Thursday, March 26, 2015

Revving Up for Rolex

Pancho Villa at Fair Hill 2014. Jenni Autry Photo
I’ve got three entries in for Rolex Kentucky this year: Master Frisky, Crackerjack and Pancho Villa. They all three first-timers at the four-star level and have all had a pretty impressive spring.

Crackerjack, who’s the wild man of the group, is owned by the late Colin Davidson and his mother Lucy Boynton. Crackers is an American Thoroughbred by the legendary stallion Aberjack. Crackers is a real character in the barn and is a very careful jumper who often gets too keen and too brave to the fences. Last weekend at the Carolina International in Southern Pines, NC he felt fantastic and finished in 5th place.

Stephen Blauner of Millbrook, NY owns Master Frisky, who’s a well-bred, quintessential Irish horse: his sire is Master Imp and he’s out of a Clover Hill mare. He’s the most laid-back of the trio; he’s very smart in the dressage and has wonderful stamina cross-country.

Pancho Villa is a horse I’ve had for a couple years now. He’s owned by the Pancho Villa syndicate and is probably the greenest of the three, so I’ll see how he goes at the Fork and then decide whether to run Jersey Fresh or Rolex.

Caitlin, Lillian and Erin are also entered at Rolex this year. They’re all on seasoned four-star horses now and I’m expecting they’ll all do well.

Looking at the Pan-Am Games this summer, all of these horses are potential Pan-Am team horses; I’m sure after the spring three-day events the team will start to pick itself.

I’ve also got two potential three-star horses, Welcome Shadow and SBF Cortez, entered at Jersey Fresh. They are young but experienced two-star horses now and with a good performance there I feel they could also throw their hat in the ring to be considered to represent the US in Toronto.

All of these horses will compete at The Fork in North Carolina on Easter weekend.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Carolina International Photos

Thanks to Press Officer Allie Conrad for sharing these lovely photos from the Carolina International: 

Walking with Ryan Wood

Master Frisky


SBF Cortez

Welcome Shadow

Carolina International CIC***

Master Frisky. Leslie Threlkeld for

The Carolina International this weekend in Southern Pines, NC was a huge success. Every year the event becomes bigger and better and stronger. The competition was fierce, with some of America’s best horses and riders. I took three greener, up and coming advanced horses in the CIC: Lucy Boynton’s Crackerjack, Stephen Blauner’s Master Frisky and Pancho Villa, owned by the Pancho Villa Syndicate, and all three had strong performances.

Master Frisky came very close to winning the event, finishing second behind Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready, This was a great preparation for Rolex and Master Frisky has impressed so far.

Crackerjack has always been a bit of a wild man to ride and I must say this weekend he really started to settle down and show his maturity.

I was also very happy with Pancho; the longer I have him the more we seem to be building a partnership and I feel like he has the makings of a big-time horse.

Welcome Shadow. Allie Conrad photo

I also rode my three younger horses in the Intermediate and two-star: Craig and Gloria Callen’s Welcome Shadow, Denise and Pierre’s SBF Cortez and Daryl Layfield Insley's William Street. All of these horses gave me great rides, especially on the cross-country, which was a very testing course.

Carolina is really raising the standard for quality events in America. They have an awesome show jumping course designer in Mark Donovan, good commentary and organization, and the cross-country course is inviting and well designed
in a nice flowing course. Having the event live streamed I believe adds an extra dimension to the sport, helping create interest worldwide for what’s happening in the USA. The owners were looked after brilliantly with a huge amount of effort put into making sure they had a fun party and fantastic amenities. It was a real pleasure being part of the competition.


The Windurra eventing team is now migrating north to PA where the weather is rapidly improving. It has been a great winter at Stable View and I very much appreciate training out of this wonderful facility. It still look forward to seeing my wife and my two cats and sleeping in my own bed at night.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Balustree Silver Lining SOLD

We’re proud to announce that Balustree Silver Lining, AKA "Herbert", has been sold to one of Sally Cousins’ students in Pennsylvania. Herbert has been with us, thanks to Ashley Andrews of Millbrook, NY, for the past three months. Both Caitlin and I have competed Herbert in four or five horse trials and he was very successful. We wish his new owner all the best and thank Ashley for placing him with us while we marketed him. 


Neville Bardos Returns to Competition

We're thrilled to see Neville back in the game with working student Mike Pendleton, who gave Nev a great run around Pine Top this past weekend.  Thanks to for the writeup:

Monday, March 16, 2015

Final Show in Florida 2015

It was awesome to finish off the winter season this past weekend with Stately scoring a 72.5% in the I-1 Freestyle! We are thrilled with his progress!

Stately has always been our “problem child” and Faye Woolfe has been an amazing owner. This weekend she ensured that  Stately and his groom Jerusha were perfectly taken care of. Unfortunately Faye couldn’t be there this weekend but she made sure that her friend and our big supporter Gloria Callen brought her walking shoes to walk Stately around for hours!

Gloria Callen

 It’s been a great winter season with all the horses, especially my CDI horses. A huge thank you to all my owners/supporters for making this possible for me. I couldn’t do it with out them. It’s great to be back in the ring after a tough year and it’s so encouraging to have all the support around me.

Stately at the Veterinary Inspection

Another thank you to my sponsors for keeping all my horses looking and feeling great. Stubben has made a huge effort to keep the horses comfortable with their saddles and bridles. Ariat, Charles Owen, and Middy N’ Me keep me and the horses in high fashion. SmartPak not only supplies us with their incredible supplements but is always there to send us anything we need! And of course Purina keeps our horses well-fed and looking in tip top shape.

Jerusha and I are on our way home while Jessie waits for the shipper to load the rest of the horses. Devon is at home and has been a HUGE help taking care of the horses there and preparing everything for our return. I am looking forward to seeing my students/friends at home and getting back into a rhythm with them! It was really a great season and Jerusha and Jessie worked so hard without any full days off. I am so impressed with how they held up.There was one afternoon that we took off to go to West Palm Beach and the girls enjoyed the beach by falling asleep to the sound of the waves.

Passed out!
  I have very much enjoyed working with Michelle Folden and Debbie Stanitski again this year. They had some great success this season and it’s always a blast hanging with Michelle and her crew.


Friday, March 13, 2015

A New Career for Trading Aces

Oscar at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky three-day event

After winning the $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase, Trading Aces stayed on in Florida with Marcia Kulak, who put him in training and transformed the world-class eventer into an equitation horse. While Oscar has always shown a lot of talent, he simply lacks the endurance to be successful in upper-level eventing. We hope that he will have a happy and successful future with his new rider, Alexandra Pielet, in the junior ranks.

Thanks to The Chronicle of the Horse and for blogging about Oscar's sale today: