Friday, June 10, 2011
I was lucky enough to meet Denise and Pierre in Aiken earlier this year, where they spend their winters eventing. Both are huge supporters of the sport and it’s a phenomenal feeling, especially after last week’s tragedy, to have new people coming on board, supporting my up-and-coming horses.
Eddie has now been living in the United States for just over a year. He’s come up through the ranks of novice and training and did his first prelim at Waredaca last weekend, and is entered in prelim at Plantation Field Horse Trials this weekend, then he’ll have a nice rest since he’s had a pretty intense start to the year.
For those of you not familiar with Eddie, of “The Eagle” as I call him, I picked him up in Australia from a guy who got him off the racetrack. He has some phenomenal bloodlines and he is closely related to Blyth Tait’s Olympic gold-medalist Ready Teddy.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
DOB: June 25, 2007
BREED: Hanoverian |
SIRE: San Brasil
DAM: S. Alcatrina
BREEDER: Laurie Cameron, DVM
FARM: Clear Blue Farm, Stockton NJ
Royally bred for performance with famous relatives on the sire's side include Gold Medal GP Dressage horse Satchmo, World Cup Grand Prix Show Jumping champion, Shutterfly and GP Show jumper Arko lll.
Her dam line includes the great names of: Alme, Gotthard, Rinaldo, Ramiro and Pik Bube. Top performers from this dam line include the Advanced Level Event horse "Are you Ready" and USEF 2008 top five Green Conformation Hunter "Fortune Hunter".
Sophia was bred to jump and started with Boyd and Silva on May 1st, 2011. Within thirty days under saddle, this rising four year old mare is showing serious dressage potential with three lovely, well balanced, uphill gaits.
Please call Boyd at 610-806-2381 OR Silva at 610-806-2721 to set up an appointment to see this fabulous young horse!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Lara Anderson & Kate Hutchings
Full Gallop Group Real Estate
803-215-6590 - Lara
803-480-5230 - Kate
803-644-6789 - office
SCHOOLING COMBINED TEST
Also offering Dressage test of Choice
Great opportunity to school before our recognized August Event.
Saturday June 18th, 2011
Open - Now – Close June 14th, 2011
We will take late entries if space warrants
Amoeba – Intermediate
Please send all entries to:
Secretary – Full Gallop Farm
3828 Wagener Rd
Aiken, SC 29805
Phone number is 803-644-6789
1. Intermediate - Fences to 3'9"
Dressage - Intermediate test B
2. Preliminary - Fences to 3’7”
Dressage – Preliminary Test B
3. Training – Fences to 3’3”
Dressage – Training Test B
4. Novice – Fences to 2’11”
Dressage – Novice Test B
5. Beginner Novice – Fences to 2’7”
Dressage – Beg Novice Test B
6. Tadpole – Fences to 2’3"
Dressage – Beg Novice Test A
7. Amoeba – Fences 18” Cross rails only
Dressage – Intro Test A
8. Dressage only test of choice – please indicate on entry which test you are doing.-$35 fee per test. ( large arena to be used for USDF tests)
Extra Jumping rounds or Dressage tests - $20
- 12 month Coggins required with all entries
- All CT Dressage tests in Small Arena
- State age and level of experience on entry
- Depending on number of entries- We may further divide them by division in each level – Senior, Junior, Restricted, etc
- Check website www.fullgallopfarm.com for entry status and start times – if no internet - call for times after Wed May 15th, 2011
- Hard hats with harness required at all times when jumping
- Medical armbands required for all jumping phases
- Limited concessions on grounds
Please leave your dogs at home – if they must come -all dogs must be leashed – No exceptions- $50 donation to the FGF Jump fund if captured
NO SMOKING ALLOWED ON GROUNDS
Full Gallop Farm
Schooling Combined Test & Dress test of Choice
Saturday, June 18th, 2011
All CT levels $50, Dress only $35
Level Entering ____________________________
Age _______ Highest level Competed _________
Age ________Highest level competed __________
City __________________ ST ____ ZIP ________
Phone #’s ________________________________
Combined Test $50.00
Dressage test of Choice $35.00
Extra Jump rounds or Dressage tests $20 ________
Camper/trailer hook-up $20 per night ________
All Stabling ____ nights @ $25 per night ________
X/C Schooling -Level _______ $30.00 _________
Non competing XC - Level _____ $40.00 ________
Non-competing horses welcome – if bringing a non-competing horse -$15 grounds fee if not stabling– send with entry
I am aware that riding horses is an athletic event which poses potentially serious risk of injuries. I understand that I may be injured as a result of my negligence, the negligence of others or through no fault of my own or anyone else due to the activity in which I am engaged. I hereby hold harmless Full Gallop Farm, its owners and agents, the organizers and volunteers of this event for any injury or death I might sustain as a result my participation in this event or by being on the grounds.
