Tuesday, September 30, 2014

More from Dressage at Devon 2014

Thanks to my support team!

 It was a great weekend at Dressage at Devon! I couldn’t be happier, this was the first time since my accident that I really felt like I’m back, and it was exciting. Rosa felt fabulous and I’m lucky I’ve got that mare, she takes care of me. She’s stronger now and doesn’t feel green any more at this level, she’s very solid.

Everyone who could be was there was cheering me on, and those who couldn’t be there watched online. So many friends came out and were there for me and that was exciting. I talk to my mom all the time and she said when I told her I was going to ride at Devon, she just smiled and nodded but didn’t really believe it! My friends Mary Griffin and Kate Hicks were there too, and they also said they couldn’t believe I was coming back.  I think it was hard for the people who were right there with me through the accident, who weren’t sure what was going to happen. So it was awesome, and getting scores like that was exciting. We have a bright future ahead of us.

Jerusha and Rosa Cha, ready for the jog

My new group of girls, with Jerusha being head girl, and Jessie Crosby and Devon Seery, were amazing. Jerusha jogged Rosa for me and I really couldn’t have done it without her. You only see the rider in the arena, but it really takes a team to do what I do. It was a very quiet Devon for me though, I must say. I just had the young horse and Rosa; usually I have about 15 horses there so it seemed very quiet.

Reserve Champion!
On Saturday Boyd fell from Oscar (Trading Aces) when he slipped on wet grass during a gallop. He got a concussion but is doing alright; it was scary that he fell, though, especially just when I’m coming back from a head injury! We both push ourselves too hard, but fingers crossed he really is doing well. He came out to warm me up for the Freestyle on Sunday and it was great having him there.

Boyd Martin on Hannah Lu W
 It was also fun having Boyd riding Hannah earlier in the week, and Mike did a great job on Joulua, and Kat Lissett and Caitlin did a good job with Boyd’s young horses. It was great for the young horses to get out in that environment and they did a great job riding them.

Caitlin Silliman riding Barry
 Kymmy had a great weekend too and I’m so happy to see her doing well. It’s always exciting to see people who have been with me for so long go out and be great!

Mike Pindleton on Joulua
 I have an appointment with the doctor next week to talk about eye surgery. This week I’m taking Rosa (PSG/I-1) and Danka Schoene, (training level), owned by Melinda Walton and Larry Smith, to the Regional Championships. Benny won the Championships at second level last year, so he’s not allowed to compete at that level again, and I haven’t had him out enough to do the third level championships.

The goal is to get to Kentucky for the US finals. You have to either be champion or reserve to compete there, and since I haven’t really done anything this year I’d love to do something big going forward.


Boyd and Hannah at the awards ceremony

Friday, September 26, 2014

Video of Silva and Rosa Cha W at Dressage at Devon 2014

Silva and Rosa Cha W 3rd in Return to CDI competition at DAD

Photo Copyright Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
It was a great day for Silva and Rosa, up against a huge, competitive class in the PSG at Dressage at Devon. Thanks to Dressage-News.com for sharing the story:


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday at Dressage at Devon 2014

Rosa Cha W was accepted to the jog today at Dressage at Devon and will compete in the PSG tomorrow at 10:16am. Jerusha jogged her for me and they both looked amazing! It's a huge class that runs from 8am to 5pm and should be very competitive.

Yesterday Boyd rode Rosa's daughter Hannah Lu W to the reserve championship in the Materiale Class for Four & Five Year Old Mares. He did a really good job with her and it's exciting to see Rosa's baby do so well. Rosa and I have a special relationship and Hannah is a very special horse. She adores Boyd and tries very hard for him, and he has a nice nonchalant way of riding her and letting her be herself. I'm lucky that he can ride her for me until I can see properly again!

Today Benefactor RRS was the last entry in the Six-Year-Old class and he was awesome! The test has four flying changes and half-pass, so it's difficult for these young horses but  Benny handled it very well. Other than getting a little confused on the first flying change he felt very steady and he finished fourth overall, in a big class under the lights at night, which is also a lot for him to handle.


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Good Start for Windurra at Dressage at Devon 2014

We had a great start at Devon yesterday! I rode Ernie, "Estival Star" in the Materiale class for three-year-old colts and geldings. Ernie was outstanding and you would not know he is only three years old at all. Apart from having an amazing amount of talent, he is one of the bravest and most honest horses that I ever had in training. 

Kirsten Jepp with Ernie and Silva
 His owner Kirsten Jepp was there cheering us on. Kirsten bought Ernie as a foal in Germany at the foal auction in Verden. He will be for sale very soon. What an exiting prospect for somebody in the USA to be able to purchase a horse with his quality without having to go to Europe.

Brendan Curtis Showing Ernie in-hand
Brendan Curtis was nice enough to show Ernie in hand for us yesterday morning. Ernie looked beautiful and Brendan did a very nice job showing him. They finished fifth in that class. Since the in-hand class and the Materiale class were combined into the Future Prospect Championship class, Ernie not only won the Materiale Class, he also was reserve Champion overall!!

Jerusha and Ernie
Jerusha and Ernie
 Jerusha outdid herself grooming; Ernie looked amazing and she has taken great care of him for the last two days at Devon. It takes a team to be able to do what I do and a win is not only a win for me but it is a huge accomplishment for the people on the ground like Jerusha! I am a lucky girl to have such a strong team around me!



