What's New On The Farm
We have been spending a lot of time working on our new property Raven Ridge Farm South. Although things are coming along well, we will look forward to spending 2016-2017 WEF circuit there. In addition to working on our new farm, we have been selling lots of talented homebred youngsters. Buzz aka Any Given Sunday, Limitless, Raymond Barone, and Lyric have all found outstanding new owners and we are excited to watch these talented horses progress! Our show year finished with a bang with amazing results at the Harvest Horse Show. We are now transitioning to head to WEF for the circuit.
Raven Ridge Farm has had an extraordinary year so far. Rival won two $30k Grand Prixs in a row! Cyril won 4 Hunter Derbies in a row and Indigo Girl won a Hunter Derby as well. The customers are riding great and winning all over the Midwest including Chicago, Parker, and Des Moines. We are really excited about the incredible young horses we are currently offering for sale. Our breeding program is proving itself year after year on the “A” circuit with horses winning all over the country in the hunters, jumpers and big eq. Every year our young horses look even more promising! We are excited to announce our purchase of land in FL which we will be developing into a farm for the WEF circuit.
Spring is finally here. Thankfully everyone survived the very long, very cold winter.
We have had 3 beautiful healthy foals so far with 4 more expected. Daisy had a beautiful filly by Westporte, Azalea had a colt by Kannan, and Escada had a filly by Lioclyon. Peri is due next week to have a foal by Escudo.
The circuit at WEF was very productive this year. The customers all were very successful in showing. Andy and I leased or sold 13 horses during the circuit. Some of the highlights were as follows. Vik is being leased out by Katie Lampert Boone's customer in TX as an eq horse. Chinook was leased by Chris Kappler's customer to show in the adult jumpers. Patriot and La Crosse found new homes in FL while Viva Con Janni was sold to Alabama. Roxiane found a new owner in Chelsea Babcock and Kami Marcussen bought Chelsea's talented mare, Bull Run's Guardian. Andy leased his horse Progressive to Rachel Turk. Rachel started her time with him by winning the classic and being Champion in the Children's 15-17 Jumpers at WEF before taking him back to Chicago with her. Andy brought home Higgins as a jumper that he can show in the Grand Prixs. I came back with a really fun horse I renamed Fiddy Cent as well as the jumper I imported from Germany to hopefully jump in the Grand Prixs.
While we were enjoying the amazing weather in FL, there was lots of progress being made at home. Kate once again did an outstanding job keeping all of the horses healthy and happy and all the riders safe and progressing well. We are looking forward to a fun and successful show season!
I finally have time to update the blog thanks to a snow storm while at a horse show at Mason City, Iowa. We have signs of spring at home with three colts born so far despite the large amounts of snow! The 1st born is Raymond Barone who is out of Daisy Gi (mother of Reserve Champion IHF East Coast Finals) and by Roc USA (sire of many Grand Prix winners and top hunters). Raymond is huge and very, very brave! The 2nd colt we are probably going to name Infinity and Beyond with Buzz as a barn name is out of Escada (my retired Grand Prix mare by Leandro out of a Caletto I mare) and is by the fabulous Grand Prix jumper Any Given Sunday (by Indoctro). This colt is gorgeous with 4 socks and a star, stripe and snip. The 3rd colt is out of Azalia (our homebred mare out of Cassinia by Acolade) and by the young incredible German Verband Holsteiner Connor (by Casall). This colt is also gorgeous with a beautiful dished head and huge star. We are looking forward to two more foals this spring and we are breeding a ton of nice mares for next year.
Congratulations to Kelsey Donahoe on the purchase of the super hunter prospect Izak. This beauty by Ironman has everything you could want in a top hunter prospect and we wish her lots of luck bringing him along.
We would also like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful show season!