Signature of Rider (parent/Guardian if under 18)
Print Name __________________________________________________
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I hear it more and more these days—“Horses will break your heart.”
I’d say with some experience that yes, that statement is very, very true. But what most also know and don’t really talk about quite as often is that riding and competing these unbelievable animals really helps you heal as well. So when everyone at TPF and Windurra USA set off to compete this past weekend at Waredaca in Maryland, I knew that it would be the first step on a long road of recovery, especially for Boyd and Woodzy.
Our feeling of unity has grown so much stronger in the past few days, and it’s renewed my faith in our family at TPF. It was nice to just take the time to watch Woodzy ride his dressage. Even with bandages for the burns on his hand, it looked pretty darn classy. Boyd also showed amazing character and strength throughout the weekend, and I know that riding is probably the best therapy of all for him.
And when I heard that Silva won all three of the 6-year-old tests this weekend at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trials at Morven Park (Va.), I was so proud. She scored in the 80s there with Aesthete (a.k.a. “Stately”), who’s owned by Faye Woolf, who lost her horse Call Me Ollie in the fire.
I was lucky to have a good weekend as well with Hard Alee and Wauwinit tying for the lead in a training division, while Zoom Zoom came sixth in that class. Indie was second in the open prelim behind Nina’s other horse, Celtic Heritage, whom Phillip rode. After spooking at the first show jump and having it down, Indie jumped great. Ollie won his novice horse division from start to finish, and Dreamboat was sixth in a training class.
After the fire, I’d say that the wind has been knocked out of my sails a bit for the Luhmuhlen trip, which we leave for on Tuesday and Wednesday. But I got a little bit of drive back when Boyd handed me his helmet cover to wear over in Germany. Though I’ll feel strange leaving TPF, it’ll be an honor to ride in his colors there.
People heal at different speeds and in different ways, and the hardest part of the healing process has just begun. To make it through the initial tragedy is hard enough, but to put one foot in front of the other and to build, brick by brick, a little at a time is a task that is daunting.
So I ask that you please continue to support my friends, whether it’s just saying hi at the horse show or writing kind words on their blogs. I was told this weekend by a friend that we need to honor the ones who were lost by continuing to love, ride and care for the ones who are still here. Not a day goes by when those amazing creatures who were lost aren’t thought of or mourned over.
Now more than ever, as John Thier would say, GO EVENTING!
A couple of weeks ago I found a horse in Virginia, Quinn Himself, then did the clinic in NY and mentioned to Bonnie Stedt that I wanted to put a syndicate together. Bonnie’s horse died in the fire and she took the insurance money from Cagney and bought this horse. At Waredaca this weekend the owner just walked up and told me, “Here’s a present from Bonnie”!
He’s a 4-year-old by Brandenburg’s Windstar. Phyllis Dawson bred and started him – he’s a fantastic moving horse with a serious jump, and it’s a delightful gesture from Bonnie. It’s motivated me to move on from the disaster of last week and focus on what I love doing best, which is riding horses.
He’s still a baby and has never done an event. Silva gave me a dressage lesson on him morning and he reminds me a lot of Ringwood Magister: he has scope in his gaits and he’s a tall, rangy, big-boned and athletic horse.
The other good news today was that Neville and Min were released and joined Otis at Silva’s training facility in Cochranville where they are under doctor’s orders to stay on stall rest and hand grazing for a couple of weeks until further testing. Caitlin’s horse Catch a Star is the only one still at New Bolton – each day she seems to be improving and her spirits lifting more and more.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Silva is home from the VADA/NOVA summer dressage show, where she and Faye Woolf's Aesthete (Stately) had a terrific weekend competing in the six-year-old classes at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trials. Here's an update from Silva:
Stately was awesome this weekend, like he always is. I wasn’t really sure what would happen since I hadn’t ridden all week. It was really nice because everyone was pulling for me, it was hard to focus, but Stately just did his job in spite of me.
