Friday, March 13, 2015

A New Career for Trading Aces

Oscar at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky three-day event

After winning the $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase, Trading Aces stayed on in Florida with Marcia Kulak, who put him in training and transformed the world-class eventer into an equitation horse. While Oscar has always shown a lot of talent, he simply lacks the endurance to be successful in upper-level eventing. We hope that he will have a happy and successful future with his new rider, Alexandra Pielet, in the junior ranks.

Thanks to The Chronicle of the Horse and for blogging about Oscar's sale today:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Aiken Masterclass a Roaring Success

Yesterday evening’s Masterclass was a roaring success at Stable View Farm. Both Phillip and I were a little bit nervous and unprepared going into the evening but thanks to a great group of supporters I think we managed to pull off an awesome show. Dom Schramm was the key to keeping everyone entertained all night as our MC and he had music playing during all the quiet moments. 

The horses Phillip and I demonstrated on were fantastic. Basically we decided to showcase some of the big-time horses like Shamwari and Mr. Medicott as well as some of our younger horses like Icabad Crane. We wanted to make the evening about how we train the horses at home and explain different exercises that we utilize. A few of the young horses got quite wild but that gave us the opportunity to explain to spectators how we deal with those situations and what we do when things don't go as planned.

The evening was capped off with the legendary Neville Bardos meeting the spectators. He was out for about an hour eating carrots and getting photos with his adoring fans, living the good life.

I think last night exceeded our expectations. We had around 350 people there and all the money earned - it looks like around $15,000 - went straight to charity. I have to give a huge shout-out to Stable View who not only provided a fantastic facility with lighted indoor and sound system; they also had a full-on bar for everyone to enjoy, and on top of all that they are going to match the amount of money generated last night with a matching contribution. I must say I’m very impressed.



Hello Aikenites,
We are heading north in a weeks time and we have a heap of hay left over. If anyone is looking for top quality Alfalfa or Orchard grass hay, we have tons here at Stable View. The bales are 55 pounds and cost me $12 per bale. Contact 610-806-2381


New Mushroom Compost

A big thanks to Jamie Hicks of Hicks Brothers for spreading a thin layer of mushroom compost over our cross-country schooling course in Pennsylvania. One of our goals this year is to have fabulous footing for all the horses in training.

Jamie is also in charge of footing for Plantation Field horse trials and is donating a lot of his time and effort to spreading mushroom compost, seeding, mowing and aerating the footing at Plantation. I would urge anyone looking for quality hay or straw to consider buying it from Hicks Brothers as a thank you for their efforts in supporting the sport of eventing.

You can contact Jamie at 610-721-3316 or through

Monday, March 9, 2015

Palm Beach Dressage Derby 2015

Stately at the Awards

What a great weekend at Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI! The highlight of our show was yesterday when Stately scored 71.9% in his first-ever freestyle and was highest placed American and third overall. Rosa did her best test yet and scored 71.2 % to finish fifth.

Boyd and Silva
I had a big support team there !! Faye Woolf, Boyd, Ann Laver ,Gloria Callen, Melinda Walton and Larry Smith and of course the girls that have the horses look so amazing and keeping my life organized, Jerusha and Jessie. Debbie McDonald helped me in the warm up and Robert Dover was there watching my rides as well. Pretty cool. 
Robert Dover and Debbie MacDonald on the sidelines
In the PSG Stately finished 7th with 70.8% and Rosa finished 13th with 69.2% in a big class with over 50 horses.


 In the Intermediare 1 Stately finished in 6tjh place with 69.7% and Rosa finished 18th with 66.2%. Rosa and I had an off day but she was back to her normal self on Sunday. It was so nice that Boyd came this weekend to cheer us on! We all know he is not the best spectator! Since Melinda and Larry came for a surprise visit I rode Benny in 3rd level test 3 on Saturday and of course he was perfect and finished third .