Thursday, December 16, 2010

Silva Heads South!

Jeff The Chef
It's only fair that Silva gets to share in the sunshine this winter in Aiken.  Current plans are for Silva to leave after the new year to travel down to Aiken, which will be home base for both she and Boyd over the winter months.

Silva will be traveling further south for many of her competitions as well.

Here is her current competition schedule, which will certainly be amended.
Clinic schedule to follow!

Competition Calendar

2011 Winter Schedule:
January 29-30
Snowbird's Paradise, Orlando, Fl.

February 11-13
Wellington Classic Spring Challenge
Wellington, Fl.

February 26-27
Dressage at Canterbury
Newberry, Fl.

March 4-6
Palm Beach Derby
Wellington, Fl.

March 25-27
March Magic
Williamston, NC.

Vote for Boyd and Support Eventing

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America's Favorite Equestrian is an interactive fund raising effort presented jointly by partnership of The EQUUS Foundation and The United States Equestrian Federation to raise funds to advance the equestrian sport on an annual basis.

Using mobile texting, you can vote to select America's Favorite Equestrians and support The EQUUS Foundation with a $5 gift. 100% of all donations will be used to support charitable causes.
How To Vote Select your favorite equestrian listed under each discipline and follow the instructions provided. After texting your vote, you must reply YES to confirm your vote/$5 donation. If you want to cast more than six $5 votes in a single month ($30), please review the separate instructions listed on each equestrian profile; a credit card is required.

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Starting on December 15, 2010 through February 28, 2011, fans will be given the chance to vote for their favorite equestrians from among a slate of international athletes.

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The winners will be the athletes from each discipline with the most votes and announced in March.
The EQUUS Foundation will award a minimum of $10,000 in grant awards in support of the eight equestrian disciplines. The discipline generating the greatest number of votes will receive an additional $5,000 grant award.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Working Draft

NAME: Working Draft

SEX: Gelding

COLOUR: Chestnut

HEIGHT: 17 hh



BREED: Belgian Draft, Thoroughbred Cross


OWNER: Susan Ballek

Working Draft (Bentley) is an 8 year old, 17.1hh Belgian Draft Thoroughbred cross gelding with the best characteristics of both breeds. Bred in Ohio, Bentley moved to Lyme, Connecticut at age 4 to begin training and eventing with owner Susan Ballek.

A calm, athletic and hard working guy, Bentley is a fast learner who is ready to move up the levels. He has a solid foundation at the Novice level, and is ready for a move to Training or Prelim.
Eventing dressage scores for summer 2010 were consistently in the low to mid 30's, placing Bentley in 1st place after dressage at several events. Training Level dressage-only highlights for 2010 were a 70.4% and a 75%. Bentley won all four of his dressage-only classes at Training Level this summer, as well as achieving high-point dressage score of the day at the Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association's dressage and two-phase competition at Mystic Valley Hunt Club in July.

Bentley spent September and October of 2010 in Vermont for stadium and cross country work with event rider and trainer Caitlin Romeo. He returned to Lyme, Connecticut in November for intensive dressage work with his owner at Ann Guptill's Fox Ledge Farm in East Haddam, CT. Ann is a Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer. He is currently in training with Four Star event rider Boyd Martin in Pennsylvania.

Bentley is currently jumping 3'6" courses in the ring at a beautiful, steady canter and skips over 4 foot oxers without a problem. Fun and adjustable over jumps, he never gets strong on course and is great alone or in a group of horses. Loves water, ditches, banks and drops, has done tons of hunter pace experience, would also make a great fox hunter. No vices; clips, loads, great for vet and farrier and is an excellent traveler.

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Please call 610-806-2381 or email Boyd to set up an appointment to see Bentley!

Monday, December 13, 2010

USEF Announces 2011 Eventing High Performance Training Lists

Updated: 2010-12-08
from the USEF

Lexington, KY
 - The Eventing High Performance Training Lists have been revised for the 2011 season. These riders will be invited to participate in training sessions this winter with Capt. Mark Phillips. The Eventing Selectors and High Performance Committee revised the approach to the training lists with the objective of being successful at the 2012 London Olympic Games. It is anticipated the new structure will allow more focus on the riders themselves, and allow more exposure for some of the talented young horses coming up through the levels.

A listed riders will receive training grants from the USEF and priority during training sessions. Capt. Phillips will continue to arrange personal training with the A listed riders at their own farms throughout the season.  

B listed riders may also be awarded training grants and invited to training sessions.


High Performance A List 

Phillip Dutton/47/West Grove, PA
Boyd Martin/31/West Grove, PA
Kim Severson/37/Scottsville, VA
Amy Tryon/40/Duvall, WA

High Performance B List

Laine Ashker/26/Richmond, VA
Jennie Brannigan/23/West Grove, PA
Hannah Sue Burnett/24/Ocala, FL
Will Coleman/27/Gordonsville, VA
Tiana Coudray/22/Ojai, CA
Buck Davidson/34/Unionville, PA
Will Faudree/29/Hoffman, NC
Karen O'Connor/52/The Plains, VA
Allison Springer/36/Marshall, VA

It is anticipated that training sessions will be held in California, Florida, and South Carolina; dates will be finalized and published in January. Auditors are welcome and asked to please be respectful of lessons and the property on which they will be held.

The Selection Committee looks forward to outstanding performances at the CCI3* and CCI4* level and looks forward to promoting more riders to the A List in the summer.

For more information, please contact Sara Ike, USEF Managing Director of Eventing, at  

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Discover Serendipity!!

NAME: Serendipity (a.k.a. Tini)
SEX: Mare
COLOUR: Pinto - Dark Bay and White
HEIGHT: 17hh
DATE OF BIRTH: June 2005
SIRE: Sempatico M
DAM: Wrickster
BREED: ISR - Oldenburg
PLACE OF BIRTH: Silverwood Farm, Lovettsville, VA 
Tini is a super moving, super jumping, quality horse for the future. Even as a 2 year old she competed in the inaugural USEA Future Event Horse Series and won Reserve Champion 2 year old filly in the finals at Morven Park in October 2007. After looking so good as a young horse, Ticia Tripp decided to breed her to "Harry The Hat" in May 2009 and delivered a stunning dark bay colt in April 2010.
This beautiful mare has only been competing in horse trials for a few months. I must say that even though she is green, she has all of the tools for a top horse. She has the gallop of a race horse, the movement of a dressage horse, and definitely has the jump of a straight show-jumper. This is a great opportunity to get in on a super young horse that is oozing with potential and class.
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