Friday, July 18, 2014

For Sale - New Cadet - Talented Upper Level Eventer!

New Cadet
New Cadet is the real deal!  This is a talented upper level event horse who will take his next ambitious rider to the top of the sport.  He placed 6th in the June horse trials at Plantation Field in the Open Intermediate division.

NAME: New Cadet
SEX: Gelding
HEIGHT: 16.2hh
DATE OF BIRTH: 4-23-05
SIRE: Private Terms
DAM: Couloir (by Nepal)
BREED: American Thoroughbred
BREEDER: Jimmy Hawkins
OWNER: Mrs Anne Hennesey, VT

Video Credit Horsepesterer Plantation Field 2*

Caddy is nothing short of what I would call a 'Raw Athelete'.  I believe if we lived in medieval times, I would like to ride this horse to battle. He is bold, powerful and very tough.

I found Caddy in Atlanta Georgia, shortly after the memorial day fire. My coach, Phillip Dutton had spotted him while teaching a jumping clinic at another American Olympian's farm at Julie Richards. He came home and said to me that he had found 'your kind of horse'.  I flew down there and liked him from the get go.

Anne Hennesey has been a long time supporter and friend, and has owned some fantastic horses in the past with Benwald and the late Summer Breeze. Both Anne and I were devastated in loosing Summer, and it was a tough job finding a horse to take her place.  I knew when I got Caddy she would love this horse.

Even though Caddy is a failed race horse, and originally was discovered at a horse rescue facility, I believe he is the real deal. He has the movement and look for dressage, a serious jump and gallops with ease. I have really enjoyed training this gelding.

He is a first-class event horse that is probably best suited to a more experienced rider.  He is an awesome cross country horse with a lot of heart and has only received one cross country jumping fault in his whole career! He has competed successfully at the Intermediate level for the past year, and will soon be ready to move up to advanced level.

Serious inquiries only 
Phone Boyd 610 806 2381 for an appointment!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials This Weekend

The cross-country course is ready for action! Thanks to Eric Bull for sharing this photo!
 This weekend the Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials will take place in the beautiful setting of Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckel’s beautiful property in Millbrook, NY. Without a question this is the premiere lower-level event in the country.  I like to think of it as the Rolex of novice-preliminary levels! The courses are designed by Derek diGrazia and built by Eric Bull, and the show jumping and dressage arenas are world-class, with show jumps that were used at the Atlanta Olympics. On top of this the event has a fantastic schedule filled with with luncheons, a fabulous trade fair and a vintage car show come Sunday.

I’m riding six horses this weekend: three in the prelim and three in the novice. Apparently Millbrook has had a good amount of rain, so the conditions should be perfect.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     July 16, 2014               
CONTACT:  Mariann Caprino (917) 242-1087


Equestrian Silva Martin To Present First Annual Charles Owen Award

MILLBROOK, N.Y. (July 15) – Olympic dressage rider Courtney King Dye will be honored for her contributions to equestrian sports at a benefit luncheon at the Millbrook Horse Trials on Sunday, Aug. 3.

King Dye will accept the first annual $5,000 Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award on behalf of Riders4Helmets, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating equestrians about safety and the importance of wearing helmets. Grand Prix dressage rider Silva Martin will present the award to King Dye at the luncheon, which is held during the upper level show jumping competition.

“I am honored to receive this award,” King Dye said. “Getting recognition for the good that’s come out of my accident makes it feel worthwhile.”

Charles Owen has been a leading British manufacturer of quality helmets for over 100 years and has partnered with Riders4Helmets in promoting rider safety worldwide. Most recently, Charles Owen and Riders4Helmets worked together to support International Helmet Awareness Day on Jul 12.

Both King Dye and Martin suffered head injuries while riding. King Dye suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a 2010 fall that occurred when a horse she was schooling tripped and fell. She was not wearing a helmet. King Dye, who represented the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was in a coma for nearly a month and has undergone years of rehabilitation, beginning with learning how to walk and talk again.

Since the accident, King Dye, a resident of New Milford, CT, has thrown her support behind Riders4Helmets and has worked tirelessly to encourage riders in all equestrian disciplines to wear helmets every time they ride. Because of King Dye’s accident, professional dressage riders who traditionally have worn elegant top hats have begun competing in helmets.

