Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised to see that Gus has moved up to 7th place on the preliminary horse leaderboard. His rider ( me 🙂 ) also made it onto the preliminary rider leaderboard in 7th place. Very exciting times for me and Augustus! We are 3 weeks away from our biggest challenge to date….. Richland Park. As I make my way home from the beach tonight, my head is reeling with all of the things I need to be doing to get ready (and get Gus ready) for Richland. I have a lesson with Dorothy on the 9th, and possibly a xc schooling before we head to Michigan. I’ve had a nice physical break this week, but Gus has been hacked and worked lightly by Jessica while I’ve been gone. I know what that course is going to be like, and I couldn’t afford to give him too much time to stand around. This week will be filled with dressage , light jumping, and a gallop up at twin towers. We have a great deal of dressage work to do before we head north to ride against the big boys.
Today is July 29th. My dad would have been 68 years old today.
It’s been a little while since I’ve been quiet enough to do much thinking ‚ but sitting on the beach watching the tide roll in and out can force a person to take some time to think.
The beach doesn’t really hold any memories for me and my dad. In fact, the only time we were on the beach together was when I was about one year old, and I was too young to remember any of it.
Sitting here, however, watching the waves crash onto the beach, looking out at the vastness of the water, makes me miss my dad and wish he could be here to see all of this…….my beautiful kids splashing in the surf, the sandcastles they’ve built all around us, and me and Jeff……..all of us happy and healthy.
My dad may not have enjoyed the traveling it took to get here, or the sand, or even the water…..but he would have loved watching the kids. Maybe he is watching.
I’d like to think so.
This weekend I trailered 4 horses to Twin Towers Park to compete at Gemwood. Jessica and Julie rode in the same beginner novice division. Jessica had the main goal of going clean xc with no stop at the ditch. Julie had the goal of getting her low energy pony through the weekend without dying of heat exhaustion. Both Jessica and Julie met all their goals with flying colors. Aragon looked brave and fantastic over all of his xc fences. Sapphie made it around clean with only .4 time penalties. ….and recovered well afterward. Both riders finished the show well and ended up in the ribbons. Congratulations to Jessica on her 5th place finish and to Julie on her 6th place finish!
My two guys could not have been better. Gus put in a decent dressage test, pulled 1 rail in the stadium, and went clean xc. The entire preliminary group had time penalties, and thankfully we were only 4 seconds slow. Gus ended the show in third place. My goal of finishing clean on xc was met. Now we are qualified to compete in the preliminary 3 day event at the horse park in October. Gus also earned more points to go toward leaderboard standings. I was thrilled!
I had a few goals that Rhyland met as well. My first goal was to better his dressage score by ten points. I think we lowered it by 13! He was great. I also wanted to go clean in the stadium and in xc….he did both. Rhyland ended the weekend on his dressage score which put us into 6th place at the end of the weekend.
GREAT JOB, EVERYONE!
Thank you to all of the people who helped us at the show!
Elizabeth – wherever needed
Julia– wherever needed
Kate— wherever needed
Morgan —wherever needed
Michelle —-braiding and wherever needed
The horses made it up to Twin Towers this afternoon in 97 degree weather. We left Erica (aka McGyver–not sure if that’s the correct spelling, but you catch my drift) to rig up 4 stall fans. By the time we got back with the second load of horses, our fans were up and stalls put together. Thanks, Erica!
The horses all had decent rides tonight. The x-c courses looked great, and the stadium course seemed to flow well also. I am slightly concerned about the water complex only because Gus tends not to like the grey, unnatural waters. Other than that, it seemed like a walk in the park compared to Erie. I just hope I’m still saying that at 10am on Sunday morning when we’re done!!!
The beginner novice course seems almost identical to the one in May, with a water option addition. We are all going to take the option until we have had the ability to get our greenies through the water for the first time.
We are as ready as we are going to be. I’m looking forward to starting the weekend—-hopefully with a little cooler temperatures. Good luck Jessica and Julie! (and good luck to myself! I am hoping to have a great weekend)
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1…..have a great ride!
Our Wetherbrooke Farm Show Team also did extremely well at the hunter show this past weekend.
GROUNDPOLES 12 years old and under
Kate Von Handorf on Celine got 2nd place, 2nd place, and 2nd place
Lauren Kelly on Lakin got 3rd place and 3rd place
Morgan Orme on Ike got 4th place and 1st place
Shelby Hunt on Cavalier got 1st place and 3rd place
Corinthia Webster got 6th place and 6th place
KATE VON HANDORF AND CELINE WERE CHAMPIONS OF THE GROUNDPOLES 12 AND UNDER DIVISION.
SHELBY HUNT AND CAVALIER WERE RESERVE CHAMPIONS OF THE GROUNDPOLES 12 AND UNDER DIVISION.
GROUNDPOLES 13 and over
Emily Blose on Armani got 1st, 1st, and 1st
EMILY BLOSE AND ARMANI ALSO WON CHAMPION OF THE GROUNDPOLES 13 AND OVER DIVISION. CONGRATULATIONS!!
TROTTING CROSS RAILS 12 and under
Kate Von Handorf on Celine 4th place
Morgan Orme on Ike 5th place, 5th place, 5th place
Corinthia Webster on Lakin 6th place
TROTTING CROSS RAILS 13 and over
Emily Blose on Armani got 2nd place
CANTERING CROSS RAILS 13 and over
Kelli Huesman on Cavalier got 2nd place, 5th place, and 3rd place
Erica Bogle on Aragon got 3rd place and 2nd place
KELLI HUESMAN WON RESERVE CHAMPION ON CAVALIER!!!
