Monthly Archive for October, 2010

ICP Certification and MSEDA HT & 3-Day Event

We’ve had a lot going on since I returned home from Fair Hill.

This past Tuesday- Thursday Carriage Station Farm hosted an ICP certification for Levels I- IV. The candidates were able to show their knowledge of teaching while being assessed at their level.

I am very pleased to report that I passed my Level IV ICP Certification. I am happy to add this to my resume.

Last weekend was the Mid- South Team Challenge Horse Trials and 3-Day Event. It was great to be back coaching students at the Kentucky Horse Park. The WEG has been in control of the park for quite some time. A big thanks to Mary Fike and her volunteers for basically going straight from WEG into Mid- South. They had 10 days to get the park ready for a record number of people to compete at the horse trials. Of course they pulled it off.

I did not compete myself but designed the show jumping courses and coached all weekend. The most notable rides for the weekend were Devon Gaines and Ginger Spice, WINNING the National CCI1* Amateur Championship! This was the pairs’ 1st CCI 1*. They have worked hard all year and this win is well deserved. The other was Kate Fitzgerald and I’ve Got a Star winning the Training Team Challenge. Great job to the both of you!

Pam Kimmel, Morgan Garret, and Suzie Harrison all rode as well. Pam had a good time running the training 3-day, Morgan and Suzie also had a fun weekend jumping around their levels. Morgan is competing at Octoberfest this weekend and Suzie heads to Poplar to finish the year.

My horses are all back in work as we head into late fall and the weather is finally turing colder. I am excited about the horses that I have going to Ocala this winter and the training that we will be able to get done both here at home and in Ocala. I am already looking forward to 2011.

Until next time…. Keep Kicking-


Fair Hill 2010

Ready for April was super as he performed on his first championship stage this weekend at Fair Hill International.
The dressage test for the 5 year old event horse competition is very similar to the movements asked in a preliminary dressage test. He was steady and confident in all of his lateral work in the dressage phase. The crowds and the atmosphere did not bother him one bit.
He completed the jumping phase like a champion. These fences can be quite large for the 5 year olds but Ready handled it perfectly.
Of course the competition was tough but I’m pleased to report that Ready finished 11th with the scores close together for the most part.
The judges were able to get a small glimpse of this horse. I have the advantage of knowing what an extremely talented horse I have. Keep your eye out for this one. He’s very special.
I will be at Mid- South next weekend and hope to see everyone back at our home park! It’s going to be great to have it back.
Until then…
Keep kicking!