It's the first day of summer and I haven't done the blog in so long that I'm going to skip forward to Mason City. The last two weeks in Mason City were amazing. The first week of Mason City started off with Perfecta winning the 3yr old Hunter Breeding and Best Young Horse. Another Touch was Champion in the Young Hunters. U R the Best was Champion in the Non TBs and then Reserve Champion with owner Deb Davidson in Rusty Stirrup. Dark Chocolate was Champion in the 3'6"-3'9" Performance Hunter and then was Champion with owner Jenna Golden in the Junior Hunters. Weston made a clean sweep of the 3'3" Performance Hunters in the beginning of the week winning all 5 classes. Emma then won the ASPCA with Weston on Friday and was 10th in the USHJA National Hunter Derby. I was able to catch ride a lovely horse named Elvis. He was Champion in the PreGreen Hunters and then won the Derby on Friday. Philadelphia had some big wins including the all day warmup as well as one of the Green classes. Lucas debuted in the pre greens and exceeded our expectations with prizes in the competitive pre green division as well as in the A/A 18-35.
Jill Schmidt was Champion in the Limit Adult Hunters and Reserve Champion in the A/A 50 + division on her horse Undercover. Gabrielle Vlahos was Champion in the A/A 18-35 as well as winning the Adult Classic on her miracle horse Einstein. Tahachapi won the Handy Hunter again in the A/O Hunters with Anne Nowlan as well as winning the Junior A/O Hunter Classic.
Lara Palmquist was fantastic at her first show of the year and was Champion in the 1.1m on her horse Will O'Wisp. Alison Golden showed Kid Rock for the first time and was Champion in the 1.0m Jumpers and Reserve Champion in the High Children/Adult Jumpers. Kid Rock was also 2nd in the NAL Classic. Valkerie II made her debut in the hunter jumper world with 4 double clean rounds in the baby jumpers. Arizona won the 6 yr old jumpers with Andy. Lassandra won a 1.15 class and Anne had good rides including a 6th in the classic. Linford has made huge progress with new owner Katie Wills. She has already progressed into the 1.15m. Susan Carlson came back to the jumper ring with Lanciano and defeated her fears of going off course. Steve O kept us all impressed with his jumping style at his first horse show ever.
Mystique won a 1.1m class and was 2nd and 3rd in the Childrens Jumpers with rider Patrick Gage. Rockabye with Anne Nowlan won the 1.35m High Jr A/O Class and was 10th in the Grand Prix. Kathy Ott won a 1.15 class with Danica and also won a 1.3m class with Mystic Sign and finished 4th in the Grand Prix.
The 2nd week of Mason City was just as successful. Acolade's Alibi won Best Young Horse in the Hunter Breeding and Another Touch was Champion in the Young Hunters as well as Reserve Champion in the Baby Greens. Kelly Davis was able to show her baby after jumping her for the first time. UR the Best was Champion in the Non TBs, Champion in the Rusty Stirrup and Reserve Champion in the Limit Eq. Anne Nowlan's lovely 5 yr old was Reserve Champion in the Pre green Hunters while Lucas continued to improve in the pre greens and be even more competitive this week. Anne Nowlan's other hunter, Tahachapi was Champion in the A/O Hunters as well as Reserve Champion in the Modified Jr/AO Hunters. Seneca was very good at her first show especially in the Handy Hunter and 3'3" A/Os. Gabrielle Vlahos was Reserve Champion in the A/A 18-35 division. Showtime and Katie Sweeney won the ASPCA as well as being Champion in the Jr Hunters. Showtime once again proved to be a great eq horse by helping me to win the Professional Equitation Class. Undercover was great in the 3'3" Performance Hunters and was Champion followed by Reserve Champion in the Limit Adult division. Dark Chocolate had an outstanding week, beginning as Champion in the 3'6"-3'9" Performance Hunters followed by winning the USHJA National Hunter Derby out of 37, winning the 15-17 eq o/f then finishing by winning the Jr/AO Hunter Classic with owner Jenna Golden. Vuego won in the jumper ring then showed his versatility by placing 8th in the Hunter Derby.