Silva Martin suffered a head injury earlier this year after a horse tripped and fell on her. Although she was wearing a helmet, Martin was knocked unconscious and suffered a seizure. The wife of Olympic eventer and longtime MHT competitor Boyd Martin, Silva Martin has made a more rapid recovery, conscious and speaking two days after the accident. She credits her helmet for saving her life.

King Dye, who continues to recover, had her first child earlier this year.

Tickets for the benefit luncheon are available at In addition to the Charles Owen award presentation, the luncheon offers preferred viewing of the Advanced division show jumping competition and a course walk with expert commentary from equestrian Marcia Kulak. Purchasers of ringside seats also may join a course walk with Olympians Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton.

The Millbrook Horse Trials take place July 31 through Aug. 3 at Coole Park Farm on Bangall-Amenia Road in Millbrook, N.Y.

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Scout's Dressage at Lexington SuperBlog

Well, another show bites the dust. Lexington was not prepared for what the S-Martin team was bringing to the table. It was weekend full of lasts, both sad and happy. It was the last show all together before Gracia heads back to Nebraska, but also the last show before Silva is back in the competition ring (yeah budday!). For all that is happening, we had to make it count!

Gracia ended on possibly her best note yet. Everyone present over the weekend got to witness her and Colin’s partnership come full circle when they put in two stellar performances. Day one, they wowed the crowd with a 63% in the PSG Challenge, finishing well against the competition. Day two, they finished second out of ten in the PSG with a 60. 6%!! Talk about stomping out the competition, Gracia and Colin came out on top against many well known professionals in the business, to come second by less than a point! This was such a great weekend for the pair, and we are all excited for her future in the sport. Congratulations!!

Kymmy Pullen also had a phenomenal weekend on all of her rides. On the younger of her two horses, Sir Eastwood, she competed first level and won; gaining huge scores of 70.7% and 77%. On her other horse, Hot Date, Kymmy competed in the third level test one class and came in second with a 68.8% on the first day. On the Second day, Hot Date competed in the third level test two class for the first time ever and came out second with a 73%!!! Kymmy has had both of these horses since they were green broke, and it is incredible to see how well their training has progressed. Kymmy also competed breeders Melinda and Larry Walton-Smith’s young horse, Danke Shoene with outstanding results. Shoene competed at training level and ended up with scores of 65.9% and 72.5%, and he just turned four years old! What an exciting future this young horse has ahead of him. Kymmy’s final ride for the weekend was Sheelagh Christensen’s Comet V. Kymmy and Comet looked on-point this weekend, and it showed when they kicked ass in their first PSG tests together scoring 60.2% and 60.6%!

And then it was down to the remaining three… Anne Laver and Gloria Callen’s horse Brightside showed a glimpse of the unstoppable force he and Silva are sure to make together in the future. What an honor it has been to be able to ride a horse like Brightside (Eddy). He showed his talent this weekend when he scored a 73% and 81%; winning his training level class, and also the high score of the entire competition! What a champ. Red Fury also competed this weekend at training level, gaining scores of 76% and 78%, and winning her training three class. It’s a feeling like no other when a horse decides to work with you as a team in the ring. That is when you can really begin to show off what you got;) Karen and Ellen Kettler’s remarkable horse, Dhouble Scoop, also competed over the weekend at first level. Scoop was amazing, and after a tough class on Saturday with a 61%, he strutted his stuff  came out with 73% on Sunday!! Though he will be greatly missed during his travels to California, we are excited for his owner to enjoy him as much as we have.

Another highlight from the weekend was being reunited with our southern family. It was great seeing Michelle and her team from Stono River Riding Academy, who also had a wonderful showing over the past couple of days.
When reflecting back on the weekend and the weeks leading up to it, its crazy to think how lucky we are to ride such talented horses, and to have trained under such a talented and devoted rider. We stand among the lucky few, and what a privilege it has been.

Shout out to all of the kickass sponsors who have given Silva continued support through her recovery. We couldn’t do all this without you guys!
Middy N Me
Charles Owen


Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Windurra USA is looking to fill two positions immediately!  We are in need of one working student and one full time groom immediately, with at least a 6 month commitment.  We are looking for a couple hard working individuals who are self motivated and have strong horsemanship skills.  Basic living arrangements will be provided and the person can come with or without their own horse. 

For details on the position and to apply please contact Sara at

Monday, July 14, 2014

Silva To Present Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award at Millbrook Horse Trials August 3rd!

