Author: victoryhill1

FEI dressage trainer. Eventing coach, Artist.

“Bellissimo Volto” places 4th at the Region 1 GAIG’s

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 win their division at Warhorse

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 and “Florence”

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 (Moxi) complete their 1st USEA recognized Horse Trials in Aiken

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!

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:)