Friday, September 30, 2011

What A Day at DAD!

Pam Murphy new puppy Haylee, Silva on Aesthete, Faye Wolf (Aesthete's owner),
Melinda Walten (Duvent's owner), Donna Day (Ashlea's proud Mom) and Ashlea
Silva, Michael Barisone and Ashlea
It was such an exciting experience to spend the day at Dressage at Devon with Silva, Ashlea and their entire team of fans & owners!  To have the opportunity to watch Silva ride at this level on two such talented young horses was quite a treat.  Add to that the great karma of having her owners present with Michael Barisone coaching both she and Ashlea ringside, rounded out a beautiful fall day.

Aesthete (Stately) sets a high bar with his incredible presence and astonishing gates.  He and Silva made such an perfect pair, with his athletic ability being matched by his phenomenal brain.  He handily won his 6 year old class (final) this morning with a 10 point margin and a score of 87%, and the judge's remarks reflected their level of being impressed.  I think the biggest compliment coming from the European judges included, "Please come to Europe"!  Now how often do we here that stateside?!!

The day continued in the same winning fashion with Silva's Australian student Ashlea Day winning her FEI Young Rider team test aboard CP Perolus with a score of 66.6%, and Duvent winning his 4th level test on a score of 70.5%!  Now the pressure is on to try to maintain this level of performance.

Please enjoy the slideshow and come out to cheer on our team over the weekend!!  The trip to the Devon horse show grounds is well worth the effort.

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Off to Holland!

Otis and Remi have embarked on their journey to Holland to compete at The Boekelo CIC3* Three Day Event next weekend. I saw Boyd off to Morven Park early this morning with Thomas, Bo, and a fully packed trailer, while Otis, Remi and I boarded the semi truck headed for JFK airport.

After battling through a morning of NYC traffic on the semi, the horses arrived at the airport in great shape and spent five hours in the quarantine barn, resting up for the big plane ride. Tamra Smith's Mar de Amor and Michael Pollard's DV8 will join Otis and Remi on the journey.

Following the quarantine period, the horses loaded onto a pallet to then be loaded onto the plane. Otis and Remi were experts at the loading process and settled right into their spots, happily munching on hay. They are sharing a pallet with a miniature stud pony, whom Otis has been eying suspiciously all day, not quite sure what to make of him. The good news is that because of the pony's small size, Otis and Remi get a bit more room on the pallet! Stay tuned for photo updates throughout the flight.

The event will officially begin with the first horse inspection on Wednesday at 1:30 pm local time, which is 7:30 am Eastern time. Otis is number 86 and Remi is number 95, which should mean that both of them will do dressage on Friday.

We will keep you posted throughout the week!

-Lindsey Taylor
Head Groom

Dressage Daily Update

Aesthete and Silva Martin
Thanks to Dressage Daily for yesterday's update on the day at DAD (full article click here), and to Stacy Lynn for this amazing photo!  Silva has continued to blaze a trail today in the FEI YH Test for 6 year olds (Final) winning her class by a 10 point margin with an 87!!!  I will have more results and 
photos later today.

Dressage at Devon Breed Division Wraps Up as Performance Classes Begin on Day 3

Aesthete and Silva MartinThe individual classes showed off the beauty of 20 breeds including the Warmblood Horse of Trakehner Origin, the German Oldenburg Verband, Morgan, Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International, and even Spanish Mustangs. And the day was not over yet as Dressage at Devon moved into the Performance Division.
Aesthete, by Trento B out of Unusual, took home two blues tonight. The first was the FEI Young Horse Test for 6-Year-Olds, where he scored an impressive 87.200. The second win was in the USEF Fourth Level Test 1 Open. Ridden in both classes by Silva Martin, she also rode Duvent, by De Niro out of Heidekind by Rubinstein in the USEF Fourth Level Test 1.
From Martin’s September 11 blog, “I am very much looking forward to showing Duvent at Devon. Duvent has come such a long way in a very short amount of time. He is a very attractive and very talented horse but he gets worried at times. I have been working very hard to understand him and he has been trying very hard to work with me. I really think we are having a breakthrough and he is getting more and more confident.” Her efforts paid off today.

