As spring is wrapping up and summer is finally showing itself, I find myself reflecting on all that has occurred since the beginning of the year. Deerfield Farm has woken up and the horses, people, dogs and cats are all excited for the thaw and the promise that spring provides.
The show season kicked off with a cold and wintry drive to St. Louis where Natalie showed her new mount Ultimate Victory in the jumpers along with her other two mounts, Amarillo GS and Cumulus Effect. Elizabeth and Picasso transitioned from the jumper ring to the hunter ring, much to Picasso’s joy! Baffin and I were successful in both the Open Welcome Stakes and the Grand Prix both weeks.
After recovering from the trip to St. Louis and starting to thaw, we headed south to Virginia with Natalie and her mom, Jane, and their four horses-Ultimate Victory, Amarillo GS and Cumulus Effect for Natalie and City Slickers who was along for a southern vacation. Amarillo GS moved up to the 1.10m jumpers to great success and Natalie and Ultimate Victory continued to solidify their new relationship also in the 1.10m jumpers. Sue and her mount Kingston at their first Gold show together progressed in leaps and bounds as a team and won their share of ribbons! Elizabeth and Picasso continued to enjoy the hunter ring and win some ribbons. Baffin and I enjoyed more success in the Open jumper classes.
Once home to a warmer climate, it was wonderful to see the horses outside for longer enjoying the weather and to see the dogs napping in the sun. Nigel and Espresso continue to progress and Nigel continues to develop his skill set and prepare for the show ring. Mary Lynn and Cruse began work in earnest and look forward to getting off the property and into the show ring. The school program has been flourishing as the weather warms and a new schoolie, Dallas, has joined the crew.
Christina and Vympel, Elizabeth and Picasso, and Emily and Digby showed at the Trillium at RCRA with each having success. Rose and Netherfield and my daughter, Camryn, and Fizzie Kizzie had a wonderful time at the first of the Pickering Horse Centre’s Skills Development shows of the year. Next, Elizabeth and Picasso and Sue and Kingston participated in the Pickering Horse Centre Trillium at Palgrave to the tune of several ribbons for each.
Most recently, we loaded the van and headed to the second Skills Development Show at Pickering Horse Centre where everyone enjoyed the fabulous improvements made by Gary and the crew to the facility. Rose and Kingston were Champions in the Hack Division. Tia and Lickety Split and Olivia and Digby had a fabulous time in the cross rails at their first ever horse show. Brook and Lickety Split followed up the successes of Rose, Tia, and Olivia by winning the walk trot class. Camryn did her first 2’ division with Fizzie Kizzie placing in 2 of the over fences classes. Bree and Digby were also very successful in the 2’ division and pinned on the flat. Elizabeth and Picasso wrapped up the day with a Reserve Champion in the Hi Low Hunters winning both the equitation over fences and on the flat.
Natalie Ultimate Victory have had a successful start to their eventing career together at their first two events. Natalie and Ultimate Victory and Amarillo GS and Jane and Duke of Earl and Kathryn and Rather Risqué enjoyed recent success at the Blue Star Farms Gold Dressage Show.
With all the recent success, I can’t help but be excited for the upcoming show season! Everyone continues to develop their skills and their relationship with their horses, myself included!
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