Kelli Huesman riding Cavalier got 3rd place, 2nd place, and 3rd place
Michelle Richardson and Oreo got 3rd place, 2nd place, and 3rd place
MICHELLE AND OREO ALSO RECEIVED RESERVE CHAMPION IN THE NOVICE DIVISION! CONGRATULATIONS!
Jessica Orme on Aragon got 2nd place, 5th place, and 5th place
Michelle Richardson on Oreo got 1st place, 3rd place, and 3rd place
MICHELLE AND OREO ALSO RECEIVED RESERVE CHAMPION IN THE LOW HUNTER DIVISION! CONGRATULATIONS!
Everyone did really well at the show. We are proud of all of our riders!
Intro A Senior
Emily Blose riding Armani (owned by Tonya Deis) 65% 1st place
Intro B Senior
Emily Blose riding Armani (owned by Tonya Deis) 68.1% 1st place
Kelli Huesman riding Cavalier 65% 4th place
EMILY BLOSE WAS GRAND CHAMPION OF INTRO LEVEL on Tonya’s 3 year old paint gelding at his first ever show! Congratulations to all of you!
Intro B Junior
Kate Von Handorf riding Celine (owned by Elizabeth Montgomery) 2nd place
Intro C Senior
Erica Bogle riding Rhyland (owned by Joy Von Handorf) 67% 1st place
Training Level Test 1 Senior
Kelli Huesman riding Cavalier 62.9% 5th place
Training Level Test 1 Junior
Kate Von Handorf riding Celine (owned by Elizabeth Montgomery) 64.5% 4th place
Jessica Orme riding Aragon (BNA) 71% 1st place
Jessica Orme riding Aragon (BNB) 71% 2nd place
Erica Bogle riding Rhyland (owned by Joy Von Handorf) 67% 3rd place
JESSICA ORME WAS GRAND CHAMPION OF THE USEA DIVISION
Congratulations, Ladies! You guys were fantastic!
Gemwood HT are just around the corner. It’s a little bit difficult to think about another long weekend in the heat, so today we took a break to have a barn pool party. It was a last second decision, and today was the only day I was able to take some time away from the barn to have one. The rest of the week will be spent packing, doing horse laundry, and getting Gus clean (that’s a job!) for this weekend’s show. I am also competing Rhyland this weekend, so there will be lots of work to do with him as well.
Today’s dressage on Gus was fantastic. I am going to do my jump schools on Tuesday and Thursday on him. Rhyland competed in the dressage show at our farm this weekend, so I gave him today off. Tomorrow he will jump also, and hopefully get himself together for this weekend.
I have put just a little bit of pressure on myself for Gemwood. I need just one more clean x-c ride on Gus to qualify for the Preliminary 3day event at the Kentucky Horse Park in October, and I am hoping to get it this weekend. Then it is off to Richland Park Horse Trials to do the prelim course in August——the biggest challenge of my riding career to date. After that, Flying Cross Horse Trials in September, and then the 3day. That’s the plan…….I am hoping it works out!
This weekend we hosted our DLSC Dressage show on Saturday and Hunter show on Sunday. Both of the shows ran extremely smoothly thanks to our great judges (Kim Dupps and Laurie Storey) and our awesome Wetherbrooke Show Staff.
Our Wetherbrooke Farm Show Team riders did a fantastic job on both days. We are extremely proud of all of our horses and riders!
Results of our show team will be posted soon !!!
Thanks again to the following people who helped make this weekend a success!
Jeff—arena dragging, parking attendant, concession stand substitute, arena waterer etc.
Jessica—-wherever needed….whenever needed
Elizabeth—coaching, crowd control 🙂 jump crew, and so much more
The Blose Crew—-concession stand organizers
Tonya and Meghan—- concession stand workers
Julie—jump course designer, entry booth, scorer
Erica—announcer, entry booth, scorer
Ellie—- entry booth, scribe, and wherever needed
The Websters—-wherever needed
Michelle—-keeper of the entry gate
Josh—parking, jump crew, wherever needed
Sam—-jump course set up, dressage arena set up
Morgan and Kate—-gophers, set up, yarn barn
Kelli—-entry booth, arena set ups, wherever needed
Jim V.—-Landscaping, mulching
And for all of the other people who helped get the farm ready for the weekend ……
Tonight I found out that Gus currently resides in 10th place on the Area 8 leaderboard for “Preliminary Horse”. Area 8 includes Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Michigan, and Pensylvania. We have competed in only 2 preliminary events this season, and I’m really proud of how well he has done so far!
We need one more clean preliminary x-c round to qualify for the Preliminary 3 Day Event (long format) at the Kentucky Horse Park in October. We hope to accomplish this at Gemwood at the end of July.
Tonight we brought in over 1,300 bales of hay in 5 hours or less. We had over twenty people that volunteered their time. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate all of you guys! We had relatives, boarders, friends, neighbors, and our neighbor’s friends and relatives all here to help.
We not only got to bring in a whole year’s worth of hay in one cutting, but we got a barn painted too!
THANKS AGAIN, EVERYONE:)