Monthly Archive for May, 2009

May Daze Weekend

The CW Event Team had a very busy and successful weekend while competing at May Daze Horse Trial at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park.

Simba finished 4th in his 3rd preliminary competition. I was very please with him throughout the weekend. He is turning into a seasoned eventer. I am looking forward to his first FEI competition this fall.

Forli’s Match ran his first training horse trial this weekend. He was quiet in the dressage phase, cantered around the show jumping like a hunter, and had one very honest look on cross- country. After making a small circle and representing, he jumped it with no question.

Timmy is an up and coming horse that is new to the CW Event Team. He came out like a champion this weekend finishing 3rd at his first novice horse trial with me in the irons. He was focused for both the dressage and show jumping phase and settled after his first few fences on cross- country.

Maggie, owned by Nancy Cirgliano, is a student of mine that is having me put some eventing miles on her gray mare. In her 2nd horse trial, Maggie already knew and understood her job and placed 6th in the BNH division. She was a pure joy to ride this weekend.

Jalapeno also was a star again this weekend, cantering easily around the BNH division finishing in 7th place. I was very happy with his quiet outlook on the whole scene.

I would like to thank everyone that pitched in to help my groom, Mandy Alexander, so she too was also able to compete a mare she has in training. The food, drinks, and help given through the weekend is greatly appreciated.

Be sure to keep an eye on my calendar as I will be out of town teaching several clinics through the summer. Call early to schedule lessons. Times will fill quickly.

I leave this Wednesday to head to Holly Hill Farm in Benton, LA to teach a 4 day clinic with Karen O’Connor , Keep working on the principles at home and as always keep kicking!



I had a wonderful Saturday at Wilderness Trace Pony Club’s (WTPC) combined test at Meadow Lake Equestrian Center.  With three horses in tow and storm clouds threatening we loaded the trailer and headed out.  Timmy, a 10 yr old Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Michael Ziebarth finished 2nd and 5th respectively in the novice and training classes.  This was his first show and he was focused and jumped the colorful course quite bravely.  Simba is getting better and better and had a respectable show jumping round and won the prelim division.  Forli was more relaxed and finished 2nd in the training also in preparation for his first training event this coming weekend at MayDaze.  A big thanks to WTPC for a well run show and I was glad that for the most part, the rain seemed to skirt around us.

XC Course Walk times will be posted here and on the barn answering machine.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone out there!  It is going to be a great weekend!  See you there.



CW Event Team News

Things around the farm are back to normal since Rolex has come and gone.  I had a good turn- out for my annual Rolex XC walk and had some great questions asked along the way.  I stayed very busy behind the scenes and was able to catch up with friends who were in town for the big event.

I am thrilled to report that both Border Lion and Viatar are back in work and feel wonderful!  I am looking forward to returning them to competition!!

The CW Event Team stays close to home and will run May Daze Horse Trials towards the end of May.  Simba will be running his 3rd preliminary and Forli will run his first training.  I will be posting my XC walk times on the farm answering machine and my calendar prior to the event. 

The show season is well under way!  Call today to set up your lesson and get on a program that works!

Until next time… Good Luck,  look up and Keep kicking!!


Area VIII Adult Rider Clinic

We had a wonderful, Area VIII Adult Rider, two day clinic here in Lexington. I really enjoyed everyone who attended. It was a really fun group of riders with willing, trainable horses.
On Saturday we gathered at my farm and worked on balance in the canter and being able to adjust the stride. After working through a gymnastic we were then able to carry that over to single fences then courses. I was extremely pleased with all horses and riders.
Sunday, we went to the Kentucky Horse Park for cross- country schooling. After Saturday’s lesson, all the horses were very rideable in the open. The riders were able to go forward and back and carry a balanced canter to the fences. All the horses jumped really well and it was a great day.
I want to thank everyone for attending the clinic and I hope to see you all again soon!