Susan Carlson continued to conquer her jumper courses with lots of beautiful rounds in the jumper ring with Lanciano. Danica and Amelia tied for Champion in the Clear Lake Jumpers each with a win. Danica was also Champion in the 1.0m with Kathy Ott and Amelia with Gillian Grafton won a A/A Jumper class. Lassandra won a 1.15m class as well as the 6 yr old class. Kid Rock had a clean sweep in the High Children/Adult Jumpers winning all three classes and the Classic. Rosy offered lots of excitement for Analisa Elkjer much to my dismay! Offero and Martha in their 1st show of the season won the Modified Jr/AO Classic. Rockabye with Anne Nowlan won the a 1.35 High Jr/AO class as well as the Jr/AO Hall of Fame Classic. Mystic Sign was great in the High Jr/AO classes and finished 7th in the Grand Prix with new owner Kathy Ott. Rival did his first big classes since an injury last year and was double clear both classes finishing Reserve Champion in the Open Jumpers as well as 2nd in the Grand Prix.
It has been a long time since I have updated the blog. The Florida season this year was a huge success! The horses were very competitive with several wins as well as a Champion and Reserve Champion in the Hunters. We were able to do a lot of sales this circuit and are very excited for all of the new owners of these horses. Congrats to Anne Meyer on the purchase of Opal. She bought Opal right before the FL circuit and was competitive in the Adult Jumpers on this nice young jumper. When we arrived in Florida, we found a really nice young hunter for Analisa Elkjer named Flirting With Gold. He went on to be Champion in the 3+4 yr old Pregreens at WEF. In a bittersweet sale, Ambassador AKA Alfie found a nice new home with Brian McCutcheon. Seth Clayton imported a nice jumper named Upper Class. We sold Lavarie to Stacey Shore of Livingston, NJ and Frampton to Erin McCabe. Seth also sold a nice thoroughbred jumper to his customer and Kelsey Donahoe bought a very cute hunter prospect. Lastly but certainly not least, Patsy Clouser bought our wonderful young hunter Gloria. We are so pleased that she fell in love and bought Gloria as she will give her a wonderful home. We are also so pleased to welcome Patsy to Raven Ridge. Also, we are also pleased to welcome Janet Mccaffrey and her horse Westley to our barn. Kate did an amazing job with all the horses at home while we were gone. They really look great and all her hard work on the flat is really showing. She has also really gotten a lesson program going with Sneakers and Lola and it is fun to see so many new and enthusiastic faces at the barn. We are also very excited about Zinnia's beautiful new colt by Roc USA. We also have some new entertainment with the addition of our new boxer puppy Maxwell. Hopefully Raven and Lincoln will teach him the ropes at the horse shows this year.
Happy Holidays! So far we have had a very snowy and cold winter here in Minnesota. Fortunately, things have been going very well in Florida. Andy has some very nice sale horses there. Congratulations to Melissa Wight for the purchase of Protege and Bon Jour. Congratulations to Susan Herrick on the purchase of Quiros Z. We had a fun and emotional holiday party. We said good bye to Sergio. He is returning to his family after many wonderful years. We are going to Florida with our horses Jan 7th. We will have many wonderful horses of ours to sell in Florida as well as a couple of great customers to show with. We will keep updating the site on the show results. Have a safe and wonderful Holidays!
Things have been busy around the farm. We had an Anne Kursinski clinic last weekend. All the riders did a great job and worked very hard for Anne. The farm looks really great after the major cleaning we did to prepare for the clinic. We have officially started our lesson program. We have the very special pony Sneakers for the kids and the sweet hunter Lola for the adults. I had lots of fun last month starting Acobi, Ariel and Perfecta. They were really great babies, all very quiet and easy to break. Congratulations to Mady Offerman on the purchase of Red Rock. Good luck in the jumpers next year! We welcome Amanda Gorra with her lovely jumper Vuego to the barn at the beginning of this month. Jim Chiapetta, Steve McAuley, and I bought a very nice jumper that will be really fun to show in Florida if we don't sell him first. Patrick Gage is leasing Mystique for the year. She will be an amazing horse to teach Patrick the jumpers. Susan Carlson's horse Lanciano just returned and Anne Healy is very excited to be able to lease him. Andy just returned from Florida. The sale horses he took to Florida were very popular and 3 of 5 have prepurchase appointments. My fingers are crossed! Andy and I are anxiously awaiting the trainers cruise. It is always a great time with all of our trainer friends!
