Saturday, November 27, 2010

Waranga W Has his First Jump School

Well folks, I must admit I love this time of the year. While the higher level hot shots like Nev and Remi are on holiday, there is heaps of time to get the young horses going. This year we have a couple of exceptional three year olds starting up, one of which is Waranga ,who had his first jump school today.

I own Waranga in partnership with my first supporter, Amy Lindgren. For those of you that don't know, Amy also owns Minotaure Du Passoir,(whom she is riding in the background of this video). Min was last year's USEA Prelim Horse of the Year, and this year's Bromont CCI* winner.

Waranga is mostly Australian Thoroughbred, with a bit of French and Belgian Warmblood jumping blood mixed in. His mother is a very close relation to Blyth Tait's Olympic champion Ready Teddy. Waranga is a good mover, and also looks to have a promising jump.

He is still a bit immature in his body, so I think it is wise to work with him through the winter, and then turn him out and leave him in the field whilst we are in Aiken next year. I can't wait until this little guy gets old enough to compete.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hunting from Boyd and Silva

Boyd and Silva with Bruce Davidson's Chesterland farm in the background.

We had a wonderful and wet Thanksgiving Day with the Cheshire fox hunt. Every year there is a huge gathering of the community at the Kennels to see the hunt ride through thousands of acres of preserved land.

The riders in the hunt include people from all walks of life: race jockeys, land owners, flat and steeplechase trainers, doctors, lawyers, farmers, investment bankers, and we are very proud to say, a few eventing riders and one dressage rider!

Ryan Wood, Ron Juvonen and Boyd Martin

Ron and Densey Juvonen where nice enough to lend us a couple of their top horses for the hunt. Boyd was riding 'Leon', who is Justina Juvonen's Dutch show jumper, while Silva was on Ron's pride and joy, The Colonel. Even though Silva had the shiniest boots on, and the longest stirrups, she jumped all of the three-rail post and rail fences. She even jumped a couple of fences on the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup course and the Brooklawn Double (two post and rail fences separated by Newark Road that you have to gallop across).

It was a fabulous hunt that lasted a couple of hours galloping around the countryside near Unionville. We both truly enjoy getting involved with other horse sports in this great community that we live in. Its a great opportunity to meet interesting characters, and also get an insight how other legendary horse trainers and riders work with their horses...

Happy Thanksgiving,
Boyd and Silva

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Beautiful Young Mare For Sale!

NAME: Serendipity (a.k.a. Tini)
SEX: Mare
COLOUR: Pinto - Dark Bay and White
HEIGHT: 17hh
DATE OF BIRTH: June 2005
SIRE: Sempatico M
DAM: Wrickster
BREED: ISR - Oldenburg
PLACE OF BIRTH: Silverwood Farm, Lovettsville, VA

Tini is a super moving, super jumping, quality horse for the future. Even as a 2 year old she competed in the inaugural USEA Future Event Horse Series and won Reserve Champion 2 year old filly in the finals at Morven Park in October 2007. After looking so good as a young horse, Ticia Tripp decided to breed her to "Harry The Hat" in May 2009 and delivered a stunning dark bay colt in April 2010.

This beautiful mare has only been competing in horse trials for a few months. I must say that even though she is green, she has all of the tools for a top horse. She has the gallop of a race horse, the movement of a dressage horse, and definitely has the jump of a straight show-jumper. This is a great opportunity to get in on a super young horse that is oozing with potential and class.

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Eventing Radio Episode 106 – Boyd Martin and Jennie Brannigan

Posted on November 18th, 2010

Eventing Radio Episode 106 – Boyd Martin and Jennie Brannigan

Eventing Radio Episode 106 – Show Notes and Links:

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