Two Blues For Stately on the First Day at Devon

Silva and Faye Woolf's Aesthete, by Trento B out of Unusual, took home two blues last night at Dressage at Devon. The first was the FEI Young Horse Test for 6-Year-Olds, where he scored an impressive 87.200. The second win was in the USEF Fourth Level Test 1 Open. Silva also rode Duvent, by De Niro out of Heidekind by Rubinstein in the USEF Fourth Level Test 1.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Boyd and Neville Awarded Land Rover Grant for Burghley Performance

From the USEF

After a hugely successful early fall campaign for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team, six riders will receive Land Rover Performance Grants based on their performance at the 2011 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials or the 2011 Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

Boyd Martin led the American effort with the Neville Bardos Syndicate's Neville Bardos at the Burghley CCI4*. The pair finished seventh, earning a $10,000 Land Rover Performance Grant in addition to the $15,000 base grant which they received prior to their trip to the UK as part of the Land Rover Competition and Training Grant initiative. Their $10,000 Land Rover Performance Grant was based on their top 10% finish at a CCI4*.

"It was fantastic gesture for Land Rover to reward Neville with the $10,000 bonus thanks to his top finish at Burghley," said Martin. "A huge international trip like this amounts to thousands of dollars in expenses, and this performance grant will be going directly toward offsetting a lot of the costs for Neville's trip to England. Land Rover has absolutely made my dream of competing at Burghley a reality with their grants."

Boekelo Preview

So this is what we have to look forward to at Boekelo...

Monday, September 26, 2011

October & November Clinics with Boyd at CS&W Farm!

Boyd Martin
CS&W Farm
October 18 and 19, 2011
November 19 and 20, 2011
Clinic with the 2010 Horseman of the Year
Boyd is a 4 star eventing competitor that finished 7th overall on the USEA Rider of the year leader board in 2007. He was shortlisted for the Australian Olympic team on two horses, Yin Yang Yo and Neville Bardos. Since becoming a US citizen, Boyd has had great success competitively. He was named Rider of the year by the Chronicle of the Horse and in 2011  is ranked number one on the Nutrena leader board. For more information go to
Boyd Martin is one of the best clinician I have ridden with in a long time. People who ride with him feel they and their horses were challenged mentally and physically without being overfaced. Your confidence reaches a new level. He demonstrates imagination in the exercises he teaches. He explains techniques for both stadium and cross country clearly and logically. Both my horses excelled during the class and I have used many suggestions afterwards. This is someone you don’t want to miss riding with.  
Semi privates - $225.00 per day
Groups of 4 - $165.00 per day
Tuesday - Flatwork/Gymnastics
Wednesday  -  Cross Country 
Our XC includes Water/Ditches/Banks for levels BN-Prelim
2011 new sunken road complex and additional new jumps
Registration must be received with payments in full prior to clinic to reserve your spot.  Any questions call Claudia Winter @ 518-537-4417 or email
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Silva's Ride Times for Dressage at Devon

Silva will be competing at the prestigious Dressage at Devon horse show
September 27th-October 2nd 2011

For complete Day Sheets (with ride times) click here

Thursday Sept. 29

4:00pm Fourth Level Test 1 riding Aesthete

5:27pm Fourth Level Test 1 riding Duvent

6:46om FEI Test for 6 year olds riding Aesthete

Friday Sept. 30

8:39 am FEI Test for 6 year olds (Final) Aesthete

10:10am Ashlea riding in the YR Team Test

Saturday Oct 1

9:32am Fourth Level Test 2 riding Aesthete

11:30am Fourth Level Test 2 riding Duvent

3:45pm Ashlea riding YR Individual Test

Sunday Oct. 2

8:00am Fourth Level Test 2 riding Duvent

9:12am Fourth Level Test 2 riding Aesthete

10:05 Ashlea riding YR Freestyle

10:31am Fourth Level Test 3 (GAIG/USDF Qual) riding Duvent

12:09pm Fourth Level Test 3 (GAIG/USDF Qual) riding Aesthete