The lovely Holsteiner mare “London” who was recently purchased by Charlotte Holt recently won two classes at the Finally Farms Hunter/Jumper show and then followed that up with a win 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!
Elizabeth got to compete three terrific client horses in 2017: Erica Anderson’s Holsteiner/TB cross “London” at Open Training and at 1st level, Melissa Johnson’s Hanoverian gelding “Bellissimo Volto” at 1st and 2nd level, Lu-Ann Perryman’s “Galileo” at 1st level, plus her own “Genuine Gem” at the FEI Intermediare I level. Elizabeth had difficulty with her hauling vehicle in the first part of the season but finally was able to replace it with a new Ford F350 in September, so hopes to be able to get in some more mileage competing in 2018, as well as continuing her education and work with her current mentors Linda Zang, Jaron Verheij, and Verne Batchelder.
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)
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!
Lu-Ann Perryman and her horse Galileo aka “Leo” earned the GAG division championship ribbon and prize money in the 2016 Carolina Horse Park Warhorse schooling event series. A big congrats to them and thank you to all the fantastic sponsors of this educational and fun series!
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!
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.
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:)
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