Jolee came along for the ride, to get the experience before going to her first show. Really she came along to keep Candi calm in the trailer, as she doesn't really like Lynton that much. So Jolee was a nice buffer between them. While being lead to the arena, her ears were back, and her face looked soured - which is funny because as soon as a rider is on her, she gives you 100% of her attention, and appears happy to get going. We think she just doesn't like the slow pace of getting tacked and walking to the ring - she wants to go!
Candi did great in her dressage and x-country classes, however she hit almost every poll during her show jumping phase.
Lynton really did us proud this show! And we don't have the words to express how we feel about this Jack. We only hope he will continue to love doing what he does, and he passes that on to his offspring. We couldn't ask for a better donkey.
Mille Feuille, Schooling Level Ridden by Nicoli Strezhensky
Gwenith de Jardin, Walk-Trot-Canter Level Ridden by Mairi Jordine
Nicoli and Mairi had a great time at the Buttonwood show. Nicoli's brother and partner came to cheer her on as her little pony Mille hopped over each of the fences. They weren't used to hunter shows, so they have some work to do on their form, but it didn't phase Nicoli, and she left there grinning ear to ear after learning she came in 3rd.
This was also Gweniths first show, her and Mairi came in 5th.
(Editors Note: Totally need to read the Discipline Guide before making entries LOL. I know nothing about Hunters. I just wanted to show off my pretty Lavender jumps.)
Aldebaran de Viajero and Farai Borde at Cheshire Farms
Needing a break from the weather, and paperwork involved in running the Cheshire Farm's European operation, Farai Borde decided at the last minute to pack up Alde, and head to their Wellington location, just in time for the Wellington Dressage Classic.
Alde was the first horse Farai ever bred. He is by her first mare, Jamia de Viajero, now deceased, and the PRE stallion One Tempi, owned by Wyn Oakleigh of Cheshire Farms. It was through this breeding that Farai Borde came to work for Cheshire Farms. 12 Years later, Alde is now a successful Fourth Level dressage stallion.
Today is the first day of Summer, officially, however it's felt like summer for weeks now in Florida. Farai decided it was time for a beach day, and took Alde on a nice walk along their private trail which lead directly to the beach.
(Dory, the Blue Tang, is not native to Florida Waters, but at the time of painting this, her movie was released in theaters.)
Gwen is so calm and level headed in the field, that we have decided to train her to be a Pony Hunter in the ring. She has been described by her riders as being bomb proof - EXCEPT when it comes to medication. When it comes to shots and medicine, she is a little bratty drama llama. And it is during the vet eximanations that she likes to preform "airs above ground" an leap like a frog.
15.3hh Akhal Teke Mare Buckskin (A/a, E/e, C/c, nSb)
When we first imported Dora, she was a handful. Fearful or whips, and rearing under saddle - we had to put a lot of patience into her. Her history wasn't very clear, only that we knew where she was born and registered, but her behavior was odd for an Akhal Teke. After working with her for a very long time - and lots of bribes with Oreos - we won her heart and loyalty over. Originally bought for breeding, she showed her true potential once we broke her of her rearing habit - however do not use a crop around her or she will give you a run for your money. Trained in Eventing and Dressage, this is a horse that will put all their energy into doing the task asked of her. Her ground manners are every handlers dream - infact when we first got her home she was so calm that we were surprised she reared when she was mounted. The grooms lovingly nicknamed her Ninja, because she is so quiet on her feet she could sneak up on you in the pasture and you'd have no idea she was there!