Archive for June, 2009

Who’s up for Penny Oaks???

June 20, 2009

gretchenPenny Oaks HT opened this past Tuesday. From past experience, horse trials at the Hoosier Horse Park have been friendly and enjoyable. Although it has been several years since we’ve taken the small jount up I-65, I have continued to hear great things about this event. We’re checking our schedules and considering the 1 1/2 hour drive up. Anyone want to join us?

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Spring Run Wrap-up

June 16, 2009

In spite of the unpredictable weather forcasts, the rain managed to remain at bay for the majority of the weekend giving everyone great footing for dressage warm-up and stadium.
Lourie and Star were our first pair to go in the first of two BN divisions. Lourie rode like a pro,working very hard at maintinaing Star’s focus. Perhaps it was a full moon? Star chose to look at nearly everything all weekend long. He was a little tight at times in the dressage, still the pair came out on top of their division. A gorgeous, double clear round in stadium and they maintined their lead overnight. Sunday brought a new challenge, as the rain clouds opened up upon us, just as they cleared fence8 on cross country. Not even 1/2 way through the course yet, and it began to pour. Thankfully, it was a brief shower, lasting only until they went through the finish flags! What luck, eh? Lourie had to work extra hard at keeping Star on task, with rain, and finished just a hair over time to complete only her second recognized horse trial in 4th place ! Lourie and Star are now officially qualified for the American Eventing Championships in Illinois later this summer! How cool is that ?DSC_0327
Lindsay and Mt. Fuji were stellar in dressage! Their BEST test to date!!! Fuji was consistantly forward off her leg, happy, and ridden accurately throughout. Jeri was beaming with pride at the vast improvement that this pair have made over the past couple of months….heck, the past couple of weeks! They really came together to land them in 2nd place after dressage in the second of two large BN divisions ! Can you stand it? Lindsay, not knowing of her placing, went bolding into stadium and rode her heart out. She truly rode each individual fence and made each stride count. Another double clear round for this Wind Ridge Farm pair, and a solid second place going into cross country on Sunday. Did either of you sleep Saturday night? By the time they left the start box for cross country, the sun was out, and Praise the Lord, the footing was just dry enough once again for a safe, and yes, ANOTHER double clear round !! They maintained their placing, picking up their first qualifying score for the AEC’s !!!DSC_0404
DON’T FORGET: Team CEO Mini-Trial (June 27th) closes THIS week, and Flying Cross BIG Mini-Trial (July 19th) is another good one to consider before the bigger fall events. Are YOU ready to go with us ?

Grant’s Debut Done Right

June 15, 2009

DSC_0064The youngest cmpetitor at WRF is our own Grant! Last weekend, he and his new best friend, aka Fluff-N-Nutter, made their debut together at the Boshart Hunter Show. Grant competed in two divisions and WON the CHAMPIONSHIP in BOTH of them !!! Grant’s hard work sure did pay off. He is so easy to teach and works even harder when he thinks Jeri (aka Mom)isn’t watching. Fluff-N-Nutter has sure won our hearts in the very short time we’ve owned him, and many ribbons too. Much appreciation to the Dr. Patricia Boone family, and Dorothy Crowell for this too good to be true pony. Grant is all smiles! DSC_0020

Congratulations Holly !!!!!

June 4, 2009

We are so pleased to announce that 10 yr. old Holly R. of Ohio completed her first ever All American Youth Horse Show at the Ohio State Fairgrounds last month ! This show is HUGE, and open for ages 18 and under. Following in her mother’s footsteps, or should we say, “hoofprints”, Holly did great for her first time at a show of this caliber. Holly’s Mom writes: She was moving up from walk/trot to all-around events this year so this was her first time to canter in competition, ride hunt seat, and do patterns!! We were so proud of her!! She worked so hard and looked great. She definitely did not look like the beginner she actually is. She had a few problems in Horsemanship and Equitation but still managed to execute some very difficult patterns. Her Equitation pattern required a counter canter on a very tight circle and a lead change!
For those of us who are eventers, or dressage riders, we know how hard it is to execute a lead change, not to mention a counter canter! This is a Preliminary Eventing level movement, and they had it on the patterns for the 10 yr. old kids !!!!! WOW ! Way to go Holly !
Holly finished in the top ten in her classes, after several splits each, and came home with two 8th place finishes. What a fabulous job!
Wind Ridge Farm was pleased that Holly came down to Kentucky for a little tune-up before her Youth Show debut and we were so proud to have been one of her sponsors for this enormous horse show ! We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next ! Keep up the great work, Holly!Holly