We have finished showing for the year. I would like to give a big thanks to all of the great customers that ride with us here. I have lots of catching up to do with all the highlights of the last three shows. While we were showing at Maffitt Lake, Thomas Cerra showed Ambassador CWF for us at the International Jumper Futurity. He was Champion in the Scope Category, Reserve Champion in Type and Honorable Mention in Rideable. Thank you to Thomas for a job well done!
At Maffitt, we had a very successful two weeks. The first week, Acolade was Champion in the 1st Year Greens and Philadelphia was Reserve Champion. Quite Cool was Reserve Champion in the PreGreen Hunters. Friday was an amazing day for the Derby. Acolade won the $10,000 Hott Horse Show Derby with scores of 90 and 92 winning both rounds. Dark Chocolate was 2nd, Philadelphia was 3rd and Calligraphy was 4th. Quite Cool competed in his 1st Derby and finished a respectable 7th. Molly Hayward was also able to show her horse Calligraphy for the 1st time this year and was Champion in the 3' Special as well as being Reserve Champion in the Adult Amateur Hunters and won the A/A Hunter Classic. Hennessey and Cindy Bulwicz were very consistent in the 3'3" AO Hunters after a scare with an hoof abcess early in the week. Quite Cool and Susan Carlson won a class in the A/A's as well and are really getting things figured out. Andy won classes with both Ballinclover Boy and Mystique and Anne enjoyed showing both horses in the A/A's on the weekend.
The second week of Maffitt Lake, Philadelphia was Champion in the 1st Year Greens. Hennessey and Philadelphia both were great with Cindy on the weekend. Mystique and Ballinclover Boy were both Reserve Champion in the Jumpers and Anne did well on both horses in the Modified Jr/AOs. Kid Rock was Champion in the Low Children/Adult Jumpers with Joey Knowlton. I enjoyed helping Hailey Livingston on her two ponies for trainer Katie Dean. She was Champion on Blueberry Hill and Reserve Champion on Sir Dragon. Jenna Golden is continuing to learn the ropes of the Junior Hunters and was 3rd in the Classic.
The Harvest Show was enjoyable with shorter days than in the past. Dark Chocolate was Champion in the 1st Year Greens and Acolade was Reserve Champion. Quite Cool was Reserve Champion in the PreGreen Hunters. Philadelphia was 2nd in the Harvest Hunter Derby. Cindy and Hennessey won a couple of classes including the Performance Hunters against all the pros! Showtime was Reserve Champion in the Junior Hunters with Katie Sweeney. Patrick Gage did his last show with Worth The Wait and was Champion as well as winning the Brass Castles award. Will O'Wisp won a 1.15 class and was great with Lara including a win in the Adult Jumpers as well as a good prize in the Classic and 7th in the Futures Prix. Anne was 7th in the Classic with Ballinclover Boy. Jenna won the USEF and rode great. Emma also made a strong return in the Junior Hunters. Martha Dornbusch and Offero were super in the High Jr/AO Jumpers and are proving that the bigger the jumps the better they are.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Kim Dixon and her customer on the purchase of Tah Dah. He is a lovely horse and I hope he is perfect for you.
We have moved from Mason City to Maffitt Lake for two weeks of shows. Mason City was cold but went well. At the beginning of the week, Dark Chocolate was Reserve Champion in the 1st Year Greens. Acolade won the Zone VI 1st Year Green Classic and Dark Chocolate was 2nd. Acolade also finished 4th in the Midstates Hunter Derby. Emma Gage finished 8th on Weston in this great hunter class as well.
Quite Cool was Champion again in the PreGreen Hunters as well as winning the Zone VI Pre Green Classic. Kid Rock won the Open Jumper Class on Wed. Mystique won a couple of classes with Andy and Anne was extremely consistent in the Modified Jr/Amateurs Jumpers with her as well. Vuego won all his classes with me in the jumper ring. Amanda made huge progress with Vuego in her jumper classes and they will be an amazing combination. Ambassador was fantastic in the 1.0m jumpers and only had 1 rail in 3 classes. He is an exceptional 4 year old and good luck to Thomas Cerra in the IJF next week.
