Friday, February 24, 2012

A Visit from Devoucoux

We were very honored that Jean-Michelle Devoucoux made the trip from France to visit us here in Aiken. Jean-Michelle is the founder and owner of the Devoucoux saddle company from Biarritz, France and is the backbone of the company that provide the world's finest saddles. Jean-Michelle not only is the manufacturer of Devoucoux saddles, but used to be a top event rider in France back in his day so he a special passion deep down inside for eventing.

Jean-Michelle spent the day specially fitting a couple of saddles to some of the four-star horses, including Neville Bardos. Neville's back muscles have changed with all the dressage work he has been doing, and Jean-Michelle made a few minor adjustments to make sure that Neville is able to jump and move with freedom and comfort.
Jean-Michelle also gave us all a demonstration on how to correctly fit a Devoucoux five point breastplate. Even though there are a lot of imitations on the market, Jean-Michelle was the inventor of the five point breastplate, which in my opinion is the only product out there that can keep saddles from slipping and sliding without cranking up the girth super tight.
Anyone in the Aiken or Ocala area who is interested in any of the Devoucoux saddles or tack should get in touch with Devoucoux's champion sales rep, Eric Leyssalle, 571-233-6606.

Anyone outside this region, get in touch with the US manager, David Attal, 201-522-5586.

To check out the entire range of Devoucoux products, visit

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thursday Schedule for Bettina Hoy Clinic

Thursday Bettina Clinic

7:30 Jan
8:15 Jan
9:00 Boyd - Nev
9:45 Boyd - Otis
10:30 Alison
11:15 Kevin

12:00 LUNCH

12:45 Boyd - Thomas
1:30 Boyd - Remi
2:15 Emily
3:00 Erin


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bettina Hoy Clinic Schedule for Wed. 2-22-12

Wednesday Bettina Hoy Clinic Schedule:

8:00 Jan
8:45 Jan
9:30 Boyd - Nev
10:15 Boyd - Otis
11:00 Kevin
11:45 Alison

1:30 Boyd - Thomas
2:15 Boyd -Remington
3:00 Sara G
3:45 Erin

Monday, February 20, 2012

Thanks Again Cindy Lawler!

Our friend Cindy Lawler was behind the lens at Paradise this weekend & sent along another magnificent group of photos.  We're so appreciative to Cindy & all of her contributions.  Enjoy the photos!

Paradise Farm Horse Trials

We had another solid weekend of eventing over the last few days at Paradise Farm Winter Horse Trials in Aiken. Several of our young, up-and-coming stars were out competing, as well as a couple of wonderful horses that we have available for sale. The horses did not disappoint, and it was a good outing for all. We enjoyed the company of several owners who came out to cheer us on, and welcomed Abbie Golden, who took a short break from studying at college in Pennsylvania to compete her horse, Spenser, in the Open Preliminary division.

A big congratulations goes to George and Gretchen Wintersteen for their lovely Irish horse, Ballyneety, who won the Open Novice B division! This is the second straight win for this horse following a win at Full Gallop Horse Trials last week. We are excited about the future for this horse after the wonderful beginnings of his American career here in Aiken!

We have a great group of horses for sale, including Freedom's Pride, Bacardi and Ladylovesdiamonds, who all had a successful weekend and look to be strong eventing candidates. Contact Boyd if you are interested in any of these fabulous horses.

Our thoughts are with Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin, who tragically lost their horse, SBF Zamboni aka "Mick", over the weekend. Please know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Results are as follows:

Open Preliminary

Arundel, owned and ridden by Abbie Golden, 12th

Open Training A

New Cadet, owned by Anne Hennessey and ridden by Boyd Martin, 13th

Open Training B

Ricochet EDF, owned by Lisa Samoylenko and ridden by Caitlin Silliman, Withdraw

Open Novice A

Waranga, owned by Amy Lindgren and ridden by Boyd Martin, 5th
Bacardi, owned by Sandy Issler and ridden by Caitlin Silliman, 17th

Open Novice B

Ballyneety, owned by Gretchen and George Wintersteen and ridden by Boyd Martin, 1st
Ladylovesdiamonds, owned by Ann Nawn and ridden by Sara Gumbiner, 7th
SBF Balboa, owned by Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin and ridden by Caitlin Silliman, Withdraw

Open Novice C

Quinn Himself, owned by Bonnie Stedt and ridden by Boyd Martin, 4th
Freedom's Pride, owned by Elizabeth Carey and ridden by Boyd Martin, 10th
SBF Cortez, owned by Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin and ridden by Caitlin Silliman, Withdraw

Open Beginner Novice A

Fergus Himself, owned by Bonnie Stedt and ridden by Sara Gumbiner, 11th