Here is Leslie Donnelly Lorbacher and her long time partner “Indigo Girl” aka Amy enjoying a dip in Jordan Lake! Amy is now 23 years young and Leslie is a new “mom-lady”, devoted wife, and a nurse in her adult life. I met and purchased Amy when she was 2.5 years old at the Royal Winter Fair sporthorse auction in Toronto Canada, and met Leslie when she was about 12. The two have them have enjoyed many adventures together and from the looks of this pic have many more to come💕🍀.
Former VHF school ponies “Sprinkles” and “Ladybug” are continuing to thrive at their new home at Winding Creek Stables in Weaverville, NC. Here are some pics the farm owner and riding program director Christa Woodlief shared with us recently. Thank you Christa and all of her students there for taking such good care of them!
The lovely Holsteiner mare “London” who was recently purchased by Charlotte Holt from Erica Anderson recently won two classes in the Green Hunter division at the Finally Farms Hunter/Jumper show and then followed that up with a win at Training Level at the Rise and Shine Dressage show in Southern Pines! Congrats to Charlotte on her great riding and to London on having a dedicated new owner!
Big Congrats go out to “Kingsley” who is a sweet 14 yr. old 16 hand OTTB gelding and his new owner Katherine (Kasey) Greene! He is solid in his Training level dressage and schooling all first and 2nd level movements well. He has been primarily used to build several AA and Jr’s riders confidence in the dressage arena including on the lunge line for seat lessons. He jumps small courses and hacks out quietly in the woods by himself and with others in small groups. He evented Beginner Novice lightly with his previous owner and is now enjoying teaching Kasey the ins and outs of both riding outside the arena as well as introducing her to dressage. He is also being half leased currently by Hannah McDiarmid. We look forward to watching them all progress together.
Indigo Girl aka Amy is a 17 hd. Canadian Sporthorse mare that is owned and loved by Leslie Donnelly Lohrbacher. She is 19 this year but you would never know that. Originally bought and imported from Canada as a 2 1/2 year old by Elizabeth, she was competed at 1st level and schooled thru 2nd and some 3rd level by both Elizabeth and Leslie. She was also used for a short time by the NCSU dressage team, has 3 very nice gaits including an expressive medium trot, and for the right person, could easily help them obtain all or some of their scores towards their Bronze medal. Leslie is currently pregnant with her first child so wants to be sure that Amy gets enough exercise this year to stay fit and happy. She also hacks out well in the woods and is currently kept across the street from VHF at Finnigan’s Run Farm. Please email or call Elizabeth for more info. and to set up a trial lesson or call Leslie at 919 818-1243
Congratulations to Karen Hahn on her purchase of Classic Copper aka “Lucas” and now known affectionately as “CC” from Katherine (Kasey) Greene. Classic Copper is a 10 yr. old 17.3 hd. TB gelding who Elizabeth had the pleasure of training in 2018 and introducing to the sport of dressage. We wish them a successful time together and look forward to helping them accomplish their goals!
Melissa Johnson’s wonderful 7 yr. old Hanoverian gelding “Bellissimo Volto” was a perfect gentleman in his Region 1 GAIG Open 1st level finals class and in his awards ceremony where he placed 4th out of 31 VERY nice horses and other professional riders. He also received his first qualifying score in his 2nd level 3 class on Friday, his 2nd time doing the test, so Melissa and I were both thrilled with him!
Ludmilla Harvey and Ladylike won a division of the GAG at the Warhorse Eventing series at the Carolina Horse Park under the tutelage of Karen MaHaffey. Ludmilla bought Ladylike from Elizabeth two years ago and lives in Sanford where Karen’s barn is based. Karen has done a super job getting these two to become a solid team as exemplified by this result and this fun video of the two of them kicking butt through a gymnastic line! Ladylike is also now available for half lease at VHF through October of this year. (2018)
Fran Castle came to Elizabeth and Victory Hill in May of 2016. Fran had been riding in the hunter and jumper world for 20+ years and with the retirement of her adult amateur hunter horse”Rudy”, she wanted to make the change to dressage. So the search began to find Fran a suitable horse and at the end of May in Aiken, SC at Justine Wilson’s Breezy Hill South Farm they found Florence (Flo) who was imported from the Netherlands in February 2016 and then made her way to Breezy Hill South. Her sire, KPWN Special D, stands at Justine’s farm and he is sired by Metall. Flo’s dam is by Gribaldi and so she has excellent breeding lineage. Fran and Flo’s goals over the coming years are to obtain a solid foundation and then move up the levels and show off her sweet and smart mare’s true potential. Elizabeth showed Flo at 1st level in 2016 and qualified for the Regional 1 finals in the Open division. Update: Fran has retired from the corporate world and moved closer to Southern Pines where she plans to do consulting work. She currently keeps Flo at Susie Weidman’s Encore Sporthorse in Sanford. We wish them future success!
Ellen Peirce and her horse Moximillion aka “Moxi” had a successful trip to Aiken recently where they completed their first USEA recognized Beginner Novice Horse Trials (Early spring 2017) together with no cross country penalties. They have both worked hard to get to this point and we wish them more future success this season at that level as well as at some of the dressage shows. Update, Moxi won an event with trainer Caitlin Romeo of Southern Pines (fall of 2017) and has been sold to a nice junior rider who is now competing him successfully!