Worth the Wait had an amazing week. He started champion in the Low Hunters. Patrick Gage was Champion in the Children's Hunters and won the Zone VI Children's Hunter Classic. The highlight was the Zandra Powers Horsemanship class. Patrick dominated the 3' section of this special class. He doubled his written test score from last year and had the highest score over fences. He then sealed the deal by nailing the test. Emma Gage finished 2nd in this special class and Jenna Golden finished 5th. I'm especially proud of their improvements in the written phase of this class. They are becoming better horsemen and not just better riders!
Cindy Bulwicz won a class in the adult amateur division with Philadelphia. Susan Carlson is learning a ton about her lovely horse Quite Cool as well as winning the under saddle class in the adult amateur division.
Martha Dornbusch won the Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic on her horse Offero. She also won the Zone VI Amateur Owner Classic.
I made the decision earlier this year to only show Kid Rock in the Midstates Horse Shows Open Jumpers and do the 4 Grand Prixs this year before having him step down into the Children/Adult division. Kid Rock has been a very special horse for me and this was a very difficult decision to make. This Saturday was the last Grand Prix he will do. It was a very emotional class for me and I began the class with tears in my eyes. He jumped around easily and enthusiastically. We finished 4th with the fastest 4 fault score. I am so grateful for having such a wonderful horse for so many years. It was really wonderful to have him feel so great in our last Grand Prix together.
Back at home, Kate Leis took Izak and Peakalika to the ISR Oldenburg Inspection. Both Izak and Peakalika where awarded Premium status. Peakalika went on to be Site Champion! Thanks to Kate and Jennifer for their hard work in shipping, braiding, and presenting this babies!
Also, congratulations to Seth Clayton for selling Ben!
We just returned from another amazing week at Maffitt Lake. Raven Ridge dominated the professional hunter divisions again. Acolade was Champion in the 1st Year Greens and Dark Chocolate was Reserve Champion. Weston moved up into the Regular Hunters for the first time and was Reserve Champion behind Showtime who has been Champion in the Regulars every time he has shown! Quite Cool was Champion in the Low Pregreen Hunters.
Showtime went on to win the $10,000 Hunter Derby on Friday. He is such a special horse and I would like to thank owners Cammie, Mike and Katie Sweeney for allowing me the opportunity to show such a wonderful horse.
The customers also had a great week. Emma and Jenna both tried the Derby on Saturday and were both superstars for their first time. Jenna went on the be Reserve Champion in the Younger Junior Hunters on her horse Dark Chocolate. Patrick was Champion again in the Children's Hunters 14 and under as well as winning both 12-14 eq classes and he was second in the Children's Classic.
Molly Hayward finally showed her own horse Calligraphy for the first time this year and was Champion in the Adult Amateur 18-49 Hunters as well as finishing 2nd in the Adult Hunter Classic.
Lara Palmquist's horse Will O'Wisp had a stellar week. She started the week by winning the 1.1meter jumpers and then winning an Adult Jumper Class and was Reserve Champion in the Adult Amateur Jumpers. She then went on to win the Children Adult Jumper Classic. Mystique got some great prizes this week with Anne Meyer in the Adult Jumpers as well.
Joey Knowlton won a Children's Jumper Class and finished 8th in the Classic with Ballinclover Boy. Luxius was fantastic in the Grand Prix but had an unlucky rail down in the first round.
Rival was 3rd in the Welcome and was 9th in the $25,000 Grand Prix.
We are staying home for 3 weeks to relax and regroup before heading for the Midstates Fall show, two weeks at Maffitt Lake and the final show of the year at the MN Harvest.
Although the weather was very hot Tuesday to Saturday at Maffitt Lake, we had a stellar week. On the pro days, Susan Carlson's lovely pregreen horse was Champion. Acolade was Champion in the 1st/2nd Year Greens and Dark Chocolate was Reserve Champion. Showtime was Champion in the Regular Working Hunters. Worth the Wait was Champion in the Non-Thoroughbred Hunters, Calligraphy was Reserve Champion in the Maffitt Lake Hunteres and Rival was 2nd in the Welcome Jumper Class.
