Friday, January 21, 2011

Congratulations to the Sylvester Family on Joining the Neville Bardos Syndicate. Only 2 Shares Left!

Congratulations and thanks to Spike and Jeanne Sylvester for buying the 8th share in the Neville Bardos syndicate! Their daughter Erin has been a student of mine for the past couple of years and Silva and I have both enjoy training one of America’s most exciting up and coming riders. I think it’s a wonderful gesture that Spike and Jeanne came on board and bought a piece of one of Erin’s future rivals, which might make for some busy cheering moments at future four-star events.
Erin Sylvester (Mike McNally Photo)

A quick reminder: there are only two shares remaining in the syndicate. If anyone out there is interested in joining and being a part of one of the best event horses in the world, there’s still time to get on board. The shares are $15k apiece and Neville Bardos is aiming for and entered in the biggest and best three-star events in America: Red Hills, The Fork and Jersey Fresh, before heading to England later this year to compete against the world’s best at the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4*.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


The following schedule is subject to change!

Aiken January 20th - End March, 2011

Jan 29 - 30 Pinetop

Feb 2 - Full Gallop 

Feb 5 - Sporting Days

Feb 9 - Full Gallop

Feb 12 - 13 Pinetop

Feb 18 - 20 Paradise

Feb 25 - 27 Pinetop

March 4 - 6 Sporting Days

March 10 - 13 Red Hills

March 12 - 13 Full Gallop

March 19 - 20 Pine Top

March 24 - 27 Poplar Place 

March 25 - 27 Southern Pines

April 2 - 3 Morven Park

April 6 - 10 The Fork

April 16 - 17 Plantation

April 22 - 24 Fair Hill

April 21 - 25 Badminton

May 7-8 MCTA

May 11 - 15 Jersey Fresh

WEG 2010 Photo Credits Lisa Thomas

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New horse for Silva

I would like to welcome Faye Woolf's 6-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Aesthete, known as "Stately", into my group of competition horses. Stately is a very nice young horse by Trento B out of a Gribaldi (Tortilas' sire ) mare.

First of all I would to thank Faye for making this possible for me. Stately was very successful as a four-year-old with Karen Monk-Reilly riding him. Karen has done an amazing job at bringing this wonderful young horse along; they won the won the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championship for four-year-olds with a score of 86.8%! Last year they finished 5th in the Championship for 5-year-olds with 81.6%.

Karen has let him him "be a horse" and did not pressure him too early, and Stately has an amazing mind and great personality. He not only has amazing physical ability but also amazing mental ability, the likes of which you cannot find very often in a horse.

I am very exited to have him in my group and I am looking forward to starting this season with such good horses!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bienvenue Otis Barbotiere!

I’m very excited to say that we have a fantastic new addition to the team of event horses here: Otis Barbotiere arrived last night after a marathon trip from Europe. I found Otis in France late last year after going on a horse-hunting pilgrimage with my mate Peter Barry. Otis looks like a very talented, exciting and promising young horse. He also has a great pedigree: his sire is Quidam du Ravel, the most prolific jumping sire in France’s history.

Otis happens to have a few wonderful traits that I also associate with Neville Bardos: a glaring white eye, a big white blaze, and he's an avid wind sucker! They’ll make a good team, or partners in crime anyway. I want to thank the group of fantastic supporters that have come together to make this happen. The syndicate members include:

Steve Blauner, NY
Bonnie Stedt, NY
Ron and Densey Juvonen, PA
Nancy and David Hathaway, NY
Craig and Gloria Callen, NY
Kelly Morgan, MA
Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg, NY
Dr. Timothy Holekamp, MO

It's atrocious weather here in Pennsylvania today, so instead of turning Otis out in the field I decided to throw a saddle on him and hack him around the indoor for 45 minutes – with my helmet on! My plan is to send him to Aiken in a week and place him with Silva for a couple weeks of gentle dressage work to let my chief dressage trainer make the first assessment of what we need to be working on.

Once again, thanks to the fabulous group of people that has come together to help bring Otis to the Unites States for me to ride. I couldn't have done it without you and I'm looking forward to sharing many exciting times with all of you.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Dressage Horses Have Arrived in Aiken!

On Saturday morning at 3am we started our drive to Aiken with 10 horses. I was driving my trailer with five horses and my friend Anecia drove Boyd's trailer with another 5 horses. My working student Devon drove in the truck with Anecea and Amy Heron, a student and friend of mine, drove in he truck with me. Devon's mum Sandy was also behind us and drove Devon's car to Aiken, so we had quite the caravan going down the road!

We had a great and very easy trip: no dramas on the way, which is very unlike me!

We arrived in Aiken at Black Forest Farm at 3pm. The sun was out and it was 60 degrees. It felt soooo good to see the sun and not to be freezing for once! The farm is beautiful and all the people are very nice and welcoming.
On Sunday we took everybody for a hack. All of the horses are so happy too see the sun and be outside of the indoor arena back home in Pennsylvania.

Anecia, Amy and Sandy are now driving Boyd's trailer back to PA and then Lillian, Sara ,and Caitlin are driving the event horses down at the end of the week.