SVS welcomes "As Ever", a beautiful large pony owned by Signe Ostby and started and trained by her daughter Annie Laurie Cook. Ozzie is with us to start his large green pony career and to find a child to buy him as a fantastic large pony prospect. Thank you to Butch and Lu Thomas for trusting us with this great pony.
Congrats to Sarah Draxton on her new horse Rienzo, formerly shown under the name Dark Dream. Rienzo was puchased from Alison Kroff of Arizona who rode him to Circuit Champion 1st Yr Green Working Hunters at the Arizona winter circuit. We love him and he has already shown what a fantastic horse he is by claiming both the Green Working hunter championship as well as the Low Children's championship at his 1st show!
SVS was blessed with great weather for the Michael Page clinic the weekend of March 7 & 8. The prevailing themes were horsemanship and attitude. Michael feels that with good horsemanship and the proper attitude, a rider will communicate better with their horse. Ultimately this leads to better (or "gooder" as he puts it) riding and to better results. This seems like a simple idea. However, in my experience, it is easy to lose sight of on a day to day basis. It was inspiring to watch Michael work on this with lots of positive feedback (and a little gentle discipline). A highlight for Hope and I was watching Michael stick to his idea that the best teacher is the horse itself. What Michael does brilliantly is set up exercises that test the horses and riders weaknesses, which encourages and gives them the opportunity to get "gooder". Knowing a riders weaknesses, addressing and challenging them, with an innate feeling for the horses and riders limitations is a gift of a true horseman. Thank you to all of the riders that participated in the clinic. We were very proud of the quality of our horses and the efforts of our riders. Thank you to the riders of Silver Bay Stables for attending. Most of all thank you to Michael Page. For those of you who would like to send him a thank you the address is P.O. Box 166, North Salem, New York, 10560. Mark your calendar for the Linda Allen clinic October 3 & 4. It will have a medal finals theme.
Congratulations to our Thermal Mid-Circuit Award winners:
Grimaldi 54 & Avery Hellman - Champion Equitation 16 - 17
Roccoco & Avery Hellman - Champion Baby Green Hunters
Abbygayle & Sarah Frushell - Champion Training Hunters
Tessa & Courtney Sibert - Reserve Champion Regular Conformation Hunters
Simply Theo & Avery Hellman - Reserve Champion Green Pony Hunters
Vintage Country & Avery Hellman - Reserve Champion Adequan Open Hunters
2009 PCHA Year End Awards
Campari & Helen McEvoy
1st Green Working Hunters
3rd "A" 1st Year Green Working Hunters
1st Equitation 18 & Over
3rd "A" Equitation 18 - 35
1st Equitation 15 - 17
Play With Me & Isabella Batki
1st Ponies 17 & Under
2nd Pony Equitation
Worth the Wait & Helen McEvoy
1st Children's Hunters 14 - 17
2nd "A" Children's Hunters 14 - 17
2nd "A" Equitation 15 - 17
2nd Equitation 15 - 17
Alezan & Lucy Sogard
2nd Children's Hunters 13 & Under
Craig 2 & Andrea Oneto
2nd A/A Hunters 18 - 35
Tessa & Courtney Sibert
2nd Jr Hunters 15 - 17
3rd Green Working Hunters
Abbygayle & Helen McEvoy
2nd Children's Hunters 14 - 17
007 & Sarah Frushell
3rd Children's Hunters 13 & Under
3rd Equitation 14 & Under
SVS riders enjoyed great success at the NorCal Finals horse show in Elk Grove, CA. Hope Glynn rode Helen McEvoy's Campari to win the $3,500 NorCal Hunter Challenge, Katherine Civian and Comena won the $1,500 NorCal 1.20m Jumper Stake, Isabella Batki and Play with Me won the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic and were 2nd in the NorCal Pony Medal Finals, and Jill Stevens and Firenze won the $1,000 Jr/A/O Hunter Classic. For more results please see the results page. Congratulations everyone!
SVS congratulates Helen McEvoy on the purchase of Franklin, a 10 yr. old Hanoverian gelding. Franklin has been showing under the name Nairobi and has been champion on the east coast in the Junior hunters with trainer Peg Seals and student Shelby Goodman. Look for Helen to make her Junior hunter debut with him this fall. Thank you to Holly Hugo-Vidal.