Millbrook Horse Trials
Coole Park Farm
10310 Bagnal Amenia Road
Millbrook, NY

PR Contact:
Phoebe Campbell 860 868 9773 914 462 7589

The Millbrook Horse Trials’ and Charles Owen, Inc. announce the first annual Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award to be presented to Courtney King Dye on behalf of Riders4Helmets

Millbrook, NY July 12, 2014—The Millbrook Horse Trials recently partnered with Charles Owen, Inc. on a newly created annual award of $5000 to be given to role models in the equestrian community who have been an inspiration to affect change. The recipient will donate the prize to a charity of their choice.   

This year’s award will be given to Olympic Dressage rider Courtney King Dye on behalf of Riders4Helmets.  King Dye suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010 when the horse she was riding without a helmet tripped and fell.  She spent four weeks in a coma and three months in an in-patient rehabilitation center re-learning how to walk and talk.  She became the catalyst for, and avid supporter of Riders4Helmets.  Courtney remains committed to promoting and advancing the sport of dressage by training, writing articles and donating mentorship time to Lendon Gray’s Dressage for Kids program. She also joined with Robert Dover and Lendon to create the Emerging Dressage Athlete’s program.

The Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model award will be presented at the Millbrook Horse Trials Benefit Luncheon, to be held on Sunday August 3rd , during the Show Jumping phase of the Millbrook Horse Trials.  The theme of this year’s luncheon is “Rider Safety”. Grand Prix Dressage Rider Silva Martin, wife of eventer Boyd Martin, will present the award to Courtney.

“Charles Owen is delighted for the opportunity to be granting a new annual award, Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award, to a member of the equestrian community,” said Charles Owen Managing Director, Roy Burek. “Charles Owen’s motto is ‘For A Safer World’ and the company is committed to fulfilling this statement through education and promotion of safe riding. Charles Owen hopes that this new award will encourage more riders to focus on being the best safety role models they can be for future generations. Congratulations to Courtney King-Dye who is the 2014 recipient of the Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award – Courtney is donating her $5,000 cash prize to Riders4Helmets and we commend her for her generosity.”

“The Millbrook Horse Trials is committed to being both an important sporting event, and to supporting the equestrian community at large.” Says Louise Meryman, Chair of the Board of the Millbrook Horse Trials.  “We are thrilled that Charles Owen has generously agreed to underwrite this annual award to honor role models who are inspirations to all of us who love horses and equestrian sports.  The theme of this year’s Benefit Luncheon is “rider safety”, and we can’t think of a better partner than Charles Owen and honoree than Courtney King Dye.”

Tickets for the Benefit Luncheon are available at In addition to the Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award presentation, the luncheon offers preferred viewing of the Advanced show jumping, a course walk and expert commentary by Marcia Kulak, 4-bar competition hosted by PRO and an exclusive chance to purchase raffle tickets to win an all-inclusive trip to the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Purchasers of ringside seats and tables will also have the opportunity to join a Cross Country course walk on August 1st with Boyd Martin or Phillip Dutton.


About the Millbrook Horse Trials:

The Millbrook Horse Trials (MHT), a recognized United States Eventing Association (USEA) Event, is an important part of a long equestrian tradition in Dutchess County New York. Recognized among the region's most prestigious annual sporting events, it attracts Olympic-level, world-class competitors from the United States and abroad.  MHT provides all recognized levels of competition from USEA Beginner Novice to Advanced level.

The Millbrook Horse Trials' success in attracting over 4,500 competitors and spectators is a product of its reputation for presenting a well-organized competitive environment, with expertly designed fences and courses, in a beautifully maintained open landscape.

MHT draws enormous numbers of competitors and supports teams from all over the east coast. MHT Advanced competition attracts Olympic-level horses and riders and considerable press attention. Over 500 horses competed in 2013, our largest and most successful year yet. Advanced riders competed for prize dollars and a chance to impress the USEF Olympic Selection Committee.

About Charles Owen, Inc.
Known throughout the world as the leader in equestrian helmet design, Charles Owen, Inc. represents more than 100 years of innovation and style for a safer world. Each Charles Owen helmet is handcrafted using the highest quality materials. With the largest range of helmet styles and shapes, independently certified to up to four international equestrian safety standards, Charles Owen offers a wider range of protection in a potential accident.

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