Friday, April 1, 2011
We can all keep track of Stewie's recovery on Holly's Blog.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
My sister Laura Stigler was competing at a big dressage show in France for the last two weeks. She has two spectacular Grand Prix horses and they both did very well. Both horses scored consistently in the upper 60th in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix special which had her placed in almost all of her classes!
Well done Laura!!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The price on Ambassador’s Rose has been reduced to a very reasonable $18,000. This attractive, 7-year-old Thoroughbred/Warmblood cross mare completed her first training level horse trials at Pine Top and is about to go training again at Plantation Field. She’s a quiet and trainable young horse improving every day and would suit an ambitious amateur or a Young Rider looking to go up the levels.
Call Boyd at 610-806-2381 for more information or to schedule a time to see her.
We are very fortunate to be neighboring next door to the US assistant team vet, Kevin Keane DVM, which makes it very convenient for the treatment of the horses. The farm also neighbors Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton, which creates a sensational coaching environment from America's leading rider.
In 2012,Ilene plans to develop her farm even further, putting in an Olympic sized and surfaced jumping ring, along with a cross country schooling field which will include all the questions needed to train young horses including bank fences and water fences. There will also be seven new turnout paddocks which should make this farm the safest and most luxurious winter training facility in Aiken.
Mophah Farm requires all people riding on the facility to sign a release. Mophah Farm also requires a ring fee for outside horses using the facility of $20 per day, $40 per week, or $100 per month (depending on usage).
We've had a fabulous winter down here in Aiken & wish to thank Ilene Boorman for the positive experience we have had at Mophah Farm. We look forward to next season!!
Street Delivery Address
1051 Clear Creek Court
Aiken, SC 29803
GPS Navigation Address:
Colbert Bridge Road
1139 Colbert Bridge Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Directions from Aiken:
Driving down Pine Log Road, turn south onto Bank's Mill Road (at the Circle K service station). Follow Bank's Mill Road for 8.7 miles (changes into Colbert Bridge Road) until you arrive at the Bridle Creek equestrian development on your left. Continue through the Bridle Creek development until you reach a large roundabout with a pond in the middle of it. Turn right onto Clear Creek Court out of the roundabout. The first driveway on the left is Mophah Farm at 1051 Clear Creek Court.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The Southern Pines Horse Trials II was a huge event this year, drawing in a large number of spectators, in part thanks to the promotion by PRO and also partly because it is such an awesome event. The venue is sensational, the cross country is tough and technical and the show jumping is always a tricky test at Southern Pines.
I had a group of up and coming training horses to compete, the star of which was Anne Hennesey's Summer Breeze W, who had been battling a bruised foot leading up the event. She came sound just in time and smoked a competitive group, finishing on her dressage score of 27.7. I was glad to bring victory to Anne, who is a longtime supporter of mine.
My lonesome prelim horse was Colin Davidson and Lucy Boynton's Crackerjack who had a nice, cruisey, slow relaxed ride around the prelim. I chose to go easy on him as I went flat out cross country at his last outing at Red Hills and figured he deserved a nice, settling round this weekend. It looks like he is aiming towards the Bromont three day event in June if he is not sold before then.
In the intermediate I rode Dana Diemer's Cold Harbor and the Otis syndicate's Otis Barbotiere. Cold Harbor gave me the ride of the weekend in all three phases, showing his home crowd fans how to do it and winning the Open Intermediate. He looks like he is heading towards the Jersey Fresh three day event, which I believe he will be competitive at, then he will head back to his usual rider, Holly Hudspeth, to continue his career. Otis once again confirmed my beliefs in him this weekend: this is a super quality horse that walked around the testing cross country with ease. Next up for him will be the CIC 3*** at The Fork.
Last but not least were my two advanced horses heading for Rolex: Last Monarch and Remington XXV. Both these horses had disappointing results on paper which was largely due to some poor riding by yours truly. I gave Remington a terrible approach to an accuracy fence which he had no chance of lining up, for his first cross country penalty of his career. Then, I butchered poor little Stewie at a galloping fence where I moved up to a long distance that just wasn't there. Stewie and I came crashing down which saw us retire from the course. Both Stewie and I checked out with no injuries by the medical team at Southern Pines. I felt terrible for Stewie's mother and usual rider, Holly Hudspeth, who was very understanding and compassionate in a situation that would have sent me through the roof. Expect perfect results at both these boys' starts at The Fork in two weeks.
Results from the weekend are as follows:
Remington XXV, owned by Ron and Densey Juvonen, 13th place
Cold Harbor, owned by COL (ret) Manny and Dana Diemer, FIRST PLACE!
Otis Barbotiere, owned by the Otis Barbotiere Syndicate, LLC, 4th place
Crackerjack, owned by Colin Davidson, 19th place
Open Training A
Partyboy, owned by Fernanda Kellogg, 10th
Steady Eddie, George and Gretchen Wintersteen, 12th Place
Open Training B
Double Dare, owned by Priscilla Hoblitzell, 9th place
Cagney Herself, owned by Bonnie Stedt, 19th Place
Open Training C
Summer Breeze W, owned by Anne Hennessey, FIRST PLACE (27.7!)