Thursday, April 19, 2012

Young Dressage Horses

I have some really nice new and not new young horses that I am having so much fun with. Three of the horses are going to be for sale very soon: Benny, Juno and Vandy . I think that all three horses are some of the nicest young horses that I have had in training.

Benny . 4yo Hanoverian gelding by Contucci out Heidekind who is by Rubinstein.
Benny was bred and raised by Melinda Walton and Larry Smith. This gelding is one of the most exciting young horses I have ever started and worked with. Not only does he have outstanding quality in all three gaits, but he has the best temperament to match the quality. Benny is very easy to ride, hack and do anything else with. HE IS THE PERFECT HORSE! I am planning on showing him in the four-year-old classes this spring and summer and I have very high expectations for him!

Juno W: 4yo mare by Jive Magic (Jazz) out of a Wolkenstein mare.
Juno was born and bred in Australia and we flew her over to the US last December. This mare has been amazing us every day since she arrived in the US. She is so smart and sensible about everything we ask her to do. She is a beautiful mover and with her black color and her four white socks looks absolutely stunning. Juno is very comfortable and goes in a round frame naturally. We have been hacking her everywhere and she is as brave as they come! I am planning on showing her training level and in the four-year-old classes this spring.
Wills Vandy. 5 yo TB gelding .
Vandy is my new, exciting project. He is a stunning-looking gelding and with his beautiful movement he has a great future ahead of him. I enjoy having Vandy here so much because for me it is like having Sea Lord all over again. Vandy is so similar in his type , movement and character. I am planning on showing him this spring .

CECE and Amy Hero
Amy is a good friend and student of mine who bought Cece last year. Cece is a half sister to Benny and has the same great temperament .Amy came riding at the beach with us last Sunday and we had a great day. Amy and Cece will be showing this spring in training level.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Team Otis Gear!

A big thanks to SmartPak for organizing some Official Team Otis Barbotiere Syndicate clothing for Rolex. All of the Otis Syndicate members received a limited edition team hat and jacket that they can proudly wear as their horse gallops around the Kentucky Horse Park next weekend. The Flying Frenchman looks in top condition for his first attempt at a CCI ****. It is a great feeling riding a great horse that has an entourage of 10 owners supporting him along this wonderful journey.

A big thanks to each and every member of the Otis syndicate:

Bonnie Stedt
Steve Blauner
Ron & Densey Juvonen
Fernanda Kellog & Kirk Hinkels
Craig & Gloria Callen
Billy Platt & Candace Browning
David & Nancy Hathaway
Tim Holekamp
Parker Collier
Kelly Morgan



Plantation Field April 2012

It was fantastic to be eventing back in PA for the first time this year. I took my group of young, up and coming horses out to Plantation Field over the weekend; I rode nine, Caitlin Silliman rode three and Sarah Gumbiner rode one. It was an assortment of horses from novice right up to prelim level.

I was very excited to ride a new horse, Trading Aces, (pictured above and at top - thanks to Charish Campbell for providing photos) for the first time. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be riding one of the most exciting and classy young advanced horses in the country at the moment! I used this event to get to know “Oscar” better and give him a bit of a cross-country school and he definitely lived up to all my expectations. He just oozes class.

I’m also excited to be working with the American Eventing Owners Task Force: they are helping me finalize a syndicate agreement to attract ten new owners to partner up and get behind this horse. I think he has a fantastic future in eventing.

The other standout performance this weekend was Katie Walker’s Brewster, who finished 2nd in TH – this gelding is going from strength to strength and looking very promising. Katie and Cuyler were in full force at their home event, also cheering on their new English horse Wakefield.

I also used this event as a little bit of a recovery event for Crackerjack and Waranga W after having a spill at their last event I was very happy to see each of them travel extremely well around Denis Glaccum’s cross-country course.

I’d also like to send out my thoughts and condolences to Amy Tryon’s friends and family. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks at the training camp in 2010 at Chattahoochee Hills where I got to know Amy better. Her passing is a sad time for the eventing community.


Plantation Field Horse Trials

April 13-15, 2012

Boyd Riding:

Open Prelim

Merging, (pictured above) owned by Laurie Cameron – 6th place

Crackerjack, owned by Colin Davidson and Lucy Boynton – 7th place

Trading Aces, Owned by the Trading Aces Syndicate, LLC – 8th place

Prelim Horse

Steady Eddie, owned by Gretchen & George Wintersteen, Denise Lahey & Pierre Colin, Boyd & Silva Martin – 4th place

New Cadet, (pictured above), owned by Mrs. Anne Hennessey -- 6th place

Training Horse

Brewster, owned by Katie and Cuyler Walker – 2nd

Wakefield, owned by Katie and Cuyler Walker – 8th

Novice Horse

Division A: HH Lancaster, owned by Ron & Densey Juvonen and Justina & Art Dodge -- 16th

Division B: Waranga W, (pictured below), owned by Amy Lindgren and Boyd and Silva Martin - 3rd

Caitlin Riding:

Open Training

Bacardi, owned by Sandy Issler - 11th place

Ballyneety, owned by George and Gretchen Wintersteen -- 12th place


SBF Cortez, owned by Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin, 8th place

Sarah Riding:

Open Training

Polaris, owned by Great Road Farm – 2nd place