Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Ying Yang at his best...

Since Rolex Kentucky last year, my dear friend Thomas, otherwise known as Ying Yang Yo, has been under the care and training of his part owner Eliza Woolf. Eliza, her mother Faye and myself all agreed after Rolex last year that it would be in Thomas' best interest to chill out and reduce his work load. Unfortunately the last time I ever sat on him I ended up very wet in the 'Head of the Lake' in Lexington....(see video). However, we were in a perfect situation with Eliza, whom was in need of a horse to gain experience on at the novice/training level.

The great thing is that Thomas is still only a 12-year-old and he has plenty of good years ahead of him, especially as well as he gets taken care of! Thomas lives at Holly Hepp's barn in Durham, N.C., and gets treated like royalty. Its great to see that my old mate has landed on his feet. Special feed additives, magnetic blankets, massages and copious amounts of treats are the norm now for the ex-dud-race horse from outback Australia.

Eliza and Thomas went cross country schooling on the weekend, and by the look of the pictures he has not forgotten a trick. Eliza's coach, Holly Hepp, has got the pair of them jumping all sorts of fences up to the preliminary level. Eliza gives Thomas a great ride and leaves him plenty of rein for him to do his job. Eliza and Thomas will hopefully make their novice debut shortly, this spring. I am very emotionally attached to Thomas as he is the reason I came to America and I am just so happy that he is also living the American dream!!!


Monday, February 2, 2009

Louis Vuitton W

One of our young horses still in Australian, 3-year-old Louis Vuitton W has been very good for our friend Gordon Bishop, who is breaking him in at the moment. Louis will spend a few more days with Gordon and then will go back home to the farm in Lochinvar for some peaceful paddock time until he comes over to the USA.

Louis is by the German stallion Londonderry out of Felicity,(the same dam as Fendi and Mademoiselle Chanel), who is by Wolkenstein 2. Louis is a beautiful mover and I am very exited and looking forward to getting him over here and starting work with him!


Silva Riding Prosecco

I am very exited to have Prosecco as a new competition and sales horse.
Prosecco, (Pik Donnerhall – Rivellino xx – Marlon xx) is a 10-year-old Westfalen gelding owned by Michael and Denise Rotko, from Pennsylvania. I am very thankful to Michael and Denise for giving me this wonderful horse to show, especially because it gives me another FEI horse.

Prosecco is a pleasure to work with every day; he is easy going and fun to ride. I am very exited to show him for the first time at the Wellington Classic this coming weekend, where I am going to show him in Fourth level to start with. That gives me a chance get get to know him better without too much pressure.

Later I will be showing Prosecco at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, on February 26-March 1, in PSG and Intermediaire 1.