May Daze & IEA

Well the past two weeks have been quite busy for the CW Event Team with two shows back to back! Last weekend was May Daze at the Park which takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park. I designed the courses for May Daze and spent my weekend riding around the cross country on my scooter and coaching my students. All my students had a great weekend especially Michael Greathouse, Pam Kimmel, Kim Allen, Morgan Garrett, Brittany Jones, and Kate Severson.

This weekend was the Indiana Eventing Association’s horse trials at the Hoosier Horse Park. Ready went out and did the preliminary and Slewboy went out at training again. Ready had a wonderful test and scored a 28.7! He also had a super cross country course on a really tough track and I am really proud of him! He finished up with four rails in stadium but he was really taking me to the fences and was very brave!

Slewboy scored a 30 in his training level test and only had two rails in the stadium jumping this weekend! His cross country run was great, but it was just a little slow. The cross country courses this weekend were really tough so I’m very pleased with how both of my boys went!

On another good note, I just wanted to share this letter I got from a student of mine. :) Enjoy!

“Hey Cathy, just want to Thank You for what a great job you have done with Rica.I have bred many horses over the years and sent them to a variety of trainers ranging from high level pros in dressage, eventing and even reiners. I have to say that you have by far done the best job of anyone in giving me a sane, safe, balanced , calm horse that I as a amateur rider with limited time to ride consistently feel good about getting on. You are patient, understand the amateur insecurities and get us there. Thank You so much for giving me back a really nice mare and some confidence. - Kim ”

Until next time! Good luck, look up, and keep kicking!

Spring Bay

Hello again! This weekend we took the horses over to Spring Bay H.T. at the Kentucky Horse Park and Masterson Station. Ready was in the preliminary this weekend and he did wonderful! He had a good dressage score of 32, jumped around the show jumping without being spooky, and then went on to have an incredible cross country ride at Masterson on Sunday! He finished up in 8th place and I couldn’t be more proud of him! Slewboy was in the training level and also had a good dressage score of 35, only had ONE rail in the show jumping which was really my fault, and went around the cross country like he owned it to finish in 9th! Last but not least Rica went out and did the novice again. She had a wonderful dressage test and got a 27.4, went double clean show jumping, and even with an unfortunate stop on the cross country finished in 10th place!

I’m very pleased with all of my horses and I can’t wait to head out to River Glen in a little over a week! See you then! Good Luck. Look up and Keep Kicking!!

I’m very pleased with all of my horses and I can’t wait to head out to River Glen soon! See you then! Good Luck. Look up and Keep Kicking!!

Rocking Horse III

Hey there!  This weekend we took the team down to Rocking Horse III to compete. Ready, Slewboy, and Rica all went down as well as Alston’s Charlie Brown and Alexa’s Brownie.

In case you looked at the results,  I felt Ready was good in dressage,  didn’t score so well. First time I have ever had a horse who loves flying changes so keeping the counter canter is hard. He just broke early on the left lead, so no switching. In show jumping I’ve been having a lot of lessons with Karen on not chasing to the jump,  improving the quality of canter and squaring the turns to keep the good canter. He  jumped one and two well, got behind my leg and stopped at three, then jumped all the way through the next 11 fences well. Unfortunately I saw the long distance to the Swedish and Karen is in my head saying don’t chase and grab the first distance, so I waited and he got crooked (straightness is the no. 1 rider responsibility!) and ran out. That made 2 disobediences and thus we were eliminated.  I’m happy I rode my plan, not happy that we didn’t complete, but always an optimist,  I am on the path to affirming the details and we go on.
Slewboy and Rica both went novice this weekend and both had great weekends! Slewboy started off with a 30 after a really lovely dressage test. He went on to have two unfortunate rails in stadium but then had a fantastic cross country to finish in 6th place! Rica also had a solid dressage score of 33.5. Not as impressive as her previous scores but still very happy with her performance! She acted like a real pro this weekend and was relaxed and calm in the warm-ups and on her hand walks around the show grounds. Her stadium jumping round was consistent and relaxed so even though she also had a couple of rails I was really proud of her. Rica also was incredibly brave on the cross county. The jumps were never an issue, just all the Spanish moss flying in the wind!
Alexa had a great weekend with Brownie finishing in first on her dressage score of 28.6! Alston also had a good weekend and had a fluid and consistent dressage test on Charlie Brown and a good show jump round too!
I’m headed up to Red Hills  next weekend to coach Alexa in her first CIC** on her horse In Any Event (aka Mitch). Good luck to Alexa and Mitch and I’ll check in again after we get back to Kentucky!

I drive home with the horses Monday the 12th. So email or call me to get your lessons scheduled. Stay tuned for cross country schoolings and jump around dates.

Until next time.

Good Luck, Look up and Keep Kicking!!!

Rocking Horse II!

Hello from sunny Florida again! This weekend my students and I competed at Rocking Horse II H.T. I rode Ready and Rica in the training and novice. Alexa Ehlers had a great weekend, running intermediate and training. Vic Garland had an improved dressage test from last week and had two great jumping rounds with a clean cross country.

Ready clocked out a fluid dressage test and was very brave again this week in the show jumping and had a super cross country run. Rica produced another very nice test this week in her move up to the novice and jumped a great double clean show jumping round and a clear cross country! The weather this weekend was great and held up really well despite all the wind on Sunday that blew down a tree in the novice XC warm-up. That was exciting for a few of us out there on the babies!! I fly home this coming weekend and the next event is RH 3 in two weeks.
Until then…. Good luck Look up and Keep kicking!

Florida Time!

A belated Happy New Year to you all!  So far we’re really off to a great start!   Area VIII’s annual convention went very well and was definitely a rousing success!   I took over the reins as the new Area VIII chair and we had Mary King as our guest speaker. She was gracious enough not only to answer almost every question we had but to also give a “virtual clinic” and critique DVDs that riders sent in. She  brought DVDs of herself  and told us what she was doing wrong and how she could’ve ridden better.  Mary King really emphasized the importance of watching videos of yourself ride and watching videos of riders that you’d like to emulate.

The following weekend was the MSEDA’s year-end awards banquet. I was voted by the membership to receive  the Kob Ryen Distinguished Service Award and also awarded a volunteer award for helping mary Fike with the steeplechase and showjumping for 2010 MSEDA event, and then doing the T 3day educational forum at the 2011 event.  Three of my horses received awards too!  Ready for April , owned by Rebecca Farm LLC, received 2nd place for master training level points, Investor, owned by Celeste Newman, received 4th place for master beginner novice, and Maggie owned by Nancy Cirgliano,  received 1st place for the master novice division! Congratulations to all our horses and students who received awards!

We arrived in Florida a week ago and already it’s looking like it will be a wonderful trip south for us this year. We brought down 4 horses in our load and they all traveled very well and settled in nicely to the Florida weather and routine!  All of them had a day off and a day of hacking to begin their Florida experience and then I have been able to get a few lessons from David O’Connor as Karen was out of town.  Education in the new hitchcock pen and jumping has been great. The changes at Longwood since Joe, her son, has been here have been positive  and great!!    Untill next time  Good Luck, Look up and Keep Kicking!!