I still have some work to do in phase 1… but I'm confident that we are progressing and he'll also be a competitive upper level ride.  This weekend he just added .8 time faults to his dressage score to finish in the top half of his class.

Last but not least was my Intermediate ride.  Puttin on the Ritz, a bay WB gelding owned by the Klavans.  "Benny" has completely transformed into this grand looking event horse and the Klavans and I are so thrilled to see him happy in his job.  His dressage was better than ever and his show jumping as good as could be.  Unfortunately I went out on XC with the mind set of rolling across this incredible terrain and just didn't give him the time he needed to analyze his first accuracy question.  Benny has always been great at accuracy on course.  I took this for granted and learned a valuable lesson that day. Every horse needs the time to sort out what they're about to jump- it's our job as riders to give them that time.  Unfortunately it was a costly error as at the Intermediate level horse and rider both need to be 100% sure about what's going on.  Just wasn't our day.  Back to some schooling and smarter riding:)… let's hope it was a small set back so we can get back in line for some more spring Intermediate outings!

All in all it was a fabulous week starting with a wonderful celebration of Passover with family and friends, lots of good riding and teaching and the week ended with a really fun Easter celebration.  :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Aiken- twas a winter that made for memories!

I can honestly say that Aiken has never gone by so very very fast.

Winter in Aiken 2014 gave us Snow, Ice, NO power, a very lost dog, super horses, wonderful friendships and a whole lot of character.

I have posted a smashing of pictures below and will talk briefly on each one from top to bottom.

This is a head shot of my newest mount- Bristol Indian.  Bristol is a full TB that I got last year when I sold the mare Sabrina that I used to ride Intermediate.  I have high hopes for Bristol.  Our partnership has taken awhile to develop but I felt this winter in Aiken that we are now truly buddies and I look forward to every day I get to ride him. Bristol and I have now had 2 clean preliminary rounds together… love this guy.

Many of you heard about how Aiken was shut down- put on hold- the Ice STORM of 2014 truly did change our lives.  I've never lived through such a thing but I now have memories that I will cherish.  After realizing that the power was out and going to be out for a long time we trecked the streets to find food= however this had some difficulties.  Stuck truck- no fuel- no open restaurants - not too many drivable roads… the list goes on.  We had a pretty hard core group that handled this week like champs- they are nicknamed TROOP MK.  Survivors.

Below is one of the members of Troop MK--- this was before the power went out and as you can see Brody and Reef were already best of buddies.  Long lasting friendships- that's what Aiken is all about :)

Reef is one of the luckiest puppies alive.  Not long after we got Reef he got to romp around in fluffy white snow.  Since then he's gone on trail rides, jumped down banks, explored water jumps and even played at the beach.  Reef is brave, inquisitive and absolutely adorable. (spoken like a true mother!)

One of the more trying weeks in Aiken was while my older dog Clyde had gone on a walk-a-bout.  Clyde is very dear to myself, my husband and pretty much everyone that has ever met him.  We have no idea where he went but we are so thankful that he's back.  While he was gone baby Reef took us exploring in the woods.  The picture below is where Reef was certain that we should focus our search- this hole looked to be there main hang out in the woods.  We were lucky enough to utilize a very skilled Jack Russel hunting dog- the JR assured us that Clyde was not in this hole.  I was still pretty happy with Reef for showing us where they played.  He's a smart little guy.

At the end of Aiken every year we go through the process of making our barn and our living accommodations- cleaner than when we arrived.  My mom instilled this in me from a  young age--- Im sure that my students all wished I was less concerned about this!  Many hours later after washing, cleaning, packing, organizing and loading we headed out to our last event of the southern trip- Carolina Horse Park.  We had a fantastic group of riders, horses, helpers, owners and parents.  It was a very fun show.  7 horses competed - 4 of whom I rode.  Luckily a quick stop to McDonalds en route to the show helped us re-fuel so we could set up a bangin' good stall set up at the show.

Puttin on the Ritz owned by the Klavans family is currently my top mount in my program.  Benny and the Klavans have been near and dear to me for quite a few years now and sharing this weekend with them was a dream come true.  Benny has grown into a stellar event horse- he feels athletic, smart and brave.  So much fun to ride him.  Many people have helped get this horse to wear he is today and I really owe a large thank you to Phillip Dutton for his guidance on "waiting" until Benny gave us the signs that he wanted to move up.  Benny ran Intermediate at the event and will continue Intermediate through the spring with our eyes set on Fair Hill in the fall.

