Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dressage at Blue Goose

We went to the dressage show at Blue Goose Stables yesterday. Kymmy, Scout , Amy Heron and I took seven horses. Blue Goose is a very nice show for us because it is only five minutes up the road from our farm and it is a mid-week show.

I rode Evie Dutton's Vanderbild, Ann Laver's Colin and Laurie Cameron's Likely Story.
I was very impressed with all three horses since I had never shown them before.
Vanderbild showed me that he is a great horse for an amateur or a professional: he was so rideable and easy at the show and at the same time he looks very impressive and stands out from the crowd. We won training level 3 with 71%.
Likely Story is also a new horse for me and I really, really enjoy working with this mare. Story is one of these mares that once you get her on your side and you are working with her she will do anything for you. I love mares like that! She did a wonderful test and we won high score at training level and won training level test 2 with 75%.
Colin is Ann Laver's horse. I have been riding Colin for Ann for a few months now. He was a little green and Ann and I decided that he needs some more training before he goes back home. He is a lovely horse and I very much enjoy having him around. Colin won high score at third level and we won the class with 69.8%.

Scout rode Boyd's two young horses from Australia, Ray Price and Wallaroo, at their first show. She showed them in Intro A and they were such good boys and so brave! Ray won with 68% and Wally came second with 64%.

Kymmy rode Elite Pharis in his first second level; Pharis showed again what a great horse he is and he won his first time at second level!!

Amy Heron showed her awesome little mare CeCe for the first time in training level. I am so proud of Amy and Cece. They did such a nice test and scored 65% and finished fourth! The two of them are going to be great!

This weekend we are going back to Morven Park!


Boyd Co-Hosts Eventing Radio Show

Boyd joins host Chris Stafford again to co-host the show and share news from events both in and out of the saddle as part of his campaign to be part of the U.S team for the London Olympic Games. Mark Todd drops in to explain how he has had to re-route his horses following the cancellation of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and why Campino has become his Olympic hopeful.

Boyd talks about attending the Olympics Media Summit in Dallas, Texas and discusses the recent NBC coverage of Neville Bardos among other things.

DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Equestrian team member, Boyd Martin, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
You can download the podcast on iTunes, catch the show on your SmartPhone App such as Podcaster, Hallway Feeds and Instacast or tune in right here…


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Caitlin and Hoku's First Three-Star

At the Jersey Fresh CIC*** Caitlin and Catch a Star ("Hoku") finished ninth against a very competitive field. If you will remember, Hoku sustained serious burns all over her body in the 2011 Memorial Day fire at True Prospect Farm, and in less than a year she has not only returned to competition but moved up to be competitive against some of the best horses and riders in the nation. This pair deserves a round of applause! Here are Caitlin's thoughts from her very first three-star:

Caitlin and Hoku Ready to Tackle Their First CIC*** Cross-Country.    

This past weekend Catch a Star " Hoku " and I finished 9th in our first three star at the Jersey Fresh three day event. This was a very important weekend for our spring season because I needed a qualifying score in the CIC *** in order to compete at the Bromont CCI*** in Canada in a few weeks. Hoku and I finished second at Jersey Fresh last year in the CCI ** division, which was the last time I rode Hoku before the barn fire last summer.

The weekend could not have gone any better for our first crack at a three-star. I made lots of small mistakes in our dressage test, but Hoku stayed quiet throughout the test which was a big improvement for us because she can get very wound up in the dressage arena. I can't begin to thank Silva enough for all of the hours she has spent teaching me over the last couple of weeks in preparation for the event. I was very lucky to have her at Jersey coaching Boyd and I on Thursday and Friday.

John Willams built a beautiful cross country course that rode great! I took my time around the course and Hoku jumped around very confidently. Here is a video clip of us at the first water:

I finished the weekend with two down in the show jumping, and both rails were my fault. The show jumping is the hardest phase for us and this was the biggest course Hoku and I have ever been around. Like the cross-country, Hoku jumped very confidently which is what I was after heading towards the CCI at Bromont.

 I would not have had a successful weekend with out all of the help from Boyd, Silva, and my super groom mom!


Monday, May 14, 2012

New Sales Horses & Comp Schedule for Silva!

Elite Pharis
We have updated many areas of Silva's website, including her competition calendar & also her Sales Horse Pages.  We have added several young talented horses to the sales list including Elite Pharish, Will's Vanderbilt and Hot Date!!  Check them out.

Here are the dates for her upcoming competitions as well:

May 16
Dressage at Blue Goose

May 19-20
PVDA Morven Park

June 1-3
 New Jersey Horse Park

June 16-17
Dressage at Culpeper VA

June 20
West Chester

June 23-24
Ride for Life MD

June 27
Suddenly Farm NJ

July 4 
Blue Goose

July 7-8 
New Jersey Horse Park

July 14-15
Dressage at Lexington

August 8
Blue Goose

August 22
Suddenly Farm

September 25-Oct1
Dressage at Devon

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Crackerjack Wins Jersey Fresh CCI**

Crackerjack blew away the competition to win the CCI** at Jersey Fresh on his dressage score of 48.5, with ten-point lead over second place. 

Crackerjack's winning round - thanks to Abby Gibbon from

Crackerjack Featured on USEA website

Unfortunately Merging, who was 4th after cross-country in the CCI**, was spun at the jog.

Trading Aces had the only double clear round in the CIC*** show jumping today to finish fourth overall on 58.00. This horse is going to be a superstar!

CIC*** Coverage and Photos from

Trading Aces Photo Copyright

Congratulations to Caitlin and Hoku for finishing 9th in their very first three-star! Way to go!

Another big congratulations to my coach and mentor Phillip Dutton on his CCI*** victory with Mystery Whisper. Thanks for showing the rest of us how it's done.

We also got a mention in Nancy Jaffer's coverage on

Complete scores here.