Working Student Position
We are looking for another working student. Time training would be split between Nicky Buckingham and Hokan Thorn. We are a busy eventing / dressage barn. This is a great opportunity for a dedicated and hard working person. We would prefer a full time student. Stall available. Contact Nicky if interested.
Late Summer News Update
It seems like it was five minutes ago that I was writing my review of 2011 and now it’s August 2012! Wow how time flies when you’re having fun. So what’s been keeping me and more importantly the farm so busy…..
My personal big news was Adam’s second place finish in the CIC** at Chattahochee Hills back in May. He finished on his dressage score after a fabulous run cross country and an outstanding clean show jumping round on Sunday morning. To be very British about it I couldn’t have been more “chuffed” with him. For those of you who’ve watched my journey with this horse it was a very sweet end to the Spring season. Hopefully there is more to come this Fall if the stars all line up. You know how that goes with horses especially as I type this Adam is sitting in his stall with stitches in his leg! Completely self inflicted but none the less he’s managed to get out of work for the last 2 weeks!!
Cass my new imported Oldenburg gelding also made me very proud at Chatt Hills. This time it was July not May but he finished 5th in a very competitive Open Novice division. The cross country proved very tough for the Novice horses but Cass showed his class and gave me a wonderful ride.
The hottest weekend of the year (yes the one when it hit 106 degrees) guess where a few of the Montclair Die Hard Eventers were? Yep you guessed it Amy Alexander, Monica Spitzer and yours truly were at a schooling show at Poplar Place Farm. It took some convincing for me not to stay in the A.C. that weekend but we had so much fun it was totally worth it. Amy’s Hail Yes did herself proud with a third place finish and Monica’s baby horse Bogie finished 2nd in his first ever show. My new OTTB Vinnie won his division’s dressage with a 30 which I was thrilled with, but unfortunately he threw a shoe in the show jumping so that was the end or our 3 phase for that weekend!!
The dressage riders at the farm have been busy this summer kicking some you know what at the Good Horseman Dressage shows at the GIHP. Special mention goes to Joni Zeccola and Moses the wonder pony for posting some great scores at Fourth Level. Juli Abernathy and CaprianHo made a very successful debut at Prix St. Georges, Claire Ertel and Razzmatazz continue to impress now at Second Level and Ellen Bell with her Al Capone were very competitive at First Level. Also Valerie Levin and Mazzi got to compete in their first ever USDF dressage show in Tryon North Carolina. Not only did they compete but they came home with ribbons and big smiles. We have several horse and rider combinations qualified for the USDF Regional Championships which will be held at the beautiful Chatt Hills in Fairburn GA in October.
Albey and Hokan competed at the Good Horseman Dressage show at the end of July. This was Albey’s first appearance at a USDF show and I got to watch from the sidelines. He totally rocked his four First Level Tests winning all of them and scoring over 70% on Sunday. Hokan did a great job with him and Albey finally got to be the dressage horse he’s been dreaming about for the last few years. Not only did he win the classes he also won two high point awards. And yes I am a very proud Mom!