Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Aiken Masterclass a Roaring Success

Yesterday evening’s Masterclass was a roaring success at Stable View Farm. Both Phillip and I were a little bit nervous and unprepared going into the evening but thanks to a great group of supporters I think we managed to pull off an awesome show. Dom Schramm was the key to keeping everyone entertained all night as our MC and he had music playing during all the quiet moments. 

The horses Phillip and I demonstrated on were fantastic. Basically we decided to showcase some of the big-time horses like Shamwari and Mr. Medicott as well as some of our younger horses like Icabad Crane. We wanted to make the evening about how we train the horses at home and explain different exercises that we utilize. A few of the young horses got quite wild but that gave us the opportunity to explain to spectators how we deal with those situations and what we do when things don't go as planned.

The evening was capped off with the legendary Neville Bardos meeting the spectators. He was out for about an hour eating carrots and getting photos with his adoring fans, living the good life.

I think last night exceeded our expectations. We had around 350 people there and all the money earned - it looks like around $15,000 - went straight to charity. I have to give a huge shout-out to Stable View who not only provided a fantastic facility with lighted indoor and sound system; they also had a full-on bar for everyone to enjoy, and on top of all that they are going to match the amount of money generated last night with a matching contribution. I must say I’m very impressed.


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