Sunday, February 13, 2011

Winter Inspiration

Eventing Nation recently posted this video and I'm addicted. I watch it daily. I usually work Fair Hill International horse trials and the Fall CCI*** (p.s. they are hosting an inaugural CIC*** this spring!) and am excited to watch as this pair works to accomplish this incredible feat and make equestrian history! Until next time, cheers!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Cornerstone of Every Program - Your Mares

Russian Stage (Stage Door Johnny line)
Mama's is the cornerstone of our simple-family run breeding program. Upon completion of the American Hanoverian Society's Summer Inspection at High Point Hanoverians, Mama's reigned supreme. Not only was she the Top Scoring Non-Hanoverian mare, she eventually ended up in the top twenty inspected mares (all accepted into the books, imported warmbloods included) of the year with a score of 7.69! Her scores is amongst of the top scores on record with the AHS for thoroughbred mares. We bought her in foal with Rose. The following years were fruitless in efforts to re-breed her which eventually was connected to a severe uterine infection. After countless treatments the result was still the same. In desperation I ordered a final round of treatments with one difference; sugar manose instead of antibiotics (something I had read about). No longer an in vogue treatment, it took some convincing. Whallah! She caught on the next breeding and delivered the bundle of joy with 'marbles' that was Rooster. I am looking forward to breeding her again, but if not she has a retirement home at the farm. Fingers crossed. Until then, cheers!

1 for 6

Rooster (By Sinatra Song) at High Point Hanoverians American Hanoverian Inspection weekend
The purchases of our first mares marked the beginning of a quest to breed quality horses with great attitudes, yet one thing eluded us for many breeding seasons; a colt. We had five fillies before we were blessed with Rooster (Rose's little brother). That was all I wanted. My own stud colt (again I was young).

Summer weeks at High Point Hanoverians and working Foxglen and Western Sun set in motion the dream of our own stallion. Stallions have presence and something geldings dont; a natural and inherent drive to compete and impress.

Rooster was born months following my Aunt's passing, which was a difficult time for me. I often wonder if the colt of my dreams was her final gift.

He suffered a hoof injury in the field that eventually resulted in a serious crack that went all the way to his cornet band. This lead to a Keratoma, which we opted to wait out instead of immediately going the surgical route. The stud colt was the dream. Should we have to geld him because it's too much to handle or sell him for whatever reason, we got the experience of finally having and raising a stud colt. I hope to have great things to report back on with Rooster in the coming year so keep posted! Until next time, cheers!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chestnut Thoroughbred Mare - Yes. She lives up to every expectation of the label.

Rose as a 3-year old in training (Epic Fail)
Her registered name is Rose Campbell, but I am leaning towards Rookie of the Year or Roll Call. Rose was our firstborn. My Aunt used to say Rose was too pretty to be a racehorse, which is why I like to think she had an anything but stellar race career. To say my past with this mare has been difficult is an understatement. There was rearing, bolting, spooking, pacing, spooking, bucking, and spooking. I finally broke down a put her in training for two months with a cowboy friend. The results were incredible; good weight, quiet, and obedient. I brought her back to school and within two weeks she began regressing into her primitive ways and I subsequently tore my ACL. She is difficult, but this I know; she can do it. I am just not going about it the right way. Eventually I want to Mare Performance Test her. All in time I guess. Let's hope for some celebratory posts in the near future. Cheers!

"Beauty without grace is the hook without bait." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gracelyn at two after my first time body clipping!

Grace is an Irish Draught (Foxglen Himself RID)/Throughbred cross. I purchased her mother, who I no longer own, from a boss I worked for in 8th Grade. The mare had severely deformed knees that the vet believed would limit her from any riding career. Eventually the mare became my reserve hunt horse. We have had a several set backs that can only be described as a series of unfortunate events. Her mother seriously foundered around 5 months and we were sure she had terminated pregnancy. 6 months later baby Grace was born. At three months she underwent general anesthesia to remove a seed husk from her eye. Around 14 months she had an extended stay at New Bolton Center for the same thing that resulted in a corneal ulceration and fat vet bill. However, knock on wood, the past few years have been low maintenance. I am not quite sure what Grace's future will entail, she isn't particularly motivated or fast. I like to think she is just deliberate in her steps. Regardless of her future with me, she makes me very happy in the meantime. I hope to have great updates regarding Grace. Until then, Cheers!
Schooling Foxglen Himself RID
(later we moved this fence towards the rail and draped a coat over it. Next thing I know my outside foot was grazing the top rail of ring! Definitely a memorable experience.)

One Swell Girl

Well this is my "event horse", a term I use lightly considering she has only done a few unrecognized and one recognized. Hope was bred by Marcella Smith of Elk Run Stables, a farm I worked on during my time at James Madison University.

Hope is 3/4 TB and 1/4 Selle Francaise. I went and saw Fair Hill International for my first time a few weeks after my Aunt died. I was hooked. Went back and sold the hunt horse and with some extensive bargaining and payment plans, acquired Hope.

My goal has remained unchanged since I bought Hope. I want to go Training. She is capable of so much more, but at this point in time her rider is not. On a regular occasion she exits her field. Fully blanketed. I have heart palpitations. The last few years have been a series of set-backs and imperfect timing; inability to take lessons regularly because I don't have a rig, finances, injuries (horse and rider), and college, college, college.

Cheers to future updates towards the goal!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Everyday you are one choice away from a new beginning

Good evening and welcome to Second Wind Equestrian! Formal introductions of the horses and myself are in order and will occur in succeeding posts in the following days. I am currently recovering from an ACL reconstruction, which is resulting is some serious free time. I imagine the posts will be numerous in the next few weeks because of this. However, the intended purpose of the blog is to keep motivating me to continue learning and excelling in all aspects of the sport from breeding to competing. The blog will also serve as a bulletin board for short term goal reminders to myself. The inception of Second Wind Equestrian now becomes reality with this initial entry! Rightous!  Until next time, cheers!