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!