Saturday, January 8, 2011

January 2011 Neville Bardos Syndicate Members Report.

Well folks, I usually update the owners of the horses I have in work via a phone call, or an email...I am faced with a new dilemma: Neville Bardos now has 7 different owners. I decided to syndicate my WEG horse from last year into 10 shares and I have sold 7 of them, so there are still three to go.

The new owners for Neville thus far are:

Ron & Densey Juvonen, PA
April, Chuck & McKenzie Whitlock, KY
Gloria & Craig Callen, NY
Stephen Blauner, NY
Nancy & David Hathaway, NY
Bonnie Stedt, NY
Tim & Cheryl Holekamp, FL

I thought instead of doing a boring email on what I have been doing with him, I would put a bit of footage of Nev training in Unionville, PA for his new owners to watch. It suits me need to worry about correct spelling or grammar on a long email...

Enjoy my very unrehearsed introduction and dodgy filming from working student extraordinaire, Randall Pearve....


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jump School at Mary Hazzard's Farm

Yesterday my crew and I decided to take our young horses and sales horses for some jump training off the farm. My good friend and world champion from 1978 Mary Hazzard has a beautiful jumping course set up in her indoor arena just miles down the road.

We took 9 horses in total, including some of the horses I’ll be eventing for the first time in Aiken. I also took some of the sales horses to give them some more experience jumping away from the farm.

My two working students/assistant riders Caitlin Silliman and Lillian Heard took their new up and coming horses. Both these girls have been riding with me for a while now and slowly but surely they are looking like Olympic caliber riders. Both have horses that are on track for contention for the London Olympics and it’s a great feeling yelling and screaming at these girls as I try to improve their riding everyday.

Below is a video of just a couple of the horses that we gave a jump yesterday at Mary’s beautiful farm.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Schatzi W Sold to Nancy Calhoun of North Carolina

I am both happy and sad to announce that I sold Schatzi W today.

I bred "Robyn" back in Australia in the year 2000. Her mother was named "Batwoman", so naturally her first daughter was "Robyn". She has been a great horse for me over the last decade. I bred her, broke her in and then trained and competed her to the advanced level in Australia and here in the States .

In the end Robyn was not quite sound and tough enough for a big-time four-star horse. The sad part was that this mare's heart is so big she would try to do anything; she would never give up or stop at anything, even if it was a bit too much for her. To be honest, I thought it was not fair to ask her to do something that she was not up to. In the end, I believe it was best to place her in a situation where she would get treated like a princess and still have a job to do every day to keep her active.

I am very happy and very lucky that Nancy Calhoun of North Carolina has purchased Robyn. Nancy is aiming at third level dressage and maybe some low level eventing. I believe Nancy is a kind person and a good horsewoman who will give Robyn a great life. This mare has plenty left in the tank, as she is only 11 years old, so I look forward to following their success.