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
Monday, March 19, 2012
Boyd will be doing a restricted clinic schedule for the 2012 season due to the Olympic selections.
He will be facilitating a series of clinics at Waredaca throughout the season.
WAREDACA EXPERT DAYS!
HERE IS YOUR CHANCE to improve your riding skills this year! Select one or all, and know you will be a better rider with a better horse after each Expert Session.
Please see Waredaca's website for details and registration forms!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Hats must go off to Caitlin and Hoku who had their first start since coming second at the Jersey Fresh CCI** in 2011! Poor Hoku had horrendous external burns covering a large portion to her body after being stuck in the Memorial Day barn fire at True Prospect Farm. The most unfortunate factor to her injuries was that the burns were all over her back, where the saddle goes (see photos below). It took months and months of patient waiting for this little mare to heal up so she could start back to work.
I must admire Caitlin's commitment, heart and no-quit attitude throughout the last 10 months. Most young riders would have given up, got overweight, turned into an alcoholic and got pregnant when faced with the challenges that Caitlin endured. She never had a day were her spirits were down, and always worked towards getting her mare back to the thing she loves best: eventing.
Hoku competed in the open training this weekend at Pine Top. After stellar dressage and show jumping, the joys and pleasure of going cross country took over Caitlin's emotions and she sailed straight past a corner on the course. The fairytale comeback event finished in a big TE!
Look out for Caitlin next weekend walking the intermediate course 10 times at Southern Pines...