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Starting the Young Horses Right

https://youtu.be/oIq7bRNjrTg By the first of November all of the major events are done and dusted and I give the bulk of the upper level horses a good month’s vacation. This is a well-deserved rest from the hard, focused training and relentless competition schedule that starts in February. This also means a little less work at the farm since the upper level horses are so time-consuming, so we also use this time to give our staff a holiday intermittently This is also a good time to break in Read more...

Mike Pen is Off to Germany to Work for Michael Jung

We are wishing my assistant rider Mike Pen the best for the next month as he’s off to the south of Germany to work for German Olympian and World Champion Michael Jung. Mike has been a hard worker for me for the past six or seven years and this is a terrific opportunity for him. A big thanks to Felix Vogg, my Swiss mate who has also worked for Michael Jung, for helping to work out the details. This is an awesome opportunity for Mike to have an international work experience and learn behind Read more...

Cross Country Schooling with Ian Stark

Swan Lake Jumper Show

Yesterday I went to the Swan Lake jumper show in Western Pennsylvania with Santos, Eddie, Shamwari and Kyra and competed the horses in the 1.20m and the 1.30m jumpers. Santos - I thought he jumped really well in the 1.20. I made a mistake with my position coming out of the last combination and we had the back rail down because I sat up too early. This phase is Santos weaker phase, and I believe we are making good progress.  I feel like he is getting stronger and more careful; the Bromont Three-Day Read more...

Windurra Young Event Horses Compete at Stable View Dressage

Today was the first official recognized dressage show at Stable View Farm in Aiken. I was busy working the Advanced and Intermediate Horses with US Team coach Erik Duvander, so my right hand man Mike Pendleton rode four of the young event horses in the Training and First level dressage classes. Looking at the results, I see that young Mike did a stellar job with the horses. The two Irish Sport Horses, Classic and Carl, won their tests, and the two new German horses, LuLu and Monty, made their Read more...
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