The Queen Bee was a "catch ride" for me at the last horse show.  "Tuesday's" regular rider and owner wasn't able to make it south so I was offered to take Tuesday to her first event of 2014.  Our group has been lucky to have some great "HONEY's" - this girl is another special one to add to the list.  The fact that she's a Mustang hasn't kept her hops limited- she's got springs in those feet!

Along with Tuesday and Benny I also rode The Diesel Boy and Bristol Indian in the Preliminary divisions.  FUN fun fun.  

Aiken 2014 brought us lots of visits from students, family and friends.  This photo was taken while we went xc schooling at Gibbes.  A few days before this photo was taken, Robyn Weaver took her horse Azrael to his first training level and won.  That was a good event for us- Full Gallop - we took home 2 blue ribbons a second and a third.  GO TEAM!

My life is full of excitement right now.  
Many thanks to everyone involved in MKE.  The riders, working students, owners, family and our awesome sponsors make this all possible.  We are now back in Kirkwood, PA. The horses have all earned a light week while we settle the herd into their northern accommodations.  

Lessons and training at Principia Stables are now available- please contact me if you'd like to join in!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Aiken week one

Seems a bit ironic that we are celebrating our first full week in Aiken with a snow storm....hmmm. It's probably the only way to get eventers to slow down, do laundry and relax.

This year we are making Farmfield Plantation our home away from home and so far all the horses are very happy. I've attached some photos to show you some of the sights the horses have been getting on their rides out as well as our view that we get watching them from the overhead apartment.

Robyn Weaver joined us for the first week as did Ann, Madees mom. Having an extra rider for week one ensured all the horses got right to work enjoying their time out of the indoor. We took one set to Paradise for Xc schooling and a set of babies to the Hitchcock Woods.

Week two should be fun. The big guys will start their outdoor jumping and Xc schooling in preparation for some oh so soon events at Pine Top. I also very much so look forward to all of the sale horses and babies getting their season started.

My crew this season is top notch. Coming to Aiken is hard work and requires motivated, dedicated and enthusiastic people. We have packed, un packed, walked pastures for holes and any wrongful items, taken temps, organized, cleaned, and kept up with all the other things you need to do to keep a barn full of equine champions happy. And I'm pretty sure everyone is still happy to be here !!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Brrr.. It's 2014 and the countdown, preparation and bundling up is well under way!

I've had one of the most productive days I can remember in a long time.  It happens to be nearly impossible to get anything done outside so I decided that I would finally make myself feel at home inside the house I've been living in for the last handful of years!

This would never be possible if I wasn't surrounded by motivated, dedicated and very capable people.  People that have office jobs and bored their horses out are the smart ones today! Having said that someone has to make sure the horses get water and food and have their stalls cleaned- this sounds simple… don't be fooled!  I'm sure each barn and each person has a system, I feel like for working out of an older barn our team put together a productive and as efficient as possible plan and so far all the horses are happy.  We have a few, one in particular, equine friends that are pretty pissed off that their water keeps getting icey cold and I think we'll be looking to invest in at least a few non freeze buckets for the future!

Don't forget to give your barn crew an extra serving of cookies and tea tomorrow because they're going to be tired and feeling pretty dreary!

In the end, this is ONE day.  After this its only 2 weeks until the trucks and trailers will be packed up and hitting 95 at a very early hour of the morning- AIKEN OR BUST.  This will happen… just a "few" more things to get done before then :)

I'm incredibly excited about my horses I have to ride in 2014; I have two horses that I own, BRISTOL INDIAN and THE DIESEL BOY, (I plan on getting both of these 2 horses started in '14 and then either putting one up for sale or finding a few partners so that they can both keep going), a very special horse PUTTIN ON THE RITZ that will be attempting the RED numbers this year and a NEW OTTB, MASTEREL.  4 tall dark and handsome horses- what else could a girl want??!  Thank you to the owners and sponsors that stand behind us - I hope to make you proud!

Along with our competition horses I will have a few students horses and as always some horses in Aiken to get miles to be the best they can be for their future "shoppers".  Don't forget to give me a call or send me an email if you're looking for a horse or pony!

This winter our horses have been blessed to ride in great footing- thanks to PRINCIPIA STABLES for always keeping the facility top notch, oiling footing as needed, etc!  It makes a huge difference to train horses on proper ground.  I really enjoy spending a full 6 weeks working on flat work, cavelletti's and gymnastics.  This would be impossible without the use of this great facility.  I feel like my horses are so much better trained and have a great base on them to start their canters and big jump schools.

I look forward to seeing old friends and new this coming season= please stop by and give MK Equestrian's mascot, Clyde and his new brother REEF a big pet!  Might be a puppy still available- contact me if you're interested!