As the year ends, I find myself reflecting on the past year and all of the accomplishments and changes at Deerfield Farm. It has been truly wonderful year for all of us and I am proud to have been a part of the success and learning.
The year began with a trip to the Lake St. Louis horse show in January with Dillon and his mount Tradition, Natalie and her two mounts Amarillo GS at his first horse show and Cumulus Effect, myself on Albenny. Everyone had a fabulous time and both horses and riders learned a lot.
Back at home, Nigel began jumping his horse Espresso and using his flatwork fundamentals to move to the next level. MaryLynn continued work with her young horse, Cruse. Elizabeth and her young horse Picasso joined us and started jumping. Heather continued her work with the school program and developing the riders, young and not so young!
We next traveled to Lexington, Virginia where the St. Louis group was joined by Kathryn and Rather Risqué, Elizabeth and Picasso at his first show, and my daughter Camryn and her pony Fizzy Kizzy. Natalie and Cumulus Effect were 6th transition to the jumper ring with great success including a score of 82/100 in the North American Young Jumper Development Program Style Class. Katherine, Dillon, and I were all successful as well. Picasso learned a great deal and finished the show much more educated than he started! Camryn and Fizzy Kizzy enjoyed hacking around the show grounds and schooling. The entire crew enjoyed hacking on the miles of fabulous trails at the stunning Virginia Horse Center.
While the hunter/jumper crew took a break from horse showing to train at home and jump in the upper grass field, Natalie and her mounts competed successfully in both eventing and dressage. Natalie and I traveled to several events and Natalie placed well including first with Cumulus Effect in Preliminary and first with Amarillo GS in Open Entry. In dressage, Natalie and Cumulus had two Champions and a Reserve Champion in First Level earning them a year end Reserve Champion in First Level. Natalie and Amarillo GS also earned a Championship in Training Level.
In addition to our travels farther afield, the Deerfield crew attended several shows in Ontario as well. Throughout the summer, several students from the school program attended the Pickering Horse Centre’s Skills Development Series. Maxie, Erin, Rose, Christina, and my daughter Camryn attended on Netherfield, Fizzy Kizzy, Digby, and Kingston. Rose and Nethefield ended as Reserve Champion for the series in the Hack Division. All who attended had a great time learning about horse showing! We were able to show at the CNE show at what turns out was its last running. Picasso and Elizabeth and Amarillo GS and Natalie all gained valuable experience, but the highlight of the show was the 1.2m Jumper Classic in which Dillon, placed 4th on Tradition and Natalie and Cumulus Effect placed 12th. Elizabeth and Picasso attended a Bronze show at Blue Star Farms and were quite successful despite the pouring rain! Dillon attended the last Trillium show of the year at Palgrave where he was Reserve Champion in the 1.10m division with a win in the speed class. This was Dillon’s last show before heading to university. In October, Elizabeth and Picasso and my new mount, Baffin, and I competed at RCRA in the Fox Run Equi Cup. Elizabeth and Picasso were 8th Equi Cup Jumper class and were 3rd in the 1.10m jumper classic. Natalie and Amarillo GS made the in the 1.05m Kathleen Humber Mini Prix and Baffin and I won the in the 1.20-1.25m Prix at our first show effort.
This past year, I was pleased to serve as President of the Ontario Equestrian Federation. Among other opportunities, this position permitted me the privilege of serving as Provincial Representative at the Canadian Interprovincial Championships held in Alberta. I accompanied an extremely talented group of riders including Natalie and Cumulus Effect who were competing on the senior dressage team. Natalie brought home the individual Bronze in Dressage and Vanessa and Finja won Individual Gold and Georgia and her leased mount won Individual Bronze in the junior division. Those efforts were part of the effort that brought home the Team Gold in Dressage. The Dressage team was coached by Simone Williams. The jumper team, coached by Danny Foster, found individual success in Jacqueline and Catalyst brought home the Individual Bronze in the senior division while Christine and Cordoso received the Individual Bronze in the junior division which helped the team win Team Gold in the Jumper division. The reining team, coached by Brenda Robson, was led by Jessie and his leased horse’s Individual Silver in the senior division to a Team Bronze. Overall, guided by Chef D’Equipe Danny Foster, Team Ontario earned the Silver Medal. Krista Pollock, a private dressage coach, also travelled with the team.
Back at the farm, the school program continues to blossom under Heather’s guidance. Nigel has started jumping lines and small courses with Espresso as he continues to develop his skills. MaryLynn and Cruse also continue to progress. Christina has begun part-boarding Vimple and he continues to teach both and his owner, Marcia. Emily has started part-boarding Digby and is enjoying continuing to develop her riding skills.
We finished the show season in Georgia at the International Horse Park where the 1996 Olympic Games were held. I took Baffin and competed successfully in the 1.20m and 1.30m jumpers. Elizabeth and Picasso jumped successfully in the 1m and 1.1m jumper classes. Natalie and Cumulus Effect were Champion in the 1.15m Adult Jumpers and Amarillo GS were successful in the 0.95m and 1m jumpers. Natalie’s mom, Jane, enjoyed hacking City Slickers around the show grounds as he continues his rehabilitation.
The year saw several changes at the farm. I sold Dunkirk to his new home as an event horse and Allbenny went to his new life as a dressage horse. Kingston stayed at the farm, but now belongs to Sue and as her first horse, he is teaching her all about the joys of horse ownership. Tradition left the farm to continue his jumper career locally. I traveled to Europe and brought home Baffin, an 8 year old warmblood who has shown in Europe. We bade a sad farewell to our dear friend Atticus who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge to frolic as a young horse. Mr. L is our newest addition and is stealing hearts already! Lickety Split joined the farm as a seasoned school and former show horse and has fit right in teaching everyone how wonderful horses are for the soul.
The frost has set in and winter is here, and with the new arena footing in, I am looking forward to winter riding and the challenges and joys that come over the next year!
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