Saturday, July 23, 2011

Horizon Structures Builds Barn for Boyd and Silva

Now that Silva and I are in our new training facility in Cochranville, PA, we had to come up with quality, safe, and economical barn structures to house our horses. After doing hours and hours of research, the absolute best option was to get Horizon Structures, the Amish-oriented construction company, to build our stable block.

Dave Zook and his team of builders specialize in the construction of run-in sheds, shedrow barns and modular barns. They are constructed in Atglen, PA, a few miles away from our facility. The barn structure was customized to Silva’s and my wants and needs with automatic waterers, ceiling fans, lights and big Dutch doors on both sides of each stall for the horses to have a great view of the new farm.

In a matter of a week or two, Horizon Structures constructed this barn in their warehouse, then loaded it onto a truck and placed it onto a gravel pad that we had prepared ahead of time.

I urge anyone out there in the equestrian community who needs quality, affordable structures for their horses' shelter, be it a barn or a run in shed, to get in touch with Dave. I have been thoroughly impressed with the look and quality of the building and most importantly, the service we received from the team down at Horizon Structures.


Check out the timelapse video of the complete construction of the barn:

Horizon Structures

Monday, July 18, 2011

Maryland Horse Trials II

Boyd Martin and Merging
Photo courtesy Laurie Cameron

For the second weekend straight I took my crew of 'up and coming' horses, plus a few of the 'old boys', for a jump around the Maryland Horse Trials. I must say that the event at Loch Moy keeps getting better and better. The new jumping and dressage rings are world class, the x-country is awesome, and the organizers and volunteers are the friendliest and most helpful around. All in all, it's great event at which to compete horses.

  • 3rd Open Intermediate - Cold Harbour, owned by Dana & Manny Diemer
  • WD Open Intermediate - Remington, owned by Densey and Ron Juvonen (1st after dressage and show jumping)
  • WD Open Intermediate - Neville Bardos, owned by the Neville Syndicate (1st after dressage and show jumping)
  • 5th Open Prelim - Merging, owned by Laurie Cameron
  • WD Open Prelim - Ying Yang Yo, owned by Faye & Eliza Woolf (5th after dressage and show jumping)
  • 1st Open Training - Steady Eddie, owned by George & Gretchen Wintersteen & Denise Lahey & Pierre Colin
  • 11th Open Training - Drummond, owned by Katie & Cuyler Walker
  • 3rd Open Novice - Krugerrand, owned by Manny and Dana Diemer
  • 4th Open Beginner Novice - Yippee Yi Yo, owned by Windurra USA, LLC

Next weekend is the Fitch's Corner Horse Trials in Millbrook, New York. This should be another fantastic event where I think I am appearing as a guest bartender on Friday evening at the 'Meet the Champions' reception.


The following four images are from GRC Photo:

Boyd Martin and Merging, Prelim at MDHT