On the weekend, the customers were amazing! Patrick Gage was Champion in the Children's Hunters 14+ under with Emma as Reserve Champion. Patrick and Worth the Wait also won the Children's Classic as well as the Children's Medal Class and the 12-14 eq over fences. Emma won the 12-14 flat and INHJA medal. In the Junior Hunters, Dark Chocolate and Jenna Golden were Champion in the Small Juniors as well as the winner in the Junior Hunter Classic. I had the pleasure of helping Tracy Grandstand's customer Kate Roach for the weekend and she was Champion in the Large Juniors and Showtime and Katie Sweeney were Reserve Champion. Katie also won the 15-17 Eq over fences.
Brie Vlahos was Reserve Champion in the Adult Amatuer Hunters 18-49 on Calligraphy.
Lara Palmquist was a winner in both the 1.1m jumpers as well as the Adult Jumpers and was 2nd in the Children/Adult Jumper Classic. Ballinclover Boy won a 1.0m class and then was great in the Children's Jumpers with Joey Knowlton.
Susan Carlson had some beautiful courses with Quite Cool and Analisa had one of her best rounds ever on Protege. Mark is making leaps and bounds of progress on his young jumper Arizona and Mystique and Anne Meyer jumped back into the ring with Mystique looking younger than ever!
Luxius was clean in the Grand Prix was 7th and Rival ended up 11th. Out of the 8 Grand Prixs Rival has done so far, he has placed in every one!
We are enjoying a beautiful day off here in Des Moines and looking forward to a gorgeous week ahead. We can only hope it goes as well as last week!
Colorado was wonderful! The horses were great and we love the horse show there. The highlight for me was winning the International Hunter Derby on Rex the Wonder Horse. Unfortunately, his normal trainer and rider, Kris Killam was hurt earlier in the week and was undergoing surgery during the class. It was very fun to ride such a willing and wonderful horse to the win. I was also thrilled with my horse Rival for placing in both the $40,000 Rocky Mountain Classic Grand Prix as well as the $50,000 Colorado Summer Classic Grand Prix. He has been such a wonderful horse for me proving to be very scopey as well as very simple and easy.
We were excited to have Elizabeth Kruse join us for the two weeks as well. She rode both Dance Card and Protege in the low childrens the first week and then the childrens hunters the second week. She won classes on both horses! It was lots of fun to have her with us again.
Nancy Sherman, Emma Gage, Patrick Gage, Kelly Gage, Elizabeth Kruse, Rachel Barrea and I all enjoyed a trip to Pike's Peak on Monday. We really enjoyed the trip and came back with lots of facts and fun pictures from the trip. Dixie Chick waited until we had arrived in Colorado to have a gorgeous colt, maybe we will call him Buckingham.
Andy and I are now enjoying a family vacation in Alaska. Happy 70th Birthday John Barone!
We are back from the very busy two weeks of Mason City. We had so many monumental successes this week. Despite the severe weather threats, everyone had a great show. In the professional divisions, Quiet Cool was Reserve Champion even with 40 mph winds shaking the flowers and bushes and blowing over jumps. Dark Chocolate was Champion in the 1st Year Greens for the second week in a row. Showtime also had a great week winning all the Regular Working over fences classes to be Champion again. Showtime also proved his versatility by helping me to win the Professional Equitation Class sponsored by Zone 6.
Showtime also went on to be Champion in the very competitive Large Juniors with Katie Sweeney as well as finishing 5th in the Hunter Derby.
Acolade had his biggest win to date when he won the Hunter Derby with 32 horses in it. He scored a respectable 82 in the first round but shot to the top when he scored a 90 in his handy round. Calligraphy also had a good day and finished 7th. Brie also won in the A/A hunters with Cal.
