I have been on the road quite a bit but am home now and gearing up for the holidays!
As you know from my last blog, the CW Event Team went to VA Horse Trials over the Halloween weekend. After a wonderful dressage test out of Simba, I decided to retire on XC. The Open Preliminary across the street that runs with the intermediate track just seemed to be a little too much too soon in Simba’s career. He has run so well all year that I decided it best to end on a good not and press our luck. I have all winter to prepare him for courses such as that one.
Action Now went around the novice XC like a champion. He finished 10th overall with one rail in SJ. I am really excited about this horse. He has a great mind and really loves his new carreer.
After returning home from VA, I headed out to Holly Hill Farm in Benton, LA where I met up with Karen O’Conner and taught 4 day clinic. It was very cool to be returning there for a second time and be able to move forward with many that we saw in May and also reconfirm how good Karen and I are together in teaching the clinic. Sunday evening I was transported to Allison Freeman’s ranch southeast of Dallas for another two days of teaching. Although the numbers were not as big as Holly Hill, it was great to have more time to spend on each person attending the clinic and I was able to give them awesome individual attention. Had a great week and a half here at the farm riding and doing Pony Club gamers with Lucas. Also overseeing the final touches on the new cover for the arena. I am happy to say it is complete now and just some outside drainage and landscaping need to be completed.
On my way now to the Bahamas for Thanksgiving and spending time with my family and the sun!! My calendar for spring will be updated soon. Enjoy the holiday and stay tuned for our Christmas/Arena warming party!!!
I was very busy riding and coaching at a very soggy Mid- South 3-Day Event. I had a wonderful weekend and was happy to see that the organizers of this event were able to pull everything off with not only the weather but also all the activities they had to work around that have been going on at the horse park.
Simba finished 2nd in a very competitive OP division. He was the fastest he’s been on XC and seemed to carry a very comfortable pace adding only 1.6 time faults to his dressage score of 37.5. His clean show jumping round on Sunday left him in second place. I am looking forward to taking him to Florida and moving him up to Intermediate in the spring.
Maggie finished 3rd, on her dressage score, in her Open Novice division. This mare keeps getting better and better each time out. She will do her first Training combined test at Octoberfest. I am very pleased with this mare’s progress and her owner’s commitment to her training.
Action Now finished 6th in the Open Beginner Novice division at Mid- South. For his second show, he was very focused and ready to work. He scored a respectable 38 in dressage and did not pick up any more penalties the rest of the weekend. Watch for great things from this horse.
One, Two, Three Step also competed in the Open Beginner Novice division. I have this nice horse in training for his owners to eventually take over and compete. He was a pleasant partner all weekend and I am happy to have this guy in my program.
The CW Event Team has one last horse trial for 2009. We are in Virginia this weekend. It is always a nicely run event.
Get your winter lessons scheduled. This is the time to focus on going back to basics and correcting the problems that may have plagued you during the show season. I am here until mid January. The new covered arena is almost completed so no excuses. Call to sign up for lessons and getting the training you need for a successful 2010 show season! It will be here before you know it.