Friday, December 10, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
What a weekend! Joey finished 3rd in the 3star and George finished 12th in his very first 3star! Rox had a strong finish as well in the 2star, his final placing doesn't really show how well he performed this weekend though. To date it is the best that Rox has jumped on xc and in sj. He just keeps getting stronger and more educated as we go, but at Plantation and now FHI, he is truly showing me his potential, and a tremendous amount of maturity!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
George had one of the most relaxed tests I've had with him; if anything he was behind my leg. He was moving beautifully and was the most relaxed and rideable he's been, but after watching the video again and again he was a little bit fussy so I plan to talk with Betsy about that - maybe he was also tired. Unfortunately he scored quite high but I was happy with him, especially since he never really lost his cool anywhere. This is a new side of him that we have to work on!
Joey was great, his trot work was lovely and his canter work was very good. He was a little tense on his right lead and before his changes but he was rideable and so good in the dressage. The lessons with Betsy have paid off tremendously - it's a good place to progress from.
Rox jumped the best he's ever jumped today. He's a big horse with a big stride and sometimes he doesn't like to put himself together, but he only made one mistake when he got a little exuberant into the sunken road, so he got close to the up bank and scrambled up, so I stopped and regrouped and took the alternate route, so we lost a little time but in all it was a good confidence builder before moving up next season.
The other two jumped around the 3* beautifully. This is George's first three-was and he was great, he was so confident and we never lost the rideability, I felt like he matured tremendously today; even with the crowds and roping, which he's never seen, he was a good boy.
Joey was such a lot of fun to ride cross-country: it feels like finally instead of pulling I can kind of kick him around. It's like riding a big pony out there! In the very beginning he got a little strong and I think I lost a little time there - we had a few time faults - but other than that he was pretty perfect and jumped great. We were looking for a good, confident practice round to prepare for next season, and that's what we had today. It was a good course and great footing. Joey is currently in fourth place in the three-star.
Here are the scores for the event.
So far they all look good - we'll give them a good rest tonight and hopefully they'll all feel good tomorrow!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Time to catch up on the last few weeks! I took Ray (Lumiere Royale), my 4 yr old gelding to his first event at BCHP. He is by Lux Z out of a Cavalier Royale mare. Ray was a star! He won the dressage on a 24.3 and clean on cross-country and in show jumping. Cross-country is always fun the first time out, but by half way around he figured out what the game was; by the end he was looking for the next fence. We would have won the event, but being four years old, with no stud holes in his shoes yet, the show jumping got very slick and I decided that for his first time out, slow and steady would be in his best interest and a few time faults dropped him out of first. He really handled the day beautifully; it was a super long day and one of our first cold and rainy days as well.
My student Beth rode From to third place in their third training event together. She is doing a wonderful job getting to know this horse, and having a blast!
Show Jumping was pretty good, we have some room for improvement, but the boys all placed. Joey was 4th, George was 8th in the CIC*** and Rox had an unfortunate 1 rail down to finish in 10th in the CIC**. Joey won the best conditioned in the 3-star and Rox won best conditioned in the 2-star, so that was very exciting! Overall, I was very pleased with our weekend and am looking forward to the rest of the fall season.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
In July I flew out to Montana with Joey and George, (Vanessa came with us), to compete at Rebecca Farm. What an experience! This has to be one of the most beautiful places not only to visit, but also to compete. The trip started with a pretty interesting flight of 18 horses being loaded onto a plane, walking right up a ramp off the runway into their stalls.
The horses traveled very well. There were three horses across on the plane,and that was the entire width of the plane. It appeared a bit cramped, but they were great! Tex Sutton, the shipping company, did a wonderful job and our horses traveled incredibly well.
When we arrived in Kalispell, we got off the plane only to be greeted by a huge crowd from town, with people taking pictures, and all the media was there to watch the East Coast horses arrive. It was big news! We had a very warm welcoming.
Click here to check out the pictures of Joey and George walking off the plane, as well as the beautiful Montana scenery.
The competition at Rebecca Farm was great! We riders could not ask for better courses, footing, arenas, weather, and hospitality. Sarah Kelly Broussard did an amazing job getting us all out there and keeping us organized, along with the 500 horses competing at their event. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and a huge thank you to the Broussard family for making this possible, we will never forget it!
Both boys had a great week: Joey finished 13th in the CIC*** World Cup division, and George was 7th in the CCI**. If there is a way to compete at Rebecca Farm more regularly, I am there! This is one of the nicest events in the country!
Video: Joey at Rebecca Farm
Video: George at Rebecca Farm
When we arrived home, it was back to work in NJ, with an event on the next weekend and new horses arriving at the farm in only two weeks.
The NJ HT went beautifully. Rox (pictured above) had his first event back since the spring and won the preliminary on a 26.5. BM Gotteulan, ‘Gottcha’, (pictured below) won another novice, this time on a 23.5! He is a super young horse. It’ll be sad to have to sell this one!
Back soon with news from Waredaca...
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Here's an interesting article from the local newspaper about the event and its international range of participants.
The event schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The USEA Spalding Labs Young Event Horse Series gives owners and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their four- and five-year-old horses. The USEA Future Event Horse Series focuses on yearlings, two-year-olds, and three-year-olds.
Thursday, July 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Dressage, all Fédération Equestre Internationale levels. Dressage, National Horse Trial Levels.
Friday, July 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Dressage, all FEI Levels. National Horse Trial Levels Dressage continues. Cross-country phase begins at 8 am. National Horse Trials Novice and Training Levels.
Saturday, July 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Cross-country phase all day. All FEI Levels. National Horse Trial Levels continue.
Sunday, July 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Show jumping phase, all levels. Awards ceremony at end of each division.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Castle Jordan came back to intermediate with a wonderful run at Seneca. Then the next day I rode Cornerstone Striker and BM Gotteulan in a Jumper Show at Briarwood farm in NJ. Striker is really coming along and shows to be a super jumper with endless potential. Gottcha was great, it was good for us to get to know each other over some courses since I've only had him a few weeks.
The practice paid off: the following weekend was Bucks County HT where Gottcha won the novice on a 26.5...he was a super boy, brave and a blast to ride!
Then we were off to Surefire (click here for results) where Castle Jordan, (George), was great in the intermediate, finishing third. Gottcha was really good again too. It was the hardest course he has encountered and the most atmosphere at an event. He is a very promising young horse. Cavaldi (Joey) also got to come out for the weekend and did the dressage, where he actually behaved quite well considering it was his first time back out since Kentucky!
Now getting ready for our big trip to Montana! I'm very excited about competing at Rebecca Farm with Joey and George.