Drummond, owned by Katie and Cuyler Walker. Photo copyright Red Horse Media
I’m very proud and excited to say that I have two exciting new young horses in training thanks to my new supporters Katie and Cuyler Walker. The Walker family has had a huge history and tradition here in the Cheshire Hunt Country, with relations to the very famous foxhunting legend, Mrs. Hannum.
Drummond was hand-picked out of a field in Canada by Katie and her foxhunting trainer Dave Leinhauser. Drummond is a magnificent-looking 5-year-old gelding who has the movement of a dressage horse and a very bold jumping technique. Dave did a full season hunting him last year to give him a wonderful start to his career and I was lucky enough to hunt Drummond late last year, where he impressed me immensely. Thanks to his foxhunting background Drummond now has successfully competed around a couple of training horse trials with a very good start.
The second horse the Walkers purchased is Brewster, a brilliant-looking 4-year-old bred by none other than Bruce Davidson. This horse is about 1/16th Irish Sport Horse and is closely related to one of Bruce’s most famous eventers, Eagle Lion. Dave Leinhauser also got this young horse started over the winter, where Brewster got his education in the hills of Unionville, PA. Brewster has had a couple of starts this year and the horse has looked very impressive at the novice horse trials.
Not only do Katie and Cuyler own these promising young horses, they also are the land owners in Unionville where the Plantation Field CIC will run in September. Year by year this event is getting bigger and better. Without question this year’s Plantation CIC will go beyond last year’s efforts with the inclusion of a world-class jumping and dressage stadium which has magnificent, prepared wax-coated footing kindly donated by members of the community. They're also aerovating the gallops so the cross-country footing will be in top-notch shape.
This year’s event will also go far beyond just the international horse trials with a huge trade fair, a parade of the Cheshire foxhounds, and the infamous cocktail party at the Walkers’ residence in Unionville before the event starts. I urge anyone who has a horse eligible to compete there to get their entry in, because this could be the most exciting event of the year. Any spectators or fans of eventing, buy your tickets for the luncheon now, so you can sit back in the VIP tent – or even better, become a sponsor - and enjoy the event of events!
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