Author: victoryhill1

FEI dressage trainer. Eventing coach, Artist.

Big Congrats to Diane Doub and McKenna Shook on their HOY awards!

Diane Doub and her horse “Prestige” were recently named Horse of the Year for AA riders competing at 2nd level by NCDCTA for the year 2016. McKenna Shook and her horse “Dunvegan” also earned top honors at that level in the Junior Division. Mckenna and her horse have moved to a different area of the Triangle, but we still consider her part of our VHF family and send them big Congratulations. Also seen here is Lu-Ann Perryman retrieving her 6th place award for her horse “Galileo” which was earned at Training level. We hope to see lots of future success from all three horse and rider teams in the future!

“London” SOLD

Congratulations to Charlotte Holt on her purchase of “London”, a stunning 7 year old, 16.1 hd. Steel grey Holsteiner/TB cross mare by the Grand Prix Show jumping stallion Laurentino. She won the high score award at the 2017 Labor of Love show in Training test 3 where she scored a 79.77% and has scored above 70% and won multiple other classes as well. She recently debuted at 1st level, scoring a 67.96% in 1st-2 and has been working on all of the 2nd level along with starting her changes. She already does an “auto-change” while jumping, so they should be very easy for her (you can see them in her jumping videos). She is built very attractively, so could easily clean up in the hunter or equitation arenas as well, she went to the Triangle Farms C show and the Finally Farm H/J show here in Raleigh where she was Reserve Champion in the Baby Green Hunters and won her flat class. She is jumping 2’6-2’9 fences quietly including a plastic liverpool, water jump, and small bank,with plenty of scope to go on. Hacks out quietly with others and alone, not spooky.  She has been schooling twice to the Carolina Horse Park where she was very well behaved over both the show jumps and small cross country fences. Charlotte hopes to compete her soon in both the eventing and dressage arenas!

Elizabeth receives her “small r” Eventing judge’s license

After three years of course work which included USEA educational sessions, apprenticing with Technical Delegates at Horse Trials, sitting, scribing, and apprentice judging, combined with her earlier competition experience, Elizabeth has completed the USEF requirements needed to be a licensed “r” Eventing judge. She hopes this will allow her to give back to the Eventing community as well as stay involved and occasionally get to see and work with Eventing friends around the country.

“Finley” SOLD

“Finley” has been sold to Jennifer Durazzo, who has renamed him “Kingsley” and will be learning dressage on him as well as allowing her niece to take some jumping lessons on him. He is a lucky fellow and we wish them much success together! Attractive and sweet, solidly built 11 yr. old 16 hd. OTTB gelding. Has some experience at schooling BN events, schooled some Novice X-C and attended one schooling jumper show. Has been doing solid training, schooling first level work in the dressage arena, and is jumping 2’9″-11″ here at home. Not spooky, hacks out quietly. Recent digital podiatry radiographs available.


Angelina and Zee Cloud

Angelina and Zee Cloud attended their first dressage show recently with scores in the 65% range at Intro A and B, in their home state of Indiana. She trains at Zen Equestrian there with Lauren Griffin. Her mom Kelly Creek says everyone there is enjoying Zee and that they are doing really well! We would think so with that look of serious concentration on both their faces:)

Diane Doub and “Prestige”


In the fall of 2012 Diane Doub contacted Elizabeth to help her find her next dressage mount. Her goal was to earn her USDF Bronze Medal and to have a safe a fun mount to learn on and enjoy a partnership with. We found “Prestige” who was in training with “S” judge Tami Batts in Greensboro shortly thereafter and bought him to the farm at the end of October that year. Though Diane had schooled on her previous horse in Canada through 2nd level, she had not had the opportunity to compete him very much, as he turned out to be larger than expected at 18 hds. and so Diane made the difficult decision to sell him. Diane and Prestige have been well-suited to one another with them slowly gaining confidence at the shows together and earning her scores at 1st and 2nd level. They are planning to continue showing at 3rd level and beyond and Diane now keeps “Tige” closer to home at Judy McCoy’s Farm. We wish them a bright future together!



McKenna Shook earns 2015 year-end Championships with Dunvegan

McKenna Shook and her mom Kirsten Duffy recently go to attend the USEF and NCDCTA annual awards dinners in KY. and NC. recently to accept her 2015 awards. They made us all very proud here at the farm!

USDF All Breed Jr/Yr First Level Performance Horse Champion and Reserve Champion
USEF Performance Horse Jr/Yr Dressage First Level National Champion
USEF Performance Horse Dressage First Level Zone Champion
NCDCTA Jr/Yr First Level Reserve Champion
NCDCTA Jr/Yr Beg Novice 5th place


McKenna Shook and Dunvegan win BN-B at Warhorse series on 11/09/15

McKenna Shook and her lovely liver chestnut gelding “Dunvegan” aka Duncan, proved their versatility by winning their division of Beginner Novice at the Warhorse Event series finale at the beautiful Carolina Horse Park on 11/09/2015. McKenna led from start to finish and had a big smile on her face at the end of all three phases! This was the pair’s first outing at that level.

Congrats to McKenna Shook and “Dunvegan”

Congratulations to Mckenna and “Duncan” on being a contributing part of the winning Junior Team at the Labor of Love Dressage Show this past weekend. The pair also achieved their 2nd qualifying score for the Region 1 championships at 1st level, as well as Mckenna earning her last score for her 1st level rider certificate.