The weekend was amazing. Both Emma Gage and Jenna Golden stepped up into the 3'6" for the first time and were great. Emma's first class at 3'6" was the ASPCA and she showed everyone she belonged by winning! She also swept the 12-14 Eq Division finishing Champion with her brother Patrick Gage very close on her heels in Reserve Champion. Jenna held her own in the Small Juniors with good ribbons and very respectable rounds. I'm so proud of these two for their easy adjustment into these bigger divisions. Patrick also looked amazing in the Children's Hunters as well.
Philadelphia won a A/A class with owner Cindy Bulwicz as well as winning a 1st year green class earlier in the week. Analisa won the Adult eq with Protege and then had some great prizes in the A/O hunters.
The jumpers were fantastic as well. Rachel Barrea rode Gipou Des Ettisses beautifully in the Modified Jr/Amateur Division. Lara Palmquist was Champion in the High Adult Jumpers. Anne Meyer was 3rd in the very fast and competitive Children/Adult Jumper Classic. Kathy Ott's new horse Danicka moved up into the Modified Jr/Amateurs and had several clean rounds with lots of room to spare.
Andy won the Grand Prix with Luxius II! This was Luxius's first grand prix win and it was especially special as we have had him since he was 2 yrs old. Rival and I were second just .1 seconds behind him with the only two double clean rounds. Rival ended up Open Jumper Champion with Luxius Reserve Champion.
Africa went home with Joan Winters. We hope they will get along famously and I hope he will find a permanent home with Joan.
Back at home, things were quiet. Kate was able to enjoy a vacation with her husband in Traverse City, MI. We found out Cassinia is pregnant to Landkonig. The babies are growing fast and are so cute.
On a sadder note, we lost a great friend last week. Bill Qualey, died unexpectedly on Wednesday while working. He was a patient, kind and generous man as well as being a true horseman and exceptional farrier. He will be deeply missed.
We are in Mason City, IA in between two weeks of shows. I thought I better update the blog before I forgot about all the great things that have happened here. This is what I remember as highlights. At the beginning of the week, Azalea was Reserve Best Young horse in the Hunter Breeding, Susan Carlson's horse, Quite Cool, was Champion in the Pregreen hunters after winning all five of the classes. Susan then finished the week Reserve Champion in the A/A 51 and over division in only her second time showing in that division on Sven. Dark Chocolate was Champion in the 1st Year Green Division and with owner Jenna Golden, was the winner of the Children's Hunter Classic with a first round score of 88! She also finished Reserve Champion in the Childrens Hunter Division. Worth The Wait, another star in the Children's hunters finished 1 point behind Jenna in the Childrens Hunter Classic with Patrick Gage. Patrick swept the 12-14 eq division as well as winning in the Children's hunter division.
Showtime won all the Regular Working over fences classes finishing Champion. He then went on to win the $5000 USHJA National Hunter Classic. Calligraphy finished 3rd with Acolade finishing 4th in the Classic. We were so happy to have such a great day in this competitive class.
In the jumper ring, we were happy to have Lara back on Will'O Wisp. They were very respectable in the High Children/Adult Jumpers after Whinny had a lot of time off this winter. Rachel rode Moto beautifully in the High Children/Adult Jumpers as well and is looking forward to moving up into the Modified Junior/Amateurs this week. Kathy looked amazing on her new horse, Danica, and I expect she will go on to do great things.
Kid Rock was fantastic this week. He won the Open Jumper Class on Thursday and was double clean and 2nd in the Grand Prix. Janine was .5 second faster for the win in the Grand Prix on Lt. Kiji. Rival finished 4th in the Grand Prix as well.
The horses were really great this week despite the very wet weather. I'm sure there were many other highlights that I am forgetting, however, I'm exhausted and don't remember right now. Bye for now!
We have finally returned from the three weeks in Iowa. Everyone had a wonderfully successful show. Emma showed her new horse Weston in the 3' eq and Children's Hunters and looks ready to move up to the 3'6". Patrick was amazing the 2nd week of Maffitt Lake winning the Children's Hunter Classic in addition to being Champion. Thanks to Katie Dean, I enjoyed helping Hailey Livingston on Sir Dragon, Blueberry Hill and Hope I'm It. The ponies were wonderful and it was a total pleasure helping Hailey. She was 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Pony Classic! I also was able to help Page Tredennick with her two horses. She had a stellar 2nd week and was both Champion and Reserve with her two horses in the A/O 3'3" Division.
