It’s almost the end of summer! Back to school ads are all over the radio and the tv, the mornings are noticeably cooler, and I am doing entries for September HT’s… I can’t believe how each month seems to go by quicker than the last. I also can’t believe how fast my barn full o’ babies is growing up!!
Since my last update, I have competed a few times, with consistent great goes on True Bellamy, a cross country blooper marring an otherwise fantastic time with Seahawk, and a couple of great field trips with Cricket’s Song and Harbour the Truth.
True Bellamy was 2nd at MD 2, 1st at Morningside, and 2nd again at Waredaca… He is a very professional young athlete and i am so grateful to Chuck Akre for taking this horse and I on.
Seahawk has continued to be incredibly reliable in the dressage and showjumping, and is gradually becoming more familiar with the cross country aspect of life (as I get more familiar with his particular attention deficit). I am hopeful that my giant baby will learn to look for the flags and gallop on!
Cricket and “Harvey” both completed their first beginner novice combined test, and have gone cross country schooling as well! Cricket also won ribbons in some hunter classes at the American Connemara Pony Society’s show at Glenwood Park here in Middleburg.
All in all a great time was had by all the 4 year olds. It’s fun to have such a talented group to play with, and I’m so grateful to these horses owners for the chance to work with their youngsters!!
I also have to say a huge thanks to the organizers of Maryland HT, Waredaca, Morningside, and the Connemara Society for putting on such good events this summer.
The not so young-sters in my barn are doing well this summer too- William Don’t Tell had a fun time at MD1, a brilliant dressage followed by a swing and a miss in the showjumping at MD2, a nice little weeklong vacay. He then showed up at the Morningside combined test completely reenergized!!
I believe he scored a 29 in the dressage that day, and had two showjump rounds with a minor tap bringing down 1 rail in each. He maintained this energy all the way to the finish line at the Waredaca HT yesterday and laid down a performance that was good enough for the win. Will’s owner and I work hard to keep this horse on his A game, and although being fit and well fed has earned him the nickname of Wild Will ( the only polite one of his nicknames) we will happily take what he gives us in the ring when he feels good!
Ollie has received a big thumbs up from our vet, Christiana Ober (who is getting MARRIED -must sing this word with a big smile- very sooooon!!) he will spend the next 3-4 months slowly building up to full work and then and only then will I plan our next move. The waiting to plan is going to be the hardest part of this for me!! But that’s the way it goes..
And now… For something completely different!
I’m very pleased and excited to announce that in 2 weeks time I will be setting up shop at Sunset Hill Stables at McCuan Farms in Woodbine, Maryland. This is a great opportunity for me to ride and teach at a beautiful facility.. There is plenty of room to take horses in for competition, training and sale, and also anyone in the area is welcome to call for lessons!! Can’t wait to get started!! Big thank you to the McCuan’s and Kate Chadderton, who has and will continue to run her operation at Sunset Hill, for this great opportunity.
Check it out..