Thursday, January 5, 2012

Event Horses Arrive in Paradise

The Windurra event horses just managed to avoid the freezing weather that arrived in Pennsylvania yesterday. We have officially relocated for the winter to 'horse heaven' down here in Aiken, SC. We arrived at the beautiful Bridle Creek Farm to be blown away by the improvements in the facilities over the past few years.

Farm owner Ilene Boorman has transformed her farm into the ultimate event horse training facility. Since last year, she has added a huge jumping ring with rubber footing, eight more post and rail paddocks, mirrors for the dressage ring and a cross-country training course built by Eric Bull from ETB Construction.

Eric has built a water jump (that can be ridden in 6 different lines), a bank complex (that can be ridden in 9 different lines) ditches, adjustable trakehners and a sunken road (that can be ridden in 5 different ways). He has also placed a huge arrangement of portables that can be moved
around in all sorts of ways.
The dressage and jumping ring has been carefully constructed by a good mate of mine, Brian Riedmuller [301-370-5365]. Brian looks to be the ring construction specialist down here in Aiken, working on a few different farms.

I have a great crew of staff helping with the event horses here, led by 2011 USEA Groom of the Year Lindsey Taylor, assistant rider Caitlin Silliman, rising star Sara Gumbiner and working students Emily Van Gemeren and Erin Lehman. I must say it is a lot easier to keep the farm neat and tidy since we are not sharing the facility with Silva and the dressage queens!
All of the horses look in top nick, and are slowly getting fit for the eventing to begin in February.

I am open for business, teaching jumping lessons here in the afternoon. Lessons are $100, which includes the facility fee for the farm. So if you are in Aiken and need a hand, text me on 610-806-2381 to work out a time.



  1. Nice JRT! What? I thought you were a cat guy...Place looks brilliant.

  2. looks like an awesome place! I wish Gaby could come, too far from Texas :-(

  3. Good luck! Bring home some trophies and stay well!

    Big T

  4. Thanks for the plug, Boyd! The facility looks brilliant; best of luck in 2012. BTW, my hubby's name is Brian Riedmuller, not Brian Brinks... you crack me up!


  5. Thank you for the Christmas card! All the best in 2012!

  6. I WISH I was in Aiken, alas we're in CA! That's a magnificent facility.

  7. Thank you for using my products -FIELD JUMPS Timber Cup and Timber Tie - in your beautiful xc course. Eric Bull does a great job using them.
    If you have any questions - give me a call. Thanks again!
    Cindy Horrocks, Eventer,Inventor,Owner - Field Jumps LLC 518.524.0368