Cindy's horse Philadelphia debuted in the 1st Year Green the second week and was fantastic. He won both over fences the second day and was Reserve Champion. He then went on to be Champion in the Adult Amateur Older Division with Cindy. Her horse Hennessey was also really good for his debut of the year. The first week, Analisa had some great rounds with Protege in the A/O hunters and also rode Mark McKone's horse in the A/A hunters. She had a lot of fun catch riding him. Brie was super in the A/A Hunters and Brie and Analisa were Champion and Reserve.
Mary Laurie showed how much she learned over the winter with Hans. She rode great and fell in love with Maffitt Lake. Anne also placed in both Children/Adult Jumper Classics and had a good couple of weeks.
I had the pleasure of riding Rival, a wonderful horse owned by Shane Sweetnam. He was 11th in both Grand Prixs and was 5th in the Welcome the 2nd week. He is a fun, talented horse that is both brave and careful.
Now we are home for a couple of weeks. We are looking forward to Escada having a foal in the next week or two and then we will head to Mason City for two weeks.
We had a great spring at home with really mild weather and lots of riding outside. We have had two beautiful additions to the barn. Daphne foaled a beautiful colt by Ironman that we named Izak. Daisy had a gorgeous filly by Pablito we call Peakalika. They are so much fun to have around the barn.
The weather is now turning into a true spring just in time for the shows. Last week, we attended the Midstates show at Mason City and had a great week. Showtime was Champion in the Green/Regular Working Division and Dark Chocolate was Reserve Champion. Susan Carlson's new horse, Quiet Cool, was amazing and was champion in the Low and Pregreen Division. Calligraphy was Reserve Champion in the Low Hunters as well. The weekend was cold but still successful. Dark Chocolate and Jenna Golden were Champion in the Children's Hunters and Worth the Wait was Reserve Champion with Patrick Gage. Patrick Gage had a clean sweep of his equitation classes winning all the 12-14 classes as well as the MHJA medal.
Our new working student, Rachel Barrea was Champion in the Modified Jr/AOs.
I got a wonderful new sale horse on Thursday evening. We showed in the Level 5 and 6 jumper class Friday with clean rounds so we decided to try the Grand Prix. He was super and jumped double clear and finished 3rd in the Prix. Andy and Luxius were clean in the first round and ended up 4th and Kid Rock and I had the fasted 4 fault round and ended up 6th.
Those are a few of the highlights, but everyone had a successful show. Now we are at Maffitt Lake for two weeks. It is raining so much here that they cancelled the show for today. Tim Hott does a great job of running these shows despite the weather.
We have been back from a very successful Florida for about a month now. We are thrilled to say we were very busy showing horses. We ended up with seven deals done in eight weeks which made our trip very worth while. Congratulations to Susan Carlson and Emma Gage on their fabulous new horses. Everyone who showed in Florida did extremely well and we were very proud to have them there. Since we have been back, I have been working on updating the website as well as showing horses to prospective clients. We have had trainers from near and far trying horses and sales are definately picking up. FINALLY!
I am enjoying working with my own young horses. Ambassador is so much fun for me and he leaves me smiling every day. Gloria is in the process of being started. So far, walking undersaddle is great and next week we will trot. Daphne had a gorgeous colt by Ironman last week. His name is Izak and he is adorable. Daisy is due next week as well. Her foal is by Pablito.
We have all been enjoying riding outside for the last month (the first time I've ever ridden outside in March in Minnesota). Our course outside had inspiration from the Hunter Derby at WEF and is challenging but inviting for everyone.
We are slowly gearing up to horse show in Iowa for three weeks in May. Based on the customer's lessons today, we are ready to go now! All this extra practice time outside has everyone much more prepared than in past years.
I'm sure I'm forgetting lots of important things so I will try to update again soon.