Monday, July 22, 2013

Fabulous Weekend at Fitch's Corner

Pancho Villa Won OP-A at Fitch's Corner

 It was a great weekend for Team Windurra at Fitch’sCorner Horse Trials in Millbrook, NY. Farm owners Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckel put on a gorgeous celebration of the 20th anniversary of the event, with a party Saturday night that saw a few stragglers by the pool in the wee hours, and a Sunday luncheon where the ladies’ hats rivaled the races at Ascot. An outstanding trade fair, Fitch’s Market, and a parade of rare antique cars rounded out the fun for spectators at one of the most elegant events in the country, all geared toward showcasing the lower levels of eventing.
Pancho and Boyd Receive Congratulations from Fernanda

In addition to having an ambulance dedicated in her honor by the Millbrook Rescue Squad, which is the beneficiary of the horse trials, Fernanda and her husband Kirk were rewarded for their efforts when Pancho Villa won Open Preliminary A on his dressage score of 20. The couple is members of the Pancho Villa Syndicate, but Fernanda confided that Kirk, who shares Pancho’s Texas roots, claims this horse as his own. 

Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg with the painting he presented to her for their 15th anniversary

Pancho Villa Syndicate Members Densey and Ron Juvonen

Silva and Katie Walker, of Plantation Field, enjoyed a little shopping and a lot of ice cream, and watched a few horses go as well….Katie was also taking notes for how to make her awesome event at Plantation Field even bigger and better. 

Silva and Katie Enjoying Farm Fresh Ice Cream
 Caitlin, who is super excited to have recently been awarded a Land Rover grant to compete at Boekelo (NED) along with Boyd this fall, took a couple of the youngsters around the course. Brewster, owned by Katie and Cuyler Walker, finished 8th in the same Prelim division as Pancho.  HH Lancaster, owned Ron and Densey Juvonen and Art and Justina Dodge, won his division of Training level on a 21.4. 

Jones and Caitlin over the last fence on XC
 High Aspirations (Caroline Blitz) was 4th in Novice, and Jones (Fernanda Kellogg) finished 11th in a field of 18 horses. 

Finn McCoul in Action
In his first event since undergoing ankle surgery following Rolex Kentucky, Boyd competed four horses, including Pancho. In Open Training A, Welcome Shadow (Craig and Gloria Callen) finished 4th on 23.6. In Open Training B, Quinn Himself, (Bonnie Stedt) placed 2nd with 24.6. And in Open Novice A Finn McCoul (Craig and Gloria Callen) was 8th on 36.8. 
Quinn Himself

Fernanda Kellogg and Gloria Callen

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