Full House at Fitch’s Corner!

XC Demonstration on Sunday
Photo Credit David Attal – Devoucoux Saddles

It was a very busy weekend at the annual Fitch’s Corner clinic in Millbrook, NY!
“Fitch’s Corner is located in Millbrook, NY in the center of the Millbrook Hunt Country. The farm operates as a private horse boarding and sales facility and welcomes the community to enjoy the Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials and Weekend. Once again, Fitch’s Corner will be the site of the 2012 Area 1 Regional Championships!

XC Clinic on Sunda
Photo Credit David Attal – Devoucoux Saddles

Going to Fitch’s Corner each year to coach these riders is always a home coming of sorts for Boyd and Silva.  This group of supporters have been instrumental in the success of 2 of Boyd’s upper level super stars, Neville and Otis, since they helped establish the core group of syndicate owners for each horse. 

The eventing clinic took place over 2 days with Saturday focusing on stadium exercises and Sunday taking to the XC course, where riders were able to school over elements of the competition course.  It is an ideal facility to run a clinic of this size because they also host the Area I Championships July 22nd – 24th, and the clinic participants were able to use a lot of the combinations on the competition course.

There were 6 sections of riders each day with 5 in each group, clearly keeping Boyd on his toes all weekend!   Boyd has been coaching these riders for the past 4 years so it was great to see their improvement as riders each year that he returns.  Boyd also got in the irons on Sunday to do a XC demonstration on Nancy Hackaway’s horse, Flag.  On Sunday, Silva rounded out this incredible weekend by helping 14 students perfect their dressage skills as well.

The weekend also featured saddle fittings by Devoucoux (Thank you to David Attal for all the fun photos) and Theault-America who was there to show off their cutting edge horse boxes!  The weekend kicked off Friday night with a cocktail party for the Martin’s and their syndicate owners.  This was followed up by a lovely luncheon under the shade trees on Saturday afternoon for the participants and Sunday evening Fernanda Kellogg hosted a large cocktail party for the members of the local riding community!

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Boyd wishes to thank Fernanda and all the Millbrook owners who have helped fuel the syndication team, which began at Fitch’s Corner just a few years ago.  It’s wonderful catching up with the whole team face to face and having their support and wishes of good luck leading up to the summer Olympics!

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