It was a rough day in the sport of eventing, with horses lost at Southern Pines and Poplar Place. We all send our condolences to Michael Pollard, Arden Wildasin and everyone connected with Dekorum II and Mandar. For more information check out the coverage at EventingNation.com
Boyd also had some ups and downs today, with a fall with Last Monarch in the advanced division. Horse and rider are doing well - Boyd got checked out just to be sure and he will be back in the tack tomorrow, while "Stewie" is resting in his stall. In better news Cold Harbor leads the open intermediate and Summer Breeze W leads the Open Training C division, and with several more horses to ride Boyd still has his work cut out for him.
For live scoring from Southern Pines click here
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We've recently received the "spruced up" logo from Charles Owen, who is celebrating 100 years in business! If you ride in another helmet, you won't understand the feeling of fit, safety & comfort till you start riding in a Charles Owen. I switched to one a couple years ago & haven't had one riding related headache due to poor helmet fit since making that switch. It's Boyd's helmet of choice as well!
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
We had our last dressage show this weekend at Southern Comfort in Aiken, SC. All my horses were very good, but I have to say, they are getting tired. This has been a long winter for them, especially the young ones. They need a break!
Constantina RRS (CeCe, pictured at top and above) finished third in training 2 on Saturday and fifth on training 3 on Sunday. My little star Rosa won both her classes at third level; she is growing up so fast I can't believe it.
Duvent was awesome! I am so happy that he is getting better every time I take him out. He is a fantastic horse and he is getting more and more relaxed about the show atmosphere. He won third 3 on Saturday with 71%.
I am also so happy to say that Jeff the Chef is back! Jeff had a little injury and had been enjoying a vacation for a while. I brought him back and rode him in his first Grand Prix in a while on Saturday. We both need to get back into things a bit better, so we made mistakes, but I am happy we went and did the Grand Prix and now we have to work hard to get better at it again. We did not have much competition so we still won!
I am also very proud of my student Kymmy Pullen. Kymmy and her horse Wiedermark came to me for weekly lessons about 6 or 7 month ago.
After a few months we decided it would be the best if Kymmy and Markie came to Aiken with me for some very consistent training. Kymmy is very lucky that she has her wonderful parents Scott and Carol Ann Pullen who support her as much as they can. Kymmy and Markie were showing in first and second level when we started. Now after the intensive time training in Aiken she has been winning third level in Wellington and this weekend we moved up to fourth level and she won both classes! I am very proud of them both!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Tune in tonight at 7pm Eastern time for the first ever live "call-in" Eventing Radio Show. The guest is our very own Boyd Martin! That's right, you can call in to talk to Boyd live on the air!
The call in number is 347-637-3238
Tune in at www.eventingradio.com or on your smart phone at www.horsesinthemorning.mob
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Today Serendipity was sold to Lynne Subler from Virginia. Thanks to her breeder and former owner Tricia Tripp from Maryland, Tini had been with us for the last 5 months. She came to us just after having her first foal and started eventing late last year. It has been great fun working with a talented horse that looks to have a big future! Tini has been unstoppable this year in Aiken, coming 2nd at Pine Top, 1st at Full Gallop and 3rd at Paradise Farm Horse Trials.
Lynne plans to take her time to get to know Tini and will alternate the training and competing with her trainer Kristin Bachman. I wish Lynne all the best, and also a big thanks to Tricia for placing this horse in training with us.