I have been so totally remiss in keeping up with our news section. To be fair, we have been traveling so much these days between clinics, camps and horseshows.. it has been very difficult to find a spare min. So here goes in a nutshell...
June 2012 ~ June was all about Zenith ISF and his first CCI ***. He did just a fantastic job and finish I believe 9th at the end of the day. Leslie was just thrilled with him and is so excited about this very young horse's future. 'Zee' was one of only a very few clear show jump rounds, including all the American Olympic contenders so he really showed off his Daddy's roots.
July 2012 ~ July was a very busy month for all of us starting with back-to-back show weekends at Chatt Hills. My young prelim geldings, 'Billy Wiz' and 'What Law' are really starting to turn into two very nice horses. Both horses are consistently in the 20's now in their dressage. As well, both posted double clears in the stadium rounds and at the first weekend I chose to go slow with them both but at the second I sped it up a bit and had 3 time with each and they finished 3rd and 5th. We are very proud of those two youngsters that (along with Zenith ISF of course) really are a tribute to the Law Eventing young horse program. 'Toute de Suite', Leslie and Beatrice Rey-Herme's 5 year old English-bred also continued his season of success with a top placing. This is a fabulous horse and will be one to watch for sure. I have cautioned Beatrice that this may very well be her best horse ever.. and she has owned quite a few for different Riders over the years!
As well at Chatt Hills, our students shined with Dana Carlin placing in the OI, Michelle Mercier winning the YR OP, Ashley Dalton winning a training division and Lauren Jorgensen placing 3rd in the BN. I am sure I am missing a few others ..
Mid-July also brought us two weeks of camp at Lee Ann Zobbe's farm in Indiana. Leslie went alone for the first week and then all three of us (including Liam!) went along to teach for the second week. It was great fun and we cannot wait to do it again next year!
End of July took Leslie away to London for the Olympics to help coach and act as Chef to Ronald Zabala who represented Ecuador at the Games for his very first time! Ronald did a stellar job and Leslie was honoured to be there to help him fulfill his dreams of the Olympics.
Of final note for July is that we sold our lovely English horse 'Kool Aldo' to a nice young girl by the name of Spencer Pevahouse. We had never met Spencer before but she flew in and really rode the pants of Aldo in a short period of time. We hope for them much success and will miss Aldo as he really is an exceptional horse in so many ways.
August is now upon us and with it brings a high preformance clinic in Alberta for Leslie and Full Gallop Horse Trials for all of us.
This is the first summer we have spent fully in Florida and so far we are really enjoying ourselves. The weather has been overall preferable to most other parts of the country and on many days actually cooler! We are lucky to have access to Longwood Farms which right now is so quiet that we are able to pretend it is our own estate! We have a wonderful group of ladies in the barn that are very motivated and professional and it makes for a wonderful atmosphere. I have also booked for us a three day trip to Siesta Keys.. our first vacation in over a year so I am very excited! Liam will be thrilled to finally take a car ride somewhere when he can get out a not be at a horseshow!