Monday, September 22, 2014

Plantation Field CIC*** 2014

Trading Aces, owned by the Trading Aces Syndicate, LLC. Amber Heintzberger photo

Oscar felt really strong around the whole course. I haven’t competed him since Red Hills and he’s definitely a different beast than I remember. He was quite strong and bold and felt fresh all the way around. I didn’t go to the well on him just because obviously we want to make sure he has positive experiences and stays strong moving forward. All I was worried about was seeing how he traveled today and he felt great. Personally I think this horse has all the quality in the world, but it’s courses for horses and I think he’d be well-suited for Pau, Luhmuehlen or Aachen, while I’d probably stay away from Burghley and courses with heavy ground. He’s only ten, and in hindsight I might have made the error of getting him up to advanced too quickly.

After getting him back from Phillip he’s wanting to go more, he’s looking to go at them; at a number of fences I was having to hold him back a bit more than I’d like, and I believe that’s where the time faults came from more than the fact that he was going slow. 

Crackerjack, owned by Lucy Boynton. Amber Heintzberger photo
Crackerjack has been with me for a long time; unfortunately we haven’t done much with him over the past 12 months as we were battling with a few respiratory issues. I’m very thankful to Lucy Boynton, his owner, for being patient. We’ve done a number of things to try to improve his problems and I’ve learned a fair bit from my fellow competitors who have had similar horses. There wouldn’t be a horse that I’ve had that tries any harder, and at the moment we’ve come so far, I’d like to see if we can get him up to a four-star.

Crackers was also the top finishing American bred Thoroughbred, receiving the Cayman Went award in honor of Annie Jones' successful event horse who was campaigned by Phillip Dutton. 

Master Frisky, owned by Stephen Blauner. Amber Heintzberger photo
 Master Frisky is as good a dressage horse as I’ve ever had. He’s an unbelievable mover and has a great brain. Cross-country he’s great and brave; show jumping is his weaker phase but I believe he’s a proper four-star horse and he’s supported by my longtime backer,Steve Blauner. In 12 months' time he’ll be one of the best horses on the circuit.
Pancho Villa, owned by the Pancho Villa Syndicate, LLC. Amber Heintzberger photo
 Pancho Villa was super, by far this is the toughest track we’ve faced together and he jumped very comfortably. I was very pleased with him and think this result will definitely encourage people who are interested in him, as he’s for sale. I think it proves he’s a big-time horse and whoever buys him, they’ll have a Pan-Am horse or a three-star horse, or even a four-star horse.


Steady Eddie, owned by George and Gretchen Wintersteen, Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin. Amber Heintzberger photo
I bought Steady Eddie off the track in Australia and he’s super duper careful but a great galloper. We’ve been a long time producing him up to this level and I think he’s a proper four-star horse because he can run and jump and I think he’ll do quite well at Fair Hill. This weekend he was very impressive in all three phases. Caitlin’s helped me with his dressage and Michael Walton’s been jumping all my horses while I was injured and then away, and obviously Silva has had an incredible role in producing all my horses.

SBF Cortez, owned by Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin. Photo courtesy Jenni Autry
I had a blasting round on SBF Cortez. He’s a bit of a green horse and unfortunately I got a little too competitive and went for the time. He jumped beautifully but coming to the last fence he was too forward and excited, and I really had to fight with him to get him back before the keyhole, and I got him to an impossible distance but thankfully he pulled up, giving him his first-ever cross-country fault. Shadow and Cortez are my up and coming intermediate horses and both have got a lot of quality and both need a lot more  time in all three phases; fortunately they are supported by great owners who understand that the process of building great event horses takes a lot of time.

Welcome Shadow, owned by Craig and Gloria Callen (pictured at Millbrook HT 2014)
 Welcome Shadow is originally a foxhunter; she’s a great mover and a great jumper. I was upset with her show jumping yesterday, I think she misread a lot of jumps, just because the sun was setting. She’d be one of the best jumpers I have, but she had a few down because of the glare on the fences at that time of day. Today she felt super. I’m still up in the air whether to run her in a three-day event at the end of the year or wait until next year.

I’ve got all seven of the horses I rode here entered at Fair Hill. For Shadow and Cortez I’ve got to figure out if it’s beneficial doing a two-star there or hanging out until next year. The four young three-star horses all really impressed me today and I’m looking forward to giving their first run in a CCI***.

Meanwhile I’ll be riding Hanna Lu, out of Rosa Cha, in the 5-year-old class at Devon next weekend. I’ve got my assistant riders Mike Pendleton, Caitlin Silliman and Kat Lissett all riding there as well, in the young horse classes. Even though they’re on event horses, I think it’s important that event horses compete alongside the pure dressage horses, even though we’ll probably get destroyed in the placings! It’s important to feel like you can compete against the specialists.

Silva’s also back in action and Rosa Cha is looking especially good. I’m egging her on to move back up to Grand Prix, but at the same time my understanding of dressage is much less than hers.

Today my students McKenna Shea, Lillian Heard, Erin Sylvester and Jimmie Schramm all rode well. I do enjoy watching these girls come along and helping them in the process because they are all hungry and desperate to be awesome riders and I think they all have an opportunity to be amazing.