Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Leaving Aiken

After three months of glorious weather in Aiken, SC we are starting our journey back towards PA via Southern Pines, NC. We’ve had an awesome winter and all the horses have improved immensely. I’ve had a wonderful team of staff this year with Caitlin, Lindsey, Sarah, Emily and Erin: they have all been enthusiastic, hard working and have also made ground on their own riding careers.

One of the lessons I have taught the girls is saving money, and we had a personal finance exercise with saving on shavings at Southern Pines. We had some shavings left over in Aiken, and I had the bright idea of transporting them to Southern Pines instead of buying them at the event for $13/bag. This turned into one of the most difficult puzzles we have been faced with and prompted many creative ideas from our team. I’m proud to say our horses will be sleeping in luxury thanks to the complex challenge and intense, grueling labor involved in moving the bedding into the truck and the trailer.

I’d like to thank Ilene Boorman and Ron and Densey Juvonen for all of their support. Ilene’s facilities in Aiken are world class with the new cross-country course and jumping ring. Thanks to her wonderful property we saw Bettina Hoy, Lauren Hough and Mark Phillips training some of the best horses and riders found in America right at our winter training base.

Ron and Densey were also good enough to rent two apartments for Silva and me and our staff to live in. It was fantastic fun for all of us to live in style in the middle of town, right across the street from Tako Sushi, and we appreciate the wonderful opportunity to not only train out of a fantastic farm but to also live in luxury.

Stay tuned for updates from Southern Pines


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