Friday was the warm-up round and Saturday was the first selection trial, where he score 83.4%! On Sunday in the final round I needed an 8.1 to qualify to go to Germany. I thought he was better than he was on Saturday but the judges felt he was a little tired and I got an 8.09, only one tenth off the qualifying score! We weren’t sure if would take him to Germany anyway because it’s a lot of travel for a young horse so it’s probably a blessing, everything happens for a reason. We’ll probably go to the US finals in Chicago, though.
I scratched Rosa because I didn’t get her breeding papers in time – they’re still in Australia and there was enough going on last week.
Constantina was doing her first I-1 qualifier and she was great, she tried really hard and scored a 68%.
I also rode Coquette, a full sister to Constantina owned by Sheryl Griffith and broke by Melinda Walton. She just turned four; this was her first show and she was 3rd in the Materiale class and 6th in the four-year-olds class. She is really green and was just a trooper, she went right in the ring. I think she’s going to be a really great horse.
Monday, June 13, 2011 2-8pm
PFEE, Inc. will conduct an open cross country schooling to benefit the victims of the terrible fire at True Prospect Farm. All proceeds from the schooling session will go directly to those involved in this tragedy.
Plantation Cross Country Courses have not been open for schooling for several years so this is a great opportunity to school. Plantation Field, located in Unionville, PA is the site of six horse trials annually including an International CIC in September. Check website www.plantationfieldhorsetrials.com for directions to 450 Apple Grove Rd. entrance.
The course will be open from 2PM to 8PM. However, no one will be allowed on the course if they have not signed in by 7PM.
Longwood Fire Company, one of the groups to respond last week to the fire has very generously donated their ambulance and crew for the schooling session.
$40.00 per horse
All Riders Must:
• Sign a release form available at the secretary’s office
• Obtain and wear a pinnie (number) from the secretary’s office
• Wear a certified helmet secured with a chin strap harness
• Wear footwear with a heel. We ask that you dress appropriately
Please Note: All Schooling Riders Must wear a body protector
Courses available from Elementary up to Preliminary. (Some Intermediate fences)
Please check website Monday June 13, 2011 for any changes due to weather.
The Pilot, a publication from Southern Pines, North Carolina, recently interviewed Becky Holder about her experiences with Call Me Ollie, the sweet and talented bay gelding that Boyd had recently started riding for owner Faye Woolf before the fire at TPF ended his life too soon. Here is an excerpt and a link to the rest of the article.
From THE PILOT, written by STEPHANIE DIAZ:
"When I contacted Becky Holder late Tuesday, she thought she’d be able to talk about Ollie the following morning.
“Can we do it tomorrow when I have my emotions more in control?” Holder wrote in an e-mail Tuesday night. Of course, I wrote back, I understand completely.
It wasn’t until Friday morning that Holder could summon the strength to share her memories of Call Me Ollie, the 11-year-old gelding she first met in a snow-blanketed field during a Minnesota winter five years ago."
to continue reading, click here.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Thanks to HorseJunkies for this post.....
|June 4, 2011 7:00 pm||Posted by Carrie under Random|
The Clear Round Derby at Fitch's Corner in Millbrook, NY on June 4, 2011 benefiting the True Prospect Fire Relief Fund for Boyd Martin was a success on all levels. The attendance was overwhelming, with 64 horses participating and 135 rides over the stadium and cross-country derby courses.
A huge number of riders took advantage of the 2'6" beginner novice course, with some having their first cross-country experience and others with their young horses making their cross-country debut. The first beginner novice ride was at 9:00am and the final training ride went out at 4:30pm for a full day of jumping fun on a picture perfect day.
The benefit raised $6,250 which will be donated to the American Horse Trials Foundation, to be directed to Boyd Martin who tragically lost six horses and the barn with its contents at Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm in West Grove, PA. The staff at Fitch's Corner donated their time including secretary Sunny Cross, course designer and judge Chris Barnard and farm manager Nick Meyers.
Fitch's Corner is a private farm owned by Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels who own two horses ridden by Boyd: they are members of the Otis Barbotiere Syndicate and owners of PartyBoy with Nick Meyers. Fitch's Corner hosted a sold-out clinic with Boyd and Silva Martin over Memorial Day Weekend. The farm will be the venue for the USEA Area 1 Championships July 22-23-24 as part of their annual horse trials.