Well today marks 2 weeks that I have been at Sunset Hill Farm in Woodbine, MD. I have to say I am loving it so far!! The facilities are top notch, the horses are all relaxed and happy, and the people are incredibly helpful and hospitable.
Like any new adventure, there have been a few bumps in the road (and there will be more) but overall I’m super excited about this move, and I’m looking forward to the new opportunities.
The weekend before the move I had Virginia Coulter’s William Don’t Tell and Chuck Akre’s True Bellamy at the Loudoun Valley Pony Club Horse Trials. Will was fantastic again in the dressage, and super fun and lightning fast across country. The only thing that stopped us from maintaining our lead was 2 pesky rails in the showjumping. We went up to High Acre last week for a jump lesson with David O’Connor (I love taking lessons!!!) and I think we have straightened a few things out!! Onward and upward towards the area 2 championships at Morven in 2 weeks.
Trubie was a very good boy as well. I was pleased with his steady and obedient test, which was good enough for 4th. I was seriously impressed by the way he handled the tough, hilly showjump track. Very VERY fun clear round there, and just 0.4 time penalties cross country in a bit of a rainstorm earned him yet another Novice ribbon, as he moved up to 3rd. I don’t think he has finished without a ribbon since he started doing recognized shows!!
Will and Trubie’s barn mates have been working hard as well. Cricket’s Song and Harbour the Truth will be doing their first schooling horse trials this Sunday at Seneca! The new girl, Wind in the Willows (a 4 year old Irish sport horse owned by Lesley Arnold of Huntly, VA) has had a few great sessions at home and will most likely go to the Maryland starter trials mid October. I will be posting more info on these 3 soon!! They are all really fun and athletic, and looking for new homes this fall.
Ollie is enjoying being back in some work, he likes his new place mostly because there is a lot of grass here. He really is looking very good, so we’ll just keep on keepin on until it’s time to make a plan!
Also, I am on the hunt for a working student!! It’s the usual job description; barn help, grooming and general chores in exchange for housing, lessons, and some opportunity to ride my horses (d.o.e) spread the word!!
As always, stay tuned for more info. Check the updated results and schedules pages! And if you are in the central Maryland area, feel free to give me a call about lessons and training!!
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